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Asia Society selects top young Filipino leaders

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Asia Society selects top young PHL leaders

by: Harvey S. Keh

The Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Asia Society, the New York-based institution that promotes international understanding between leaders of Asia and the United States of America, recently released this year’s batch of young Filipino leaders who will represent our country at the upcoming Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in New Delhi, India.

The Asia 21 Young Leaders initiative aims to gather top young leaders aged between 25-40 years old from all across the Asia-Pacific region to provide them with an opportunity to establish a working relationship with one another, early in their careers.

Past Asia 21-Philippines’ fellows include Atty. Arnel Casanova of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), former Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla, Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy, Natalie “Ching” Jorge of Bato Balani Foundation, Lt. Col. Dennis Eclarin of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and travel blogger Ivan Henares.

This year, the Asia Society center in Manila received over 100 nominations and nine accomplished leaders were selected.

The main criterion is leadership experience, impact of leadership and track record in public service. Here are some information about the nine fellows who will represent our country this year:

1.) ATTY. PAULINO LEACHON (GOVERNMENT). He is a former taxi driver who is now serving his second term as Mayor of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. Under him, the city was awarded by the Asian Institute of Management as one of the most competitive cities in the Philippines and by the Department of the Interior and Local Government as the top performing local government unit in the province of Oriental Mindoro. His main advocacies include the promotion of livelihood opportunities, support services for persons with disabilities and the provision of quality healthcare for his constituents.

Atty. Lesley Cordero

2.) ATTY. LESLEY CORDERO (GOVERNMENT). Currently the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the Presidential Communications Operations Office, she also served as one of the most active and dynamic commissioners at the National Youth Commission (NYC). She was also a project management consultant for USAID and the supervising legislative staff officer of Senator Francis Pangilinan.

3.) MARIA DORIS DUMLAO (MEDIA). She is a multi-awarded business reporter from the Philippine Daily Inquirer and previously, for the Business Daily, Inc. She was also an adviser to the Southeast Asian Council in the World Economic Forum and a member of the Economist Journalist Association of the Philippines and Pi Sigma Delta Sorority Alumnae Association.

Jeffrey Tarayao

4.) JEFFREY TARAYAO (BUSINESS). He is currently the chief corporate social responsibility (CSR) officer of Meralco. Previously, he worked for Globe Telecom as head of their CSR program. His programs include Sagot Ka Ni Kap! which provided training for barangay officials on conflict resolution, and the Text2Teach Program which enabled public school teachers from rural communities to access educational videos that they can use for their classes.

5.) ALVIN CLOYD DAKIS (HEALTH). He is the founding chairman/president of the Alliance of Young Leaders and Advocates International. A known health advocate, he is also involved in promoting the rights of Filipino nurses and in ensuring the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.

Michael Sandejas

6.) MICHAEL SANDEJAS (CULTURE AND THE ARTS). He is an award winning filmmaker and professor, whose works include Dinig Sana Kita, Tulad ng Dati and Wat floor Ma’am for which he received awards such as the the Cinemalaya Audience Award, Cinemanila International Film Festival Selection, Gawad Tanglaw Presidential Jury Award for Film Excellence and National Council for Children’s Television Award in 2009, and was included in the San Diego Asian Film Festival and Third Eye Asian Film Festival in India last 2010. He teaches Advanced Digital Filmmaking at De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde and Audiovisual Production at St. Scholastica’s College, Manila.

Solvie Nubla-Lee

7.) SOLVIE NUBLA-LEE (NON-PROFIT). She is one of the founders and currently the executive director of Pathways to

Higher Education-Philippines, an organization that helps academically-gifted but financially-disadvantaged public high school students get into college and finish their education. To date, Pathways has helped more than 100 students finish college and are currently helping more than 500 students.

8.) ANNALIE EDDAY (NON-PROFIT). She works as a program manager for Synergeia Foundation, a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to improve basic education in the country. At present, she oversees the implementation in Saranggani province of the program she started in 2008 named Quality Education in Sarangani Today (QUEST). She is also the founding chairperson of Lumad SOCSARGEN which is an initiative catering to the needs of indigenous people.

