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25/06/2012: PHL Embassy Takes Part in PAFC Community Picnic and Sportsfest

Representatives of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. led by Consul Emil Fernandez took part in the 2012 Philippine Festival Community Picnic and Sportsfest organized by the Philippine American Foundation for Charities.  Photo at left shows Embassy representatives taking part in the parade, while the photo at right shows them in the Embassy booth.  The event was held at Fort Washington, Maryland on June 24, 2012.

25 June 2012, Washington DC. The Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C. participated in the 2012 Philippine Festival Community Picnic and Sportsfest organized by the Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC) at the Tucker Road Community Center in Fort Washington, Maryland on June 24, 2012.

Philippine Embassy representatives were on hand to encourage qualified individuals to register as overseas absentee voters, disseminate tourism-related promotional materials, and distribute samples of Pili nuts and dried mangoes.

Also during the event, officials of Prince George’s County of Maryland, led by Council Member Obie Patterson and Multicultural Affairs Liaison Imelda Abella, presented Mr. Ador Carreon and Ms. Aylene Mafnas of PAFC, with a certificate proclaiming June 24, 2012 as Philippine Heritage Day in Prince George’s County and encouraging all citizens and residents to join in the celebration.

Mr. Ador Carreon (leftmost) and Ms. Aylene Mafnas (3rd from left) of PAFC receive from Council Member Obie Patterson (center) and Multicultural Affairs Liaison Imelda Abella (3rd from right) of Prince George’s County of Maryland a certificate proclaiming the month of June as Philippine Heritage Month.  Also in the picture are Consul Emil Fernandez (2nd from left) of the Philippine Embassy and Delegate Kris Valderrama (rightmost) of PG’s 26th Legislative District.

The well-attended affair featured games for children, sports activites (volleyball, basketball, 5-k run, tennis, chess), a variety show with live bands and dance performances, native dishes and ethnic food, and “Parada ng mga Lechon” (parade of roasted pigs).

PAFC was originally the Philippine Independence Day Committee, composed of heads and members of Filipino-American associations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, who were tasked to organize events to commemorate Philippine Independence Day.  The group was formally registered as a non-profit entity in 1996.  Its activities now include the grant of awards, disaster relief, staging of the Philippine Festival, honoring outstanding Filipino-Americans, youth programs, senior citizens projects, assistance to Filipino-American soldiers, and Christmas festivities.  (END)