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Together with the Consular Corps, Officials in San Francisco and the Bay Area and the Filipino-American community, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco celebrated the 112th Declaration of Philippine Independence in a cocktail reception on June 11, 2010 at the Hotel InterContinental in San Francisco.


Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. remarked that building a strong and prosperous nation should be a commitment not just of the government, but of every citizen, business entity and non-government organization.  “I invite you to join the Philippine Consulate in pursuing the following advocacies:  improving public services; Save our Industries (SAVE) Act; science and technology; Philippine cuisine; autism awareness; fight against domestic violence; education; and political empowerment,” Consul General Paynor said.

 ConGen Paynor at the Independence Day Celebration

Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. gives his opening remarks.

Gov Gwendolyn Garcia

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia of Cebu reads the message of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

With the theme “Kalayaan 2010:  Tagumpay ng Bayan” (Independence:  the Success of our Nation), the celebration featured performances by guitarist Florante, violinist Jericho Tabirao and dancers from the Effie Nanas School of Ballet.

 Effie Nanas Ballet Dancers

Dancers from teh Effie Nanas School of Ballet perform Dahil sa 'Yo.

The event also witnessed the launching of the Registry of Foreign-Based Filipino Scientists, Engineers, and Technology Entrepreneurs (Technopreneurs).  The Registry aims to recognize the outstanding achievements of Filipinos worldwide, especially in the fields of sciences, engineering, and technology enterprise development.   This project is a collaboration among the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Trade and Industry and two private sector groups in the US, namely the Science and Technology Advisory Council of Silicon Valley (STAC) and the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE).  STAC and PAASE have agreed to support the Registry by encouraging their members to be part of this database and in promoting the registration of scientists, engineers and others in the technical field in the US and other countries. END

Science and Technology Registry

DOST Assistant Secretary Ma. Lourdes P. Orijola (3rd R), Consul General Paynor (4th R), Trade Commissioner Josephine Romero (2nd L), and Members of STAC-Silocon Valley and PAASE launch the Registry for Foreign-Based Filipino Scientists, Engineers, and Technopreneurs.