Exciting Events in the Philippine Community in New York
The Philippine Tourism Promotion Board (TPB) hosted a reception for the delegates and guests of the Business and Investment Roadshow in Lounge 48 in Manhattan, New York on March 2. In attendance were (photo above) Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr, Consul General Mario De Leon, Jr, and TPB Chief Operating Officer Chicoy Enerio. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Filipino Tourism Ambassador APl De Ap and American Idol Finalist Jessica Sanchez added more fun to the very Filipino event with their music and dance numbers.
On March 7, Filipino-American young professionals trooped to the Philippine Center Gallery lobby on 5th Avenue for a fellowship night hosted by the Philippine Consulate General New York and Philippine Department of Tourism New York. While enjoying Filipino food and drinks by Maharlika Jeepney, and music by DJ Norman Dalager, some 55 attendees learned about the NOW PH Tour, an 8-day tour specially designed for the Fil-Am millennials.
During the brief program, Consul General Mario De Leon spoke to the guests, noting the many initiatives the Consulate has done to engage the young community members, such as the Leadership and Mentoring Seminar series, the FYLPRO Town Hall, and the Philippine Graduation (PGRAD). He hailed the NOW PH Tour for its unique itinerary and the valuable lessons it can teach the young: appreciation for their heritage and history, understanding of the government and business situation in the Philippines, fun and friendship during the adventure tours, and most importantly, a spirit of giving back on the many opportunities to join social enterprise programs in the country.
Ms Zeny Palugna, Department of Tourism-New York Administrative Officer discussed the details of the 8-day tour, which arrives in the Philippines on April 8, and highlighted the sights and experiences featured in the NOW PH Tour: a visit to Malacanang Palace, meeting with Business Leaders, tour of Intramuros and nightlife spots in Manila, heritage tour of Dumaguete, swimming with whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu, gastronomy and traditional industries in Cebu City.
NOW PH Tour is a project of the Philippine Embassy Washington with the support of the Department of Tourism, US-Philippines Society, and the Philippine Consulates General in the US. More information may be found in NOW PH website www.justgoph.com. (Press Release from the PCGNY and photo by Wendell Gaa)