Philippines Vice-Chair and Database Manager

Born in the Philippines to an American father and mother of Filipino heritage, 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.


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    April 25, 2020 at 3:30pm
    WHERE
    Elks Club
    7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building
    Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village
    Makati City, Metro Manila 1231
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  • By-Laws Amended January 18, 2020

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD PHILIPPINES

    BY-LAWS

    Adopted by the Membership on February 7, 2007

    Amended by the Membership on March 22, 2010

    Amended by the Membership on January 18, 2020

     

    Article I

    Name

    1. These by-laws have been enacted by an organization having as its name:

    Democrats Abroad Philippines (DAPH)

    Article II

    Purpose and Relationship to Democrats Abroad

    2.1 The organization is a Country Committee within Democrats Abroad, which is administered by the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA).

    2.2 The purposes of the organization are to advance the interests of the Democratic Party of the United States and of Democrats Abroad and to provide for appropriate action by its supporters residing in Philippines.

    Article III

    Members

    3.1 Members must be citizens of the United States, of voting age, who subscribe to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States and of Democrats Abroad and are resident in the Philippines. A member who by her or his actions demonstrates that she or he no longer subscribes to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States and of Democrats Abroad may be excluded from membership by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Executive Committee; provided however that such vote may only be taken after the member has been given reasonable notice of the Executive Committee’s intention to exclude the member and has had reasonable opportunity to contest the proposed action by the Executive Committee.

    3.2 To the greatest extent possible, all the various elements of the Democratic Party and of the United States Democratic community in the Philippines shall be represented within the organization.

    3.3 The current list of members as maintained by the Secretary pursuant to Article VIII shall be delivered to the appropriate officers of the DPCA no later than January 30 of each year in such form and format as the DPCA shall from time to time require.

    3.4 By becoming a member of Democrats Abroad Philippines each member of the organization consents to the delivery of his/her name, mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers (as applicable) and U.S. voting district/state and other information contained on the membership list of the organization to the DPCA and to such lawful use thereof as the DPCA shall make from time to time. Membership in Democrats Abroad Philippines automatically results in membership in Democrats Abroad.

    3.5 Membership records shall be kept confidential, and they shall not be available to any person other than members of the Democrats Abroad Philippines Executive Committee, DPCA, or Democrats Abroad Philippines members with designated responsibility in connection with elections or database management. All individuals with access to membership data shall sign and adhere to the terms of the current DPCA Confidentiality Agreement. No use of the membership database is permitted for purposes other than those related to the activities of the Democratic Party, of Democrats Abroad, or of Democrats Abroad Philippines. No candidate for any office may use or access the membership database directly for the purposes of campaigning for office or soliciting votes or proxies.

    Article IV

    Cessation of Membership

    4. Any member shall cease to be a member if he/she no longer meets the qualifications of a member. Any such former member may be reinstated on the same conditions as a new member.

    Article V

    Officers

    5. The Officers of the organization shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. If possible, the officers shall be gender-balanced. However, the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson must not be the same sex. For the purposes of this section, the term “sex” is defined as male, female, intersex, or any other classification of sex or gender that is legally recognized by any state or federal jurisdiction within the United States of America.

    Article VI

    Chairperson

    6. The Chairperson shall be the chief executive officer of the organization, shall call and preside at all meetings of members and of the Executive Committee, and shall have responsibility for all activities approved by the organization. The Chairperson shall sit ex-officio on all committees of the organization, if committees are formed, with full voting privileges. The Chairperson will be responsible for coordinating with appropriate international and regional elements of Democrats Abroad, or may designate a member of the Executive Committee to assume that role.

    Article VII

    Vice-Chairperson

    7. In the absence of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. The Vice-Chairperson shall have such other duties as the Chairperson shall define.

