Changemakers wanted for the Philippines 21 Class of 2011!

Twenty-five years after a generation of freedom fighters toppled a dictatorship, a new crop of gamechangers are rising up the ranks and changing the system. Asia Society-Philippines honors dynamic individuals who are at the forefront of change in their respective fields, through the Philippines 21 Young Leaders Initiative. A flagship program of Asia Society-Philippines, the Philippines 21 Young Leaders Initiative aims to develop a nationwide, multi-sectoral network of changemakers to meet, educate and inspire each other; collaborate and share ideas on public service and other meaningful initiatives, and build relationships of trust and understanding.

Nominees must be between 25-40 years old, of Filipino citizenship, and have substantial leadership experience in their chosen field, including but not limited to the following: academe, business, civil society, media, arts and culture, military, and government. Prospective Philippines 21 Fellows must also demonstrate a commitment to devote time and effort to achieve the goals and projects set by their Class.

Upon selection as Philippines 21 Fellows, the Class of 2010 will convene at a 2-day forum where they will engage in roundtable discussions on issues concerning the Philippines and the Asia Pacific region, in preparation for their participation in the international program, with the ultimate goal of developing projects to address these issues. The annual Forum is held in the last week of August.

Philippines 21 Fellows serve as the country’s official delegation to the Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit, organized annually by Asia Society’s New York headquarters. This year’s Summit, scheduled for November in Jakarta, will bring together some 200 of the most dynamic next generation leaders from Asia and the United States. Further information on the program can be found on

The 2010 Fellows join an illustrious roster of Fellows such as the eminent DNA scientist Cora de Ungria, IT and gaming entrepreneur Enrique Gonzalez, CNN 2009 Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida, Jr., and Rags2Riches president Rolex Young Laureate Reese Fernandez.

Nomination Form can be requested from the Philippines 21 Secretariat via email at [email protected]. Deadline for nominations is on May 31, 2011. For sponsorship opportunities and other inquiries, please call Patricia Vega at (632)7524374. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by mid-June.

About Asia Society

Asia Society in the Philippines was established in 1999 with a mission to promote understanding of Asia through education.  Asia Society presents the uniqueness and diversity of Asian cultures through lectures, exhibitions, films, seminars, conferences, and travel study tours. Asia Society Philippines is a non-profit foundation accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) and is supported by membership contributions from foundations, institutions, corporations, and individuals.  All donations made to Asia Society Philippines are tax deductible.

To become involved in Asia Society projects, please call (632)7524374 or (632)8108983


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