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Mona Lisa Yuchengco was the founder and publisher of Filipinas Magazine, the only nationally circulated glossy publication for Filipinos in North America. She sold it in May 2005. Founded in 1992, Filipinas Magazine was abundant with stories that made the Filipino proud. A rich resource of information on culture, history, business, travel, food and entertainment, Filipinas Magazine kept the community abreast with what´s happening. For more than a decade, Filipinas Magazine became the credible resource on anything Filipino and an instrument of community advocacy bringing Filipino Americans together and giving them a voice, sense of identity and pride.

Lisa is also the founder of Philippine International Aid, a non-profit corporation established in California in 1986 that provides educational assistance to about 2,000 indigent children yearly in Manila, Philippines and in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an active board member of the Center for Asian American Media and an advisory board member at the Women´s Media Center. Previous board positions and involvements include the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, Asian Pacific Fund, Asia Society Northern California, United Way, LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacific, Inc.), Seton Medical Center Foundation, Skyline College and Filipino American Women´s Network among others.

She has received numerous awards on behalf of Filipinas Magazine, for her writing talent and for her community involvement. On December 12, 2002 she received a Special Presidential Citation at the Malacanan 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. In 2005, she received the "Woman of the Year" award from California Senator Jackie Speier.

Lisa served as a Kiriyama Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim for two years where she set up the Yuchengco Media Fellowship Program for young Filipino writers and the annual Amb. Yuchengco Lecture Series on the Philippines and Filipino Americans.