The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago hosted on June 14 a reception for the leaders and members of the Filipino-American community for Philippine Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Jose L. Cuisia Jr., in conjunction with week-long festivities for the 118th Anniversary Celebration of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.
During the reception, Ambassador Cuisia shared memories of his five-year tour-of-duty in the U.S. highlighting strengthened PH-US ties through the establishment of the US-Philippines Friendship Society and Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPRO), among others.
Cuisia also gave credit to the competence, dedication and commitment of the men and women of the Philippine Embassy and the six Philippine Consulates General in the US for supporting his objectives under the three pillars of Foreign Policy namely: economic diplomacy, national security and assistance to nationals.
Cuisia expressed his gratitude to Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino, III for the opportunity to serve as Ambassador to the U.S., which he intends to personally convey before the end of his term. More important, he cited the importance of the Filipino community in Chicago and their engagements in community programs to empower themselves and become a potent and influential ethnic group in the US.
Ms. Louella Cabalona, Vice President of FYLPRO from its inaugural batch in 2012, shared her great experiences and projects after joining the program , which enhanced the vibrancy and dynamism between the Philippines and the Filipino-American community in the United States, especially in the Midwest.
Photo opportunities and a light reception capped the evening’s gathering.
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