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The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, in partnership with the Philippine American Writers and Artists, presented the award-winning documentary “Fields of Hope” at a screening held at the Philippine Folklife Museum on Friday, 09 June 2017.

"Fields of Hope" follows the journey of three boys from Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan struck the City. Through the Remedios Trinidad Romualdez (RTR) Foundation, the children were able to deal with the trauma of the Typhoon, teaching them discipline, teamwork and leadership through football.

Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. thanked Mr. Troy Bernardo, the Director and Writer, for showing his documentary, especially since the Filipino-Americans of the Bay Area were active in raising funds for the Typhoon victims. He mentioned that the documentary was a means to Spark*Connect*Empower* the Filipino Community, strengthening relations between Filipinos based abroad and in the Homeland.

Mr. Bernardo pointed out that the film also serves as a wake up call to the world that climate change is real and that it affects people, especially those in the coastal communities, and how we all need to work together to preserve, and combat threats, to climate change.

RTR Foundation Vice President Philip Romualdez, whose family hails from Tacloban, mentioned that through the darkest of times, he saw the world rally behind the Philippines, generating so much positivity that gave hope to the people of Tacloban.  One of his sons issued a call to action to the Filipino-American Community to continue reaching out to Filipinos back home and to join in nation-building. END