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There was no Wang-Wang allowed in the Philippines, however the 2 motorcycle police escorts were able to weave us out of the heavy traffic to Manila City Hall. It was a grand reception indeed, as we arrive in the center of City Hall we were welcomed by a 24 piece band… As we stepped down our coaster, one by one... a lei of shells were carefully placed on us by beautiful ladies in Maria Clara outfits and gentlemen in Barong. Everyone was escorted to a red carpet, fit for Dignitaries.

The delegation was headed by Consul General Pedro Chan, Miss Philippines-Canada Rachel Pantaleon, Mrs. Philippines-Canada Noemi Milanes, Angel ng Tahanan Imee Solomon, WCopa Champion Gian Bobila and the rest of the delegation from PCCF (Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation) headed by Jun & Rosemer Enverga. The group was led to a group tour of City Hall by no other than Miss International Gemma Cruz-Araneta and finally into the Grand Villegas Hall were Congen Pedro Chan and the PCCF delegation was given the Symbolic Key to the City of Manila, a tribute to the hard work and dedication in advocating for charity and community by everyone.

It was the beginning of the Chinese New Year, hence, the group were treated to sumptuous lunch in a grand Chinese restaurant in Ongpin, Chinatown Manila. Before we parted ways with the Mayor and a number of Manila Councillors, we were treated to a tour of Manila, in our own horse drawn carriages through Fort Santiago and ending with a grand salute in Luneta. It was a memorable day indeed and an experience of lifetime for the delegation.

Our greatest appreciation to Mayor Lim and Consul General Pedro Chan for making the trip truly memorable. Next stop, the ANCOP Village Inaguaration, the GMA Pinoy TV shows Party Pilipinas, Eat Bulaga and one of the wonders of the world, the Underground River of Palawan. Our last stop will be none other than the Malacanang Palace tour.

January, 2012

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