    Article VIII

    Secretary

    8. The Secretary shall maintain a current list of members of the organization (containing the name, mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers and U.S. voting district/state and such other information as the DPCA may from time to time require), minutes of all meetings, and all files and administrative records of the organization. All such records shall be open for inspection by members, provided they have signed a confidentiality agreement or serve in an official capacity whereby they have a need to know. (see 3.5, above)

    Article IX

    Treasurer

    9. The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the organization, maintain its financial reports and make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law (including without limitation the laws and regulations of the United States and the several states applicable to political parties and contributions to them) or required by Democrats Abroad. All such records shall be open for inspection by members

    Article X

    DPCA Voting Representative(s)

    10. The DPCA Voting Representative(s) shall be nominated and elected at each Annual General Meeting with Regular Elections. The number of DPCA Voting Representative(s) are allocated to Democrats Abroad Philippines by the International Secretary as stipulated in the DPCA Charter and are elected to represent Democrats Abroad Philippines at international meetings and other official DPCA functions. Democrats Abroad Philippines shall elect at least the minimum number of Voting Representative(s) necessary to enable it to cast all its votes. Democrats Abroad Philippines DPCA Voting Representative(s) shall be elected in a manner in which gender balance is achieved. Democrats Abroad Philippines DPCA Voting Representative(s) may be elected to other positions within Democrats Abroad Philippines except Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson. A DPCA Voting Representative has no voting status on the Democrats Abroad Philippines Executive Committee unless the DPCA Voting Representative also holds a position detailed in Article XI (Executive Committee).

    Article XI

    Executive Committee

    11.1 The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer elected from among the eligible members of the organization.

    11.2 The Executive Committee shall meet at regular intervals upon call by the Chairperson, for the purpose of consulting with and/or advising the Chairperson in the administration of the organization. A meeting of the Executive Committee may be also be called by one-half of the Executive Committee.

    Article XII

    DPCA Voting Delegation

    12. DAPH’s DPCA Voting Delegation consists of those persons who have been elected to represent DAPH within the DPCA, and who hold the right to vote in the DPCA. These persons are the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and DPCA Voting Representative(s). The DAPH Voting Delegation shall be gender balanced as defined in Article V. No person voting for DAPH shall carry more than one (1) vote, excluding any proxy votes allowed by the DPCA charter.

    Article XIII

    Committees

    13.1 The Chairperson may create one or more ad hoc committees, with such functions and responsibilities as he/she shall designate. These committees may include Membership/Voter Registration, Issues, Programs/Special Events, Fund-Raising and Newsletter/ Communications.

    13.2 The Chairperson shall appoint and remove the chairpersons of the ad hoc committees subject to ratification by the members of the Executive Committee at the next meeting of the Executive Committee or general meeting following such appointments or revocation. The membership of each ad hoc committee shall be selected by the committee chairperson after consultation with the Chairperson.

    13.3 Meetings of all committees shall be open to all members of the organization.

    Article XIV

    Other Officers

    14.1 The Chairperson may appoint and remove assistant officers or honorary officers, having such duties as he/she shall designate, subject to ratification by the members of the Executive Committee at the next Executive Committee or general meeting.

    14.2 Previously elected Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons shall serve as honorary officers and may be included as ex officio members of the Executive Committee upon such appointment by the Chairperson, subject to ratification by the members of the Executive Committee.

    Article XV

    Terms

    15.1 The Executive Committee Officers shall be elected every two years at the Annual General Meeting of the organization (which shall be held no later than June 30). They shall be elected for a term expiring upon the election of their successor.

    15.2 The terms of all ad hoc committee chairpersons shall automatically expire upon the election of new officers in accordance with the foregoing paragraph.

    15.3 Any officer who misses four consecutive regularly called Executive Committee or general meetings may be removed from office by a three-fourths vote of the entire Executive Committee at a regularly called and quorate meeting at which the question of such removal is on the agenda sent out in advance and at which the officer is given due opportunity to explain the reasons for her or his absence.

    Article XVI

    Elections and Removal from Office

    16.1 The officers of the Executive Committee shall be elected by a majority of votes of the members voting at the Annual General Meeting (or in the case of a vacancy, at the general meeting at which the election is held). In accordance with Democratic Party and DPCA policy, there is no secret ballot voting in DAPH elections.

    16.2 Any officer of the Executive Committee may be removed from office by a vote of two-thirds of those present at a duly convened meeting of the membership.

    16.3 Nominations and Elections Committee: At least two months prior to the Annual General Meeting of an election year, a Nominations and Elections Committee (hereinafter “NEC”) shall be named by the Chairperson with the approval of the Executive Committee. The members of the NEC shall elect a chair from among its appointed members. All NEC members shall be subject to the obligations of confidentiality (pursuant to Article 3.5). This committee shall be empowered to receive nominations of members for elected officer positions from the membership and to make nominations, with assent of the nominated member, for any open position. The nominations committee shall not exclude any eligible member as a candidate. Nominations may be taken from the floor of the annual meeting (or in the case of a vacancy, at the general meeting at which the election is held).

