Secretary and Chief Financial Officer Judge Francisco P. Acosta (Retired) delivers his opening remarks at the Coffee Table Book Launch.
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) launched its very first tabletop book to celebrate its 41st anniversary on December 27, 2021 at Rizal Park Hotel Manila.
CFO Secretary Nick Acosta (second from right), (left to right) Atty. Wendell V. Dimaculangan, Chief Prosecutor Xerxes E. Cortel with his wife, RTC Judge Jacqueline O. Cortel, former Executive Director of CFO Astravel P. Naik and Editor-in-Chief Michelle Dawn C. Bande.
Judge Francisco P. Acosta, President of the Commission, underlined in his opening remarks the dedication and hard work of each employee of the CFO who have contributed to the success of the Commission during the three years he has worked with them. Acknowledging the presence of distinguished guests, he specifically mentioned the members of the diplomatic corps who had supported and collaborated with the CFO in its work to reach and serve Filipinos who have become citizens or permanent residents of other countries.
Judge Nick Acosta (standing) with (left to right) Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer Mario O. Garcia, Chief Financial Officer Editorial Consultant Ms Erlinda Bolido and San Beda Alumni Association Executive Director Dr Joffre Mr. Alajar.
Among the guests were Gina A. Jamoralin, Deputy Secretary for International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik and former Undersecretary, now Chief Prosecutor, Xerxes E. Cortel , who came with his wife, Judge Jacqueline O. Cortel.
Judge Nick Acosta (center) with Elizabeth de Guzman, Director of GMA Network Marketing and Maria Eleanor B. Trono, Director of Global Marketing Activations at GMA.
Coffee Table Book editor-in-chief Michelle Dawn C. Bande delighted guests with the opening song for the occasion. After the song, she expressed her gratitude to everyone behind the successful production of the coffee table book, namely the Commission’s brand design consultant, Roq Cleo, who had truly been “her ‘rock’ in the department. of design, ”she said, her junior writer Paulene O. Pamatmat, and multimedia artist Harice Morales. She also thanked all of the administrative staff in the Secretary’s Office who assisted in the management of the project, such as Executive Assistant Anne Marie P. Laqui, who was also one of the volunteer photographers for the book.