Philippines Vice-Chair and Database Manager

Born in the Philippines to an American father and mother of Filipino descent, Angelo lived in Mobile, AL, until he was about 5 years old. And attended the International School Manila (previously the American School) from Kindergarten to Grade 12, with his first semester of Grade 3 in Guam and Grade 6 at Singapore American School.

In college, Angelo served as Treasurer of the Occidental College Young Democrats and he has been volunteering for Democrats Abroad Philippines since September 2018. He votes in Colorado.

His most recent position was research associate in a project funded by the US Agency for International Development with the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Makati, from 2012-2014. He also worked as a lecturer of international studies for Far Eastern University, Manila, from 2013-2014; an assistant professor of international studies for De La Salle University-Manila in 2009; and a public information, external relations and policy planning intern for the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, New York, from 2005-2006.

Angelo has a Bachelor of Arts in diplomacy and world affairs (emphasis comparative politics and political development) from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts in international relations (focus East Asia) and a Master of Philosophy in politics (Filipino migrant labor) from Durham University, England. And he speaks intermediate Tagalog.


  • @DemsAbroadPH tweeted link to Thanksgiving 2019. 2019-10-09 20:43:16 -0400

    Thanksgiving 2019

    Join Democrats Abroad Philippines on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 28, 2019 from 9am-12nn at the Bureau of Immigration Detention Center in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

    We’ll visit American detainees. And if the Warden consents in advance, bring them supplies like food, reading materials and other necessities (Wardens often serve for just a year or so).

    We usually meet at Urdaneta Village, Makati City at 9am to depart for the Bicutan Immigration Detention Center in Taguig City and should be back at Urdaneta around noon.

    We’ve continued to provide support for a few incarcerated Americans, with former Chair John Boyd and Member David Kuchenbecker making regular visits with logistical support from Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan. Thanks David for your efforts to compile a list of detainees and offer assistance!

    Here’s a thank you letter from a former detainee: 

    Thank you for coming to visit us at Bicutan Detention Center. I was unjustly held there for two and half months and I am grateful for your visits. The washcloths that you provide me helped me to keep clean, which is a dauntingly difficult task when imprisoned. Most importantly, was the fact that you visited. It gave us hope knowing that there was somebody out there.

    Please RSVP by calling 0917.892.2989 or emailing da-ph@democratsabroad.org by 3pm Monday November 18, 2019 so we may arrange transportation.

    Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for US citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), with eight positions on the DNC, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up for free at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    Press contact: email Democrats Abroad Philippines da-ph@democratsabroad.org
    WHEN
    November 28, 2019 at 9am
    WHERE
    Bureau of Immigration Detention Center
    Lower Bicutan
    Taguig City, Metro Manila
    Philippines
    Google map and directions
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  • @DemsAbroadPH tweeted link to Veterans Day 2019. 2019-10-09 20:07:16 -0400

    Veterans Day 2019

    Join Democrats Abroad Philippines in celebrating Veterans Day at Clark Veterans Cemetery in Clark Free Port Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga Province on Monday November 11, 2019 from 8am-7pm.

    This all day event from Makati City to Angeles City and return features visiting grave sites of many soldiers over about a century. Previous Veterans Day ceremonies also included a keynote speech by the US Ambassador or Deputy Chief of Mission.

    We’ll depart Urdaneta Village, Makati for Clark at 8am. Veterans Day activities begin in Clark Veterans Cemetery at 11am. Afterward, veterans serve lunch at their local Veterans Lodge, which we usually join and where we’ve met Democrats before. We usually leave Clark to return to Makati at 4pm.

    Indicative Schedule:
    8am Depart Urdaneta Village, Makati for Clark
    11am Main Program at Clark Veterans Cemetery with Keynote Speech
    12nn Lunch at Veterans Lodge and meet Democrats
    4pm Depart Clark to return to Urdaneta Village, Makati
    7pm ETA Urdaneta Village, Makati

    Thanks former Chair John Boyd for organizing!

    Please RSVP by calling 0917.892.2989 or emailing da-ph@democratsabroad.org by 3pm Friday November 8, 2019 so we may arrange transportation.

    Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for US citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), with eight positions on the DNC, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up for free at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    Press contact: email Democrats Abroad Philippines da-ph@democratsabroad.org
    WHEN
    November 11, 2019 at 8am
    WHERE
    Clark Veterans Cemetery
    Clark Free Port Zone
    Angeles City, Pampanga Province
    Philippines
    Google map and directions
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  • is hosting Balangiga Bells Lecture 2019-09-08 23:20:37 -0400

    Balangiga Bells Lecture

    October marks the start of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Philippines by American and Filipino forces.

    And we'll have a speaker event lecture on the Balangiga Bells on Saturday November 9, 2019 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    The Balangiga Bells are three church bells the US Army took from the Church of San Lorenzo de Martir in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, Philippines, following the Balangiga massacre in 1901 during the Philippine–American War. After over a century--some 117 years--the Bells are back in the Philippines.

    Please RSVP by email to da-ph@democratsabroad.org or call 0917.892.2989.

    Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for US citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), with eight positions on the DNC, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up for free at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    Press contact: email Democrats Abroad Philippines da-ph@democratsabroad.org

    WHEN
    November 09, 2019 at 3:30pm
    WHERE
    Elks Club
    7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building
    Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village
    Makati City, Metro Manila 1229
    Philippines
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • published Potluck August 10, 2019 in News 2019-09-08 22:48:40 -0400

    Potluck August 10, 2019

    Photo shows (left to right) Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines Vice-Chair and Database and Social Media Manager Angelo Goode, Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan, Secretary and Communications Manager Morrie Kayanan, and Events Committee Member Bing Gelman at the Potluck in Makati City on August 10, 2019.

    DA Philippines had a potluck on Saturday August 10, 2019 from 2-5pm in Makati City with 13 attendees. 

    Thanks Events Committee Member Bing for your generosity hosting and providing many dishes, and thank you everyone for the good food! We enjoyed popcorn, quesadillas, potato gratin, chili, pancit (Filipino stir-fried noodles), carrot cake, chocolate walnut cookies, a scrumptious fruit plate, and wine among others.

    Our next activities are:

    1. Third 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch on Friday September 13, 2019 8-11am at Union Jack Tavern, 105 VA Rufino corner Esteban Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City
    2. Database Clean-Up on Saturday September 28, 2019 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor, Corinthian Plaza Building, 121 Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
    3. General Meeting on Saturday October 26, 2019 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor, Corinthian Plaza Building, 121 Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
    4. Speaker Event: Balangiga Bells Lecture on Saturday November 9, 2019 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor, Corinthian Plaza Building, 121 Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for US citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), with eight positions on the DNC, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up for free at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    Press contact: email Democrats Abroad Philippines da-ph@democratsabroad.org

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  • is hosting General Meeting October 26, 2019 2019-08-11 04:56:35 -0400

    General Meeting October 26, 2019

    You are invited to attend Democrats Abroad Philippines fourth quarter general meeting on Saturday October 26, 2019 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    Come in Halloween costume!

    Please find the minutes of the previous July 6, 2019 meeting here, for you to read in advance and approve at the October 26, 2019 meeting.

    RSVP by email to da-ph@democratsabroad.org or call 0917.892.2989. If you have a strong internet connection and would like to join the meeting via Skype, please email us your Skype ID.

    Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    WHEN
    October 26, 2019 at 3:30pm
    WHERE
    Elks Club
    7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building
    Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village
    Makati City, Metro Manila 1229
    Philippines
    Google map and directions
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  • 2nd 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch

    Photo shows (left to right) Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) former Chair John Boyd, DAPh Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan, DAPh Vice-Chair Angelo Goode, and DAPh Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Coordinator Brian Borlongan watching the second Democratic presidential primary debate on CNN at Union Jack Tavern, Makati City on August 1, 2019.

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is committed to an inclusive approach, and has taken extensive steps to run fair and transparent Democratic presidential primary debates to ensure this historically large field of candidates gets the opportunity to make their case on the debate stage to a wide audience. And Democrats Abroad's North Star has always been to:

    1. Give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before
    2. Showcase our candidates
    3. Have a debate on the issues, not hand size
    4. Reach as many voters as possible.

