SAN FRANCISCO – Members of the Fil-Am community of the San Francisco Bay Area gathered to honor and thank out-going Philippine Ambassador to the US, Jose Cuisia, Jr.
The Philippine Consulate of San Francisco hosted many tributes to the ambassador including a proclamation from the California State Assembly and a certificate of appreciation from Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
Alumni of ambassador Cuisia’s non-profit organization FYLPRO, which fosters the talents of young fil-am professionals, as well as the Philippine consulate staff honored the ambassador.
“Ambassador Cuisia we will miss your mentorship, great ideas, and forward thinking,” said JR Calanoc, a FYLPRO alumni and CEO of Panalo. “He and Tita Vicky have really shown their dedication to us and gave us a lot of confidence to allow us to have a seat at the table.”
“This is who he is. He is a great patriot,” said Consul General Henry Bensurto, Jr. “A man who loves his country. A man who loves his family. A man who loves public service.”
After visiting 44 states in the US, the most of any Philippine ambassador, Cuisia says he is happy of the contributions of Filipinos in the US and is confident that relations will improve under presumptive Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
“He has a very good cabinet that he has formed that will be assisting him in carrying out his policies,” said Cuisia. “He came out with an eight-point economic agenda that gives us encouragement when he talks about removing restrictions in foreign ownerships in certain sectors to attract more foreign investments which of course will create more jobs.”
While the ambassador thanked all his supporters he made sure to recognize the contributions of Filipinos in San Francisco.
“San Francisco has been very proactive in promoting Philippine culture, Philippine culinary,” said Cuisia. “I think the culinary experience has been initiated by the San Francisco consulate and that is why I want to commend both Henry, Jaimon, and of course our past officers here at the consulate general.”
Ambassador Cuisia will have one more send off and it will be at his post at the Philippine embassy in Washington DC.