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!
Chairperson, Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
Lead Convenor, Third Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora
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.
BALIKBAYANI TOUR ITINERARY
February 25, 2015
|7:00 am -
|Pick-up from hotels
along Roxas Boulevard
|8:30 am -
|Travel to the
|9:30 am -
|Malacañang Museum Tour|
|11:00 am -
|Travel to the Metropolitan Museum in Manila
at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for Lunch
|11:30 am -
|Lunch at the Metropolitan Museum
in Manila at the BSP
|12:45 am -
|Travel to Intramuros from BSP|
|1:00 pm –
|Tour of Intramuros, Fort Santiago,
Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church,
Maestranza and the Manila Collectible
|2:45 pm -
|Travel from Intramuros
|3:00 pm –
|Tour of Luneta Park|
|3:30 pm –
|Travel to National Museum|
|3:45 pm –
|Tour of National Museum|
|5:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructions will also be sent to Summit participants who have already pre-registered for the online at www.3gs.cfo.gov.ph. Cost of participation is free for Summit delegates. Maximum of 250 participants only.
Opening Ceremony (9:00 am – 10:00 am)
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)
• Presentations: Updates on Government Initiatives to Promote Interests of Overseas Filipinos
• “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
• 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
Second Plenary Session (9:00 am - 9:45 am)
Sub-theme: Prospects and Practices for Philippine Development
Coffee Break (9:45 am - 10:00am)
Third Plenary Session
Sub-theme: Dreams Realized in the Diaspora
Fourth Plenary Session
Sub-theme: Report Backs and Moving Forward: Visioning for 2015 & Beyond
“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.
• 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
Dir. Maria Regina G. Galias
Ms. Ma. Nicole B. Pangilinan
Tel. Nos. (+632) 561-8329 / 552-4764
Fax No. (+632) 561-8317