    DA Philippines watched the Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on Wednesday July 31 and Thursday August 1, 2019 from 8-10am at Union Jack Tavern, 105 VA Rufino corner Esteban Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    20 candidates joined the second Democratic presidential primary debate in Detroit, Michigan. On Night 1: Gov Steve Bullock, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep John Delaney, Gov John Hickenlooper, Sen Amy Klobuchar, Rep Beto O’Rourke, Rep Tim Ryan, Sen Bernie Sanders, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Ms Marianne Williamson. And Night 2: Sen Michael Bennet, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen Cory Booker, Sec Julian Castro, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep Tulsi Gabbard, Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen Kamala Harris, Gov Jay Inslee, Mr Andrew Yang. 12 debates total, which is double the number of debates first announced in 2016. The debate occurred over the course of two nights to make room for candidates, which was never done before prior to this cycle.

    The DNC added a grassroots fundraising component to the threshold to empower small-dollar donors, ensuring the debate stage is as inclusive as possible. Setting this benchmark for campaigns encourages and rewards them for engaging in work the DNC believes they absolutely must do in order to beat Donald Trump. And the DNC asked media partners to commit to a woman and a person of color moderating each debate—celebrate diversity!

    Official CNN link to second night's debate, here.

    The way we win is by reaching voters and organizing everywhere. That is why the DNC, state parties and voters across the country and around the world—including 100 through Democrats Abroad—host watch parties, to hear firsthand from the candidates about their ideas for the American people.

    The DNC negotiated with its media partners to ensure the debate was held in prime time and on two consecutive weeknights—something unprecedented for either the Democratic or Republican party. The lineups for each night were selected through a process that ensures no candidate begins the debate calendar at an immediate disadvantage because they've been relegated to a 'kids table' debate.

    INTEGRITY, IDEAS, SUBSTANCE, SOLUTIONS

    The American people saw leadership on stage at the second Democratic presidential primary debate. They saw candidates who are laser-focused on the future. And they saw a debate on the issues. The contrast with Donald Trump was clear—this debate focused on the policy solutions to serious problems. We didn't hear candidates talk about hand-size. They talked about:

    1. Gun violence—no matter what candidate or where a candidate is from, everyone believes we need to act on gun violence, while Republicans have done nothing
    2. Healthcare—everyone on that stage agrees we need to expand access to healthcare, not take it away
    3. Economy
    4. Climate Change
    5. Immigration.

    What’s the biggest takeaway? As Americans, it's clear the Democratic Party has our back. No matter which one of our exceptional candidates clinches the nomination, the American people know they'll have a leader they can trust. Any candidate on that stage would be a better president than Donald Trump.

    Debate #3 will take place September 12, 2019 (and potentially 13th) in Dallas, Texas. The June and July debates, Debate #1 and Debate #2 respectively, were more lenient and gave as many candidates as possible the opportunity to introduce themselves to America. Future debates, beginning with September, require candidates to reach a much higher bar:

    1. Polling—at least 2% in four national polls
    2. Donors—at least 130,000 unique donors, with at least 400 unique donors in 20 or more states.

    In other words, if a candidate totaled their number of donors per state, at least 20 states have to have at least 400 donors. Candidates must reach both requirements to qualify. This is double the 1% polling threshold and a 65,000 donor minimum from the past two rounds, when candidates only had to clear one of the two bars. We'll know which candidates qualified at the end of August. By the end of July, seven candidates qualified, three candidates met one requirement, and 15 have yet to reach either requirement. Candidates who don't qualify for September could still qualify for October. The requirements will be the same, but they'll have more time to meet that threshold.

    Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for US citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the DNC, with eight positions on the DNC, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    Press Contact: Email Democrats Abroad Philippines at da-ph@democratsabroad.org.


