Countdown to 3rd Global Summit Begins

We are gearing up for this monumental event. Are you?

It’s just days to go before the Third Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora in Manila. Considered as one of the largest and most significant gathering of overseas Filipino community leaders, the Third Global Summit will bear witness to the homecoming of hundreds of Filipinos from all over the world.

On February 25-27, 2015 at the historic Manila Hotel, join hundreds of our overseas kababayan; local and international experts; government, non-government and private sector partners to share and exchange inspiring insights, experiences, achievements and innovations and come up with our collective vision and action plan for the Filipino diaspora to achieve its full potential.

Through workshops and exercises, the Global Summit aims to produce a clear vision and strategic action plan for Filipino diaspora communities for 2015 and beyond, and how the government, civil society organizations, academe and private sector can maximize its partnerships with the overseas Filipinos towards common objectives, and vice versa: Diaspora to Development (D2D).

So don’t dare to be left behind. Three incredible days, one unforgettable event!

Sumali at makibahagi sa pagbabalik ng mga bayani! Ang kakayahan at kaalaman, ibalik sa bayan! Magbalik-bayanihan tayo!

See what’s in store for this event and pre-register now.

As an old adage puts it: “A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.”

Maraming salamat po! Mabuhay ang Pilipino! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

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Chairperson, Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
Lead Convenor, Third Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora


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Theme: "Vision and Action for the Filipino Diaspora 2015 and Beyond"

Day 1

February 25,2015 (Wednesday)


February 25, 2015 marks the 29th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. The date, by virtue of Proclamation No. 655 (s. 2013) is commemorated as the revolution that “restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country.”

By tradition, past Philippine Presidents visit the various commemoration sites significant to the 1986 revolution during February 25. In 2014, President Aquino broke away from tradition in order to recognize the people who have quietly kept the spirit of People Power alive by standing by their fellow Filipino in times of greatest need. He led celebrations of the 28th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution in different disaster-stricken provinces, where recovery is evident thanks to the unity and solidarity manifested by different sectors of society. (source: Official Gazette)

In light of this new tradition, the Third Global Summit participants are invited to join the “Balikbayani Tour” especially prepared for the homecoming of this nation’s modern-day heroes. This optional tour prepared in partnership with the Department of Tourism aims to give participants a fresh perspective of Philippine history by touring significant places in the City of Manila.

February 25, 2015

Time Description
7:00 am -
8:00 am
Pick-up from hotels
along Roxas Boulevard
8:30 am -
9:30 am
Travel to the
Malacañang Museum
9:30 am -
11:00 am
Malacañang Museum Tour
11:00 am -
11:30 am
Travel to the Metropolitan Museum in Manila
at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for Lunch
11:30 am -
12:45 pm
Lunch at the Metropolitan Museum
in Manila at the BSP
12:45 am -
1:00 pm
Travel to Intramuros from BSP
1:00 pm –
2:45 pm
Tour of Intramuros, Fort Santiago,
Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church,
Maestranza and the Manila Collectible
2:45 pm -
3:00 pm
Travel from Intramuros
to Luneta
3:00 pm –
3:30 pm
Tour of Luneta Park
3:30 pm –
3:45 pm
Travel to National Museum
3:45 pm –
5:00 pm
Tour of National Museum
5:30 pm –
6:00 pm
Drop off at designated points
along Roxas Boulevard

*Tour as of 21 January 2015. May still be subject to change.

Important Note: Being an optional tour, please confirm your participation before 15 February 2015 via Instructions will also be sent to Summit participants who have already pre-registered for the online at Cost of participation is free for Summit delegates. Maximum of 250 participants only.

Day 2

February 26, 2015 (Thursday)

Venue: Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel

Opening Ceremony (9:00 am – 10:00 am)

  • Invocation and National Anthem
  • Welcome Remarks of CFO Chairperson Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas
  • Keynote Speech H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III (for confirmation)

First Plenary Session (10:00 am – 12:00 nn) (morning)
Sub-theme: Migrants and Diaspora for Development – in practice and advocacy

“Movements and Momentums”
(Presentations of Filipino Diaspora Councils)

  • Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC)
  • US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG)
  • European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD)
  • Middle East Network of Filipino Diaspora (MENFiD)

Presentations: Updates on Government Initiatives to Promote Interests of Overseas Filipinos

