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H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Keynote Address at "Super Typhoon Haiyan's Responders" Photo Exhibition. New York City, February 26, 2014.
"And we see His face in the many arms outstretched to us from around the world. We certainly felt His embrace, His warmth, His assurance in the works of the people whom we celebrate tonight."
Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. New York City, February 26, 2014.
Ambassador Cuisia delivered the keynote address during the opening of the photo exhibition “Super Typhoon Haiyan's Responders” held on February 26, 2014 at the Philippine Consulate in New York City. He expressed his gratitude, on behalf of the Filipino people, to the first responders and the world community for their invaluable contribution and support in the aftermath of the Typhoon Haiyan. Without their assistance, there would have been a lot more casualties. The first responders were the United States Marines, Mammoth Medical Mission, Team Rubicon, whose members are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs. He also paid tribute to the resiliency of the Filipino people, who draw their strength from their faith.
He also mentioned the remarks made to him by U.S. Lt. Gen. John Wissler commanding general of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa and U.S. Brig. Gen. Joaquin F. Malavet, Principal Director of Asia and Pacific, that the U.S. military could not have done their job without the tremendous support of the Philippine Armed Forces.
First responders present for the photo exhibition were:
Col. Christopher Starling, Executive Assistant of the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, United States Marine Corps.
Ms. Lourdes Tiglao Regional Recruitment Coordinator and Medical Volunteer, Team Rubicon.
Elana Duffy, Field Operations Manager and Medical Volunteer, Team Rubicon.
Kate Oliver, Medical Volunteer, Team Rubicon.
Kristen Rouse, Logistics Manager, Team Rubicon.
Ms. Zola Dowell, Chief of Section for Asia and the Pacific, Coordination and Response Division. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.