  • signed up on Hispanic Caucus Signup 2019-08-07 21:41:51 -0400

  • General Meeting July 6, 2019 and Independence Day

    Photo shows (left to right) Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) Communications Manager Morrie Kayanan, DAPh Events Committee Bing Gelman, DAPh former Chair John Boyd, DAPh Member Jon Sachs, DAPh Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Coordinator Brian Borlongan, DAPh former Vice-Chair Gene Boggs, DAPh Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan, DAPh Makati Ward and former Secretary Omar Tiwana, DAPh Vice-Chair Angelo Goode, and DAPh Photographer Joan Corpuz.

    DA Philippines held its third quarter general meeting on Saturday July 6, 2019 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club (Library), 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    We followed up discussion from the previous April 6, 2019 meeting; reported on the Tax Seminar, Memorial Day Commemoration, and the 2019 Global Meeting; and discussed our 2020 Strategy--the first primary is on February 3, 2020 and the global primary is March 3-10, 2020.

    We also shared that the Election Assistance Commission 2018 survey report findings note the rate of total ballot return by civilian voters abroad went up 300% from 2014 in 2018. Knowing Democrats Abroad figures, that suggests that Democrats Abroad directly helped nearly 50% of those voters! Further details will be sent out after a more in-depth dive into the numbers, but let's all take a moment to congratulate and thank each other for a job really well done. Many many kudos to each and every one of you.

    Minutes of the July 6, 2019 meeting, here.

    After the meeting, we celebrated July 4th Independence Day organized by the Elks Club.

    And together with July 4th, we celebrated Juneteenth. Juneteenth isn’t just a celebration of emancipation, it’s a celebration of our commitment to make it real. Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, it’s an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five states. This year is the 154th anniversary. Read the Emancipation Proclamation about the importance of freedom for all people, especially in these times, here. You can find a playlist and more information about Juneteenth celebration, here.

    Our next activities will be the Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch on (1) Wednesday July 31 and (2) Thursday August 1, 2019 from 9-11am at Union Jack Tavern, 105 VA Rufino corner Esteban Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City. There is no fee to attend (self-paid à la carte menu). All you need is a keen interest in the Democratic candidates’ political platforms and sharing your views with other members of DA Philippines. Come and go as you like on Wednesday and Thursday from 9-11am. This is an informal get-together, so no need to RSVP.

    The next general meeting is on Saturday October 26, 2019 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for US citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), with eight positions on the DNC, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines webpage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • @DemsAbroadPH tweeted link to 1st 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch. 2019-06-28 10:06:32 -0400
    @DemsAbroadPH watched the 1st Democratic Primary Debate 2019 on Thurs & Fri June 27 & 28 at Union Jack Tavern, Makati, sharing interests in & views about the 20 Democratic contenders who hotly vied for the coveted nomination. #DemDebate #PartyWithTheDems https://www.democratsabroad.org/angelogoode/first_democratic_primary_debate_2019_watch?recruiter_id=286491

    1st 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch

    Article by Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) Communications Manager Morrie Kayanan, edited by DAPh Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan for consistency and DAPh Vice-Chair Angelo Goode for formatting. Attendees included: DAPh Chair Lisa, DAPh Communications Manager Morrie and his partner, GOTV Coordinator Brian, DAPh former Chair John Boyd, and DAPh Member Elian Habayeb and his partner.

    Which one of the 20 Democratic presidential candidates will stand out in the primary debates and eventually go on to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election?

    DAPh members, partners and friends watched the First 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on Thursday and Friday June 27 and 28, 2019 from 9-11am at Union Jack Tavern, 105 VA Rufino corner Esteban Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City. 20 Democratic contenders hotly vied for the coveted nomination. So much talent--and only one nomination!

    We also shared among ourselves our interests in and views about the Democratic candidates’ political platforms.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines webpage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • published British View of Trump in News 2019-06-24 02:03:11 -0400

    British View of Trump

    Article shared by Democrats Abroad Philippines Member Frank Holz, “sent to [him] by a friend, that encapsulates the man we must beat in 2020 (June 24, 2019)."

    Someone asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?"

    Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England, wrote this magnificent response:

    "A few things spring to mind.

    Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

    For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

    So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

    Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever.

    I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

    But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

    Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

    And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

    There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

    Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.

    Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.

    And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.

    Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.

