Building A Legacy Project For The Philippines And Kababayans Throughout

Congratulations to the CEO, Physician and Owner of Luib Health Center, Dr. Catherine Sy Luib, on her being selected as one of the ten delegates for the very highly-competitive Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO). FYLPRO is a joint initiative of the Philippine Embassy under the leadership of the Philippine Ambassador to the United States (Jose Manuel Romualdez), the Consulate Generals in the United States and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI)

It was not without difficulty that we selected the 2018 delegates among many outstanding applications. But it gives me great pride to know through the FYLPRO selection process just how talented, driven and inspiring the young leaders of the Filipino diaspora community are. I am confident that this year’s cohort will substantially contribute to the strength of the program and reaffirm the enduring bonds between the Philippines and the United States.” – said Jose Manuel Romualdez, Philippine Ambassador to the United States.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. made the announcement on Monday, 09/24/18 that the following are the FYLPRO Delegates for the 2018 year:

1. Dr. Catherine Sy Luib (San Diego, California)

2. Baron Cabalona (Chicago)

3. Anthony Dela Rosa (Miami)

4. Lauren Lalicon (New Jersey)

5. Amanda Bantug (Washington, DC)

6. Charlynne Mae McGinnis (Honolulu)

7. Melissa Palma (Chicago)

8. Joshua Price (Maumalle, Arkansas)

9. Brian Tajo (San Francisco)

10. Meriden Villanueva (Los Angeles)

These ten leaders have carried out inspiring work in their communities driven by their passions for the Filipino culture and the advancement of Philippine interests and advocacies in the United States. They now join a prestigious network of 70 young, Filipino-American leaders across the nation to collaborate, exchange ideas, and continue to inspire a wave of diplomatic innovation.

The 2018 FYLPRO delegates will be traveling in a week-long Immersion trip to Manila, Philippines this November and be provided with the opportunity to interact with Philippine Government officials and leaders in the fields of business, arts and culture, and civil society.

Our family has grown and I am beyond honored to lead amongst exceptional peers. We are thrilled to welcome the 2018 Delegates into our program and to show them a side of the Philippines only a select few are privileged to experience. We hope our future partnerships will lead to collaborative, imaginative, community-driven, and long-lasting advocacies between the Philippines and the United States.” – said Dondi Leonidas Quintans, FYLPRO president.

We congratulate Dr. Cat on her building a legacy project with FYLPRO, which will include the exploration of the indigenous medicine of the Philippines. Her goal is to bring forth increase of Holistic Health and Natural Healing through Education, Impact and Sustainable Resources in the Motherland as well as to introduce that to the rest of the world. We know that she will represent California’s Filipino-American community well, mabuhay!

I am so thrilled to have been selected to serve the motherland and our countrymen through a higher platform and in a bigger way. It’s time to Re-Activate, Elevate and Flex our Philippine Indigenous Medicine, our healing plants and powerful herbs to heal the world. To God be all the glory and honor!” – said Dr. Cat.