    16.4 Nominations Invitation: The NEC shall notify its nominations to the membership no less than 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting (or in the case of a vacancy, at the general meeting at which the election is held).

    16.5 Candidate Presentations: The NEC shall ensure that nominated candidates have reasonable and equitable opportunity to present their candidacy, qualifications, and platform prior to the elections. The NEC shall ensure adequate distribution of all such information to the membership, including posting on the DAPH website.

    Article XVII

    Vacancies

    17. Any vacancy among the officers of the Executive Committee may be filled by special election held at any subsequent meeting of the members of the organization in accordance with Article XVI hereof. Until such vacancy is filled, the Chairperson may appoint at his or her discretion a member to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis. Any officer elected at a special election shall serve only until the next regular election. If the position of Chairperson becomes vacant for whatever reason, the Vice-Chairperson shall succeed to the office of Chairperson and the office of Vice-Chairperson shall be managed per this Article. Any Vice-Chairperson succeeding to the office of Chairperson shall serve only until the election of her or his successor at the next regular election.

    Article XVIII

    Notice

    18.1 Notices of Annual General Meetings, meetings at which elections will be held and meetings to amend these by-laws shall be distributed at least 30 days before the meeting, by such method as the Chairperson shall reasonably prescribe. Notice of other meetings of members and of the Executive Committee shall be given by such method as the Chairperson shall reasonably prescribe.

    18.2 These by-laws may be amended by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the DAPH, present or represented at a regularly constituted meeting of the DAPH. Written text of any proposed amendments shall be distributed in advance of the general meeting where such amendments will be discussed or voted upon.

    Article XIX

    Meetings

    19.1 An Annual General Meeting of members shall be held no later than June 30 of each year and shall act upon the following: (i) approval of the accounts and the report of the Chairperson and the Treasurer for the preceding calendar year, (ii) in election years, the election of the officers of the Executive Committee, and (iii) such other business as the Chairperson shall deem appropriate.

    19.2 Other meetings of the membership may be held from time to time upon call by (i) the Chairperson, (ii) one-half of the Executive Committee or (iii) 10% of the membership who request the holding of a meeting.

    19.3 All meetings of the membership, the Executive Committee, and ad hoc committees (if any) shall be open to the membership and conducted in accordance with these by-laws (including the provisions on notice).

    19.4 Meetings of Democrats Abroad Philippines may be held in person, by telephone, videoconference, or such electronic means as the Executive Committee may from time to time unanimously approve.

    19.5 For the purposes hereof, a quorum shall be determined as follows.

    (i) for meetings of the membership, at least 8 members.

    (ii) for meetings of the Executive Committee, and Standing Committee or any ad hoc committee, one-half of the members of such committee.

    19.6 All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the latest edition of Roberts Rules of Order.

    Article XX

    Rules Applicable to DAPH

    20. The functioning of DAPH shall be governed by (i) these by-laws and such rules as the Executive Committee may from time to time adopt and (ii) the by-laws of Democrats Abroad and the charter and by-laws of the Democratic Party of the United States and such rules and regulations as Democrats Abroad and/or the Democratic Party of the United States shall adopt from time to time. In the event of a conflict between (A) these by-laws and the rules referred to in sub-clause (i) of the previous sentence and (B) the documents, rules and regulations referred to in sub-clause (ii) of the previous sentence, the documents, rules and regulations of such sub-clause (ii) shall prevail.

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    Democrats Abroad (DA) is the official Democratic Party arm for nine million US citizens--civilian and military--living outside the United States. Our goals are to mobilize the overseas vote to elect Democratic candidates and help Americans abroad amplify issues that matter to them. We are best equipped than any organization to help overseas Americans engage in the US political process because the Democratic national party or Democratic Party known as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) recognizes us as an official "state" party. With DNC state-level recognition, we: (1) hold an official Democratic presidential primary, (2) help select the Democratic presidential candidate by also sending a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to represent DA Primary Voters and help decide the national party’s nominee for president, (3) represent US citizens abroad at all DNC meetings because we elect eight DA Members to hold eight positions on the Democratic National Committee to represent us, and (4) are the only official US political party of American citizens abroad because the Republican Party does not have an equivalent organization of this status. We work to reach as many US citizens as possible, in as many ways as possible, to ensure they have opportunities to stay engaged in the US political process and presidential election. In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats Abroad helped grow the civilian overseas vote by 322% over the 2014 midterms. This year, we expect to help more than one million voters vote overseas, and win Democratic elections back home.

