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Olongapo, Virginia Beach engage in student exchange program

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 12:18 PM March 26, 2014

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. congratulates the students from Olongapo who are participating in the first ever exchange program between Olongapo City and Virginia Beach. Philippine Embassy Photo by Majalya Fernando

MANILA, Philippines – Olongapo City and Virginia Beach City in the United States (US) have embarked on an educational exchange program to give their students invaluable cross-cultural experience while pursuing their studies.

Nine students from public schools in Zambales are in Virginia Beach City as part of an educational exchange program with Olongapo City.

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The students from the Regional Science High School and Olongapo City National High School in Zambales arrived in the US last week.

The students who attended classes at Tallwood High School described their experience as “once in a lifetime and rewarding.”

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The students said they discussed Philippine history, culture, song, and dance to their American classmates.

Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia who initiated the exchange program said in a statement, “I wish to congratulate you, your parents, your school, and Olongapo City for this milestone in your academic life. I hope youth exchanges like these help build friendships between students, families, schools, and cities as well as renew and reinvigorate our bilateral ties with the United States.”

The students had the chance to visit the White House where they were received by Filipino Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford.

In June, a delegation of 10 students from Tallwood High School will be going to Olongapo City for their educational exchange studies in the Philippines.

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TAGS: Cristeta Comerford, education, exchange students, Jose Cuisia, Learning, Olongapo City, Olongapo City National High School, Regional Science High School, Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach
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