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23/11/2010: Philippine Embassy attends induction ceremonies of Ilocano Society of America

November 23, 2010, Washington, DC – The Ilocano Society of America (ISA) held its 27th Year Dinner Dance and Induction of Officers on November 20, 2010 at Fort Myer Community Center in Arlington, Virginia. A major project of ISA is the Miss Teenage Philippines-USA Pageant which has been running for the past twenty-five years. The new president of ISA, Ms. Grace Valera (center), led the incoming officers as they take their oath. Vice Consul Corina Apostol (leftmost) administered the oath and also read the message of His Excellency Willy C. Gaa, Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States, to the members of ISA. The Ambassador’s message extolled the Ilocanos’ persevering spirit, tireless work ethic, industry and resourcefulness. The Ambassador also urged ISA to continue reaching out to the larger Filipino-American community and help achieve collective goals that make everyone proud of their Filipino heritage. – END (Photo courtesy of Ms. Grace Valera)