    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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  • Annual General Meeting January 18, 2020 & Annual Report 2019

    Photo shows (left to right) Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPH) Makati Ward Omar Tiwana; Member Gabriel Demombynes; former Vice-Chair Gene Boggs; Members David Kuchenbecker, Jasmine Tiwana, James Savage and Vladimir Manuel; Events Committee Donald Goertzen; Secretary Bing Ganchero-Gelman, Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan; former Chair John Boyd; Vice-Chair Angelo Goode; Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Coordinator Brian Borlongan; Members Angela Reyes and Jon Sachs; Treasurer Kathleen Bergeron-Guido; and former Philippines Treasurer and Singapore Vice-Chair Bill Gelman at the DAPH Annual General Meeting on Saturday January 18, 2020 at the Elks Club in Makati City.

    Annual General Meeting 2020

    DA Philippines held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday January 18, 2020 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. We reported on activities held in 2019, elected a new secretary, voted on and passed our amended By-Laws (which former Philippines Treasurer and Singapore Vice-Chair Bill Gelman has been working on since 2015, and thanks Asia-Pacific Regional Vice-Chair Kat Allikian of DA New Zealand for all your detailed help), and discussed activities for 2020. Minutes here.

    New Secretary

    Congratulations new Secretary Elvie "Bing" Ganchero-Gelman! Bing has been a member of Democrats Abroad Philippines since 2013. When she and her husband former Treasurer Bill moved to Singapore in 2014, they both continued to take an active role in DA Singapore (known as DA Lion City), where Bill served as Singapore Vice-Chair. While living in Washington DC in 2018, Bing volunteered to reach out to members of congress to establish legislation for equitable tax treatment of US citizens living abroad. She has over 20 years experience working in community and business sustainability space, driving nonprofits and multinational companies toward implementing sustainable strategies that deliver measurable business and social outcomes in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Annual Report 2019

    Meetings

    Our 2019 AGM was held on Saturday January 19, 2019 at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City (hereafter Elks Club). During the year, three General Meetings were held all on Saturdays at the Elks Club on:

    1. April 6, 2019
    2. July 6, 2019--where we also celebrated Pride, Independence Day, and the 154th Juneteenth anniversary
    3. October 26, 2019--where we also celebrated Halloween.

    Officers

    At the end of 2019, we had the following Executive Committee officers:

    • Chairperson: Lisa Pagkalinawan
    • Vice-Chairperson: Angelo Goode
    • Secretary: Maurice "Morrie" Kayanan (resigned Thursday December 12, 2019 due to health)
    • Treasurer: Kathleen Bergeron-Guido
    • Ex-Officio members of the Executive Committee: Donald Goertzen, Anita Celdran and Mary Ellen de Jesus

    Events

    We held 12 events:

