21 May 2022 (Ohio) – Consul General J. Susana V. Paez led a contingent of officials from the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago for a meet-and-greet with Southern Ohio officials and executives held at the Miami University Voice of America Learning Center in Wester Chester Township, Ohio on 20 May 2022.
Co-hosted by the Filipino-American Association of Southern Ohio (FASO) led by Atty. Billy Guinigundo and the Philippine-American Association of Greater Dayton led by (PASGD) led by Mr. Marvin Mamitag, the introductory meeting sought to build bridges between the Consulate and one of the most vibrant political and economic regions in the Midwest. The meeting was held a day before the consular outreach mission for Filipino passport and dual citizenship applicants.
Consul General Paez met with West Chester Township Board of Trustees Chairman Lee Wong, Wyoming City Councilwoman April Robles, and Miami University Regional Campus Dean Andre Durojaiye.
Consul General Paez expressed appreciation for the warm welcome received by the Consulate in West Chester, which has been named one of the top places in the United States to live in. She thanked Trustee Wong and Dean Durojaiye for hosting the outreach, and congratulated Councilwoman Robles, the first Filipino-American council member of Wyoming. She also thanked FASO and PASGD for co-organizing the consular outreach.
Councilwoman Robles, who is a member of FASO, was proud to represent Filipinos in Wyoming, which she noted was taking concrete steps towards greater diversity, equity and inclusion.
Trustee Wong, who rose to national prominence in April 2021 for his advocacy on anti-Asian hate, touted West Chester Township’s attractiveness as a place of residence and business location. He expressed solidarity with Filipino-Americans in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and recalled that the first Asians to arrive in the United States were Filipinos, who stepped foot in the US as early as 1763.