DCG Kerwin Tate hails heroes for freedom from colonialism, cites current aspiration for freedom from want
By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – The evening of the Philippine National Day Reception on June 12, 2018 was notably convivial and charming. About 180 guests, mostly sparkling leaders of community organizations, business people, and government officials, came and were warmly welcomed by officials of the Philippine Consulate headed by Deputy Consul General Kerwin Tate. The reception was to comemmorate the 120th anniversary of Philippine Independence at the elegant Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on 5th Avenue.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, through representative Aries dela Cruz, gave a citation to the Philippine Consulate General of New York for continuously upholding the well-being of Filipinos in the community. The guests hobnobbed all throughout the evening, dressed in Filipiniana and business attire.
DCG Tate, in his speech, made sense of the meaning of freedom, which historically was the result of Filipino’s fight against the Spanish colonialist. Today, that freedom means freedom from poverty, crime, corruption, and drug addiction.
Then it was time for OSM! to roam around and take pictures of the best dressed people at the party.
Filipino food and drinks were overflowing and incredibly delicious, courtesy of Ugly Kitchen and Tsismis. The Broadway Barkada singers entertained the guests with the repertoire from Broadway shows where they had performed. They’re very good, so good that they send goosebumps to listeners who are likewise proud of their stellar achievement as singers. (Featured photo is lovely couple Ronald and Grace Labaguis of Synergy Productions)
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