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3-day East-West Center Conference kicks off in Manila

By: - Social Media Specialist / @DPauromINQ
/ 11:50 AM January 15, 2016
The stage is set for the East-West Center Conference in Manila. DAN PAUROM/INQUIRER.net

The stage is set for the East-West Center Conference in Manila. DAN PAUROM/INQUIRER.net

From January 15 to 17, friends and alumni of the East-West Center (EWC) and the East-West Center Association (EWCA) will converge at the Manila Hotel for their biannual conference.

Themed “Bridging Diverse Cultures Towards an Inclusive Asia Pacific Community,” the three-day event will present its alumni an opportunity to reconnect with old acquaintances and meet new friends.

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President Benigno S. Aquino III is also expected to attend the event at 2:00 p.m. on Friday to deliver his keynote address before the conference.

The EWC is an organization dedicated to fostering increased cooperation and understanding between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region.

EWCA Philippine Chapter president Ramon L. Clarete welcomed the guests during his opening remark.

“Mabuhay! Welcome to Philippines, and we’re very proud to welcome you here to host the 16th International Conference of the East-West center and the East-West Association.”

Clarete hoped that the guests will find the conference to be not just informative and helpful, but also an opportunity to “reach out to old friends who have not seen each other for several decades.”

“This is a momentous event for us, having you here at the Manila Hotel for the next few days,” Clarete added.

The Philippine Chapter of the EWCA is hosting the three-day conference.
East-West Center Board of Governors Chairman Rick Tsujimura gave a glowing account of their reception in the country.

“We are blessed by the hospitality and friendliness of the people of Manila. They are truly pearls of the orient.”

With 43 chapters present at the conference, EWCA President Edward J. Shultz could not help but comment on the growing diversity of the organization.

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“We’re looking more and more like the United Nations,” Shultz quipped. IDL

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