Fil-Am kids immerse themselves in Philippine history, food and sights on Sentro Rizal San Francisco Tour –

Participants, facilitators and volunteers of the University of the Philippines San Francisco Alumni Association (UPAASF) annual cultural immersion summer camp pose for a photo at the end of their field visit to the consulate General of the Philippines at San Francisco’s Sentro Rizal on August 3, 2022. Joining them in the photo (back row): Vice Consul Adrian Baccay; Tropical Sun Attached Tourism; Sales assistant Mylène Juan; the president of the UPAASF, Liza Gino; Sonia Delen, co-founder of the UPAASF summer camp; and UPAASF summer camp directors Candy Bandong and Tanya Cruz Duldulao. Photo courtesy of San Francisco PCG

SAN FRANCISCO – The Consulate General of the Philippines at Sentro Rizal in San Francisco on August 3, 2022, hosted 42 young Filipino Americans who were attending the 9th Annual University of the University Alumni Association Cultural Immersion Summer Camp. San Francisco Philippines (UPAASF).

Consul General Neil Ferrer greets participants of the Philippine University of San Francisco Graduate Association (UPAASF) Cultural Immersion Summer Camp during their field visit to Sentro Rizal San Francisco. Photos courtesy of San Francisco PCG

Philippine Consul General in San Francisco Neil Ferrer personally welcomed summer campers – ages 6 to 14 – to their “second home in the Bay Area” and encouraged attendees to reconnect with their roots Filipinas by learning more about the Filipino culture and way. of life.

Vice Consul and Head of the Cultural Section Adrian Baccay, Tourism Attaché Soleil Tropicales of the Department of Tourism (DOT) office in San Francisco, and Commercial Assistant Mylène Juan of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Silicon Valley served as speakers and facilitators. during the consulate portion of summer camp.

The consulate organized a host of activities for summer campers, including a lecture on Philippine national symbols, Philippine government and citizenship, an introduction to Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, a virtual tour of Luzon , Visayas and Mindanao, and familiarization with products made in the Philippines.

To make visiting the consulate more interactive, DOT San Francisco hosted a coloring activity featuring the Philippines’ top tourist drawers such as the Ifugao Rice Terraces, Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan, Whale Shark (butting) diving in Cebu, and the Philippine eagle in Davao.

To make things more immersive, DOT San Francisco and PTIC Silicon Valley brought items from the Philippines for summer campers to see, smell and taste. These include vakul headdress from Batanes, pili nuts from Bicol, a sample of Boracay’s famous white sand, and dried mangoes from Cebu. The immersive experience sparked participants’ interest in Filipino products that can be purchased in the United States, as well as their desire to visit and explore the Philippines.

To wrap up their visit to Sentro Rizal, the consulate treated the youth to a lunch of Jollibee Chickenjoy, sweet Filipino spaghetti, and banana langka pie.

Young participants of the Philippine University of San Francisco Graduate Association (UPAASF) Cultural Immersion Summer Camp participate in an activity during their field trip to Sentro Rizal San Francisco.

Since the program’s inception nine years ago, the Consulate has partnered with UPAASF in conducting the Cultural Immersion Summer Camp, which enables second-generation Filipino Americans to broaden their knowledge and deepen their understanding. of their parents’ country of origin. birth. The consulate’s support for the summer camp is part of its cultural diplomacy program in the United States Pacific Northwest.

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