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03/11/2010: Six Filipinos made it in 2010-2011 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

Consul General Domingo P. Nolasco of the Philippine Embassy (center) attends the State Department hosted reception on October 25, 2010 for the 2010-2011 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows. Humphrey fellows from the Philippines include, from left, Police Superintendent Rommel Miranda; Principal Soraya Faculo of Cordillera Regional Science High School; Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Zhella Manrique Department of Justice (DOJ) Camarines Sur; Associate Professor Serlie Jamias from University of the Philippines Los Baños; Professor Luz Taposok from University of Southern Mindanao; and, Chief Provincial Prosecutor Pepita Jane Petralba DOJ Cebu.

Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton delivered the keynote remarks at the reception hosted by the Department of State for the 2010-2011 Hubert H. Humphrey fellows on October 25, 2010. On her right is Ms. Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship program.

November 3, 2010, Washington, DC – Consul General Domingo P. Nolasco and Vice Consul Corina Apostol of the Embassy of the Philippines met with the Hubert H. Humphrey fellows from the Philippines at a reception hosted by the U.S. Department of State on October 25, 2010 at the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Department of State.

The six delegates from the Philippines are Ms. Soraya Faculo, Principal of Cordillera Regional Science High School; Associate Professor Serlie Jamias, University of the Philippines Los Baños; Atty. Zhella Manrique, Assistant Provincial Prosecutor at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Camarines Sur; Police Superintendent Rommel Miranda, Spokesperson of the National Capital Region Police Office; Atty. Pepita Jane Petralba, Chief Provincial Prosecutor DOJ Cebu; and, Professor Luz Taposok from the University of Southern Mindanao.

Manrique, Miranda and Petralba currently attend the University of Minnesota; Faculo goes to the Vanderbilt University in Tennessee; Jamias is attending the University of Maryland; and, Taposok is at the University of California in Davis.

The Humphrey Fellowship program, funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, provides professionals from other countries the opportunity to engage in one year non-degree study in a university in the United States. The potential for leadership and commitment to public service serve as basis in the selection of Humphrey fellows.  The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Consul General Nolasco expressed appreciation to the representatives of the Department of State and to the President and CEO of IIE, Dr. Allan Goodman, for giving the privilege to the six Filipino fellows to study in the United States. He also encouraged the delegates to apply and share the knowledge they will acquire to their institutions and communities in the Philippines.

According to the keynote speaker, Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, “…we expect great things from you when you get home as Humphrey fellows.” The Secretary added that people-to-people connections through programs such as the Humphrey fellowship serve as one of the foundations of the work done by the Department of State.

The Humphrey Fellowship has a roster of 4,200 alumni since the program started in 1978. This year’s batch of fellows is the largest at 218. -- END