02 July 2012 – Twenty-seven students from Mindanao trooped to the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. on June 28, where they presented Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. with a token of appreciation for his efforts in fostering closer Philippine-U.S. ties.
The students are about to return to the Philippines approximately one year after studying in local high schools and living with host families.
Ambassador Cuisia wished the students well and expressed the hope that lasting memories were created with their experiences in the U.S.
He congratulated them for the successful conclusion of their program and urged the young Filipinos to share the knowledge they acquired with their respective communities back home.
The Embassy’s officers provided the group with a presentation on Philippine-U.S. relations, including its history, political and economic ties, and legislative agenda in Congress.
The students were then treated to a hearty lunch of much missed Filipino food.
The students are part of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (Y.E.S.) Program, an exchange program administered by AFS International Network (formerly American Field Service), which brings together high school students from different countries to attend high school in the U.S. for one year and learn more about U.S. society.
AFS is a worldwide non-profit organization that has been leading international high school exchange programs for the past 60 years.