    He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

    He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

    And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.

    That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

    There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.

    So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:

    * Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.

    * You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

    This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.

    After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.

    God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

    He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.

    In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.

    And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:

    'My God… what… have… I… created?'"

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines webpage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • Democrats Abroad Philippines Honors American and Filipino World War II Heroes

    Article by Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) Communications Manager Morrie Kayanan. Photo by DPGK Photography Dale Pagkalinawan shows DAPh members (left to right) John Stephany, Bing Gelman, Kathryn Carpenter-Perlas, Lisa Pagkalinawan (Chair), Morrie, Brian Borlongan (Get Out The Vote Coordinator), and Stephen L. Tyler laying a Memorial Day commemorative wreath.  More photos by Stephen, here.

    To honor the Americans and Filipinos who fell and went missing in World War II, members of DA Philippines donated a commemorative wreath and attended the Memorial Day ceremony on May 26, 2019. Thanks DA International Chair Julia Bryan for suggesting the wreath! 

    To raise money for the wreath, a few members independently placed a GoFundMe page on social media channels to see if their friends and other members would respond to their request. The page showed a panoramic view of the Manila American Cemetery as well as a historic photograph of Douglas MacArthur returning to the Philippines. The words read:

    “In World War II, Douglas MacArthur promised the Philippines, 'I shall return!' He and America kept its word at the cost of more than 17,058 of its young men and women. These American and Filipino Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Doctors and Nurses, made the final sacrifice and have been laid to rest in the Manila American Cemetery. An additional 36,286 are still Missing In Action. Help us honor these souls on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019, please give to our cause to fund a wreath for them. God bless all who sacrifice for freedom.”

    Within days, DAPh members and friends answered the call of the GoFundMe page, gave generously to the cause, and the cost of the wreath was met. A handsome wreath was designed around lovely red Anthurium flowers.

    DAPh Chair Lisa said, “The use of this modern application on social media, to fund an old tradition of honoring our fallen soldiers teaches us that where is a will – there is, indeed, a way. When the idea to purchase a wreath for the Memorial Day event was broached, one of the first questions that arose was, ‘How will our organization raise the money?’ A couple of enterprising members came forward and offered to independently create a fund-raising page using the free GoFundMe application, and if it worked, the proceeds would be donated to our cause. Our wreath is proof that generosity and goodwill still exist in the hearts of Americans. We thank you for your help. God bless.”

    Check out a few pictures from Memorial Day 2019 events in France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the Philippines, here.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines webpage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • @DemsAbroadPH tweeted link to Tax for Americans Abroad Seminar. 2019-04-13 08:08:32 -0400
    Great seeing everyone at @DemsAbroadPH Tax for Americans Abroad Seminar today! Thanks Manrkē’s Asia Pacific CEO Richard Medalla for explaining who is required to file US income taxes, FBAR, FATCA reports, and common tax challenges facing Americans abroad. https://www.democratsabroad.org/angelogoode/tax_for_americans_abroad_seminar_eg1x9rihmo6jhqiohuy37w?recruiter_id=286491

    Tax for Americans Abroad Seminar

    Photo by Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) Photographer Joan Corpuz shows (left to right) DAPh Vice-Chair and Database and Social Media Manager Angelo Goode, DAPh Treasurer Kathleen Bergeron, DAPh Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan, Speaker and Manrkē’s Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Richard Medalla, and DAPh Communications Manager Morrie Kayanan.

    DA Philippines held a Tax for Americans Abroad Seminar on Saturday April 13, 2019 from 3:30-5pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, with some 22 attendees.

    Speaker Richard Medalla, Manrkē’s Asia Pacific CEO, explained who is required to file US income taxes, Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR), and Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) reports. He also presented common challenges facing Americans abroad in complying with US tax reporting requirements, and answered questions from the audience.

    Event flier, here.

    Speaker Richard’s presentation, here.

    His company profile, here.

    DA tax advocacy work, here.