    1. 1st Database Clean-Up on Saturday February 2, 2019 at Launch Lab Test Kitchen, Unit 201, 2nd Floor, Renaissance Building, 215 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City--Although we did not work on updating our database of members previously, since the beginning of 2019 members consistently volunteered for the effort and we have made important progress.
    2. Tax Seminar on Saturday April 13, 2019 at the Elks Club--Manrkē’s Asia Pacific CEO Richard Medalla 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.
    3. Memorial Day on Sunday May 26, 2019 at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City--We participated in commemorating Memorial Day, organized by the American Association of the Philippines in coordination with the US Embassy Manila, to honor Americans and Filipinos who fell and went missing in World War II. As DA Global Chair Julia Bryan suggested, our members donated a handsome commemorative wreath designed around lovely red anthurium flowers. To raise money for the wreath, GOTV Coordinator Brian created a GoFundMe page under the direction of former Secretary and Communications Manager Morrie, and which Vice-Chair Angelo posted on social media. The GoFundMe page showed a panoramic view of the Manila American Cemetery and a historic photograph of General 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." Global Chair Julia featured our photo on her Facebook feed and it was also included on DA's main homepage among Memorial Day photos of France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.
    4. 1st 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch on Thursday June 27 and Friday June 28, 2019 at Union Jack Tavern, 105 VA Rufino corner Esteban Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City (hereafter Union Jack Tavern).
    5. 2nd 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch on Wednesday July 31 and Thursday August 1, 2019 at Union Jack Tavern.
    6. Potluck on Saturday August 10, 2019 at The Palisades, 107 Perea Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City--Hosted by Secretary Bing at her condominium building's function room, members had fun enjoying popcorn, quesadillas, potato gratin, chili, pancit (Filipino stir-fried noodles), carrot cake, chocolate walnut cookies, fruit, and wine among others. The question of how DA can help tear-gassed Americans in Hong Kong was raised by a visiting professor of Western political thought.
    7. 3rd 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch and Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Postcard Writing on Friday September 13, 2019 at Handlebar, 31 Polaris Street, Makati City--At our third debate watch party, we also wrote and sent 50 postcards to Virginia voters to help elect Democrats who would support Virginia's ratification of ERA. As attendance at our three debate watch parties was minimal, we stopped hosting until sufficient interest arises.
    8. 2nd Database Clean-Up on Saturday September 28, 2019 at the Elks Club--From December 1, 2018 to December 1, 2019, we went from 62% to 78% of our members being valid, which means they will be included in the January 31, 2020 membership count. This is a big improvement because we now only have 179 members excluded from our count. In an effort to further increase our number of valid members before the January 31, 2020 membership count, we asked volunteers to try to call or text any of these people, or search for them on Facebook to see if they are still in the Philippines.
    9. Veterans Day on Monday November 11, 2019 at Clark Veterans Cemetery in Clark Free Port Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga Province--Organized by former Chair John Boyd (hereafter John B), several members participated in the Veterans Day ceremony in Clark, visited grave sites of many soldiers, had lunch at Clark's local Veterans Lodge with veterans and their families and friends, and met Democrats in the area. We informed Global Chair Julia of our participation by email and emailed photos to comms@democratsabroad.org.
    10. Lecture on the Balangiga Bells and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Philippines by American and Filipino Forces on Saturday November 16, 2019 at the Elks Club--Retired US Foreign Service Officer and Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (FAME) Board Member Dan Larsen gave a history talk about the Balangiga Bells, which are three church bells the US Army took from the Church of San Lorenzo de Martir in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, following the Balangiga massacre in 1901 during the Philippine-American War. After over a century, the bells are back in the Philippines. Larsen's presentation and discussion examined the twists and turns involved in the history of US custody of these war trophies and their delayed return to the Philippines 117 years after the end of the 1898-1901 Philippine-American War. Taken in 1901 from a Philippine church belfry destroyed on Samar Province, their delayed return closed a long-standing irritant in US-Philippine relations. Larsen also talked about the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Philippines during World War II, which was MacArthurs return to Leyte in October 1944, and reviewed ways to participate in commemorating events leading up to General Yamashita's September 1945 surrender and the end of the war.
    11. Progressive Drinking on Wednesday November 20, 2019 at La Petite Parisienne, LPL Center (San Agustin Street), 130 Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City--To further mobilize our membership because our members are physically distanced spanning cities and provinces throughout the archipelago, several members would like to explore implementing a Ward System, which assigns a point person per geographic area tasked to lead mobilizing a subgroup of our members located in that geographic location. This Ward System may also encourage creation of Philippine Chapters. Although recruiting suitable volunteers as Ward point persons is challenging, GOTV Coordinator Brian prepared geographic member lists for (1) Cebu, (2) Makati, (3) Mandaluyong, (4) Manila and (5) Taguig, and Chair Lisa assigned former Secretary Omar Tiwana as Makati Ward. This Progressive Drinking event, organized by Makati Ward Omar and Secretary Bing, for our Makati Ward members is hopefully the first of many toward better knowing Democrats in Makati City to develop specific activities and initiatives based on the felt needs of the members of this geographic subgroup.
    12. Thanksgiving on Thursday November 28, 2019 at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration Detention Center, Lower Bicutan, Taguig City--Every year on Thanksgiving Day, we endeavor to 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 continue to provide support for a few incarcerated Americans, with former Chair John B and Member David Kuchenbecker making regular visits with logistical support from Chair Lisa. David's efforts to compile a list of detainees and offer assistance is commendable. Chair Lisa delivered a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and mashed potatoes for the detainees courtesy of members' donations, and former Chair John B brought apples, soap and small towels. Following is a thank you message from a previous detainee to former Chair John B: "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 provided 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."

