Philippine Trade Mission event promotes investment and tourism, fetes Fil-Am innovator Dado Banatao

A networking event, hosted by Mr. Don Orozco of Global Maharlika Foundation, Inc. and the Filipino Community of Santa Clara County, for delegates of the PCCI-PUCB 2024 Trade Mission in the U.S. took place at Tribu Grill restaurant in Union City on June 6.PCG San Francisco photos

UNION CITY – The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco graced a networking lunch for the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Philippines-U.S. Economic and Business Council (PUBC) Trade Mission. The event, held at Tribu Grill in Union City on June 6, was organized by Don Orozco, executive director of Global Maharlika Foundation, Inc., and the Filipino American Community of Santa Clara County.

Consul General Neil R. Ferrer, in a message read by Consul Vanessa Bago-Llona, underscored his support for the PCCI-PUBC Trade Mission: “The Philippine Consulate General stands ready to support organizations like the PCCI, PUBC, Global Maharlika Foundation, Inc. and the Filipino American Community of Santa Clara County in their mission to foster closer economic linkages between the Philippines and the United States.”

Consul General Neil Ferrer and the Philippine Consulate General is recognized for their support to the Filipino American community in Northern California. Consul Vanessa Bago-Llona receives the California State Assembly recognition on behalf of ConGen Ferrer.

Consul Bago-Llona emphasized that the Philippines is actively inviting investments, particularly in the digital economy and renewable energy sectors. She highlighted the government’s focus on clean energy and how the pandemic underscored the importance of digitalization for businesses. Additionally, Philippine Tourism Director Soleil Tropicales presented the “Love the Philippines” campaign, showcasing the country’s stunning natural beauty, rich culture, and warm hospitality.

Representatives from Northern California cities presented investment opportunities and benefits of doing business in and with their regions, especially Silicon Valley. These included competitive energy costs, a thriving tech sector, access to educational institutions, and streamlined business permit processing.

Filipino American innovator and techpreneur Dado Banatao was given a certificate of recognition by Daly City Mayor Juslyn Manalo for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the Filipino American community and the tech industry. PCG San Francisco photos

The event also honored Filipino American tech innovator Dado Banatao, who invented two foundational technologies that are integral components of every personal computer today: the PC chipset and the graphics acceleration architecture. Dado and his wife, Maria, are active supporters of STEM education in the Philippines and champions of innovation. Their goal is to alleviate poverty in the country by harnessing the benefits of science and technology through the nonprofit PhilDev.

Filipino American youth delight guests with a vibrant intermission number, showcasing the classic Filipino dance Tinikling.

At the University of California Berkeley, they also established the research center Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS). (PCGSF Release)

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