Attendees sought for Filipino-American summit in Hawaii

February 8, 2014

Press release by:
Fil-Am Young Leaders Program (FYLPro)

Please contact:
(808) 291-9407

Attendees sought for Filipino-American summit in Hawaii

WAIPAHU, Hawai`i – Delegates from across the country are coming to Hawaii for the inaugural Fil-Am Young Leaders Summit on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, Hawaii, FYLPro delegates announced today.

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The Summit intends to bring leaders together to empower, inspire and discuss solutions on how to advance Filipino-American advocacies in similar communities across the nation. Participants are invited to register online at A registration fee of $50 will include conference packets and lunch.

Invited guest speaker for the Summit is San Diego successful entrepreneur and U.S. Gawad Kalinga Chairman Tony Olaes, who considers himself a ‘born-again’ Filipino after a life-changing experience in the Philippines.

The Fil-Am Young Leaders Program was the brainchild of Ambassador Cuisia where top leaders were selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in a week-long all-expense paid trip to learn more about the Philippines. Since then, the program alumni have continued their advocacies in the United States, in promoting Philippine talent and tourism, social entrepreneurship, voter awareness and education, and have launched political campaigns of their own.

“The increased involvement of the youth in the affairs of the community has been among my advocacies since assuming office,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia said. “The Summit will serve as an invaluable opportunity to discuss pressing issues that members of the diaspora confront.

“I urge everyone to participate in and support the Summit, so together we may also identify avenues for collaboration and courses of action that would contribute to the Philippines’ further development.”

The Summit is an event to support the program’s continuity and momentum. Leaders in the community now recognize the potential of Filipino-Americans as a powerful force in community-building.

There are approximately 4 million Filipino-Americans in the United States, which make up the 2nd largest Asian American population in the country. The largest concentration of Filipino Americans is in California, followed by Hawaii.

The 2010 census showed that Filipinos are now Hawaii’s largest ethnic group. With the proper guidance and support, the Filipino-American is on its way to becoming the most influential ethnic group in the United States.

Companies and individuals who wish to be part of this movement may also support the program via tax-deductible sponsorship packages.

For more information about the Summit, contact Hawaii delegate Kit Zulueta at (808) 291-9407 or email Use the official hashtag #FilAmSummitHI and find FilAm Young Leaders Program on Facebook.

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