  • - Migrant Empowerment through the “Overseas Voting Act of 2013” (Ms. Ellene Sana, Center for Migrant Advocacy)
  • - Prospect for Return and Reintegration of Overseas Filipinos through Medical Tourism (General Manager Veredigno Atienza, Philippine Retirement Authority)
  • - Reform Agenda on Good Governance (Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, DBM)

“Shaping Goals and Action Plan for the Filipino Diaspora 2015 and Beyond” – Appreciative Inquiry as a tool for “visioning” (Dr. Sabsy Palanca)

Workshop Session (1:00 pm – 5:30 pm)
Sub-theme: Visioning for 2015 and Beyond

• The delegates will be grouped per region

  1. North America
  2. Europe
  3. Asia Pacific
  4. Middle East
  5. Australia and New Zealand

• Prior to the Visioning Exercise, selected representatives of the Filipino diaspora groups will be presenting updates and best practices on Diaspora to Development (D2D) initiatives in the region. (60 minutes)

• Guided by facilitators and moderators, delegates will undergo a Visioning Exercise to aid Filipino community leaders with their vision for their respective diaspora, objectives, goals and plan of action towards a common direction for the region and for the Philippines, beyond 2015.

• Philippine-based participants will be allowed to join the workshops of the 5 regions to enable them to determine how they can create convergence and synergize activities and resources.

Welcome Dinner for Delegates (7:00 pm onwards)
Attire: Philippine national dress and Barong Tagalog or national costume of their host country

Day 3

February 27, 2015 (Friday)

Venue: Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel

Second Plenary Session (9:00 am - 9:45 am)
Sub-theme: Prospects and Practices for Philippine Development

  • Presentations on latest initiatives for Philippine Development
    • Science and Technology Action Networks for Development (3 mins. each) by
      Dr. Samuel Bernal
      Dr. Federico Macaranas
      Dr. Toby Dayrit
  • Audio Visual Presentation on the CFO BaLinkBayan Project
  • Open Forum (15 minutes)

Coffee Break (9:45 am - 10:00am)

  • Audio Visual Presentation on the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) Phase 2 Project
  • Audio Visual Presentation on Peso SENSE

Third Plenary Session
Sub-theme: Dreams Realized in the Diaspora

  • Presentations by successful Filipino diaspora groups and individuals
    • Mr. Alexander Dixon , RAD (confirmed)
    • Mr. Earl Valencia, IdeaSpace (to be invited)
    • Dr. Alie Ragaza (confirmed)
    • Rep. Jasmine Lee (to be invited)

  • Open Forum (15 minutes)

Fourth Plenary Session
Sub-theme: Report Backs and Moving Forward: Visioning for 2015 & Beyond

  • Regional representatives who will be designated as rapporteurs will present to the plenary the outputs/action plan of their respective visioning exercises (10 minutes each region)

“DNA: Diaspora Networking Activity”

An enduring fixture for the past two Global Summits is the networking of Filipino diaspora community leaders. For the Third Global Summit, the Diaspora Networking Activity or DNA aims to encourage the delegates to continue having even bigger conversations and find more partners across other networks and region, ala “human bingo”.

Like the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), it is the CFO’s objective that strong linkages will be created among groups that could serve as one of the building blocks for the organizations’ sustainability and success. Mechanics of the group activity will be further explained on the 3rd day of the Global Summit.

Closing Ceremony

• Synthesis of Plenary Session
   by Professor Stella Go

• Closing Commitment Rites

• Regional representatives will present their commitment and action plan to CFO Chairperson Secretary Imelda Nicolas and Secretary Albert del Rosario in the presence of Diplomatic Corps (5 minutes each)

Messages from the Diplomatic Corps and the Multilateral Organizations

  • H.E. Ambassador Philip Goldberg, United States of America (for confirmation)
  • H.E. Ambassador Neil Reeder, Canada (confirmed)
  • H.E. Ambassador Guy Ledoux, European Union (confirmed)
  • H.E. Ambassador Bill Tweddell, Australia (for confirmation)
  • IOM Philippines Chief of Mission Marco Boasso (for confirmation)
  • UNDP Country Director Maurice Dewulf (for confirmation)

Closing Remarks

  • Secretary Albert del Rosario (for confirmation)
    Department of Foreign Affairs

Solidary Song

  • “Galing ng Filipino” to be performed by
    Mr. Gary Valenciano
    courtesy of The Filipino Channel (TFC)

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*As of 21 January 2015. May still be subject to change.

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