Philippine officials were in Hawaii for the 17th Annual 
Honolulu Festival to drumbeat for the fine tourist destinations in the
 Philippines.  In spite of the threatening tsunamis spawned by Japan’s 
8.9 magnitude tremblor, the tourism group explored the occasion to 
highlight the country as a tourist destination with the 6th
 Ambassador/Consuls Trip and the Pinoy Homecoming Program – the 
centerpieces of the campaign.

The Philippine officials included
 Philippine Tourism Undersecretary Victoria Jasmin, DOT-Los Angeles
 Director Annie Cuevas-Lim, DOT-LA Deputy Director Manny Ilagan, Consul
 General Leoncio Cardenas, Jr. of the Philippine Consulate-Honolulu,
 Directors Martin Valera, Blessida Diwa, Ronaldo Tiotuico,
 Purification Molintas and Secretary Jose Mari Ponce.