Friday, July 28, 2006

Two Zamboanga Ambassadors Of Goodwill Meet With US Officials

Above, Rafael Derick G. Evangelista III and Alvin G. Hung with San Diego City Mayor Jerry Sanders; and below with US Judge Margaret McKweon.
ZAMBOANGA CITY (Zamboanga Journal / 28 Jul) Two local participants to the prestigious 2006 Pacific Rim Summer Seminar in San Diego, California met with San Diego City Mayor Jerry Sanders to personally convey Zamboanga City’s felicitations.

Rafael Derick G. Evangelista III and Alvin G. Hung called on Sanders Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to present a letter from Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat expressing his felicitations and warm greetings to the American mayor and to the people of San Diego City.

In the same letter, Lobregat invited Sanders to visit Zamboanga, specifically during the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival on October or the Dia de Zamboanga celebration on February.

The duo also handed to Sanders souvenir items -- a colorful miniature vinta, Chavacano-English dictionary, the city’s brochures, tubao scarves and a compact disc of the local Chavacano music — all courtesy of the local government.

Sanders was also given a brochure and compact disc of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University where both Evangelista and Hung are working.

The San Diego chief executive promised to communicate with Lobregat for possible opening and trade exchange, cultural, social and business linkages between his city and Zamboanga.

Evangelista and Hung also met with Judge Margaret McKweon, of the 9th Circuit Court, the counterpart of the Philippine’s Court of Appeals justice.

The Pacific Rim Seminar is a four-week program jointly organized by the UCSD’s Center for U.S.–Mexican Studies and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). The Pacific - Rim is taught by public officials, experts, and top scholars on the United States federal and state government.

The program centers its discussion and studies on the various facets of American politics, government, judiciary, economic policy, county and city government administration, immigration, foreign policy and national security, public policy, and the American way of life and culture. Another highlight for this year’s summer seminar is its intense coverage on the 2006 US elections, political parties, organization of the elections, and electoral campaigns at the national and state level.

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