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25/06/2012: Ambassador Cuisia Urges FilAms to Promote PHL Heritage and be Responsible Citizens

Ambassador Jose Cuisia (3rd from right) takes part in the opening ceremonies of the Migrant Heritage Commission’s (MHC) 7th Annual People’s Ball at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on June 23, 2012.  Others in the picture are (l-r) Mr. Jesse Gatchalian (MHC co-Executive Director), Ms. Grace Valera-Jaramillo (MHC co-Executive Director), Ms. Gel Santos-Relos (ABS-CBN TFC’s Balitang Amerika), Mrs. Elizabeth Valera, and Atty. Arnedo Valera (MHC co-Executive Director).

25 June 2012, Washington DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. called on Filipino Americans to promote the Philippines’ rich heritage and become “a more robust and responsible pillar in mainstream America.”  He added, “I call on each one of you to foster greater camaraderie, exercise strong advocacy and internalize the lessons of our nation’s independence.”

Ambassador Cuisia made these remarks during his inspirational speech as guest speaker during the Migrant Heritage Commission’s (MHC) 7th People’s Ball, which was held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel last June 23.  The annual affair is organized to commemorate the anniversaries of the declaration of Philippine independence and migration of Filipinos to the U.S.

Outstanding Migrant Awards were given to individuals and organizations in the Filipino American community for their “exemplary work, leadership and commitment.”  Among the awardees was Attorney Loy Cortel of the Philippine Embassy, who was recognized for his work in assisting distressed Filipino nationals.

Ambassador Jose Cuisia (3rd from left) presents one of the MHC Outstanding Migrant Awards to Atty. Loy Cortel (3rd from right) of the Philippine Embassy.

During the affair, MHC also congratulated and acknowledged its twenty-three Youth Envoys for Unity and Service, who will take part in the World Youth Assembly this August at the United Nations in New York.  Ambassador Cuisia expressed his support for “young Filipino Americans and their desire to raise their voices and take on leadership roles in mainstream America.”

Ms. Gel Relos-Santos of ABS-CBN TFC’s Balitang Amerika acted as member of ceremonies, while Ms. Kirby Asunto and The Angelos were among the evening’s entertainers.  MHC’s Executive Directors are Atty. Arnedo Valera, Ms. Grace Valera-Jaramillo, and Mr. Jesse Gatchalian.  Founded in 2005, the non-profit organization provides pro-bono legal services, cultural research and support, and the publication and dissemination of information to Filipino Americans, among its other activities.  (END)