Monday, May 25, 2015

"Thriller in Atlanta"

May 23, 2015

Atlanta, GA- "Former President Fidel V. Ramos, the 12th president and commander in chief
of the Republic of the Philippines squared off with former five times "real
deal" heavy weight champion of the world, Evander Hollyfield. It was dubbed
"Thriller in Atlanta" by Honorary Consul General Raoul "Ray" Donato. He and
his wife Peggy, together with the Fil-Am community leaders hosted a
reception for the former President and Mrs. Amelita Ramos in their
residence.  Ramos was honored by West Point in New York in the dedication of
a Presidential suite in his name at the Thayer Hotel last May 17, 2015. 
Evander Hollyfield recently had a "boxing" bout with Presidential Candidate
GOP candidate, Mitt Romney. Hollyfield and Mike Tyson achieved Notoriety in
a match on June 28th 1997 when Tyson bit Hollyfiled's ear.
Accordingly, Hollyfield made a comment that he thought Manny Pacquaio won
the fight in Las Vegas with Floyd Mayweather last May 2nd 2015."

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Turner talks to PHCG on Philippines

PHCG Raoul "Ray" Donato converses with founder of CNN Ted Turner today in the once a year by "invitation only" luncheon by the Buckhead Coalition Club. They discussed about the Philippines---Ted Turner stayed at the MacArthur Suite at the Manila hotel when he visited the Philippines many years ago. He may go again soon. Turner is the largest owner (2 million acres of land in the U.S. alone) in the United States. He was involved in the Atlanta Braves among other things.

Monday, January 05, 2015

The 8th Youth Leadership Award and Filipino Teachers in Georgia Appreciation Day

The 8th Youth Leadership Award and Filipino Teachers in Georgia Appreciation Day
James Tierra & Je'an Francis Cantilang

The 8th Youth Leadership Award and Filipino Teachers in Georgia  Appreciation Day

"It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted." -Linda Conway

The board of Galing Foundation Inc. in partnership with the Office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta announces the nomination process for its 8th Youth Leadership Award.

Selection Guidelines:

The Galing Foundation, Inc. Board and its designee will select one student from middle school and one student from high school. The student must be from the Filipino community whom you think have made valuable contributions to the school and community in the state of Georgia.

Procedure: Nominations may come from a resident of Georgia nominating a student of Filipino heritage attending a school in the state of Georgia. The nomination must be in writing and must be E-mailed to: and by no later than January 10, 2015.

I. Selection: A selection committee composed of 3 distinguished members of the Filipino community serving in the state of Georgia will make the final selection.

II. Criteria for selection will be based on the following:
A. Academic Excellence: Each nominee shall provide proof of academic achievement (report card) as well as active involvement in extra-curricular activities of the school.

B. Community Service: Willingly volunteers his/her time and resources to schools and/or communities through non-profit 501 ©3 charitable organizations in Georgia when called upon; (proof of rendered service to state and/or federal recognized charitable organization) benefiting communities in need. Please see attached YLA Service form 2014.

C. Leadership: Demonstrates self-initiative and commitment in promoting educational and charitable activities.

D. Character: Demonstrates genuine concern for others. Sets a positive example for youth to emulate and displays an exemplary disposition towards others.

E. Essay: Growing Up Filipino-American: A Personal Retrospective (minimum of 300 words)
This year's celebration will highlight some of the distinguished Filipino teachers serving in the state of Georgia.   

The more you work, study and develop your ability to contribute more to the lives and well-being of others, the better life you will have in all areas". - Brian Tracy, Motivational Speaker, Author.

Former Youth Leader Honorees:
2013 – Je’an Francis Cantilang (H.S.) of Locust Grove, GA.

