Thirty-one Filipino scholars leaving for the US under various Fulbright programs underwent a two-day Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) at the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) office in Makati City. The orientation which took place from June 2 to 3, covered matters that would facilitate their transition to American academic and cultural life.
“You should never give up on your dreams. I hope that when you study, when you research, when you teach and live in the various communities which you will be, you use those opportunities to establish personal connections as well as academic connections,” said Carolyn Glassman, Chairperson of the PAEF Board and Public Affairs Counselor of the American Embassy-Manila in her opening speech.
Speakers during the PDO included recently returned Filipino Fulbright, FLTA, FPASP, Humphrey and Global UGrad scholars, James McPherson and Jeffrey Sakurai, consular officers, Non-Immigrant Visa Unit at the US Embassy Manila, CFO Emigrant Service Officer II Kristine Domagas, and Dr. Esmeralda Cunanan, PAEF Executive Director. Dr. Maria Cecilia Gastardo-Conaco, a Fulbright alumna was this year’s keynote speaker.
The Fulbright Philippines is the oldest and longest running Fulbright program in the world. Almost seventy years of teaching and research had been conducted by Filipino and American teachers, students for almost 70 years through this educational exchange.