Achievers tell of challenges, successes to mark 75 years of US-PH ties
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A webinar showcased achievers of Filipino descent as part of the continuing celebration of 75 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United States.
“THRIVING: Conversations with Filipino Americans from various walks of life” on Thursday, July 22 via Zoom and FB Live was hosted jointly by the Philippine Embassy and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).
The online conversation featured Wake County Commissioner Maria Cervania; media pioneer Jannelle So; standout opera tenor Allan Palacios Chan; neuroscientist and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Rose De Guzman; and US Air Force veteran, martial artist, and educator Josrique “Josh” Garcia.
“In today’s conversation, we want to highlight stories of various Filipino Americans who have excelled in their respective fields, and made important accomplishments within their communities,” said Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez in his opening message.
The casual discussion touched on a wide range of topics including the adjustments and challenges that panel members encountered in the United States, how their Filipino background helped them in their professional pursuits and careers, insights on what more could be done to get more political participation and awareness from the Filipino and Fil-Am community in the U.S.
Both Josh Garcia and Dr. Rose De Guzman spoke about how their Filipino upbringing, inspirations, and values such as perseverance and discipline helped them not only in adapting to a new environment, but also in motivating them daily to excel in everything they do.
Allan Palacios Chan likewise shared his own experience of migrating to the United States at an early age and how he endeavors to share Filipino culture through his music.
Commissioner Maria Cervania highlighted the importance of reaching out to the younger generation and encouraging them to get more involved in the community, while Jannelle So underscored the positive impact of supporting our kababayans and our identity by telling the narratives of Filipinos in the US.
Deputy Chief of Mission of the Philippine Embassy Jaime Ramon Ascalon, Jr. gave the closing message of the webinar stressing that “when we learn about each other’s’ struggles and successes, we are able to better connect and build stronger relationships. We believe that this is key to achieving our common aspiration for an empowered Filipino-American community in US.”
“THRIVING: Conversations with Filipino-Americans from various walks of life” is available for streaming on the official Facebook page (@PHinUSA) of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.