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02/10/2013: SECRETARY DEL ROSARIO PAYS TRIBUTE TO US-PHILIPPINES SOCIETY FOR RAISING PROFILE OF PHILIPPINES IN THE US

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WDC-091-2013
28 September 2013

NEW YORK—Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario has urged a group of American and Filipino luminaries to continue with their efforts to raise the profile of the Philippines in the United States.

“On behalf of the Filipino people, I take great pleasure in thanking the people of the United States for their enduring and warm friendship and their solid partnership,” Secretary Del Rosario said in his remarks during the Second Annual Dinner of the US-Philippines Society at the New York Stock Exchange.

“May we enjoin the US-Philippines Society to reinforce and give fresh meaning to our shared history, our shared values, our shared concerns and our shared aspirations, especially to the new generation of Americans who may have little appreciation for the essence of our historical brotherhood,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

“May we moreover enjoin the US-Philippines Society to announce the incredible growth of the Philippines to the world, to have our country considered as a most attractive investment and business destination, and to be an exciting part of its remarkable transformation,” he told his audience that included Ambassador John Negroponte, the society’s Chair who also served as Director of National Intelligence.

“May we furthermore enjoin the US-Philippines Society to encourage the US Government to pursue the strongest possible treaty alliance and to embark on an even more strategic partnership with the Philippines,” he added.

In his remarks, Secretary Del Rosario thanked the Society, which was launched during the visit of President Aquino to Washington last year, for organizing a series of high-profile events to carry out its mission of raising awareness about the Philippines.

These events include a business mission to the Philippines in January; the first-ever Philippines Conference co-organized with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in September 2012; and regular Roundtables with the School of Advanced Strategic Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.

“The enthusiastic participation of US government officials, Capitol Hill staffers, business leaders, media representatives and academics reinforces the Society’s goal of elevating the profile of the Philippines in the US,” he said.

Aside from Ambassador Negroponte, also present during the dinner were Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr; Ambassador Libran Cabactulan; Consul General Mario De Leon; Ambassador John Maisto, President; and Ambassador Hank Hendrickson, Executive Director. ###