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The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco joined the members of the Filipino American community in congratulating young Filipina Bay area resident, Catherine Eusebio who was one  of the fifteen Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Women who were honored by the White House as “ Champions for Change“ on  May 6, 2013. Another  Filipina from Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Myrla Baldonado was similarly recognized.  The White House’s  “Champions for Change “  honors bestowed on the 15 AAPI women   were in  recognition of their extraordinary work, creating a more equal, safe and prosperous future for their communities and country.  The event   was held to commemorate  the Asian  American Pacific Islander Heritage  Month of May.

Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. in extending congratulations  to Ms. Eusebio said “ Your life story and the work that you have  done   have become a beacon of hope for others, especially for the undocumented youth.

He further added that “ Despite the challenges,  your unwavering efforts and  determination to promote change have certainly inspired and  empowered  the youth that you serve. Your concern and dedication exemplifies a true sense   of  maturity and showcases true leadership qualities  worthy of emulation by your peers particularly  the Filipino American youth.”

Ms. Eusebio is a fellow of the Asian American / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) a national member-supported philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy  and Asian–American Pacific  Islander communities.  According to AAPIP,   Ms. Eusebio joined the API Dream Summer intern in 2012 and has since taken the role of managing API Dream Summer program that is a component of a national internship program that  began for and by undocumented youth as a way to engage community and philanthropic partners to support the leadership development of immigrant youth. She has written articles and addressed individuals in conferences to share her story of being “undocumented and unafraid”. In her statements, she said that “she strives to promote change that starts with empowering the most impacted people to lead”.

Peggy Saika President/Executive Director of AAPIP said that “ Catherine is truly a champion for change”  Her life story personifies resilience, strength and a spirit of never giving up”. Her leadership trajectory is limitless and we are honored to have Catherine on the AAPIP Team “