SECURE DISK (SD) & MICRO SD CARDS:
THE COMMISSION ON Elections should let the first voter casting his personal ballot to inspect if the Secure Disk (SD) card and/or the Micro SD Card they are empty of any contents before his ballot is feed into the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) to dispel any suspicion of fraud. (JGL Photo by MANNY SAMBRANO)
THE VOTING COUNTING Machine (VCM) is being activated by placing a key at right to turn on the machine. (JGL Photo by Manny Zambrano)
EMMANUEL MILANTE, Special Board of Elections Inspector (1) member, feeds a ballot into the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) as SBEI (1) poll clerk Ceasar Balarbar looks on while journalist Joseph G. Lariosa trains his video camera on the process. (JGL Photo by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
BEFORE WE START:
DEPUTY CONSUL General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr., Special Board of Election Chair, is about to place a key on the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) to activate it as Consul Mel Lalunio, Jr., (from right), SBEI Chair, Fritz John de Jesus, SBEI (2) member, and Ceasar Balarbar, SBEI (1) poll clerk, look on. (JGLPhoto by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
CHECKING A BALLOT:
CONSUL MELCHOR P. Lalunio, Jr., Special Board of Election Chair, signs a ballot after unsealing it from a mail envelop before it is batch-fed into the Voting Counting Machine (VCM). (JGLPhoto by Manny Zambrano)
LATE ON ARRIVAL:
THIS BALLOT envelope being held by Arnel Santiago of the Philippine Consulate arrived in the Philippine Consulate after the close of the submission of the ballots at 5 a.m. Monday, May 13. The ballot will no longer be counted. (JGLPhoto by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
THE MAHARLIKA HALL of the Philippine Consulate General had become virtually off-limits to the public during the past month as it has been a beehive of election-related activities and the storage area of sensitive equipment, including four Voting Counter Machines, until the election day when the media accredited by the Commission on Elections, including this reporter and Manny Zambrano of Philippine Weekly, were allowed to document the elections activities throughout the day on Monday, May 13. (JGL Photo by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
ELECTION RETURN GENERATION:
DEPUTY CONSUL General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr., Special Board of Election Chair, takes a look at the election return of the ballot coughed up by the Voting Counting Machine after the latter was batch-fed the into the VCM as Consul Lalunio, Jr., (counterclockwise), Fritz John de Jesus, Ceasar Balarbar and Emmanuel Milante look on. (JGL Photo by Manny Zambrano)
READING TALLY SHEET:
CONSUL MEL P. Lalunio, Jr., Special Board of Election Chair, reads the names of the candidates and their corresponding votes for senators and party-list parties from the first ballot receipt generated by the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) inside the Maharlika Hall of the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois on Monday (April 13) morning. (JGL Photo by Manny Zambrano)
ATTY. ALVAR E. ROSALES, Administrative Officer and poll clerk of the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois, affixes his signature at a voter’s tally sheet coughed up by the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) as do Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr. and Cesar Balarbar behind him. (JGL Photo by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
CHECKING VOTERS LISTS:
CONSULAR Staff (from left, clockwise) Jacqueline Cuevas, Jose Erandio, Sheridan Sabeniano and Noly C. Dulay check and validate the names and signatures of the voters who returned their ballots Monday (May 13) during the counting of votes in the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
AFTER A HARD DAY'S NIGHT:
OFFICERS and staff led by Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin (eighth from right) pose for a souvenir near the end of the counting of votes during the mid-term elections Monday (May 13) night in the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois. Others in photo from left are Cornelio “Arnel” Santiago, Wenilyn Capote, Leila Imperial, Emmanuel Milante, Radegunda Dela Cruz, Fritz John de Jesus, Consul Melchor Lalunio, Jr., Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr., Noly C. Dulay, Atty. Alvar Rosales, Caesar Balarbar, Ragan Maning, Sheridan Sabeniano and and Consul Ryan Gener. Not in photo are Jerwyn Mamalateo, Jaqueline Cuevas and Jose Erandio. (JGL Photo by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – A scenic drive to Malagos, Calinan and a visit to the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City await those who will join the July 11-16, 2017 guided 11th Ambassadors’ Tour of Manila and Davao City in the Philippines.
This was jointly announced by the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D. C. who also said that deadline for registration for those interested who will join will be next Tuesday, May 30.
Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge said it is possible that when the tour will visit Davao City, tour participants may be able to pay a call on President Rody Duterte if the President were in Davao City during the tour. Please watch the video clip below.
9341 - Ms. Zeny Pallugna presents the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour itinerary, rates, and packages to DC community, encourages the audience to promote Philippine tourism and economic development. (Photo by Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.) There is also a tentative dinner to be hosted by the President’s daughter, City Davao Mayor Sarah “Inday” Duterte. (Photo by Philippine Embassy)
Consul Mel P. Lalunio, Jr. said participants may reconnect with their Filipino roots through an experiential, fun-filled travel adventure in various parts of the Philippines.
This year’s tour will visit Manila and Davao as destinations. It is organized by Rajah Tours Philippines, supported by the Tourism and Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism and the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States.
WITH CHARGE D’ AFFAIRES:
Ms. Zeny Pallugna (3rd from left) of PDOT-NY conducted a presentation on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 15 May 2017. Joining her in the photo are (from left) Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Ann Artates, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto, Travel Wise representatives Marielle and Max Kabin, and Mr. Nelson Garcia. (Photo by Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.)
Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Philippine Department of Tourism office in New York (PDOT-NY) conducted a presentation on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour on 15 May 2017 at the Embassy’s Romulo Hall, underscoring the Tour’s unique characteristics and its significance to the overall cultural and tourism promotion strategy of the country.
“The 11th Ambassadors’ Tour will give participants the opportunity to visit Davao, an exciting, emerging tourism destination in the Philippines, within an affordable package that also includes Manila, the capital city of fun,” said Zeny Pallugna, Officer-in-Charge of PDOT-NY.
CONSUL MELCHOR P. LALUNIO, Jr. makes a pitch to invite members and friends of the Filipino community to join the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour of the Philippines July 11-16, 2017 in Manila and Davao City. Deadline for registration is next Tuesday, May 30. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
Ms. Pallugna also highlighted the post-basic tour packages featuring other emerging destinations Cagayan De Oro-Camiguin and Dumaguete-Siquijor. She urged audience members to participate in the Tour and take a more active role in promoting Philippine tourism.
“If you visit the Philippines, or get even just one person to visit, that will create employment for one Filipino,” Ms. Pallugna told the audience.
Mr. Patrick Chuasoto, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy also pitched for the Tour, saying that “This year, the tour for Filipino-Americans has been re-branded to shift the focus to the participants who are envisioned to become ‘Philippine Ambassadors in their own right’ after spending their summer holiday in the Philippines. The 11th Ambassador’s Tour features key destinations in Manila and the King City of the South—Davao. It promises to be another fun-filled outing, and in keeping with its tradition of providing a unique and memorable experience, the Ambassador’s Tour offers VIP treatment, guided tours, and world-class accommodations.”
“I strongly encourage every one of you to consider joining the 11th Ambassador’s Tour and spreading the word to your networks. Doing so will contribute to the sustained and inclusive economic development of the Philippines. Your support will go a long way in empowering the local communities in Manila and Davao, and cultivating good will between the people of the Philippines and the United States,” he concluded.
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