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Sunday, May 15, 2022

"ALAMAT" A Solo Art Exhibit by Bayani 'Yannie' Rumbaoa in NYC, May 16-22


The International Artists and International Women Artists Inc. proudly present "ALAMAT" a solo art exhibit that showcases the latest and most prized artworks of Bayani "Yannie" Rumbaoa, the first Filipino coin engraver of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.




Exhibit Opening Reception on Monday, 16 May 2022, 6:30PM at the Philippine Center New York.


For more information, call (917) 767-0027 or email info@internationalwomenartists.com


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Sec Locsin & Amb Romualdez Welcomed by US President Biden for White House Dinner

United State President Joseph Biden, Jr. (center) welcomes Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. (left) and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez (right) to the White House where the US President is hosting a dinner for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

WASHINGTON D.C.
 – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. personally thanked U.S. President Joseph Biden. Jr. for the United States’ support for the peaceful and successful conduct of Philippine elections at the two-day ASEAN-US Special Summit.

Secretary Locsin leads the Philippine delegation to the Special Summit as a representative of President Rodrigo R. Duterte who skipped the Summit as a courtesy to the Philippine President-elect.


President Biden (center) is hosting the US-ASEAN Special Summit from May 12-13 where discussions will focus on strengthening ties between the US and the ASEAN, the digital economy, sustainability, regional energy transition, economic cooperation, healthcare and supply chain resilience, among others.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez joined Secretary Locsin at the informal dinner hosted by President Biden for leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.


“It is my honor to represent the Philippine nation and Filipino people tonight as we celebrate 45 strong years of ASEAN-U.S. relations founded on our shared commitment to regional peace, security, and prosperity,” Secretary Locsin said.


Secretary Locsin also thanked President Biden for taking the lead in ensuring equitable global access to COVID vaccines, through its US$2 billion contribution to the COVAX facility.



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“Tanáw” (Tagalog)/ “Seeing Signs” (English), A New Bilingual Episode on the Queens Memory Podcast Available May 16

 


QUEENS MEMORY RELEASES TAGALOG EPISODE OF NEW MULTILINGUAL PODCAST SEASON DOCUMENTING EXPERIENCES OF THE BOROUGH’S DIVERSE ASIAN COMMUNITIES  

 

The Season Features Bilingual Episodes In the Most Widely Spoken Asian Languages in Queens: Bangla, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Tagalog, Tibetan, and Urdu

 

QUEENS, NY - Queens Memory – a community archiving program supported by Queens Public Library and the Queens College Library – will release the next bilingual episode of its latest podcast, Our Major Minor Voices” in English and Tagalog versions on Monday, May 16. 


“Seeing Signs” (English)/”Tanáw” (Tagalog), produced by Rosalind Tordesillas, covers the history and challenges of the Filipino community in Woodside, as it strives for greater visibility. It features residents, business owners, and community leaders, including Jaclyn Reyes of Little Manila Queens Bayanihan Arts, Zenaida and Joe Castillo of Phil-Am Food Mart, and Steven Raga of Woodside on the Move. An in-person listening event will be held at the Woodside library branch, 54-22 Skillman Ave, Woodside, NY 11377, on May 19th, 6:00-7:30 pm with Jaclyn Reyes, Joe Castillo, and Potri Ranka Manis Queano Nur as featured speakers.

 

This season documents the experiences of the borough’s diverse Asian communities in their own voices, and includes eight bilingual episodes representing the most widely spoken Asian languages in Queens: Bangla, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Tagalog, Tibetan, and Urdu.

 

“In this season, we wanted to focus on Asian American communities in Queens because we know that the accomplishments and the struggles of our Asian American neighbors are often not as visible in the media landscape as they ought to be,” said Queens Memory Project Director, Natalie Milbrodt. “The interviews our producers conducted during this project will become part of the Library’s permanent archives, helping us add perspectives and languages not yet well represented in our Queens Memory collection consisting of over 900 interviews. Future researchers curious about the lives of Asian Americans living in Queens way back in 2022 will be so glad we did this project!”

 

Rosalind Tordesillas, producer of the Tagalog episode, said: “It's been a joy to produce this episode in Tagalog and immerse myself in the language so much more deeply than I've had a chance to in so long. It's important that people can tell and hear their stories in words that feel most comfortable.”