    Membership

    As of December 31, 2019, we had 836 members, of which 78% were valid. To be considered "valid," members must meet the following conditions:

    1. Be approved as a member
    2. Have a local street address and/or local phone number
    3. Be verified as still living in the Philippines within the past four years.

    Social Media

    For social media, Annual Report 2019 focuses on the last quarter of the year because we can assume it is representative of the whole year:

    1. Facebook (FB)--We kept our page active and received regular engagement, measured through numbers of clicks and shared articles from our page. As of January 11, 2020, 297 people like our page and 321 follow it. Followers receive every post in their own feeds. In the final quarter of 2019, we posted 20 announcements, reminders and reports of our activities, including meetings and events; eight articles specifically related to voting and registration through VoteFromAbroad.org; 34 links to articles of general interest to Democrat voters and/or Filipino Americans or American Filipinos; and seven funny or sad memes. Former Treasurer Irene Donohue and FB Editor Joan Corpuz actively found and posted a variety of interesting material. Social Media Manager Nancy Longatan focused on monitoring comments and event announcements, as well as material from VoteFromAbroad.org and DA. We assisted one person who inquired through Facebook for help in registering to vote.
    2. Twitter--We focused our tweets on event announcements and reminders. At the end of 2019, we had 48 followers, followed 147 entities, and made 24 tweets in the last three months.

    Next Activities

    1. Progressive Drinking on Tuesday February 18, 2020 from 6-8pm at La Petite Parisienne, LPL Center (San Agustin Street), 130 Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
    2. Global Presidential Primary (GPP) on Saturday March 7, 2020 from 2-5pm at Profiles Asia Pacific Inc, One Magnificent Mile-CITRA Building, 39 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
    3. General Meeting on Saturday March 28, 2020 from 3:30-5:30pm the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
    4. Tax Advocacy Panel on Saturday April 25, 2020 from 3:30-5pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) is the official Democratic Party arm for nine million US citizens--civilian and military--living outside the United States. Our goals are to mobilize the overseas vote to elect Democratic candidates and help Americans abroad amplify issues that matter to them. We are best equipped than any organization to help overseas Americans engage in the US political process because the Democratic national party or Democratic Party known as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) recognizes us as an official "state" party. With DNC state-level recognition, we: (1) hold an official Democratic presidential primary, (2) help select the Democratic presidential candidate by also sending a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to represent DA Primary Voters and help decide the national party’s nominee for president, (3) represent US citizens abroad at all DNC meetings because we elect eight DA Members to hold eight positions on the Democratic National Committee to represent us, and (4) are the only official US political party of American citizens abroad because the Republican Party does not have an equivalent organization of this status. We work to reach as many US citizens as possible, in as many ways as possible, to ensure they have opportunities to stay engaged in the US political process and presidential election. In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats Abroad helped grow the civilian overseas vote by 322% over the 2014 midterms. This year, we expect to help more than one million voters vote overseas, and win Democratic elections back home.

    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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  • @DemsAbroadPH tweeted link to General Meeting March 28, 2020. 2020-01-22 22:42:22 -0500
    Our next general meeting is on Saturday March 28, 2020 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. Please RSVP by emailing da-ph@democratsabroad.org @DemsAbroad https://www.democratsabroad.org/angelogoode/general_meeting_march_28_2020?recruiter_id=286491

    General Meeting March 28, 2020

    You are invited to our next general meeting on Saturday March 28, 2020 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    If you would like to attend the meeting but cannot get to Makati, we would be happy to have you join by Skype if you have a strong internet connection.

    Minutes from Annual General Meeting January 18, 2020 to follow here, for you to please review and approve at the meeting.