2012 – Camille Mapua (H.S.) of Woodstock, GA
             Shereen Ragheb (M.S.) of Atlanta, GA
2011 – Kimberly Moriles of Jonesboro, GA
2010 - Jordan Alexandar Moratin of Grayson, GA
2009 – Joanne Kelly Utt of Senoia, GA
2008 - Janice Alcalde of Chamblee, GA
2007 – Omar Ragheb of Atlanta, GA
To receive nomination forms, sponsor or for more information, please call 404-925-2639 or email  GFI is is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt charitable organization registered in the State of Georgia. EIN 20-5508331

The Youth Leadership Program 2014 is made possible through the generous support from

Dr. Cecile Bregman, Mr. & Mrs. Francis Cantilang, Ms. Marilyn Doromal, Makabayan GA,
Mr. James McSweeney, Ms. Didi O'Connor/Harry Norman Realtors, Ms. Eleanor Pascual and Ms. Pam Peterman.


Saturday, January 03, 2015

PHCG Atlanta and the Filipino community presents Liberation Medal to WWII veteran M. Sturm


November 14, 2014 in Atlanta, GA

The Philippine Honorary Consul General Raoul "Ray" Donato and the Filipino community in Atlanta presented a Liberation Medal to veteran Melvin S. Sturm for his service with the Third Fleet and in the United States Navy during WWII. "I feel blessed to have so many good years after the War when so many young men and women never made it home." - Sturm

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Philippine government to honor Corporal Glen Cocke at 7th Heritage Day in Nashville, TN on August 9

Philippine government to honor Corporal Glen Cocke at 7th Heritage Day in Nashville, TN on August 9
by Willy Blanco

Corporal Glen Cocke is about 90 years old now and lives in Nashville, TN, and one of the few remaining living US Army veterans who took part in the liberation campaign of the Philippines from the Japanese, from January 9 to August 15, 1945.
Corporal Cocke was a radio man at the #756 field Artillery Battalion that landed in Lingayen, Pangasinan on January 9, 1945 and they advanced down San Fernando Valley on their way to liberate Manila in February 1945.

Through his own account, they took a position east of Espana Street by the Chinese Cemetery, about two miles from Pasig River. They set an observation post in the Great Eastern Hotel, of which was a shell hotel after being destroyed by the Japanese forces. Their outfit was in combat in the Philippines especially in Manila for 120 consecutive days with bullets flying all over them.  

Please click on the following link to see a video interview by Dennis Paredes when he visited Corporal Glen Cocke last week;

Philippine Honorary Consul General Ray Donato is heading a Fil-Am delegation to visit Nashville, TN on August 9, 2014, to award a medal of honor and a badge from the Philippine government to Corporal Glen Cocke for his part in liberating the Philippines from the Japanese during World War 2nd.
The Filipino American Association of Tennessee, through the leadership of Ms. Jaycel Montealegre Fields will highlight the award ceremony at the 7th Heritage Day in Nashville, TN
(see flyer for details).

Please join the Philippine Honorary Consulate General and community leaders from the SE Region  to celebrate and to witness the awarding of Medal of Honor on behalf of the Filipino people, to Corporal Glen Cocke.
Nashville contacts are:
Dennis Paredes: 615-289-0498;
Jaycel Montealegre Fields: 931-398-0154;
Atlanta coordinator:
Willy Blanco 770-331-9540

Wednesday, July 30, 2014




Nominations to the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards 2014 are now formally open.


Conceived in 2011 by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines (December and December 18, respectively every year), Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards aim to recognize the significant role of the media in information dissemination and advocacy of news and concerns related to migration and development.


Eligible for the Awards are works by any individual, government and private media outlets, institutions and practitioners in the fields of print, radio, movie and television, advertising and internet based in the Philippines and abroad. Entries must have raised public awareness on issues on Filipino migration, advocated the cause of Filipinos overseas, or/and promoted a positive image of Filipinos overseas.


Entries to the Awards must be submitted on or before October 15, 2014 to MAM Awards Secretariat, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue cor. OsmeƱa Highway (South Superhighway) Manila, Philippines 1007.


The Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards consist of six categories. The Print Journalism Award is conferred on best print media. The Radio Journalism Award is conferred on best radio program. The Television Journal Award is conferred on best television program (talk show, investigative journalism, TV special or documentary). The Film Media Award is conferred on best films and videos (full length or documentary). The Interactive Media Award is conferred on web-based publications. The Advertisement Award is conferred on best print, radio or TV commercial/advertisements on issues concerning migration.


Since 2011, this recognition has been conferred on 31 awardees and serves to highlight the role of media in tackling migration concerns in celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos in December.


For more information on the Awards, please call the MAM Awards Secretariat at (632) 552-4761 (632) 561-8291 (telefax), or email at To download the primer and nomination form, please check
Contributed by: The Office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Atlanta

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PHCG Donato at "After the Storm" Typhoon Haiyan fund raiser in DC

"The Philippine Honorary Consul General Raoul "Ray" Donato and Mrs. Peggy Donato of Atlanta, Georgia, attended the benefit concert entitled "After the Storm" at the John F. Kennedy performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. on June 16, 2014.  The event was a fund raiser for Typhoon Haiyan which devastated Central Philippines. It was a star studded evening by Broadway stars Lea Salonga, Lou Diamond Philip,, Black Eyed Peas, Grammy nominated tenor Rodel Rosel and Joffrey Ballet Christina Rocas.  PHCG Donato had breakfast at the residence of Ambassador Jose Cuisia III
with Lea Salonga and her husband Robert Chien and family. Others are friends of the Philippine Ambassador and Mrs. Victoria Cuisia.

Friday, May 23, 2014

H.E. Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos on his annual visit in Atlanta

Photo: Raoul "Ray" Donato, Kazuo Sunaga, Fidel V. Ramos & Robert Helmer

May 22, 2014, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA- Philippine Honorary Consul General Ray Donato with Consul General of Japan, Mr. Kazuo Sunaga and Robert Helmer- President and CEO of Commerce Science Inc. welcomes H.E. Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos at The Buckhead Club.  During the private meeting, the former president shared his views on world events particularly on Russia's take over of Crimea and the growing tension amongst China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and other Southeast Asian countries. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 27, 2014: 3rd Private Sector-Led Investment Roadshow in the US

Philippines: Asia’s New Emerging Tiger Economy
3rd Private Sector-led Investment Roadshow in the U.S.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta, cordially invites you to a Business Forum on business opportunities in the Philippines in major industries and sectors - IT/BPO (including Healthcare IT), Tourism, Infrastructure & Energy, Biotech & Pharma, Real Estate, Financial Services, and Regional Economic Development.  The Philippine delegation is led by the Philippine Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., and prominent Filipino economist Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas, together with select captains of Philippine industries.

2:00-4:00 PM Business Forum
4:00-5:00 PM One-on-one Meetings
5:00-6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
UPS World Headquarters – Auditorium

To reserve your seat at the Business Forum and to request one-on-one meetings with the Philippine trade delegation, please follow the link below:

For any additional information, please contact:
Honorary Consul General Ray Donato
Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia

May 25, 2014: PACCGA in cooperation with PHCG Donato invites you to a reception for H.E. Ambassador Cuisia & Trade Delegation

The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (PACCGA)
in cooperation with the Philippine Honorary Consul General Raoul R. Donato
cordially invites you to a
Welcome Reception
for His Excellency Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.
and the Philippine Trade Delegation

Sunday, May 25, 2014
6:30pm – 9:00pm
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
3434 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA  30326
Event Fee:
$60.00    ($50.00 for PACCGA members)
Business or Native Attire

Space is limited!  Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 21, 2014, to:

or call Eleanor Mae Pascual at 404-683-0606.


A huge “THANK YOU” to our event sponsors:

·        International Credit, Inc. – Cherry P. Godoy, President/CEO

·        Investigative Consultants International, Inc. – TJ Ward, President/CEO

·        Taproom Coffee – Jonathan V. Pascual, Owner

·        Blume Photography – Phillip & Eileen Blume, Owners

·        Harry Norman, Realtors – Didi O’Connor, Broker Associate




Honored Guests:


-        H.E. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. – Philippine Ambassador to the United States

-        Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas – Professor and Director of Research, University of Asia and the Pacific

-        Mr. Alfredo R. Austria – President, DMCI Project Developers, Inc.