 

The season premiered on April 11, 2022 on the Queens Memory websiteNew episodes are released weekly and are available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms. Visit queensmemory.org/podcast for episodes and show notes.

 

The first season of the Queens Memory podcast focused on Memories of Migration, while the second one documented life in Queens during COVID-19

 

The third season of the podcast has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

 

About Queens Memory

Queens Memory is an ongoing community archiving program supported by Queens Public Library and Queens College, CUNY. We engage with Queens residents in our two-fold mission to (1) push local history collections out to the public through programming and online resources, and (2) pull new materials into our collections from the diverse communities of Queens. The goal is to raise awareness and a sense of ownership in the production of our shared historic record and our dream is that any Queens resident who visits these collections feels his/her experiences and perspective are represented. Queens Memory also provides training and materials for anyone wishing to contribute oral history interviews, photographs, or other records of his/her neighborhoods, families, and communities. These materials get a permanent home in the Archives and are shared back with the public on a variety of platforms including Aviary, Urban Archive, our podcast series, Instagram, and in the archival repositories of Queens Public Library and Queens College’s Rosenthal Library. Queens Memory was founded in 2010 and has been honored with the 2014 Archivists Round Table Award for Educational Use of Archives and the  2019 New York State Archives’ Debra E. Bernhardt Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Documenting New York’s History.

 

About Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library is one of the largest and busiest public library systems in the United States, dedicated to serving the most ethnically and culturally diverse area in the country. An independent, non-profit organization founded 125 years ago, QPL offers free access to a collection of more than 5 million books and other materials in multiple languages, technology and digital resources, and more than 80,000 educational, cultural, and civic programs annually. QPL consists of 66 locations across the borough, including branch libraries, a Central Library, seven adult learning centers, a technology center, and two teen centers, and attracted more than 11 million visitors in 2019.



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Opinion: The Ironies of PH Election; Welcome to New York, VP Leni and Daughters | By Manuel L. Caballero

VP Leni Robredo Facebook Page Photo

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BY MANUEL L. CABALLERO



THE IRONIES OF PH ELECTION;  WELCOME TO NEW YORK, VP LENI AND DAUGHTERS


This space welcomes VP Leni and her daughters to New York. They will attend the college graduation of the youngest in their family, Jillian. 


Best to Jillian! Congratulations! Jillian's Daddy must be very proud and happy.


According to VP Leni in her Facebook post before leaving Manila, their short US trip will serve as their much-needed family time together after months of election campaign. The Vice President asked for understanding if they cannot meet requests for meetings. She promised to do it next time. We understand.


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The Ironies of Philippine 2022 Elections


The supposedly most critical election in the Philippines turned out to be the most criticized. Many predicted a "lenislide." Instead, COMELEC  came up with "backslide" for Marcos Jr., Robin Padilla and company, and the media called it landslide. 

 

Instead of celebrating supposed Marcos Jr. victory, the people are protesting the results as "questionable." Marcos Jr. Is being denounced for cheating instead of being hailed for "winning."


A UP professor gave her observations about how Marcos Jr. bagged the election. She cited the following: historical distortion (Revision of history during Martial Law years under Marcos Sr.); vote-buying; Duterte-appointed COMELEC; red-tagging; relentless attacks on critics and opposition.


Some computer experts say there were programming anomalies in favor of one candidate and members of his team.


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So, 36 years after his father and his entire family were ousted by Filipinos for plundering their nation with billions of dollars; for salvaging oppositionists; for abusing the powers of the presidency and for leading a life of extravagance with wife Imelda in the midst of poverty, the son will likely be president in the next 6 years.


Observers say the return of a Marcos to the presidency is a continuation of the backward direction that the country has slid under Duterte.


Once a model for democracy, the Marcos Jr. rule is foreseen as further erosion and destruction of democracy in the Philippines.



Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Cardinal Tagle to Celebrate Mass for San Lorenzo Ruiz Anniversary at St Patrick's Cathedral in NYC on June 1

San Lorenzo Ruiz photo by Lambert Parong/ Kababayan Media

The Solemn Pontifical Mass of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Vatican Commission on Evangelization will be held on Sunday, June 1st, at 10AM at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City commemorating the 40th Anniversary of San Lorenzo Ruiz Devotion in the United States.  To RSVP or for more information, contact sanlorenzo40th@gmail.com.  For more information, contact Fr. Erno Diaz at 646-466-8761. 

The patron saint of the Philippines and the Filipino people, Lorenzo Ruiz a Chinese Filipino recognized for his martyrdom after his execution in Japan by the Tokugawa Shogunate during its persecution of Christians in the 17th century. 

 

Headed by New York based Father Erno Diaz, the Steering Committee is overjoyed to have Filipino Cardinal Tagle from Rome as the main celebrant of the Anniversary Mass.  Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations (New York) is the Principal Concelebrant.

 

Some of the organizers of the NYC Devotion Group of San Lorenzo Ruiz were members of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel community established in 2005 (which eventually closed a few years later and was sold to developers in 2017).  Several members of the group were original devotees who advocated for the sainthood of San Lorenzo Ruiz. 

 

God Almighty has blessed the Philippines with 500 years of Christianity that, in His Divine Providence, produced its first Saint in the person of San Lorenzo Ruiz,” said Father Erno. “In America, particularly, in New York, 40 years of devotion to San Lorenzo has been a Time of Grace.”

 


San Lorenzo Ruiz 
served as an altar boy at the Binondo Church. He was educated by the Dominican friars. He was a member of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. He married Rosario and had two sons and a daughter.


In 1636, while working as a clerk for the Binondo Church, Lorenzo was falsely accused of killing a Spaniard, Lorenzo sought asylum on board a ship with three Dominican priests: Antonio Gonzalez, Guillermo Courtet and Miguel de Aozaraza, a Japanese priest, Vicente Shiwozuka de la Cruz, and a lay leper Lazaro of Kyoto.  Lorenzo and his companions sailed for Okinawa in June 1636, with the aid of the Dominican fathers.

 

The Tokugawa Shogunate was persecuting Christians because they feared that was how the Spanish invaded the Philippines by using religion by the time Lorenzo had arrived in Japan. The missionaries were arrested and thrown into prison, and after two years, they were transferred to Nagasaki to face trial by torture. The group endured many and various cruel methods of torture. 

 

In September 1637, Lorenzo and his companions were taken to Nishizaka Hill, where they were tortured by being hung upside-down over a pit. He died two days later on September 29, 1637, at age 42.

 

Lorenzo was beatified during Pope John Paul II’s papal visit to the Philippines in 1981. It was the first beatification ceremony to be held outside the Vatican making history. Lorenzo was canonized by the Pope John Paul II in the Vatican City on October 18, 1987, among the 16 Martyrs of Japan, making him the first Filipino saint.


His canonization was supported by a miracle in October 1983, when Cecilia Alegria Policarpio of Calinog, Iloilo, was cured of brain atrophy (hydrocephalus) at the age of two, after her family and supporters prayed to Lorenzo for his intercession. 


Cardinal Tagle is a Filipino prelate of the Catholic Church who has been the Prefect of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples since December 2019.  He was the 32nd Archbishop of Manila from 2011 to 2019.  He also serves as president of Caritas International, a federation of Catholic relief, development and social service organizations, and of the Catholic Biblical Federation.

 

Tagle holds a BA degree in pre-divinity from Ateneo and a MA degree in theology from Ateneo’s Loyola School of Theology. He earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of America.

 

He was ordained in the Diocese of Imus, Cavite, Philippines in February 1982.  In December 2001, Tagle was appointed Bishop of Imus. 

 

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Tagle the 32nd Archbishop of Manila in October 2011, to succeed Cardinal Guadencio Rosales. He was installed as Archbishop in December 2011. Pope Benedict XVI elevated him Archbishop Tagle to the College of Cardinals in October 2012. Tagle was the seventh Filipino to be made a cardinal of the Catholic Church.  When he became a cardinal he was the second youngest one. 

 

Pope Francis named Tagle Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in December 2019.  Tagle was the second Asian to head that Congregation. He was the second Filipino cardinal to lead a congregation of the Roman Curia. Pope Francis promoted him to highest rank of cardinal, Cardinal-Bishop, in May 2020.  He is the first Filipino to be included in that rank of the College of Cardinals.  

