Former domestic worker turned photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani is among Asia Society's Asia 21 Young Leaders Class of 2018, a network of young professionals across the Asia Pacific region. Photo: Facebook/Xyza Cruz Bacani

A former Filipino domestic worker turned photographer was among Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Class of 2018, a network of accomplished young professionals across the Asia Pacific region.

Xyza Cruz Bacani, who went to Hong Kong and worked as a domestic worker when she was 18, become an award winning photographer when she started taking photos on labor and migration, GMA News reported.

Bacani was part of BBC’s 100 Women of the World 2015, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2016, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2016 and is a Fujifilm Ambassador.

Aside from Bacani, two other Filipinos also made it on the list – Jam Acuzar, founder of Bellas Artes Projects, which is an advocacy organization working to promote accessible art in different communities, and Paul Rivera, founder of Kalibrr, a recruitment website that helps connects employers to job-hunters.

Their nomination to the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative will give them a platform to connect to more than 900 influential professionals under the age of 40 from 40 nations to help them create a positive impact on both local and global levels.

Josette Sheeran, president and chief executive officer of Asia Society, said the three Filipino leaders and the rest of the 2018 Class of Asia 21 Young Leaders were already reshaping the region with their work.

“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,” Sheeran said.