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    Josie Natori, Fashion Designer

    Josie Natori, OLD (born Josefina Almeda Cruz) is a Filipina fashion designer and the CEO and founder of The Natori Company. Natori served as a commissioner on the White House Conference on Small Business. In March 2007 she was awarded the Order of Lakandula, one of the highest civilian awards in the Philippines. In April, 2007, Natori received the "Peopling of America" Award from the Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation. Early life Josefina Almeda Cruz was born in the Philippines in … [Read More...]

    SM – Mall of Asia, Philippines

    About MOA More than just a Mall, the SM Mall Of Asia is a tourist destination that has raised the standard of shopping, leisure and entertainment in the Philippines. Mall of Asia "The Biggest and Brightest" Almost four hectares of floor area. 8,000 parking slots. 5,000 square meters allotted for public utility vehicles. 100 slots for tourist buses. Almost one kilometer in length, and a perimeter of almost 2 kilometers. Close to 2 million bags of cement used to build it and 44,000 gallons of … [Read More...]

    Bohol, Philippines

    History of Bohol Created by virtue of Act 2711 on 10 March 1917, this island province of Bohol is the 10th largest island of the Philippines. Its people are said to be descendants of the last group of inhabitants of the country called "pintados", meaning the tattooed ones. The name Bohol was supposedly derived from the word Bool, the place where a treaty of friendship between two people of different races, culture, religion and civilization occurred in 1565 between Datu Sikatuna, a native … [Read More...]


    Silsilah Dialogue Movement in the Philippines to Receive the 2013 Goi Peace Award.

    The Goi Peace Foundation will bestow the 2013 Goi Peace Award on the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, a grassroots initiative promoting interfaith dialogue and peace in the Philippines. The annual Goi Peace Award honors individuals and organizations in various fields that have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world for humanity and all life on earth. Created in 2000, previous Goi Peace Award recipients include James Lovelock, Oscar Arias, Bill … [Read More...]

    Bahay Aurora, A Children’s Home in the Philippines

    I am a 17-year-old high school student in New Jersey, and I have become involved with a remarkable organization, Bahay Aurora House. During a trip to Asia, my father had introduced me to one of his acquaintances, Herke Smidstra, a Dutch businessman living in the Philippines who has dedicated his life to improving the lives and education of impoverished children in the Philippines.   Through his own initiative and hard work, Herke and his Filipino wife Arleen Smidstra-Santiago, built an … [Read More...]

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