Mona Lisa Yuchengco Filipinas Magazine, Philippine International Aid
Mona Lisa Yuchengco was the founder and former publisher of Filipinas Magazine, the only nationally circulated glossy publication for Filipinos in North America. Founded in 1992, Filipinas Magazine is abundant with stories that make the Filipino proud. A rich resource of information on culture, history, business, travel, food and entertainment, Filipinas Magazine keeps the community abreast with what’s happening. Within its pages, Filipino heroes, mavericks, leaders and achievers spring to life, providing inspiration to fellow compatriots. For more than a decade now, Filipinas Magazine has become the credible resource on anything Filipino and an instrument of community advocacy bringing Filipino Americans together and giving them a voice and a sense of identity and pride.
Ms. Yuchengco is also the founder of Philippine International Aid, a non-profit corporation established in California in 1986 that provides educational assistance to about 500 indigent children yearly in Manila, Philippines. She is also active in the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, Asian Pacific Fund, Center for Asian American Media, Asia Society of Northern California, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) and Filipina Women’s Network among others.
Last December 12, 2002 she received a Special Presidential Citation at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on behalf of Filipinas Magazine "for having provided a vehicle for enlightened discourse and exchange of ideas about the Filipino American experience among Filipinos in the United States, and contributing extensively to highlighting the best of the Filipino in literature, art, culture, science and technology, politics, economics, education and the international scene.
Ms. Yuchengco was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1982. She finished her college and master’s education in the Philippines, but continued her studies in creative writing and publishing at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University respectively. She has two sons, Paolo and Carlo, and a two granddaughters, Ashley Faith, 5, and Kayla Sophia, 9 months. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.