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San Francisco

Philippines–U.S. Relations: Evolving Opportunities and Challenges

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The Philippines has traditionally been seen as a gateway to Southeast Asia and a strong ally of the United States in the Pacific. The country’s natural beauty and endowment have attracted many to its shores but have brought opportunities and challenges to the nation as well.

Learn more about its continued march toward economic development and as an archipelagic nation in a sea of warring interests, as we engage Philippine Consul General in San Francisco Neil Ferrer in a discussion this April.

Afterward, join us for a taste of Philippine cuisine and a glimpse of the famous night markets with vendors displaying fares ranging from chocolates to coffee. Free giveaways from the Philippine Department of Tourism–San Francisco are also in store for lucky attendees.

MLF Organizer
Kalidip Choudhury

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Tue, Apr 30 / 5:30 PM PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Neil Ferrer

Philippine Consul General

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Kalidip Choudhury

Ph.D., Chair, Asia-Pacific Affairs Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California—Moderator


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:30 p.m program
6:30 p.m. reception
(all times Pacific)


$15 members
$25 nonmembers