PH Consul General receives Olympic fencer Samantha Catantan, wishes her luck at Paris 2024

PH Consul General receives Olympic fencer Samantha Catantan, wishes her luck at Paris 2024 Consul General Senen T. Mangalile (left) warmly welcomes Ms. Samantha Kyle Catantan (right), the Philippine representative fencer for the 2024 Paris Olympics, at the Philippine Center in New York City on 17 May 2024. On 17 May, Consul General Senen T. Mangalile proudly welcomed Samantha Kyle Catantan, a Filipina fencer representing the country at the 2024 Summer Olympics, to the Philippine Center in New York City.Ms. Catantan recently qualified for the 2024 Summer Olympics during the Asia-Oceania Zonal Olympic Qualifier held at Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, in April 2024. She has made history as the first Filipino fencer to qualify for the Olympics in 32 years and the first woman in the country’s history.During the courtesy call, Ms. Catantan shared her inspiring journey from humble beginnings in free fencing classes offered in her barangay in Quezon City to achieving Olympic status. She has been a Philippine National Fencing Team member since the age of 14, excelling as a foil fencer and demonstrating exceptional talent and dedication through local and international competitions.Currently an athletic scholar at Pennsylvania State University, Ms. Catantan has excelled academically and athletically. She…

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PH Consul General receives Fil-Am chess player and Woman FIDE Master Megan Paragua​

PH Consul General receives Fil-Am chess player and Woman FIDE Master Megan Paragua (Left) Fil-Am chess prodigy Megan Paragua shares a light moment with Consul General Senen T. Mangalile, showcasing her trophies from the World Cadet Rapid and Blitz Championships 2024 in Durres, Albania. (Right) In a friendly yet competitive chess match after the courtesy visit, Paragua demonstrates the skills that secured her victory against Mangalile. On 08 May, Consul General Senen T. Mangalile proudly welcomed Megan Althea Obrero Paragua, an 11-year-old Filipino-American chess prodigy and fifth-grade student at Columbia Grammar Preparatory School, to the Philippine Center in New York City. Paragua recently achieved remarkable success at the World Rapid & Blitz Cadet Chess Championship 2024, held from 25 to 29 April in Durres, Albania, where she won back-to-back world titles in the Rapid and Blitz categories for under-12 girls. Paragua previously earned her Woman FIDE (International Chess Federation) Master title at the 33rd Pan-American Youth Chess Festival 2023 held in Chicago, Illinois. Reflecting on her victory and what chess means to her, Paragua shared, “Chess allows me to showcase my strategic thinking. It’s a unique achievement that proves challenging yet rewarding.” Paragua attributed her passion for chess to her…

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Sentro Rizal New York presents Philippine indigenous tales at book reading

Sentro Rizal New York presents Philippine indigenous tales at book reading Ms. Jo Tiongson-Perez and Ms. Denise Orosa read from "Once Upon the Sun & Sea," captivating the audience with tales from the Philippines. (Photo by: Nikka Arenal) To celebrate Philippine National Heritage Month, the Philippine Consulate General in New York and Sentro Rizal New York featured “Once Upon the Sun & Sea: Indigenous Stories and Folk Tales from the Philippines” by authors Jo Tiongson-Perez and Denise Orosa at a book reading that drew a diverse crowd of approximately 50 attendees, including 25 children.  Before reading three stories from their book, Tiongson-Perez and Orosa shared how they visited various indigenous communities in the Philippines to curate the eleven stories that they then translated into English. “We wanted to widen the space for children’s stories beyond the Western classics by authors such as Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm by presenting folk tales from our indigenous communities which children from all backgrounds can also relate with,” said Tiongson-Perez. In his welcoming remarks, Consul General Senen T. Mangalile praised the authors’ efforts to ensure authenticity by directly working with the source communities. “Their collaboration with indigenous storytellers ensures that the stories from…

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PH Consulate in New York hosts Filipino journalists participating in Friends, Partners, Allies Reporting Tour

