3 Pinoys among Asia 21 Young Leaders 2018

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 14 2018 06:24 PM

MANILA – Asia Society has announced the 2018 class of its Asia 21 Young Leaders Program, which includes three Filipinos.

They are Xyza Cruz Bacani, a street photographer who documents migration, labor, and human rights; Paul Rivera, a technology entrepreneur seeking to address poor recruitment and underemployment in the country; and Jam Acuzar, who curates exhibits that encourage interaction and appreciation of Filipino culture.

The three Filipino delegates join representatives from Cambodia, the United States, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Syria, Mongolia, Nepal, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Australia, Pakistan, and Bhutan.

Click here to see the full list of Asia 21 Young Leaders for 2018.

“These young change-makers are already reshaping the most dynamic region on earth,” Asia Society president and CEO Josette Sheeran said in a statement. 

“They are a remarkable and truly diverse group – and Asia 21 provides a platform for these young leaders as they tackle the most vexing challenges in the region, one connection at a time.”

The members of the 2018 class will convene in Manila for the 13th Annual Young Leaders Summit, which is set from November 14 to 16.

Asia Society is a non-profit organization that “seeks to improve greater people-to-people understanding and respect between Asia and the West.”

Other Filipinos who previously made the cut in the Asia 21 Young Leaders list include Senator Bam Aquino, AGREA founder Cherrie Atilano, Mano Amiga Academy founder Eleanor Rose Pingu, Rags2Riches founder Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, and TV anchor Quintin Jose Pastrana.