Delegation from ANCOP Northeast A&B regions with the Cuisias.

WE are paying tribute to two distinguished Filipino diplomats and friends of the Filipino-Americans.

They are Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the United States and Caribbean countries, and Ambassador Mario L. de Leon, Jr., Philippine Consul General in New York and Northeast.

Like their predecessors, it’s time for these two men of goodwill to leave us after six years of outstanding service to the native country and to Filipinos in America.

We would avoid the word farewell.

Rather, this is more of thankfulness and gratitude.

On May 20, some 200 members of 27 organizations under the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition (PHC) in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, honored outgoing Ambassador and Mrs. Cuisia at the Manor Country Club in Maryland.

PHC was organized at the instance of Ambassador and Mrs. Cuisia as an aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

It made raising of calamity funds easier and unified the Filipino-American community around the D.C. area.

During the warm and jovial reception, the PHC members prayed for the couple, offered them a toast, serenaded Mrs. Cuisia, handed a book and an Ambassador’s cup to Ambassador Cuisia, and sang for the couple the Ambassador’s favorite, “My Way.”


Ambassador’s cup being handed to Ambassador Cuisia by community leaders.

Earlier this week, in San Francisco, the local Filipino community in the West Coast, also honored Ambassador Cuisia in a reception for that purpose held at the Philippine Center in the city.

The six-year term of Ambassador Cuisia was hailed by 27 Filipino organizations in the D.C. area as contained in a book presented to the Ambassador during the Maryland reception.

The Cuisia accolades were summed up by Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario in the following excerpts from his words of praise: “...I would as well like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ambassador Joey Cuisia for his most outstanding and exemplary work in enhancing Philippine-United States relations...”

Ambassador Mario L. de Leon, Jr.

We don’t need to mince words for our beloved Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr.

There had been countless number of parties around the Northeast in his and Mrs. de Leon’s honor these past two months.

And the parties are not over yet.

They are still going on.

One community leader commented that, perhaps, Ambassador de Leon needs a balikbayan box to fit the plaques and certificates of appreciation given to him by various organizations.

Because of the love and friendship he has established with the Filipino-American community, 44 leaders of various associations in the Northeast, led by El Presidente Victor Sison, Esq., petitioned then DFA Secretary del Rosario to please extend Ambassador de Leon’s term of office in New York by another year until his mandatory retirement next year.

Unfortunately, Sec. del Rosario resigned his post before he could act on the petition.


Ambassador Cuisia and ANCOP Exec. Dir. Roger Santos.

(However, at press time, we learned from a reliable source at the New York Philippine Consulate that the term of Consul General de Leon is being extended until Sept. 30, 2016.)

Two N.Y. organizations named Consul General de Leon “Man of the Year” in December 2015.

Throughout his term, Ambassador de Leon was at the forefront of marketing activities promoting the Philippines to business people and investors in New York City.

We believe in the saying that “Good friends never say goodbye.

They simply say ‘See you soon.’”

Meanwhile, Salamat po sa inyong dalawa (thank you to both of you) for your service.

God bless.


ConGen de Leon at the Bohol Restoration Group night at the UN in NYC.


ConGen de Leon and wife Eleanor.

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