PH Consulate in New York hosts Filipino journalists participating in Friends, Partners, Allies Reporting Tour Officials of the Philippine Consulate General in New York engage with Filipino journalists at the Friends, Partners, Allies Program for Journalists in Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center. (Photo by Nikka Arenal) On April 26 (Friday), the Philippine Consulate General in New York hosted an on-the-record courtesy call with Filipino journalists participating in the Friends, Partners, Allies Program for Journalists at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center. The meeting aimed to deepen the Philippine Consulate’s engagement with the media and enhance the Philippine media’s understanding of the Philippine-U.S. bilateral relations and the Consulate’s activities in its jurisdiction. The event featured a panel consisting of Consul General Senen T. Mangalile, Tourism Attaché Francisco M. Lardizabal, and Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Industry Development and Investment Promotions Group (IPG), who was in New York for a series of business meetings. The discussions focused on defense and security, economic cooperation, cultural exchanges, the dynamics of the Filipino and Filipino-American communities, and issues impacting overseas Filipino workers in the US Northeast. The discussions on defense and security delved into collaborative security measures essential for maintaining stability…

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New York PCG celebrates Filipino Food Month with flavors and festivities through ‘HANDOG’​

New York PCG celebrates Filipino Food Month with flavors and festivities through ‘HANDOG’ The Filipino community and non-Filipino food enthusiasts in New York enjoy the wide array of Filipino food items and products, such as coconut jam, ube jam, and snacks, during HANDOG. (Photo by Ruth Galiza) The Philippine Consulate General in New York, in collaboration with Hotel Edison, proudly presented “HANDOG: An Exquisite Showcase of Filipino Flavors and Festivities,” a two-day cultural event held on 05 and 26 April. This event was organized as part of the Consulate’s initiatives for this year’s Filipino Food Month with the theme, “Kalutong Filipino, Lakas ng Kabataang Makabago.”HANDOG showcased diverse food items and products crafted either in the Philippines or by Filipino artisans or entrepreneurs based in New York, focusing on captivating non-Filipino audiences. The Consulate partnered with Likha Art Cafe and Euneka Cakes & Drinks, aligning with the Consulate’s commitment to supporting Filipino micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and fostering economic empowerment within the community.Attendees were treated to captivating performances by Filipino cultural groups and performers, such as Kinding Sindaw, the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla, International Women Artists Inc., and the Philippine Cultural Community Organization. These performances…

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PH highlighted as premier investment destination in ‘Why Invest in the Philippines?’ book launch in New York​

PH highlighted as premier investment destination in ‘Why Invest in the Philippines?' book launch in New York (Left photo) From left to right: Atty. Loida Lewis, Mr. Mon Abrea, Consul General Senen T. Mangalile, and Trade Commissioner Benedict Uy; (Right photo) Mr. Mon Abrea gives an overview of his book, “Why Invest in the Philippines”, at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center New York. The Philippine Consulate General in New York and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in New York, in partnership with the Asian Consulting Group (ACG), hosted the New York book launch of “Why Invest in the Philippines” on 22 April (Monday) at the Philippine Center in New York. The event is part of ACG’s 2024 International Tax and Investment Roadshow in the United States. Consul General Senen T. Mangalile delivered the keynote address, emphasizing the Consulate’s unwavering commitment to positioning the Philippines as a premier investment destination. He elaborated, “The Consulate, along with the PTIC, remains dedicated to empowering potential investors with comprehensive resources, insightful data, and dedicated support services. Our aim is to ensure that potential investors fully understand the dynamics and opportunities of the Philippine market and can effectively navigate its landscape.” Mr. Mon Abrea,…

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New York PCG and Sentro Rizal New York Present ‘An Afternoon of Filipino Classical Music’ Featuring Joed Balsamo and Norman Menzales

New York PCG and Sentro Rizal New York Present ‘An Afternoon of Filipino Classical Music’ Featuring Joed Balsamo and Norman Menzales Mr. Joed Balsamo on piano and Mr. Norman Menzales on flute serenade the audience with their performances during "An Afternoon of Filipino Classical Music" at Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center, New York. (Photo by: Joey Magaso) The Philippine Consulate General in New York and Sentro Rizal New York presented “An Afternoon of Filipino Classical Music” on 13 April at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center. The event showcased the world-class Filipino talents of Mr. Joed Balsamo on piano and Mr. Norman Menzales on flute.   Drawing over 100 attendees, the event transported guests through a repertoire inspired by the works and legacy of Dr. Jose Rizal. Musical compositions such as “Ibarra” (from the Ballet Philippines production “Crisostomo Ibarra”), “Maria Clara’s Lullaby,” and “Sa Sariling Bayan” (from the Tanghalang Una Obra production “Ibarra”) evoked the spirit of Dr. Jose Rizal’s literary works with the themes of love and patriotism.   Among the highlights The Philippine Consulate General in New York and Sentro Rizal New York presented “An Afternoon of Filipino Classical Music” on 13 April at the Kalayaan Hall of the…