9.) JOY ANYA LIM (SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP). She is the general manager of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, a Cebu-based organization that promotes cultural preservation of the Philippines’ weaving industry. She is also involved with Rags2Riches.

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Asia Society and the ASEAN Astronaut

July 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Asia Society and the ASEAN Astronaut

by: Harvey S. Keh

The Manila Times


TWO months ago, I was appointed as acting Executive Director of the Asia Society here in the Philippines.

The Asia Society is based in New York and has been one of the world’s leading international organizations that helps promote understanding between the leaders and peoples of the United States of America and Asia. It was at the Asia Society where US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the Obama administration’s foreign policy with regard to dealing with countries in Asia. Closer to home, it was at the Asia Society where the late Senator Ninoy Aquino said the famous line, “The Filipino is worth dying for.”

Here in the Philippines, the Asia Society is led by well-known business leaders and philanthropists such as Washington Sycip and Doris Magsaysay-Ho. One of the main programs of the Asia Society is its Asia 21 Young Leaders initiative which gathers the top 200 young leaders aged between 25-40 years old from different sectors across Asia for an annual leadership summit that allows them to interact and establish important networks with each other. Through this event, the Asia Society hopes that when the time comes for these young leaders to become the main prime movers of their countries they will have an easier time to establish stronger relationship between their countries given that they had met each other early in their leadership careers.



Asia 21-Philippines Young Leaders Initiative


As part of the Asia 21 initiative, the Asia Society here in the Philippines is now in the process of selecting 10 young Filipino leaders who will represent our country at the upcoming Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in New Delhi, India, this coming November. Prior to going to India, the chosen 10 will undergo a two-day leadership forum here in Manila so that they can have the chance to meet their fellow delegates and at the same time get to know what each other’s advocacies are. Some of the young leaders that have recently represented our nation include Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy, Ching Jorge of Bato Balani Foundation, Major Dennis Eclarin of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Ariel Hernandez of Balay Mindanao Foundation, Enrique Gonzalez of IPVG, Martin Lopez of Far Eastern University and Mayor Jeng Reyes of Alicia, Isabela.



First Asean Astronaut visits Manila 



Aside from promoting understanding between young leaders across the Asia-Pacific region, one of the main programs of the Asia Society here in the Philippines is also the development of a stronger relationship between Asian nations. Last month, as part of my duties as Executive Director, I paid a courtesy call to the Ambassador of Malaysia here in the Philippines, Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad. During the meeting, the Ambassador said that he was very interested in helping the Asia Society and that he would like to be our partner when the embassy brings the first and only astronaut from the Asean region, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, here.


The astronaut or should I say, the cosmonaut (since he went to space through the Russian space program in October 2007 aboard the space shuttle Soyuz TMA-11) will be visiting and talking to students at Far Eastern University and Ateneo de Manila University. Aside from this, he will also visit the Science Discovery Center at the SM Mall of Asia and the Quezon City Science Interactive Center. This is one of the projects that the Asia Society has launched to help Filipinos to better understand our Asean neighbors. It is a pity that many of us actually know more about the United States of America even if it is several thousand miles away compared with our Asean neighbors such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. If you would like to learn more about the Asia Society and its other programs, you can contact Nashey Cordero at (02) 752-4374.



Little Amadeus on Studio 23


On another topic altogether, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Studio 23 is airing a very educational animated series entitled, Little Amadeus. The series tells of the fictional story of a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his adventures revolving around his family, friends and performances.


The stories usually involve the intrigues of his rival, Devilius, who along with a talking rat, Monti, attempts to discredit or upstage the Mozarts in the eyes of various nobles. I hope parents would encourage their children to watch more programs like this instead of our many other TV programs these days that actually teach wrong values to our youth.


Teachers can also use this program to encourage their students to play music actively and to also learn about the inspiring life of Mozart. Little Amadeus airs every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


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