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02/07/2010: Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, DC offers Thanksgiving Mass to celebrate Inauguration of President Aquino

WASHINGTON DC July 2, 2010 - The Embassy of the Philippines in Washington DC offered a thanksgiving Mass at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall to celebrate the inauguration of the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines, H.E. Benigno S. Aquino III.

The inauguration rites, held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on June 30, 2010, was attended by foreign dignitaries including US Trade Representative Ron Kirk who represented US President Barack Obama. News reports estimate the crowd during the inauguration at 500,000.

Leaders of the Filipino community joined the Embassy personnel in the Mass celebrated by Filipino Rev. Paul John Camiring, Associate Pastor of the Saint Augustine Parish in Washington, DC.  The Ateneo Alumni Choir led the community in singing the liturgical songs.

The Mass was followed by a simple reception where Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa encouraged the Filipino-American community to be inspired by the message of hope that the inauguration has set forth.   In his remarks, Ambassador Gaa said, “Bagamat tayo ay malayo sa Pilipinas, bawat isa sa atin ay maaaring makibahagi sa hamon ng pagbabago.” -- END

Rev. Paul John Camiring of the Saint Augustine Parish in Washington, DC celebrated the thanksgiving Mass at the Embassy of the Philippines to mark the inauguration of President Aquino.

Leaders of the Filipino community in the Metro DC area attended the thanksgiving Mass at the Embassy of the Philippines to celebrate the inauguration of President Aquino.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa urged Filipino-Americans to continue to participate in the task of renewal and nation-building during the reception held at the Embassy of the Philippines to celebrate the inauguration of President Aquino.