January - March, 2015 | In This Issue:

The US-Philippines Society kicked off 2015 with a full calendar of events, highlighted by a Board Meeting and Business Mission in Manila and site visits to typhoon recovery projects in the Visayas.
Malacanang 2015
US-Philippines Society Board of Directors at the Malacañan Palace with Cabinet Secretaries Jose Rene Almendras, Cesar Purisima (Finance), and Gregorio Domingo (Trade & Industry).
BOD and PH Congress
US-Philippines Society Board of Directors, including Co-Chairs Manuel V. Pangilinan and John Negroponte, Honorary Chair Washington SyCip,  Senate President Franklin Drilon and
 House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Amb. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.
From left, Society Co-Chair Amb. John Negroponte in Malacañan Palace; Co-Chair Manuel V. Pangilinan with Congressman Belmonte; Amb. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. with U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg
From left, Society President Amb. John Maisto, Amb. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Amb. Thomas Hubbard at a dinner hosted by Director Enrique Razon, held in Solaire Resort & Casino; Makati Business Club hosted a Policy Dialogue with former US Ambassadors to the Philippines Thomas Hubbard, Richard Murphy and John Negroponte; Director Ramon Del Rosario posed a question
Society President Amb. John Maisto with Amb. Thomas Hubbard & Director George SyCip look through thank-you messages from school children; Students of San Jose Elementary School in Tacloban, Leyte pose with Society leadership at the turnover of their new schoolbuilding, part of the rebuilding project of Society partner, PDRF
Il Papa in Manila~Washington DC
Georgetown University, Washington DC

The Washington community joined us in the celebration of Pope Francis' visit to Manila at a broadcast of the mass in Luneta Park. Forum included a discussion of the Papal message and its importance to the Filipino people. Speakers included Cardinal Donald William Wuerl, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Rev. Father Michael Paris, and John Carr of Georgetown University.

A record 7million attended the Papal mass at the Luneta Park.
Forum with Cardinal McCarrick, John Carr and Fr. Michael Paris with moderator, Thryza Navarette
Former Deputy Chief of Mission & Mrs. Ariel Peñaranda, Cardinal McCarrick, Cardinal Wuerl, Georgetown University President John DeGioia, Fr. Kevin O'Brien, & Executive Director Hank Hendrickson

Keeping the Promise: Philippine Liberation's 70th Anniversary
Norfolk, Virginia

Amb. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. headlined a forum to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Philippine Liberation in 1945 at the MacArthur Memorial Foundation in Norfolk, Virginia. Pictured with Amb. Cuisia are Executive Director Hank Hendrickson and Society member, Marilyn Rivera.

The 5000 square foot temporary exhibit will run until January 2017. 

For more information, visit the MacArthur Memorial Foundation website: Keeping the Promise 
Photo Exhibit & Discussion
Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Kim Komenich,1987 Pulitzer Prize winner for Spot News Photography for his coverage of the fall of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, revisits the People Power Revolution at a photo exhibit February 24 co-sponsored by the US-Philippines Society. Joining the discussion were Society President Amb. John Maisto and Washington Post journalist, William Branigin.
Left photo, William Branigin, Kim Komenich, Philippine Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Patrick Chuasoto, and Amb. Johnn Maisto formally opened the exhibit
Remembering the 1986 People Power Revolution 
Johns Hopkins - SAIS, Washington DC
US-Philippines Society President John Maisto and SAIS Senior Associate Director Professor William Wise recall the role of the U.S. during the pivotal point in Philippine history, popularly known as "People Power" or the EDSA Revolution.
A Preview of US-Philippine Relations in 2015
Philippine Embassy, Washington DC   

Amb. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. previewed key foreign policy issues in 2015, including the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), South China Sea jurisdictional disputes, and the Partnership for Growth.

Click for:
-Copy of Amb. Cuisia's presentation
-Feature on Diplomatic Pouch
From left, Society Director Jeffrey Peterson, Associate Dean John Harrington , Amb. John Maisto, Amb. Cuisia, Prof. William Wise, and Exec. Director Hank Hendrickson.

Amb. Cuisia takes questions from the participants.
April 23, 2015 | Philippine Embassy 

Chicago-based Filipino-American Architect, Lira Luis, leads panel discussion on new discoveries for resiliency beyond traditional materials, design, and construction paradigms. Part of American Institute of Architects (AIA) DC Architecture Week. Read more...
April 29, 2015 | CSIS

Keynote by Co-Chair John Negroponte, featuring Director Gerardo Borromeo, CEO of Philippine Transmarine Carriers, and a Philippine Maritime Congressional Delegation on a Society-sponsored visit to engage with U.S. legislative counterparts and executive agencies.
JUNE 11, 2015 | The Atrium Hall, Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC

The US-Philippines Society with the Embassy of the Philippines showcases innovative designs from the Philippines and the work of fashion icon Patis Tesoro.