|Consul General Marciano Paynor Jr. presents a Certificate of Recognition to Ging Reyes on behalf of the Philippine Foreign Service Missions in North America/DFA
MANILA, Philippines – Former ABS-CBN North America News Bureau Chief Ging Reyes was recently honored with a reception that recognized her dedication and many contributions to the Filipino-American community.
The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and the Filipino community gave Reyes a reception dubbed as “An Evening with Ging Reyes” at the Social Hall of the Philippine Center Building last January 24.
Philippine Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr. was among those who paid tribute to Reyes and her numerous professional achievements and personal qualities.
Paynor cited the invaluable contribution she gave as ABS-CBN North America News Bureau Chief, her strong and unwavering commitment to servicing the Filipino-American communities in North America, and her continuous dedication to service and upholding the highest level of professionalism among her peers.
Reyes is the first ABS-CBN North America Bureau Chief. She was appointed vice president for News and Current Affairs of ABS-CBN after Maria Ressa opted last October not to renew her contract which expired January 3, 2011.
A tribute and appreciation was also done by way of a special hors d'oeuvres menu prepared by Kulinarya 2010 Cooking Showdown winner Chef Ed Grajo, in coordination with food retailer Island Pacific which provided the ingredients.
In her response, Reyes humbly acknowledged the accolades given to her and recalled the early days and growth of the North America News Bureau. She also recalled her interactions and experiences with the Filipino-American community and important remembrances of her almost decade-long stint as North America Bureau Chief.
Among those who paid tribute to Reyes include Rodel Rodis and Charito Benipayo of the US Pinoys for Good Governance); Ester Chavez of the Philippine American Press Club; Joe Pecho of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations; Rudy Asercion of the WestBay Pilipino Multi-Service Center; the Filipino Veterans group; Al Perez of the Filipino American Arts Exposition and San Francisco Entertainment Commissioner;
Marily Mondejar, Sonia Delen and other members of the Filipina Women's Network; Marivic Bamba of the San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center; Cherina Viloria Tinio and Joseph Mojares of the Philippine Nurses Association of Northern California; Atty. Rene Pascual of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Northern California; Carmen Colet of the San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce and San Francisco Art Commissioner; Yolanda Stern of the One World Institute.
Melissa Apuya, representing Senator Leland Yee, US House of Representatives Jackie Speiers (Certificate of Appreciation read and presented on behalf of the Congresswoman by Deputy Consul General Wilfredo Santos) and California Legislative Assemblywoman/Speaker Pro-Tempore Fiona Ma (Certificate of Appreciation read and presented on behalf of the Assemblywoman by Consul Alfonso Ver); Nerissa Fernandez, head of Corporate Affairs ABS-CBN; and, Dennis Normandy of the San Francisco-Manila Sister City Council).
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