    Our next activity is Memorial Day organized by the American Association of the Philippines on Sunday May 26, 2019 at the Manila American Cemetery. Members please check your email, including Spam, Updates and Promotions folders for the official email blast with the announcement containing further information. We are contributing a wreath and would very much appreciate donations. Kindly email DAPh Communications Manager Morrie at morriejane@yahoo.com if you would like to make a donation. Please donate--thank you!

    We are also organizing a social event potluck. And if there is sufficient interest, a speaker event on the three historic Balangiga Bells, which were returned to the Philippines last year after being taken over a century ago. More to follow.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at www.democratsabroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines webpage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • @DemsAbroadPH tweeted link to General Meeting April 6, 2019. 2019-04-09 03:48:29 -0400
    At @DemsAbroadPH 2nd Quarter General Meeting on April 6, 2019, we discussed @DemsAbroad International Chair @juliapraha's report on 2018 wins & how to drive engagement, share expertise and prepare for 2020 through greater levels of participation. More info https://www.democratsabroad.org/angelogoode/general_meeting_april_6_2019?recruiter_id=286491

    General Meeting April 6, 2019

    Photo by Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) Admin Brian Borlongan shows (left to right) DAPh members Angela Reyes, Mary Ellen de Jesus, Yasmin Tiwana, Communications Manager Morrie Kayanan, DAPh former Vice-Chair Gene Boggs, DAPh former Secretary Omar Tiwana, DAPh former Treasurer Gay Zialcita, and DAPh Vice-Chair and Database and Social Media Manager Angelo Goode at the Elks Club in Makati City.

    DA Philippines held its 2nd Quarter General Meeting on Saturday April 6, 2019 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Library of the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    We discussed DA International Chair Julia Bryan's report on 2018 wins; how to drive engagement, share expertise and prepare for 2020 through greater levels of participation; and having a candidate education event.

    A Membership Management Committee was formed.

    The next two events are:

    1. Tax for Americans Abroad Seminar on Saturday April 13, 2019 from 3:30-5pm at the Elks Club Manila Room. Here's the flier.
    2. Memorial Day on Monday May 27, 2019 at the Manila American Cemetery, organized by the American Association of the Philippines. We intend to contribute a wreath.

    Here are the:

    1. Agenda for the April 6, 2019 meeting
    2. Minutes from the April 6, 2019 meeting.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines webpage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • 1st Progressive Drinking Party to Clean Up the Membership Database at Launch Lab Test Kitchen

    Photo by Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) Events Committee Bing Gelman shows (left to right) DAPh Secretary and Events Committee Chair Jeremy Slagle, DA Lion City (Singapore) former Vice-Chair and DAPh former Treasurer Bill Gelman, DAPh Communications Manager Morrie Kayanan, DAPh former Chair John Boyd, DAPh members Tricia Jimenez, Angela Reyes, DAPh Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan, and DAPh Vice-Chair and Database and Social Media Manager Angelo Goode at Launch Lab Test Kitchen in Makati City.

    DA Philippines held a Progressive Drinking Party to clean up the database on Saturday February 2, 2019 from 2-4pm at Launch Lab Test Kitchen, Unit 201, 2nd Floor, Renaissance Building, 215 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    Thanks DAPh Events Committee Bing for the recommendation to have a Progressive Drinking Party, which is a concept borrowed from DA Lion City (Singapore) Chair Patricia Reed who is happy for other DA Country Committees to also hold their own Progressive Drinking Parties.

    Thanks also to the volunteers for all your hard work and dedication--calling, emailing and texting some 329 DAPh members to verify they are still living in the Philippines by collecting their current landline and cell phone numbers.

    And thanks DAPh Secretary and Events Committee Chair Jeremy for providing the space for us with light snacks.

    Once all the corrections are inputted, we should organize another database clean-up event. And the Events Committee will be meeting, to be announced, to discuss events planning.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • published Plans for 2019 in News 2019-01-22 09:34:56 -0500

    Plans for 2019


    Photo by Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) member Joan Corpuz shows (left to right) DAPh Vice-Chair and Database and Social Media Manager Angelo Goode, DAPh member Tricia Jimenez, DAPh former Chair John Boyd, DA Lion City (Singapore) former Vice-Chair and DAPh former Treasurer Bill Gelman, DAPh Events Committee Bing Gelman, and DAPh Secretary and Events Committee Chair Jeremy Slagle at the Elks Club in Makati City.

