WASHINGTON — The Philippine Embassy and Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) are now accepting applications for the 2019 Immersion Program to be held on Nov. 23-29 in the Philippines.

Launched in 2012, FYLPRO is a joint initiative of the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the United States, the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) and the FYLPRO non-profit organization.

Each year, the program selects 10 outstanding young professionals within the Filipino communities across the United States to take part in a week-long immersion program in the Philippines.

The 10 delegates will have the chance to meet and interact with Philippine Government officials and various leaders in the fields of business, arts and culture, and civil society.

The delegates will likewise have the opportunity to connect with their Filipino heritage through community service, cultural tours, and other civic activities.

Young leaders between the ages 25 and 40 are encouraged to apply.

They must be ready and capable to travel to the Philippines; demonstrate leadership skills within their school, community, workplaces, or other areas of involvement; and have the potential or have demonstrated involvement in the Filipino community, or in issues and/or activities that align with the interest of the Filipino-American community in the Philippines.

“We consider the next generation of Filipino-American young leaders as partners in further advancing our country’s development, and in strengthening the dynamic relations between the Philippines and the United States,” said Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez.

“The growing FYLPRO alumni network here in the United States composed of young professionals in the fields of business and marketing, public affairs, theater and the arts, multimedia and entertainment, and some even serving in the U.S. Government reinforces the bridge that connects our two countries,” the ambassador added.

The 2019 FYLPRO application requirements may be viewed at the FYLPRO website.

Deadline for submitting applications is on Sept. 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

FYLPRO aims to build a dynamic network of next-generation, high-performing Filipino leaders who will build and strengthen bridges between the Philippines and the United States of America; capture and magnify the voice of the Filipino-American youth community in the U.S. (ages 40 and under); and make positive impact on the lives of the Filipino and American peoples.