"The mission of the US-Philippines Society is to build on the rich and longstanding
historical ties between the United States of America and the Philippines.

…and to bring that unique relationship to the 21st century."

Message From Ambassador John F. Maisto

The US-Philippines Society is delighted to extend warmest wishes to all our members and supporters for a healthy, happy and productive 2018.

We thank you for the invaluable assistance provided over a highly successful 2017, for your continued interest in promoting awareness of the many varied and dynamic developments underway in the 21st century Philippines, and for help in sustaining the enduring bonds between our two countries and peoples.

We congratulate new Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez who led the Philippine delegation in the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) talks with U.S. counterparts immediately after presenting his credentials at the White House on November 29. This timely year-end BSD reviewed U.S. and Philippine security, economic, regional and transnational issues following President Trump’s November summit meetings in Manila, where the two presidents agreed to explore a bilateral US-PH Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The US-Philippines Society was privileged to co-sponsor Ambassador Romualdez’s informative and candid public review of key developments during 2017 and his preview of the 2018 agenda. The December 18 presentation attracted a capacity audience testifying to the high levels of interest about the Philippines and US-PH relations.

With his extensive experience in global affairs, long familiarity with the United States, deep knowledge of Philippine domestic politics, media, business, governance, and security matters, Ambassador Romualdez is exceedingly well-prepared to represent his government and the people of the Philippines.

As Americans come to know Ambassador Romualdez they will appreciate his easy personal manner, willingness to listen, commitment to strengthening the Philippines’ ties with the United States, outreach to the Filipino-American community, and ability to articulate his government’s policy objectives as a long-standing security ally, economic partner, and friend of the United States in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.

The US-Philippines Society remains dedicated to promoting sound business and investment ties, strengthening the strategic relationship, encouraging improved understanding of Philippine culture and innovation, and preserving knowledge of a shared history linking the Philippines and America. We are deeply appreciative of your support in continuing this important mission in the year ahead. Thank you.

Happy New Year and Manigong Bagong Taon!

 John F. Maisto
US-Philippines Society

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