 

On February 22, 2021, Tagle was appointed by Pope Francis as a new member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, the office of the Roman Curia that deals with the "provisions owned by the Holy See in order to provide the funds necessary for the Roman Curia to function".

 

“Let us join our Filipino Cardinal in Rome, His Eminence Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect on Evangelization, as he celebrates a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on June 1st at 10AM in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.” Said Fr. Erno.

 

Comprised of Fil Ams from the Tri-State area, the Steering Committee members of the 40th Anniversary of San Lorenzo Ruiz Devotion, USA include Fr. Erno Diaz, Atty. Ferdinand Suba, Joe Ramos, Margie Skeels, Marilyn Abalos, Myrna Gutierrez, and Rolan Gutierrez. 



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Himig ng Kalayaan: A Celebration of Filipino Excellence and Heritage in Washington DC on June 12


In celebration of the 124th Philippine Independence Day, The Filipino Channel brings you a night of pride and music.

Himig ng Kalayaan: A Celebration of Filipino Excellence and Heritage happens on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at the DAR Constitutional Hall in Washington DC

Philippines’ Concert King, Martin Nievera, and Asia’s Nightingale, Lani Misalucha will join us at this event. Plus, world-class performance from the Broadway Barkada.

You can come in as early as 6pm and enjoy pre-concert activities or network with other Filipinos before the show. The show starts at 7pm. So, bring your family and friends to this memorable event.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com with an Early Bird discount from April 22 to May 12, 2022 only.



A National Prayer for our Newly Elected Leaders, Unity and Peaceful Transition of Political Power By Rev. Arnedo S. Valera, Esquire


By Rev. Arnedo S. Valera, Esquire


Our Magnificent God, God of Compassion and Mercy, the father of the human family, we give you thanks for the freedom to vote and the democracy we enjoyed in the Philippines and overseas in electing  our National and Local leaders in the Philippines on May 9, 2022;


We lift up our duly elected President Bongbong Marcos, VP Sarah Duterte, legislators and local officials, including those in the military and law enforcement as they will carry an immense responsibility in serving all the people;


Enlighten their minds, inspire them to carry their responsibility and nurture their desire to unify all peoples in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as they commit themselves to be truly public servants with a vision of peace, truth, justice, creating opportunities and meaningful change in the lives of the Filipino people;


Almighty Father, we pray for divine healing from our differences and give us the bright light and path towards National Unity and reconciliation; give us the eyes and ears to see and hear your voice so that national healing can begin and deep divisions disappear;


You are the divine author of all public and private goods, give the Filipino people and our nation zeal for strength of forbearance, a deep sense of  the spirit of reconciliation so we can work together for the common good;

 

Lord, we ask for forgiveness for our shortcomings as a nation; purify our hearts to see that we are all brothers and sisters and that we can find common solutions to address the powerlessness of the marginalized and the poor majority especially meeting the basic needs of the Filipino people;


Finally, We pray for those who competed in this National Elections, may those who lost concede with humility, consoled and their hearts be filled with peace so that they may continue to serve the Filipino people in new ways;


And we pray in Jesus name. AMEN



Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Election Results in New York PH Consulate Jurisdiction; Leni-Kiko Win

PCGNY Facebook Photo


By Manuel L. Caballero 


NEW YORK CITY - The PH Consulate General Offices in NYC reported in social media the results of voting by Filipino American voters in the Northeast.



Balitang New York Screenshot


The results for president and vice president:


Leni Robredo............... 7,750

Bongbong Marcos.......5,796

Kiko Pangilinan ...........6,761

Sara Duterte.................6,110


Balitang New York Screenshot


The jurisdiction of the  NY Consulate includes New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and all the New England States.




Balitang New York Projects Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. has been Elected the 17th President of the Philippines

President-Elect Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. with Vice President-Elect Sarah Duterte-Carpio. (BBM Facebook Page Photo 5/4/22) 

Balitang New York projects Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. has been elected the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

PTV4 YouTube Channel Screenshot 

Balitang New York also projects Sarah Duterte-Carpio has been elected as the Next Vice President.

