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Mabuhay! Welcome! Democrats Abroad Philippines is the official country committee for American Democrats living in the Philippines.  Here you will find information about our upcoming events and about our Executive Committee.  Be sure to check this space often for our news and updates and contact us with any questions.

Democrats Abroad Philippines
da-ph@democratsabroad.org

DA Philippines Leadership:

Lisa Pagkalinawan
| Philippines Chair
Angelo Goode
| Philippines Vice-Chair and Database and Social Media Manager
Kathleen Bergeron
| Philippines Treasurer
Maurice III Kayanan
| Philippines Communications Manager
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  • News

    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 will be available 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.

    Also, mark your calendars for Saturday August 10, 2019 from 2-5pm when we will have a potluck merienda and our own primary mock debate. A few of our members will represent their favorite candidates to have some fun and learn more about some of the front-runners. So start thinking about which candidate you’d like to represent if you’d like to participate! One member already has dibs on Elizabeth Warren, and another Kamala Harris!

    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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    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.

    And please mark your calendars for Saturday August 10, 2019 from 6-9pm when we will have a potluck dinner and our own primary mock debate. A few of our members will represent their favorite candidates to have some fun and learn more about some of the front-runners. So start thinking about which candidate you’d like to represent if you’d like to participate! One member already has dibs on Elizabeth Warren and another Kamala Harris! 

    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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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Union Jack Tavern in Makati City, Philippines

    2nd 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch (Part 1 of 2)

    You are invited to join Democrats Abroad Philippines to watch the Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on Wednesday July 31 and 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.

    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.

    Thursday, August 01, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Union Jack Tavern in Makati City, Philippines

    2nd 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch (Part 2 of 2)

    You are invited to join Democrats Abroad Philippines to watch the Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on Wednesday July 31 and 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.

    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.