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29/06/2012: Exchange Students from Mindanao Call on PHL Ambassador

29 JUNE 2012, WASHINGTON, DC – Twenty-seven students from Mindanao trooped to the Embassy of the Philippines yesterday, where they presented Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. with a token of appreciation for his efforts in fostering closer Philippine-U.S. ties.  The students are about to return to the Philippines approximately one year after studying in local high schools and living with host families.

Ambassador Cuisia wished the students well and expressed the hope that lasting memories were created with their experiences in the U.S.  He congratulated them for the successful conclusion of their program and urged the young Filipinos to share the knowledge they acquired with their respective communities back home.

The Embassy’s officers provided the group with a presentation on Philippine-U.S. relations, including its history, political and economic ties, and legislative agenda in Congress.  The students were then treated to a hearty lunch of much missed Filipino food.

Ambassador Jose Cuisia (right, foreground) thanks a student participant of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program as he receives a token of appreciation from the group before the start of the briefing program prepared for them at the Embassy of the Philippines on January 28.  A total of twenty-seven students from Mindanao participated in this year’s YES Program, an exchange program for high school students initiated by AFS International Network.

The students are part of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (Y.E.S.) Program, an exchange program administered by AFS International Network (formerly American Field Service), which brings together high school students from different countries to attend high school in the U.S. for one year and learn more about U.S. society.  AFS is a worldwide non-profit organization that has been leading international high school exchange programs for the past 60 years. (END)