    Please RSVP by emailing da-ph@democratsabroad.org.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) is the official Democratic Party arm for nine million US citizens--civilian and military--living outside the United States. Our goals are to mobilize the overseas vote to elect Democratic candidates and help Americans abroad amplify issues that matter to them. We are best equipped than any organization to help overseas Americans engage in the US political process because the Democratic national party or Democratic Party known as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) recognizes us as an official "state" party. With DNC state-level recognition, we: (1) hold an official Democratic presidential primary, (2) help select the Democratic presidential candidate by also sending a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to represent DA Primary Voters and help decide the national party’s nominee for president, (3) represent US citizens abroad at all DNC meetings because we elect eight DA Members to hold eight positions on the Democratic National Committee to represent us, and (4) are the only official US political party of American citizens abroad because the Republican Party does not have an equivalent organization of this status. We work to reach as many US citizens as possible, in as many ways as possible, to ensure they have opportunities to stay engaged in the US political process and presidential election. In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats Abroad helped grow the civilian overseas vote by 322% over the 2014 midterms. This year, we expect to help more than one million voters vote overseas, and win Democratic elections back home.

    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
    March 28, 2020 at 3:30pm
    WHERE
    Elks Club
    7 F Corinthian Plaza Bldg
    Paseo de Roxas cor Legaspi St, Legaspi Vlg
    Makati City, Metro Manila 1229
    Philippines
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  • is hosting Global Presidential Primary 2020 2020-01-22 22:00:16 -0500

    Global Presidential Primary 2020

    We have our Global Presidential Primary (GPP) Voting Center on Saturday March 7, 2020 from 2-5pm at Profiles Asia Pacific Inc, One Magnificent Mile-CITRA Building, 39 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City--thanks Member Jocelyn Pick for hosting, including in previous years.

    This year, Democrats in every state and territory, as well as Democrats Abroad (DA), have the opportunity to participate in primary elections or caucuses (Democrats Abroad holds a primary--as an official "state" party recognized by the Democratic national party or Democratic Party known as the Democratic National Committee or DNC, we have DNC state-level recognition to represent the nine million civilian and military US citizens living abroad, and as such deliver presidential primary votes like a state does), to help decide who becomes the Democratic Party's nominee for US president. The winner of this nomination then takes on Donald Trump in the general elections in November 2020.

    Voters may only vote once for a presidential candidate: either through Democrats Abroad, or through their home state. Those who vote in DA's GPP may still participate in their home state's primary or caucus for all other candidates (for example, for the US Senate or House of Representatives), but they cannot vote twice for a presidential candidate.

    Why vote in DA's GPP versus your state's presidential primary? Because your presidential primary vote for the Democratic Party's nominee for US president could be more powerful coming from DA's GPP compared to your state's presidential primary. For instance, if you vote in California, your presidential primary vote in DA's GPP is some four times more powerful than if you vote in California's state presidential primary because there are lots of Democratic voters in California.

    And with nine million US citizens living overseas (and about seven million eligible to vote), citizens living abroad make up a larger population than all but 11 US states. Since the 2016 presidential election was decided by less than 80,000 votes, there is a very real possibility the overseas vote could decide the 2020 US presidential election. No matter how long a citizen has lived abroad, they still have a right to vote in national elections. However, many do not. The most common factor for why US citizens abroad don’t vote is that they have limited opportunities to learn about their right to vote and the requirements for casting their ballot. Simply by learning they can vote makes a US citizen living abroad dramatically more likely to do so.

    This is the most important presidential primary election in a generation, and GPP is the opportunity Democrats living overseas have to impact this important decision. More info here.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) is the official Democratic Party arm for nine million US citizens--civilian and military--living outside the United States. Our goals are to mobilize the overseas vote to elect Democratic candidates and help Americans abroad amplify issues that matter to them. We are best equipped than any organization to help overseas Americans engage in the US political process because the Democratic national party or Democratic Party known as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) recognizes us as an official "state" party. With DNC state-level recognition, we: (1) hold an official Democratic presidential primary, (2) help select the Democratic presidential candidate by also sending a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to represent DA Primary Voters and help decide the national party’s nominee for president, (3) represent US citizens abroad at all DNC meetings because we elect eight DA Members to hold eight positions on the Democratic National Committee to represent us, and (4) are the only official US political party of American citizens abroad because the Republican Party does not have an equivalent organization of this status. We work to reach as many US citizens as possible, in as many ways as possible, to ensure they have opportunities to stay engaged in the US political process and presidential election. In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats Abroad helped grow the civilian overseas vote by 322% over the 2014 midterms. This year, we expect to help more than one million voters vote overseas, and win Democratic elections back home.

