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03/12/2009: Ambassador Gaa Congratulates Two Young Filipinos for Winning a Competition to Attend the United Nations Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark

03 December 2009. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa congratulated  two young Filipinos, both graduates of De La Salle University in Manila, for winning invitations to the United Nations “Raise Your Voice” climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark from December 7 -21, 2009. The six-minute youtube video created by Paul Darwynn Garilao and Alfonso Orioste, Jr. bested 600 other entries in the online competition sponsored by You Tube, CNN, and the United Nations. Ambassador Gaa said, “I wish to commend Paul Darwyn Garilao and Alfonso Orioste Jr. for their remarkable achievement of securing an opportunity to propose potential solutions to climate change in an international forum. This is a testament of Filipino ingenuity and creativity and a source of pride for our country.”

Drawing inspiration from Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng, Garilao and Orioste discussed disaster management systems and the global shift to extensively explore the use of alternative energies. Their goal is to keep conversation and debate about climate change solutions alive among world leaders and in local communities.