23rd Trade Mission to the Philippines a Success!

Mabuhay Philippines!

From February 1-11, Lt. Governor Tsutsui co-led, along with Philippine Consul General of Honolulu, Julius Torres, a successful Trade Mission to the Philippines with the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.  Approximately 45 delegates participated in the Trade Mission, including business, community and government leaders from a variety of businesses including restaurant franchises, airlines, manufacturers, commodity exporters and importers, hospitals, financial institutions and professional services, and all were seeking to either invest in or strengthen relations with the Philippines.

Throughout the Trade Mission, they met with many government officials, business and community leaders (including local Chambers of Commerce), U.S. officials, and members of the community and were able to build and foster improved relationships with the Philippines and the people in order to facilitate current and future business dealings.

The highlight of the Trade Mission was experiencing the warm hospitability and generosity of the Filipinos, especially the Ilocanos who made the Lt. Governor, and all of the delegates, feel truly welcomed and special.

Maraming salamat po.

Santa Maria, Philippines, Mayor Lorendo and Trade Mission Delegates with Lt. Governor Tsutsui.  02-10-13

Visit with families in Caoayan, Philippines.  02-09-13

Paoay Church in Batac City, Philippines.  Interview with ABS-CBN, local television news station. 02-08-13

Philippines House of Representatives visit: Herman Andaya (Chief of Staff for Mayor Arakawa), Congressman Manny Pacquiao, Lt. Governor Tsutsui, Sharon Suzuki (President, MECO), Philippine Consul General of Honolulu, Julius Torres.  02-05-13

Tuloy sa Don Bosco Street Children Village, Consuelo Alger Foundation.  02-05-13

Founded in 1993, the Tuloy Foundation, Inc. rescues poor, orphaned, abandoned, homeless and at-risk children and gives them a home, direction, education and the skills they will need in the real world.  As a father, this visit was especially touching for the Lt. Governor and he truly enjoyed his time with the children.  This visit reminded the Trade Mission delegates of the importance of giving back to the communities in which we all live together.  To learn more about the Tuloy Foundation, please visit http://www.tuloyfoundation.org/