    Events Committee

    DAPh Secretary Jeremy chairs the Events Committee, composed of DAPh member Bing, DAPh Communications Manager Morrie Kayanan, and DAPh member Don Goertzen.

    Database Clean-Up and By-Law Changes

    DAPh Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan is presently point person for Database Clean-Up and By-Law Changes, but is happy for other members to contribute to these two important initiatives.

    Memorial Day and Fourth of July Events 2019 

    DAPh Chair Lisa is also point person for our Memorial Day and Fourth of July 2019 events.

    Phone Calls to Voters Worldwide

    DAPh member Dean Shuey continues as point person for phone calls to voters worldwide.

    Veterans Day at Clark and Thanksgiving Day Events 2019

    And DAPh former Chair John B. continues as point person for Veterans Day at Clark and Thanksgiving Day 2019 events.

    Dates of Next Meetings

    Saturday February 2, 2019 at 2pm in Makati: Progressive Drinking Party

    We will have a Progressive Drinking Party to clean up the database on Saturday February 2, 2019 at 2pm at Launch Lab Test Kitchen, Unit 201, 2nd Floor, Renaissance Building, 215 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. Thanks returning DAPh member Bing for the recommendation and DAPh Secretary Jeremy for providing the space for us, which can seat some 12 people comfortably.

    Saturday April 6, 2019 at 3:30pm in Makati: General Meeting Q2 2019 

    And because we decided to hold four general meetings for 2019 quarterly (Q), the next general meeting Q2 2019 is on Saturday April 6, 2019 at 3:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Makati City.

    Please RSVP by email at da-ph@democratsabroad.org or call 0917.892.2989.

    Announcements and further details of our next meetings and activities will follow, so members please check your email. If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • Election of Officers and Management Positions for 2019-2021

    Photo by Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) member Joan Corpuz shows (left to right) DAPh Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan, DAPh member Edmund Garcia, DAPh Events Committee Don Goertzen, DAPh Treasurer Kathy Bergeron, and DAPh member Dean Shuey at the Elks Club in Makati City.

    Happy New Year DA Philippines!

    DA Philippines held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019 on Saturday January 19, 2019 from 4-6pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Makati City.

    Some 20 DAPh members attended and DA Australia (DAA)-Victoria Chapter member Michael Ramos joined by Skype to listen in. Although DAA-Victoria member Michael holds no elected positions within Democrats Abroad, he founded and is appointed Chair of the DA Hispanic Caucus. He also serves on the DA Tax Task Force, the DA Progressive Caucus, the DA Black Caucus, and the unofficial DA Veterans and Military Families Caucus.

    We reported on activities held in 2018, elected officers for 2019-2021, and discussed activities for 2019.

    Welcome DAPh Leadership 2019-2021!

    Officers

    Lisa Pagkalinawan was re-elected Chair, Angelo Goode was elected Vice-Chair, Jeremy Slagle was elected Secretary, and Kathy Bergeron was re-elected Treasurer.

    Management 

    Morrie Kayanan was elected Communications Manager, and DAPh Vice-Chair Angelo later confirmed his acceptance of multiple positions including Database Manager and Social Media Manager.

    Next General Meeting Q2 2019

    Because we decided to hold four general meetings for 2019 quarterly (Q), the next general meeting Q2 2019 is on Saturday April 6, 2019 at 3:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Makati City.

    Announcements and further details of our next meetings and activities will follow, so members please check your email. If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • published Annual Meeting 2019 in News 2019-01-13 23:25:06 -0500

    Annual Meeting 2019


    Photo by Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) member Joan Corpuz shows (left to right) DAPh members Dean Shuey, Donald Kwok, Vicki Indiati, John Sachs, DAPh Communications Manager Morrie Kayanan, DAPh member Omar Tiwana's sister Yasmin Tiwana, DAPh members Dave Kuchenbecker, Angela Reyes, DAPh former Vice-Chair Gene Boggs, DAPh member Tricia Jimenez, DAPh former Chair John Boyd, DA Lion City (Singapore) former Vice-Chair and DAPh former Treasurer Bill Gelman, DAPh Events Committee Bing Gelman, DAPh Secretary and Events Committee Chair Jeremy Slagle, and DAPh Vice-Chair and Database and Social Media Manager Angelo Goode at the Elks Club in Makati City.

