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21/06/2010: Limited Edition Lladro “Singkil” Now Part of Embassy Permanent Collection

21 JUNE 2009 WASHINGTON DC - A limited edition Lladro “Singkil” is now part of the Embassy of the Philippines’ permanent collection as a gift from the widow of American public relations executive and supporter of the Bayanihan Dance Company John M. Reed.

In a simple and moving ceremony at the Embassy of the Philippines’ Carlos P. Romulo Hall, Mrs. John M. Reed turned over the limited edition “Singkil,” saying the piece “belongs to its rightful place” where many will “be reminded of the artistry and beauty of Philippine culture and heritage which so endeared the Philippines to Mr. Reed.”

Mrs. Reed donated the Lladro piece in loving memory of her husband who passed away in 2009.

The limited edition “Singkil” Lladro piece is one of only 1,500 created by Lladro.

Ambassador Willy C. Gaa described Mr. Reed as a “true friend of the Philippines.”

“His contributions to the promotion of Filipino culture and heritage through his active involvement in and support for the Bayanihan Dance Company are legendary. His ties with the Bayanihan spans decades and to this day, he is remembered by many with great respect and much affection,” said Ambassador Gaa in his speech. “

John was instrumental in helping raise the level of awareness and understanding about the Philippines through Bayanihan’s performances here in the United States,” explained Ambassador Gaa.

Reed, a veteran public relations executive who specialized in international clients including the computer giant Hewlett-Packard, the biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pan American World Airways, was instrumental in bringing the Bayanihan Dance Company to the United States to perform.

In thanking Mrs. Reed, Ambassador Gaa said, “The kindness in your heart is matched by the generosity of your spirit, Mrs. Reed. And you will always be remembered.”

“This newest addition to the permanent collection of the Embassy will celebrate Philippine heritage and culture at its very best. It will likewise celebrate the life of a true friend of the Philippines – Mr. John Reed,” emphasized Ambassador Gaa.

Ms. Carmen Lagdameo Stull, a former member of the Bayanihan Dance Company, spoke of Mr. Reed’s ties with the Bayanihan, saying “Tito John had always inspired us to do our very best.”

Present during the turnover ceremonies were members of the Filipino community in the Greater Metro DC area as well as former members of the Bayanihan Dance Company and alumni of the Philippine Women’s University. END

21 JUNE 2009 WASHINGTON DC - Ambassador Willy C. Gaa unveils the limited edition Lladro “Singkil” that now forms part of the Embassy of the Philippines’ permanent collection.  A gift from the widow of American public relations executive and supporter of the Bayanihan Dance Company John M. Reed, the piece is only one of 1,500 created by Lladro.  Joining Ambassador Gaa are Madame Linda Gaa, Ms. Carmen Stull, a former member of the Bayanihan Dance Company and Vice Consul Robert Borje of the Embassy’s Cultural Section. END

21 JUNE 2009 WASHINGTON DC - Ambassador Willy C. Gaa and Mrs. John M. Reed jointly present the limited edition Lladro “Singkil” in simple turnover ceremonies at the Embassy of the Philippines.  The Lladro “Singkil” now forms part of the Embassy of the Philippines’ permanent collection.  A gift from the widow of American public relations executive and supporter of the Bayanihan Dance Company John M. Reed, the piece is only one of 1,500 created by Lladro.  Joining Ambassador Gaa are Madame Linda Gaa, Ms. Carmen Stull, a former member of the Bayanihan Dance Company and Ms. Marilou Morada, also a former member of the Bayanihan Dance Company. END