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18/10/2011: Ambassador Cuisia Keynotes 42nd Anniversary of Katipunan

18 OCTOBER 2011, WASHINGTON, DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. delivered the keynote speech during the 42nd anniversary of Katipunan.  Led by its President, Mrs. Helen Sadorra, Katipunan is a Filipino-American organization that promotes cultural, social and philanthropic initiatives to benefit Filipinos and the larger community in central Maryland.

Ambassador Cuisia congratulated the founders, officers and members of Katipunan for its significant contributions to the Filipino-American community in Maryland since 1969, adding that “Katipunan has been a genuine partner of the Embassy in promoting the rich and beautiful culture of the Philippines here in the United States.”  Katipunan is responsible for initiating various projects in the area, including the Fiesta Filipiniana and language courses conducted in schools and other social events.

He urged the Filipino-American community to help steer the country forward by marketing the Philippines as a tourism destination to friends and neighbors, supporting the campaign of the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, reacquiring their Philippine citizenship under the Dual Citizenship Law, and participating in the upcoming 2013 Philippine elections by registering as an overseas absentee voter.

In addition, Ambassador Cuisia also sought the backing of the Filipino-American community for the Save Our Industries Act (SAVE Act), which is now pending in the US Congress.  SAVE Act aims to strengthen trade between the Philippines and the United States by allowing Philippine made apparel using US fabrics to enter the US duty free.  If passed, the bill is expected to revive the Philippine garments sector and boost US textile industry.

Ambassador Cuisia concluded by expressing his gratitude to Katipunan for their “acts of selflessness and generosity” and encouraged them to continue their efforts and build on their accomplishments that will promote a more relevant and responsive Filipino-American community. END.

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. addresses the founders, officers and members of Katipunan in his keynote speech during their 42nd anniversary held in Towson, Maryland last October 8.


Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (second from right) and wife Vicky (second from left) are joined by Katipunan President Mrs. Helen Sadorra (rightmost) and Mr. Tony Sadorra (leftmost) during the 42nd anniversary of Katipunan last October 8 in Towson, Maryland. Katipunan is a Filipino-American organization that promotes cultural, social and philanthropic initiatives to benefit Filipinos and the larger community in central Maryland.

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (fifth from right) poses for a photo with Dr. Fe Dollette, debutantes and their escorts during the 42nd anniversary of Katipunan in Towson, Maryland last October 8.  Others in the photo are: Dianne Chua, Gregory Rich, Jr, Alexa Sabasa, Alec Mapili, Christine Guevara, Sid Sem, Carina Garcia, Gerard Flores, Lee Caithlin Garcia, and Allan Pabalate.