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20/10/2009: Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. H.E. Willy Gaa Lauds Hawaii Filipino Community for their Generosity to Aid Philippine Typhoon Victims

20 October 2009.  Philippine Ambassador to the US, H.E. Willy Gaa expressed his appreciation to the Filipino Community in Hawaii for their continuing spirit  to come to the aid of the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos affected by the recent typhoons as shown by the boxes of donations that were dropped-off at the Philippine Consulate General for shipment to Manila.

Ambassador Gaa met the officers and members of the Philippine Celebrations Coordinating Committee of Hawaii (PCCCH) who were having their weekly meeting at the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu. In his brief remarks, he lauded the Filipino organizations’ role as dependable partners of the Philippine Embassies and Consulates in carrying out advocacies and civic work in their respective communities.

Ambassador Gaa is on an official visit to Hawaii for the Change of Command Ceremony at the US Pacific Command as the Special Representative of Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto G. Romulo. Admiral Timothy Keating retired from the service and was replaced by Admiral Robert F. Willard. The ceremony at Camp Smith in Honolulu was led by US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. In attendance during the ceremony were Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, high ranking US military officials, Hawaii State Legislators, families and friends. END

At the Philippine Consulate General,  Ambassador Gaa looks at the boxes of donations for flood victims

Ambassador  Gaa  meets with members of the Filipino Community led by Ms. Maggie Domingo, Chairman of the Philippine Celebrations Coordinating Committee of Hawaii (seated, 4th from left)

Press Release from Philippine Consulate General - Honolulu, Hawaii