28/11/2011: U.S. Representative Blackburn Looks Forward to Philippines as Honored Country in Memphis in May
Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (right) with Representative Marsha Blackburn
28 NOVEMBER 2011, WASHINGTON, DC. Representative Marsha Blackburn expressed delight over the news that the Philippines would be featured as the honored country for the Memphis in May International Festival in 2012. Serving since 2003, Representative Blackburn is the Republican Representative for Tennessee's 7th congressional district which covers the suburbs of Memphis and Nashville.
At a meeting on November 4, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. told Representative Blackburn that the Philippines was chosen as the honored country for the depth and scope of its culture and the fairly active Filipino community in Memphis. He added that the Embassy has been very busy preparing and organizing for this event that will present commercial, education and cultural programs about the Philippines. The Philippines and Memphis share common business interests in logistics, agriculture and biosciences. As a month-long event, the Festival aims to promote cultural awareness in the city by honoring a chosen country each year. It gathers Memphians and tourists for culinary delights, entertainment, and education.
The Philippines as the honored country is featured at http://www.memphisinmay.org/about-honoredcountry.
Ambassador Cuisia took the opportunity to also discuss with Representative Blackburn the Save Our Industries Act (H.R. 2387). The SAVE Act has gained a good number of supporters in the House of Representatives and has been championed by leaders of the Filipino American community including those in Memphis. Representative Blackburn said that she would look into the bill and give it due consideration. Ambassador Cuisia emphasized that the bill will promote job creation and boost exports in both the Philippine apparel and US textile industries.
Representative Blackburn indicated that she would like to be a member of the Philippines-United States Congressional Friendship Caucus, and told the Ambassador that she would love to visit the Philippines.
Representative Blackburn has served on the majority and minority whip teams since her election as congresswoman. She also sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee where she is vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (CMT). END