    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
    March 07, 2020 at 2pm
    WHERE
    Profiles Asia Pacific Inc
    One Magnificent Mile-CITRA Bldg
    39 San Miguel Ave, Ortigas Center
    Pasig City, Metro Manila 1605
    Philippines
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  • Thanksgiving 2019

    Photo shows (left to right) Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines former Chair John Boyd, Member Jon Sachs, Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan, former DA Lion City (Singapore) Vice-Chair Bill Gelman, and Member David Kuchenbecker visiting American detainees on November 28, 2019 at the Bureau of Immigration Detention Center in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    On Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 28, 2019 from 9am-12nn, DA Philippines visited the Philippine Bureau of Immigration Detention Center in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

    Every year for Thanksgiving, we endeavor to 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’ve continued to provide support for a few incarcerated Americans, with former Chair John B and Member David making regular visits with logistical support from Chair Lisa. Thanks David for your efforts to compile a list of detainees and offer assistance!

    This year Chair Lisa delivered a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and mashed potatoes for the detainees thanks to everyone's donations, and former Chair John B brought apples, soap and small towels.

    Here’s a thank you letter from a previous 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 provided 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.

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

    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.

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

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  • Progressive Drinking November 20, 2019

    Photo shows Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines Makati Ward Omar Tiwana, Events Committee Member Bing Gelman, and former DA Lion City (Singapore) Vice-Chair Bill Gelman, with other Democrats, progressive drinking on November 20, 2019 at La Petite Parisienne, Makati City.

    DA Philippines held our second "Progressive Drinking" event on Wednesday November 20, 2019 from 5-7pm at La Petite Parisienne, LPL Center, 130 Leviste St, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

    We got to know Democrats in the area better toward developing specific activities or initiatives based on the felt needs of our members.

    Hopefully many more of these get-togethers to follow!

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

    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.

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

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  • Balangiga Bells & 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Philippines

    Photos by Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines Events Committee Member Bing Gelman shows Speaker Dan Larsen presenting his history talk on the Balangiga Bells with information about the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Philippines by American and Filipino forces to attendees on November 16, 2019 at the Elks Club, Makati City.

    DA Philippines held a speaker event history talk on the Balangiga Bells with information about the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Philippines by American and Filipino forces (Leyte Landing) on Saturday November 16, 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, given by retired US Foreign Service Officer and Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (FAME) Board Member Dan Larsen.

    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, the Bells are back in the Philippines.

    Larsen's presentation and discussion examined the twists and turns involved in the history of US custody of these war trophies and their delayed return to the Philippines 117 years after the end of the 1898-1901 Philippine-American War. Taken in 1901 from a Philippine church belfry destroyed on Samar Province--not by war, but by retaliations--their delayed return closed a long-standing irritant in US-Philippine relations.

    75 years--and some still remember--the Philippines and the United States commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Philippines during World War II, from MacArthur's return in Leyte in October 1944 until General Yamashita's September 1945 surrender. Larsen also reviewed ways to participate in commemorating events leading up to the end of that war.

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

    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.

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

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  • @DemsAbroadPH tweeted link to Veterans Day 2019. 2019-11-13 20:21:05 -0500
    @DemsAbroad PH participated in Veterans Day at Clark Veterans Cemetery, Angeles, Pampanga, Nov 11, 2019, organized by fmr Chair John Boyd. We visited grave sites of many soldiers over about a century, lunched at the local Veterans Lodge, and met Democrats. https://www.democratsabroad.org/angelogoode/veterans_day_2019_5yvihc6soschefhibprlzq?recruiter_id=286491

    Veterans Day 2019

    Photo shows Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines members--(left to right) former DA Lion City (Singapore) Vice-Chair Bill Gelman and former Philippines Chair John Boyd--participating in the Veterans Day ceremony at Clark Veterans Cemetery in Clark Free Port Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga Province, on November 11, 2019.

    DA Philippines participated in the Veterans Day ceremony at Clark Veterans Cemetery in Clark Free Port Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga Province, on November 11, 2019, organized by former Chair John Boyd. We visited grave sites of many soldiers over about a century, had lunch at Clark's local Veterans Lodge, and met Democrats.

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

    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.

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

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  • 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 16, 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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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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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.

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  • Progressive Drinking February 2, 2019

    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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