Washington, DC – On March 15, 2018, Jerry Sibal, president of JS Projections Inc. and partner Edwin Josue together with Explore Islands Philippines Team Carl Nelson, Special Events Consultant, Marilyn Abalos, Project Management and PR Consultant and Karen Gamba, Business Development Consultant, met with dignitaries in Washington, DC to promote the Explore Islands Philippines 4-day conference, convention and event to be held at the historic, Great Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station in New York City from May 9 – 12, 2018.
This event is set to draw corporations, investors, B2B businesses and arts and culture institutions from the USA and the Philippines to promote international investor and business relations to stimulate economies and provide insights into opportunities in the Philippines and United States.
The team held meetings with Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America, Hank Hendrickson, Executive Director of the US-Philippines Society, Jose Victor Chan Gonzaga, Raymond Batac, Trade & Investment, Paulo Galang, Trade & Investment, Dr. Joy Javelosa, Agriculture Attache and Mylo Fausto at the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, DC.
The purpose of the meetings was to promote cross-border partnerships in support of the EIP project. The team discussed a track record of successful partnerships through BioTech and Real Estate events held in New York City recently with the support of the Philippines.
“I am confident that the Expo will successfully present the Philippines as a premier tourism and investment destination, and New York certainly offers an unparalleled international stage to bring people together whether as prospective tourists or investors,” Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez said in a statement after he was briefed on the project by JS Productions President Jerry Sibal.
“We appreciate the support of the Philippine Government, particularly the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotion Board. We look forward to working also with the various Philippine trade and investment agencies, as well as with the US-Philippines Society, on this worthy project,” said Jerry Sibal. “It is our goal to connect individuals, companies and investment groups in the U.S. with relevant public and private offices in the Philippines to help facilitate and support economic development in the country. We would also like to help bring American and Filipino-American tourists to the Philippines,”
“Our goal would be to connect investors from the USA to Philippine businesses, and vice-versa.” said Hank Hendrickson, Executive Director of the US-Philippines Society. “We will focus on business and tourism as well as arts and culture programs.”
The successful day of meetings closed with a dinner event hosted by the US-Philippines Society. The event drew guests from around DC, in various industries, who showed great interest in the EIP event to be held in May.
The Philippine economy is one of the fastest-growing in the ASEAN-5 with the revival of manufacturing, booming real estate, biotech and healthcare industries along with strong overseas tourism. Philippine gross domestic product is expected to grow by 7-7.5% in 2018 alone.
“Nothing like this has ever been done for the Philippines in New York,” said Jerry Sibal “we hope to draw great interest at our inaugural event and hope you will all come explore these opportunities with us, not only this year, but for many years to come.”
(Press release and photos from Marilyn Abalos; Featured photo L to R Front Row: Jerry Sibal, Ambassador Manuel Romauldez, Edwin Josue and Marilyn Abalos; L to R Back Row: Hank Hendrickson, Karen Gamba and Carl Nelson)