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22/03/2012: Five Talents Honored for Help in Fighting Poverty

Ambassador Jose Cuisia (rightmost) addresses representatives and friends of Five Talents International, an organization that offers microcredit programs in developing countries like the Philippines.

21 March 2012, Washington DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. tendered a reception last night for Five Talents International, an organization that offers microcredit programs in developing countries like the Philippines.  Five Talents’ President and CEO, Mr. Craig Cole, and Chairman of the Board, Dr. April Young, headed the list of guests that also included the organization’s biggest donors.

Ambassador Cuisia extolled the work of the organization and support provided by its benefactors for transforming the lives of many poor families in the Philippines and complementing the work of the Aquino Administration in its mandate to create jobs and fight poverty.

Mr. Cole lauded the Ambassador for his efforts in strengthening Philippine-U.S. ties and expressed Five Talents’ commitment in contributing to the empowerment of the underprivileged segments of society using its innovative savings and microcredit programs, business training and spiritual development.

Guests were also treated to a performance by accomplished concert pianist and signer, Carlos Ibay.  Gifted with a rich tenor voice and fluent in seven languages, Carlos has performed in solo concerts throughout the world and is a recipient of numerous awards.

Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, Five Talents was formed at the 1998 Lambeth Conference, a global meeting of Anglican leaders in Canterbury, England, as a means to fight poverty, starvation, and diseases.  The organization’s partners in the Philippines are the Episcopal Diocese of Central Philippines and Center for Community Transformation and its branch offices are located in Cainta and Taguig.  END