The start of a new year is always something that Fulbright Philippines looks forward to – new batch of bright and impressive scholars, new faces and names to add to our roster of engaging alumni, new strategies for promoting the program, and new partners to collaborate with.
We are only halfway into the second month of 2019 and yet we have been keeping ourselves busy as we approach the deadline for the application period of A.Y. 2020-2021 of the Fulbright Classic competition.
The 2019 Fulbright Roadshow kicked off in January at three provinces in Mindanao and two universities in the Visayas. We were overwhelmed by the warm welcome of our newfound audiences at the Mindanao State University – General Santos City campus; Cagayan de Oro; Davao; Leyte Normal University; and Visayas State University.
As we entered February, we have gone to two more universities in the Visayas, one province in South Luzon, two venues in Metro Manila, and two universities in the Cordillera region up north. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to our gracious hosts at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod; Colegio San Agustin – Bacolod; Bicol; University of the Philippines Diliman; University of the Philippines Baguio; and Benguet State University. We would also like to thank the people who attended our roadshow right at our office in Makati City.
The engaging and active community of the Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Philippines also conducted their Annual Get-Together at the St. Francis Shangri-La Place last February 9th. The event was attended by our Executive Director and Program Officer, friends from the U.S. Embassy, two of our commission’s former directors, and, as a special guest, the U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission John Law.
Things to look forward to for the rest of the month include the official launch of Fulbright Perspectives, a monthly series of events which aim to showcase the wide range of talent and expertise of the Fulbright alumni. Toym de Leon Imao, renowned Filipino sculptor and son of National Artist Abdulmari Imao, will outset the series on February 19 at the PAEF office with the topic “Creative Protest: The Artist as Activist.”
On February 28 and March 1, our team will be joining EducationUSA Philippines’ Fair with two venues in Cebu City and Bonifacio Global City, respectively. The Fair is a free opportunity for anyone to meet admissions representatives from universities and colleges in the United States.
Also on February 28, we will have representatives at Architecture Network’s first-ever Manila Architecture Festival at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. The theme for this year’s festival is “Transcend and Transform: Challenging Paradigms,” which is in line with the goals of the Fulbright program.
We are excited to meet more Filipino students and professionals, and talk to them about grabbing opportunities for personal and professional development in the United States. We are open and welcoming any invitations for our officers to visit your institutions to talk about our different scholarship programs. We hope we could work with you to make 2019 a more fruitful and productive year.