07/21/2011 | 04:58 PM
The Asia Society, a widely respected international organization based in New York, has selected 9 outstanding young Filipino leaders to become this year’s batch of honorees for its Asia 21-Philippines Young Leaders program.
The honorees will take part in the "Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit" in November in New Delhi, India.
The summit gathers the top 200 young leaders of the Asia-Pacific region who are seen as the next generation of movers and opinion makers.
This year’s batch of honorees include:
# Atty. Paulino Salvador Leachon;
# Atty. Lesley Jeanne Cordero;
# Maria Doris Dumlao;
# Jeffrey Tarayao;
# Alvin Cloyd Dakis;
# Michael Sandejas;
# Soledad Sylvia Nubla-Lee;
# Annalie Edday, and
# Joy Anya Lim.
They were chosen based on their leadership experience, achievement in their chosen field, impact of their leadership and service to our country.
For the selection of this year’s delegates of the summit, the Asia Society center in the Philippines screened more than 100 nominations of Filipino leaders between the ages of 25-40 years old.
Former Filipino fellows include education advocate Ching Jorge, former National Youth Commission Chairperson Bam Aquino, DNA Forensics Scientist Dr. Ma. Corazon De Ungria, human rights lawyer Atty. Damcelle Torres-Cortez, social entrepreneur Lt. Col. Dennis Eclarin, IPVG’s Enrique Gonzalez and Mayor Jeng Reyes of Alicia, Isabela.
Cordero was chosen this year for her contributions as the Assistant Secretary for Legislative affairs under the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
Leachon is being honored for his management and policy implementations as the Mayor of Calapan City. During his term, the city was awarded by the Asian Institute of Management in 2008 as one of the Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines.
Nubla-Lee and Edday both represent the non-profit sector. Nubla-Lee is being honored for her work in providing access to quality higher education for underprivileged public high school students through Pathways to Higher Education.
Edday being honored for her advocacy of improving educational systems in the rural areas through programs such as Quality Education in Sarangani Today (QUEST).
Tarayao was chosen for his achievements in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) being the current Chief CSR Officer of Meralco and previously, the CSR Head of Globe Telecom.
Under his leadership, Globe Telecom’s CSR Programs has allowed the company to help public school teachers in rural areas access educational videos that they can use for their classes.
Dakis, the Founding Chairman and National President of Alliance of Young Leaders & Advocates International, Inc., is being honored for his advocacies in health and human rights.
Lim, a social entrepreneur from Cebu, founded ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, an organization that promotes cultural preservation of the Philippines’ weaving industry. Dumlao is being honored for her work as a multi-awarded business reporter from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Finally, Sandejas represents the arts and culture sector by using his films as a means to shed light on marginalized sectors of society such as the deaf. His films such as "Dinig Sana Kita" (2009), "Tulad ng Dati" (2006) and "What Floor Ma’am" (2009) have won local and international awards. - VVP, GMA News
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