This summer’s Board of Directors meeting in Manila laid the groundwork for the Society’s 2016-17 programs during a period of political transition in both countries. Our productive three-day mission to Manila and Davao was highlighted by a farewell call on President Aquino and a two-hour meeting with President Duterte and members of his economic team.
Our directors shared perspectives on the Society’s role in reaching American audiences, learned more about the new administration’s policy priorities, encouraged visits by public and private sector leaders, and promoted exchanges in areas of business, technology and education.
We look forward to discussions with top level Philippine foreign and economic policy officials in Washington in the fall, as well as continuing program plans to promote a better understanding of today’s strategic challenges, shared US-Philippines policy interests, and rich history.
Ambassador John F. Maisto
With condolences, the US-Philippines Society shares the news of the passing of Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan, at 92, the legendary coach of Philippine basketball. Having led his players to 52 championships, he earned the titles “The Maestro” and “Winningest Coach.” Coach Baby Dalupan’s place in Philippine basketball history and lore will …