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18/02/2011: Ambassador Gaa Feted at Historic Blair House

Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall (third from left), US State Department Chief of Protocol, delivers her remarks for the guest of honor, H.E Willy C. Gaa (second from left), outgoing Ambassador of the Philippines to the US, as invited guests look on.

18 February 2011, Washington DC. Ambassador Willy C. Gaa was given the rare honor today of being feted with a farewell reception at the Blair House by the United States State Department.  In attendance were guests from the diplomatic corps and several U.S. government agencies.

Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief of Protocol, cited Ambassador Gaa’s numerous accomplishments as the Philippines’ top diplomat in the U.S. and read a letter from Secretary Hillary Clinton, which expressed the American people and Obama Administration’s gratitude for the Ambassador’s service and efforts to strengthen the important partnership between the U.S. and the Philippines.

In his remarks, Ambassador Gaa cited the significant strides that have been made in building the U.S.-Philippines bilateral relations and in maintaining their relevance in the lives of our fellowmen.  Ambassador Gaa noted that his tenure in the American capital is and will always be a source of personal pride and honor.

Located opposite the Old Executive Office Building of the White House, the historic Blair House serves as the official state guest house for the President of the United States.  Foreign heads of state visiting the president are accommodated at the Blair House, as well as several American presidents-elect and their families, who spend as guests in the house the last few nights before their initial inauguration.  END