On July 3, Fulbright Philippines celebrated Philippine Republic Day (in Tagalog/Filipino: Araw ng Republikang Pilipino), also known as Philippine–American Friendship Day, an annual commemoration in the Philippines. As Fulbright celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Philippine American Educational Foundation (PAEF) celebrates 73 years of cross-cultural and educational exchanges with an eye toward our own 75th anniversary in 2023 as the oldest continuous Fulbright Program in the world, with an alumni community of over 3,000 Filipino scholars and researchers and over 1,000 American scholars.
On Fulbright Day, we featured two of our U.S. Fulbright scholars, writer Grace Talusan and educator Dr. Michael Gonzalez, with impacts in the literary arts and in cultural development efforts, respectively. We also showed gratitude to several Philippine Fulbrighters fighting on the frontlines of a global pandemic, including Dr. Ronald Law, Chief, Preparedness Division, Emergency Management Bureau, Department of Health-Philippines, and many of our notable alumni that serve leading roles transforming Philippine higher education, such as CHED Chairperson Dr. Julian Prospero “Popoy” De Vera III. Fulbright Philippines also launched an evolving photo gallery of “Fulbright Philippines Over the Decades” to emphasize PAEF as a Fulbright Commission with continuing partnerships that are integral to their ongoing work as well as illuminate our talented alumni making their marks in diverse fields.
Fulbright Philippines Website: http://www.fulbright.org.ph/