PTV4 YouTube Channel Screenshot 

As of May 10, 2022 9:25pm Manila time with 98.14% precincts reporting, Philippine government run TV network PTV 4 and other independent media outlets in the Philippines have published partial and unofficial election results based on real-time data from the Comelec transparency server showing Marcos and Duterte with a commanding lead over their rivals.

PTV4 YouTube Channel Screenshot 


Thursday, May 5, 2022

Loida Lewis Leads Filipinos and Media in Zoom Meet to Discuss Trolls and How to Detect Them


By Manny Caballero 


New York City - Last night, May 4th, over a hundred Filipinos  and members of both Phil Am and mainstream media sat down in front of the computer and discussed via Zoom how to detect and control the latest "pests" in social media..the trolls.


FilAm NY Atty. Loida Nicolas Lewis, a community activist who is a staunch supporter of Leni Robredo and Kiko Pangilinan in the May 9 election in the PH, was the organizer of the Zoom conference. She delivered an opening where she warned, once again, of the creeping Chinese influence in many aspects of Philippine life.


Lora Nicolas Olaes served as moderator of the interesting "troll exchanges" during the Q&A.


Resource person was Liz Derr, founder of trollexposer.com, a web site about trolls.



Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Opinion: Washington Post and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Relive Bankruptcy, Plunder, Extravagance and Brutality of Marcos Years | By Manuel L. Caballero

Screenshot from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism website


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BY MANUEL L. CABALLERO



WASHINGTON POST AND PH CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM RELIVE BANKRUPTCY, PLUNDER, EXTRAVAGANCE AND BRUTALITY OF MARCOS YEARS


On the eve of the May 9 election in the PH, The Washington Post, one of the most respected in the world like the New York Times, ran a lengthy article written by Regine Cabato and Shibani Mehtani, titled "How the Philippines brutal history is being whitewashed for voters".


The Post wrote of Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. regime:


"It was a period that drove the country into debt, saw thousands of political enemies rounded up and tortured and prompted a mass “People Power” uprising in 1986 against the excesses and corruption of the Marcos family."


At the same time, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCiJ) put out a story about violations of human rights of many Filipinos, especially protesting students and political oppositionists during the Marcos years.  The stories of brutalities were believed to have been committed with Fabian Ver, the late infamous four-star general who was the closest military officer to Marcos. 


The PCIJ centered its story on a daughter of Ver named Wanna, now in her 40s and living in Europe with her family, who recognized the abusive human rights violations perpetrated during her father's time. Wamna feels apology and compensation are called for in light of the evidences showed to her by PCIJ and her own research. "I think even a million sorries will not be enough," Wanna said. 



Screenshot from The Washington Post website

These are damning historical facts against Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., a presidential candidate in the PH election who does not recognize what Wanna Ver recognized and apologized for even if she had nothing to do with the actions of her father. On the other hand, in an interview, Marcos told an interviewer on TV, "What am I to say sorry for?"

Marcos Jr. Is now seen by many in the Philippines as accomplice in the plunder of national treasury committed by his father because he is believed to be using in his campaign part of the stolen monies from  the Filipino people.


What's worse was Marcos Jr.'s attempt to rehabilitate the members of the Marcos family, including his own, by hiring a British re-branding company which has tried to revise the historical facts of Marcos years calling it "Golden Age." Truth of the matter was that the Philippines was bankrupted by Marcos.


Not all is well with Marcos Jr. poll campaign. The Filipino people are turned off by his political tactics, especially the failed attempt to revise history and replace it with a fabricated one. Likewise, his refusal to participate in presidential debates and interviews. Thus, the voters do not know what he stands for. Why should they vote for him?




(UPDATED 5/4/22 5:43PM ET) In Person Voting for New York PH Consulate Registered Voters that did not Receive their Ballots, set on May 7


REQUIREMENTS FOR ONSITE VOTING 


Per Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Letter No. OFOV-2022-0942 dated 29 April 2022, overseas voters registered with the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York who have not received the election packets containing their ballots may come to the Consulate on Saturday, 07 May 2022, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to cast their votes. 


