Aloha and Mabuhay!
Lt. Governor Chin was honored to co-lead the 28th Goodwill and Trade Mission to the Philippines from October 14 to 23, 2018. He’s very pleased to report the mission was a success.
The delegation included dedicated members of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (FCCH), led by the trade mission’s co-leader, FCCH President Vanessa Kop. They met with trade entrepreneurs and business leaders in Manila, Taguig City, Davao, and Bohol. The delegation collaborated on new opportunities that will benefit Hawaii and the Philippines.
The trip also included visits to the historic Malacañang Palace and the Presidential Museum and Library. Lt. Governor Chin and the delegation also met with the Honorable Salvador Medialdea, Executive Secretary of the Philippines, and the honorable Edgar Chatto, Governor of the Province of Bohol.
Those meetings with business and political leaders reinforced the special relationship that has long existed between Hawaii and the Philippines. And while the Philippines is an economic force in Asia and the Pacific, the bond extends well beyond economics. The Filipino community in Hawaii continues to thrive in our state, and that’s well known in the Philippines. They are proud of the history of the Filipino Sakadas, who came to Hawaii in 1906 to find work in the plantations.
Their hosts in the Philippines have watched as our state’s Filipino community grew to become the largest ethnic group in Hawaii, with one in four residents identifying with their Filipino heritage. Another source of pride occurred when Governor David Ige, who went on the trade mission last year, signed a bill designating December 20 as “Sakada Day” to recognize and celebrate the past, present and future accomplishments of Filipinos in Hawaii. This set the stage for another successful trade mission that celebrated and reinforced our connections and shared goals.
As a first-time visitor to the Philippines, Lt. Governor Chin expressed his heartfelt salamat po (thank you) to the hosts in the Philippines. He and the delegation were received with such warmth and generosity, much like the Aloha Spirit that many experience when they visit Hawaii, a state known worldwide as a cultural melting pot.
He also said salamat po to the Hawaii delegation, members of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the organizing committee of the trade mission, and members of the Philippine Consulate led by Consul General Jose Jimeno. They all did a great job in organizing this wonderful opportunity to promote goodwill and business that will benefit both the Philippines and Hawaii for many years to come.
Aloha and Mabuhay.