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26/12/2012: Ambassador Cuisia's New Year's Message


A new year is again upon us, providing us the time to look back and plan ahead.

2012 was my first full year as Philippine envoy to the United States.  I had the pleasure of visiting numerous Filipino American communities throughout the country, where I endeavored to convey the Philippine Government’s key programs and priorities and called upon our kababayan to support various causes.  It was my honor to have met countless individuals who have excelled in their fields, proving that Filipinos have contributed much in American society.

We continued to exert efforts to widen and deepen relations between the Philippines and the U.S. on all fronts, including people-to-people ties.  As recently noted by a U.S. official, the two countries’ relationship is in a “renaissance.”

The year ended on a poignant note.  A devastating typhoon struck areas of southern Philippines, an area that traditionally does not experience such catastrophes.  I continue to be touched by the outpouring of support from Filipino American organizations to help in the relief, recovery and rehabilitation efforts.  In times of need, our countrymen overseas can be relied upon for assistance.

The much respected statesman and war hero, Senator Daniel Inouye, leaves behind an unparalleled legacy as a staunch supporter of Filipinos.  The halls of U.S. Congress may never see such an avid champion of Philippine interests, as they did in the good senator from Hawaii.

Filipinos have many reasons to welcome 2013 with open arms.  The country is at a critical juncture.  Under the leadership of President Benigno S. Aquino III, the Philippines has undergone a significant transition that establishes a direction of change that will shape our nation for years to come.  Reforms in the political and economic arena are bearing fruit and the President’s continued high approval ratings are a testament to the people’s trust and satisfaction in his administration.

I look forward to another fruitful year, one filled with peace and blessings.

Manigong Bagong Taon sa inyong lahat!


JOSE L. CUISIA, JR.                        


01 January 2013, Washington D.C.

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