Before proceeding to the Consulate, said registered voters must first check if their names are indicated in the COMELEC’s Certified List of Voters (CLOV), which can be accessed here link: https://newyorkpcg.org/.../consular.../overseas-voting/


Those whose names are indicated in said list should bring with them the following: 


1. Duly accomplished affidavit/undertaking: https://newyorkpcg.org/.../OV_Affidavit-of-Undertaking.pdf;


2. Duly accomplished OVF-1: https://newyorkpcg.org/.../09/Overseas-Voting-Form-1.pdf;


3. Copy of Philippine passport or Philippine citizenship re-acquisition documents; and


4. Copy of proof of change address or current address (e.g., utility bill or driver’s license)


Said voters must accomplish the ballot on the Consulate’s premises and drop the ballot in the designated drop box on the above-stated date and time.


Kababayan who have registered but whose names are not in the CLOV are requested to email the COMELEC directly at: ov.concerns@comelec.gov.ph. 


Kababayan who may not be able to come to the Consulate to vote on Saturday are requested to email newyorkpcg.ov@dfa.gov.ph for other possible days they could be accommodated.


Maraming Salamat po.




ADVISORY 050-2022

ONSITE VOTING OPTION FOR KABABAYAN WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEIR BALLOTS


Per Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Letter No. OFOV-2022-0942 dated 29 April 2022, overseas voters registered with the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York who have been sent postal voting packets but have not received their ballots may personally visit the Consulate on Saturday, 07 May 2022, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to cast their votes. 


Said registered voters must provide the following:

1. Duly accomplished notarized affidavit/undertaking: https://newyorkpcg.org/.../OV_Affidavit-of-Undertaking.pdf;


2. Duly accomplished OVF-1: https://newyorkpcg.org/.../09/Overseas-Voting-Form-1.pdf;


3. Copy of Philippine passport or Philippine citizenship re-acquisition documents; and


4. Copy of proof of change address or current address (e.g., utility bill, driver’s license)


These voters must accomplish the ballot on the Consulate’s premises and drop the ballot in the designated drop box on the above-stated date and time. 




Philippine Embassy Celebrates Successful Subic Bay Shipyard Agreements and IMF/ World Bank Spring Meetings

PH Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez delivers his remarks at a diplomatic reception to celebrate the robust relations between the Philippines and the United States, the recent conclusion of the agreements on the Subic Bay shipyard with US-based Cerberus Capital Management, as well as to welcome the Philippine delegations to the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings. Also in the photo are Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin. Jr.; Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana; Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez; Central Bank Governor Benjamin Diokno; and U.S Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro.

WASHINGTON D.C.
– Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez hosted a diplomatic reception on 19 April at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the robust relations between the Philippines and the United States and the conclusion of the agreements on the Subic Bay shipyard, and welcome the Philippine delegation to the 2022 World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings.

In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Romualdez underscored the importance of the completion of the agreements on the Subic Bay shipyard for the Philippine economy and the deepening of ties between the Philippines and the United States. 

 

“The completion of the Subic Bay shipyard will redound to benefits for the country, bring jobs to the local communities, increase economic activity, and at the same fortify our strategic security measures. Working with the United States on this project will help ensure that we are able to protect our interests not only for our country but the whole region,” Ambassador Romualdez said. 

 

He also expressed his appreciation to Philippine and U.S. government officials, as well as to officials of Cerberus Capital Management, for their support and efforts that led to the conclusion of the agreements.

 

For his part, Foreign Affairs Secretary Locsin said “with less than two months left to the Duterte administration, there is no better finale to all the work done to strengthen our ties with the United States than to see the ink on the paper of the biggest public-private partnership in the 75-year history of Philippine-US relations.” He also underscored the role played by Ambassador Romualdez to finalize the project from start to finish. 

 

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III also expressed his appreciation to Philippine and U.S. government officials and Cerberus in initiating and completing the deal. He said that while the project was met with challenges in the early stages, these were overcome through the support of all sides. 

 

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro underscored the robust security and military cooperation between the Philippines and the United States as long-time treaty allies. He also highlighted the people-to-people ties between the two countries which have kept the relations rich and strong over the years. 

 

Mr. Steve Feinberg, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Cerberus Capital Management, expressed his appreciation to the Philippine and U.S. governments for their invaluable support in ensuring the conclusion of the agreements.



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