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30/07/2012: MHC Youth Envoys Call on PHL Ambassador

Youth Envoys of the Migrant Heritage Commission pose with Ambassador Jose Cuisia (center) during their courtesy call on July 27, 2012 at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy.

30 July 2012, Washington DC. Sixteen Filipino Americans aged between 16 and 22 years old called on Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. last July 27 in preparation for their participation as the Migrant Heritage Commission’s (MHC) Youth Envoys to the 11th Youth Assembly, which will be held at the United Nations in New York from 1 to 3 August 2012.

Ambassador Cuisia briefed the group on the Embassy’s programs geared toward engaging with the youth, including the forum dubbed “Merienda with Ambassador Cuisia” that was held last March at the George Washington University and the recently concluded “Filipino American Youth Leadership Program” (FAYLP) in Manila.  The FAYLP participants met last July 13 to 16 with several high-level public officials and corporate executives, as well as prominent personalities involved in community advocacy and social entrepreneurship, to listen and see for themselves the developments taking place in the Philippines and the challenges that need to be addressed.  The Ambassador urged the MHC Youth Envoys, as possible future leaders of their communities, to get involved in promoting issues that would benefit Filipinos and Filipino Americans.

The Youth Envoys were selected by the MHC from among the children of parents whose organizations have collaborated and supported MHC’s programs for their academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to MHC’s mission of unity and service.  Those present during the call were Raymund Valera-Jaramillo, Nicole Calaro, Stephanie Lyn Marquez, Iana Kozelsky, Ayah Pineda Manalastas, Alex Valera, Jessica Campanilla, Camille Joy David, Nathan Ebilane, Andrew Tablang Jimenez, Joyce Mata, Gissele Pinero, Jennifer Ipanag, Krishna Mata, Lexi Crisostomo, and Chessa Taboada.  They were accompanied by the MHC’s three co-executive directors – Grace Jaramillo, Jesse Gatchalian, and Arnedo Valera.  (END)