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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
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  • News

    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 Candidate Education Potluck, which is a social event. 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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    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 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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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 07:30 AM
    Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig , Philippines

    Memorial Day 2019

    The American Association of the Philippines in coordination with the US Embassy Manila will commemorate Memorial Day on Sunday May 26, 2019 from 7:30-9am at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. And Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) will participate by attending and contributing a wreath.

    If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email to da-ph@democratsabroad.org before 5pm Thursday May 16, 2019 so we can reserve our spot with the organizer. A valid photo ID is required to enter the cemetery.

    And thank you very much to everyone who donated toward our wreath contribution so far. But we still have a ways to go, so please donate at the GoFundMe page here. You'll need a credit/debit card. Click the button "Donate Now," which leads you to "Enter your donation." The page closes on May 16 so the sooner the better.

    If you would like to donate without an added percentage, please email Communications Manager Morrie at morriejane@yahoo.com to arrange a Philippine bank deposit.

    Or, if you're attending Memorial Day Commemoration, you may also submit your donation there.

    Any and all help will be greatly appreciated! THANK YOU!!