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New York PCG champions Filipino talent and creativity at FILIPINXT Press Conference

New York PCG champions Filipino talent and creativity at FILIPINXT Press Conference Mr. Rob Mallari-D’Auria and Mr. Bessie Besana, founders of Manila to Manhattan, answer the questions of host Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong during the Q & A segment of the FILIPINXT press conference. (Photo by: Selwyn Tungol) As part of its efforts to elevate Filipino talent and culture internationally, the Philippine Consulate General in New York has partnered with Filipino organization Manila to Manhattan in organizing the New York press conference for FILIPINXT. Held at the Philippine Center New York on 05 April, the event marked a milestone in promoting the richness of Filipino creative industries to a worldwide audience. FILIPINXT: A New Era of Philippine Fashion is envisioned as a platform for Filipino fashion designers to showcase their talent to the international market by staging a runway show in New York, one of the world’s fashion capitals. Spearheaded by Filipino fashion designer Bessie Besana and Filipino-American entrepreneur Rob Mallari-D’Auria, this initiative seeks to bridge Filipino creativity with international opportunities, emphasizing the Philippines' role as a burgeoning hub for fashion and art. During the press conference, the two founders of FILIPINXT shared their inspiration and vision with the global community.…

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PH Consulate hosts New York leg of FYLPRO Magiting Roadshow​

PH Consulate hosts New York leg of FYLPRO Magiting Roadshow Consul General Senen T. Mangalile (center), Vice Consuls Paolo Marco R. Mapula, and Cathe Ryne Denice S. Aguilar (leftmost), along with the alumni and volunteers of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO). (Photo by FYLPRO) The Philippine Consulate General in New York hosted alumni, volunteers, and prospective participants of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) for the New York segment of the FYLPRO Magiting Roadshow on 03 April at the Philippine Center.   FYLPRO is a distinguished leadership initiative that empowers exceptional Filipino Americans to enact positive change. It fosters a network of dynamic leaders committed to promoting the interests of the Filipino diaspora and participating in global dialogues on diversity and leadership. The event offered an invaluable chance for Filipino American youth to connect with FYLPRO members, alumni, and partners; discover FYLPRO's initiatives; and gain insights into the FYLPRO 2024 program. Testimonies from the Speakers (L to R): Ms Rachelle Ocampo, Alumna, FYLPRO Immersion Program, Ms Sheena Faye Garcia, Doctoral Researcher, NYU, and Ms Kathleen Mallari, Alumna, IMPACT! Program Alumna. (FYLPRO). (Photo by FYLPRO) Consul General Senen T. Mangalile expressed enthusiasm about the event, stating, "I commend FYLPRO for gathering a remarkable community of dynamic and passionate young Filipino…

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NEW YORK PCG SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON THREE FIL-AMERICAN WOMEN TRAILBLAZERS IN AN EVENING OF DISTINGUISHED WOMEN

NEW YORK PCG SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON THREE FIL-AMERICAN WOMEN TRAILBLAZERS IN AN EVENING WITH DISTINGUISHED WOMEN The Evening with Distinguished Women is an annual event held by the Philippine Consulate General in New York celebrating the contributions that women of Filipino ancestry have made to the community-at-large. As part of its commemoration of Philippine National Women’s Month, the Philippine Consulate General in New York held “An Evening  with Distinguished Women” on 21 March 2024 at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center with the theme ““Lipunang Patas sa Bagong Pilipinas: Kakayahan ng Kababaihan, Patutunayan!”  The annual event coincided with the celebration of Women’s History Month in the United States.   In his opening remarks, Consul General Senen T. Mangalile noted the indispensable nature of the contributions of women to national development even as he highlighted some of the success stories in the Philippines that show women empowerment and gender equality.   The Consul General acknowledged the energy, enthusiasm and dynamism of women in the Filipino diaspora, and gave particular mention to the exceptional women honored that evening who had excelled in their chosen fields in science, public service and education.  This year’s honorees are:   Sheila Estacio Dennis, Co-founder and Lab Director,…

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