-        Mr.  Rainerio “Bong” Borja – President and Country Head, Expert Global Solutions, Philippines

-        Mr. Reynaldo B. Montalbo, Jr. – Senior Vice President and Group Head of Financial Markets of First Metro Investment Corporation, Metrobank Group

-        Mr. Benjamin Philip Romualdez – President, Chamber of Mines, Philippines; President and CEO, Benguet Corporation

-        Mr. Martin Pascual – Chairman, Pascual Pharma Corporation; Founder & Managing Partner, Nest Capital

May 23, 2014: World Trade Center, The De Guzman & Ramos Group invites you to dine with H.E. Fidel V. Ramos

The World Trade Center Atlanta and the De Guzman & Ramos Group cordially invite you to dine with the Former President of the Republic of The Philippines, His Excellency Fidel Valdez Ramos.
May 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: World Trade Center located at City Club of Buckhead 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE Suite 1850
Atlanta, GA, 30326          

This reception is aimed at raising awareness of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation which was designed to promote sustainable democracies and effective governance through socioeconomic diplomacy. Former President Ramos will address issues of lasting global initiatives and programs, "responsible" world economies, and ending poverty from a local to global framework. Business attire is required and a Silent Auction will also be held at the reception.
$25 for Members of World Trade Center Atlanta and $30 for Non-Members. Price includes hors d'oeuvres, open wine and beer bar, parking, tax and gratuity.  To RSVP call 404-442-2600 or email

For more information on Ramos Peace and Development Foundation, please visit:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Philippines as Country Honoree at the 2014 International Cherry Blossoms Festival in Macon, Georgia

Philippine Honorary Consul General Ray Donato with beauty queens of The Damayan of Warner Robins
PHCG Donato with Cherry Blossom Festival beauty queens

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - Macon, GA - "The International Cherry Blossom Festival started with a worship service at the United Methodist Church in Macon attended by the Consul General of Japan, as part of the tradition initiated 40 years ago. Other founding countries of the festival were Germany , Taiwan and the United Kingdom . The “Honoree Country” was the Philippines . The Fil-Am community participated in the parade  with luxury cars and floats which featured a replica of a “bahay-kubo”, a distinctly Filipino native shack which drew a lot of attention from spectators during the parade.  The PHCG with two beauty queens  from the lead group, The Damayan of Warner Robins Georgia headed the Philippine delegation in a top down convertible Mustang 1969. There were thousands of spectators lined up the 3-mile long main street of Macon . The parade lasted about two hours long and the weather was perfect!"- Raoul "Ray" Donato, Philippine Honorary Consul General

Featured in the parade was Sochi Winter Olympic Silver Medalist in Ice Carving competition, Mr. Victor Dagatan and various Filipino-American organizations from the state:  PAWAG (Philippine American Women's Association of GA) led by Pia Valeriano, PACCGA (Philippine American Chamber of Commerce in GA) led by Mae Pascual, the PNAGA (Philippine Nurses Association in GA) led by Berna Bray, the Ramos Law firm and Atty. Bryan Ramos, Fil-Am Association of Greater Atlanta with Lolit Elliott, Nenette Smith, Mayette & Art Bayani,  PAMAG (Philippine American Medical Association of GA) led by Dr. Mike  Tan and Dr. Lemuel Villanueva, the Kalayaan Group led by Elsie Vidanes and Makabayan Georgia Inc with Willee &; Lynda Bonus,  Didi O'Connor, Doddy & TJ Ward and the overall coordinator Willy Blanco, Sinulog Group led by Bernie Utt, the Raghebs and several other community volunteers. 

Special thanks to Emma Wiswell, president of the Damayan who spearheaded the preparation and organization of the event and to Anita Smith, Paz William and team for designing and executing the display of the "bahay-kubo" exhibit. 
To learn more about the Cherry Blossom Festival, visit