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29/11/2016: SAN FRANCISCO CONSUL GENERAL INDUCTS OFFICERS AT PANGASINAN PRESIDENTS CLUB USA INAUGURATION BALL

San Francisco, 22 November 2016 -- The Pangasinan Presidents Club USA (PPC USA), an organization composed of present and past Presidents of various Pangasinan-led organizations in Northern California and beyond, held its Inaugural Banquet and Ball in South San Francisco on 19 November 2016.

Consul General Bensurto with the officers and members of the Pangasinan Presidents Club USA during its Inaugural Banquet and Ball at South San Francisco on 19 November 2016. (Photo credit: Ms. Edwina Aniag, FilAm Star)

PPC USA gathers leaders who have vast experience in mobilizing people and resources that benefit the respective Communities that they serve. With the ultimate goal of uplifting the profile of Filipino-Americans across the United States, the organization hopes to become a model for Filipino organizations in the nation.  Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr., along with Madame Mariza Bensurto, were invited to the event, where the former was asked to speak before leaders of the Filipino-American Community.

Consul General Bensurto lauded the organization for its vision, reminding them of the Philippines’ and the Filipino people’s history of helping other peoples and nations in need, such as when the Philippines generously opened its doors to Vietnamese, Jewish and Russian refugees.

He challenged the members to share best practices in steering their constituents and serving the Community, adding that while 3.5 million of the Filipino diaspora reside in the United States, Fiipinos remain under represented in government. He encouraged the leaders to fully transform our advantage into concrete benefits for Filipino-Americans by “joining hands in uplifting the Filipino-American Community, and fostering our spirit of bayanihan”, and reaching out to to the youth, sparking interest in them about Filipino culture that would move them to connect with one another and with the Philippines, empowering them to act for the benefit of the Community. END.

Consul General Bensurto with Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves. (Photo credit: Ms. Edwina Aniag, FilAm Star)

Consul General Henry S. Bensurto with the members of the Pangasinan Presidents Club USA. (Photo credit: Ms. Edwina Aniag, FilAm Star)