    DA Philippines held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday January 19, 2019 from 4-6pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Makati City. We reported on activities held in 2018, elected officers for 2019-2021, and discussed activities for 2019.

    Here are the:

    1. Agenda for the January 19, 2019 meeting
    2. Annual Report for 2018
    3. Minutes from the January 19, 2019 meeting.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • published Voters’ Open House October 2018 in News 2019-01-13 23:06:32 -0500

    Voters’ Open House October 2018


    Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) held a Voters’ Open House on Saturday October 6, 2018 from 2-5pm in Ortigas at Profiles Asia Pacific, Inc., One Magnificent Mile-CITRA Building, 39 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Thanks DAPh member Jocelyn Pick for providing the space for us!

    We helped people with registering to vote, requesting ballots, and answered questions about voting in the November 2018 election. For those who already had ballots, we provided a “voting booth” where voters could privately fill out their ballots. And we provided information about whether or not voters needed to mail their ballots or if they can email or fax it back, and answered other questions they had.

    Due to new state laws regarding absentee ballots, we could only provide verbal assistance and couldn't assist with putting ballots in envelopes or mailing them. Voters could either drop their ballots off at the US Embassy or mail it through the Philippine Post Office with registered mail safest.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • How to Vote for the US Midterm Elections 2018 from Abroad for Americans Overseas

    We work to advance the principles of our Party by spreading the Democratic message to Americans in the Philippines and encouraging them to vote for Democratic candidates back home. ~ Democrats Abroad Philippines, 2018

    1. Request Your Ballot

    Go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org and click the Request Ballot tab, which brings you to the Register to Vote/Absentee Ballot Request page. Note: when filling in your Voter Information, for US citizens living outside the country who intend to return, choosing the first option “I am a U.S. citizen living outside the country, and my return is uncertain” may be the safest answer to ensure you receive your absentee ballot if you will be abroad for some time. Follow the instructions on the website and ask for your blank ballots to be delivered to you electronically by email if possible. The website will tell you if your state allows the return of your request electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.

    2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot

    If you are set to receive your electronic ballot by email, keep an eye out for an email with the subject line: 2018 General Election Official Ballot. It will include instructions on how to vote and return the ballot. Note: perhaps best to print your blank electronic ballot, fill it up, hand sign it, and scan.

    3. Return Your Completed Ballot

    If you received your electronic ballot by email, follow the instructions in the email on how to return it. If you must mail a paper ballot from the Philippines, we suggest using the Philippine Post Office and send it using registered mail which only costs about PhP200 (US$4).

    For Further Information

    If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas from the Philippines, please contact Democrats Abroad Philippines at email da-ph@democratsabroad.org or call +63.917.892.2989.

    Remember, your vote counts! Be absent but accounted for! VOTE NOW! DON’ T WAIT!!

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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  • published Thanksgiving 2018 in News 2019-01-13 21:40:10 -0500

    Thanksgiving 2018


    Photo shows (left to right) Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) former Chair John Boyd, DAPh Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan, and DAPh members Dave Kuchenbecker and John Sachs at the Bicutan Immigration Detention Facility in Taguig City.

    On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 22, 2018, DA Philippines visited American detainees at the Bicutan Immigration Detention Facility in Taguig City and brought them food, reading materials and other necessities. We have continued to provide support for a few incarcerated Americans, with DAPh former Chair John B. and DAPh member Dave making regular visits with logistical support from DAPh Chair Lisa. DAPh member Dave has made efforts to compile a list of detainees and offer assistance.

    If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at DemocratsAbroad.org. Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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Collective-thinking foreign, economic and environmental policy; and equality and human rights for all, such as blue-collar grassroots workers, ethnic minorities, the LGBT+ community, women and immigrants among other disenfranchised groups.