THIRD NATIONAL MEETING OF PHILIPPINE ORGANIZATIONS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH CUBA

THIRD NATIONAL MEETING OF

PHILIPPINE ORGANIZATIONS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH CUBA

COMMUNIQUE

The Third National Meeting of Philippine Organizations of Friendship with Cuba was held at the Cuban Embassy in Makati City, Metropolitan Manila, on August 13, 2009. The meeting was held on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and the 83rd Birthday of the Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Ruz.

The participants to this meeting were representatives of the Philippine-Cuban Friendship Association (AMISTAD), the Philippine-Cuban Friendship Society (PCFS), and the Philippines-Cuba Cultural and Friendship Association (PHILCUBA).

The meeting was held to give an update on the main issues presently concerning Cuba, and to exchange experiences among the friendship organizations regarding their activities in solidarity with Cuba. The welcome and opening remarks were given by Cuban Ambassador Jorge Rey Jimenez, who presented a concise briefing on the current economic and political situation in Cuba. An open forum ensued on many topics regarding Cuba.

There was an exchange of information and experiences among the 3 friendship organizations, with their representatives giving updates on the activities they have undertaken in solidarity with Cuba. The different friendship organizations also had particular Committees campaigning for the freedom of the 5 Cuban anti-terrorist heroes who are incarcerated in US jails, and updates on the activities of these Committees were also given.

To serve as a collective guide for coordinative or even united activities, a Plan of Action was drawn up for the strengthening of Philippine solidarity with Cuba. An Action Plan in support of the World Campaign for the Freedom of the Cuban-5 (September-December 2009) was also approved.

The participants also pledged to exert every effort to send representatives to the 5th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of Solidarity with Cuba, which will be held in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic  Republic,  from March 19 to 20, 2010.

Finally, the participants also sent a message of felicitation to Cuban leader Fidel Castro Ruz on his 83rd birthday.

THIRD NATIONAL MEETING OF

PHILIPPINE ORGANIZATIONS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH CUBA

Metropolitan Manila, Philippines

August 13, 2009

MESSAGE OF FELICITATION TO CUBAN LEADER

FIDEL CASTRO RUZ ON HIS 83RD BIRTHDAY

Esteemed Companero :

On today’s occasion of your 83rd birthday, we send you, from halfway around the world, warmest felicitations and sincere wishes of good health and a longer and more productive life.

We salute you for continuing as the guiding light of the Cuban Revolution which staunchly defends socialism and international anti-imperialist solidarity.

We wish you to remain as a strong voice representing the aspirations for peace, freedom and socio-economic progress of all developing countries, and of all the working peoples of the world.

On this your 83rd birthday, we pledge to you our greater efforts for the forging of closer Philippine-Cuban friendship, for the propagation of stronger Philippine solidarity with Cuba, and for bringing closer the liberation of the Cuban-5.

MS. NORMA G. BIÑAS

Secretary-General

Philippine-Cuba Friendship Association (AMISTAD)

3/F, Erythrina Bldg., 1 Maaralin cor. Matatag Sts., Diliman, Quezon City

DR. FRANCISCO NEMENZO

President

Philippines-Cuba Cultural and Friendship Association (PHILCUBA)

51 Mabini St., Area 1, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City

MS.  SALVACION  CORPUZ

President

Philippine-Cuban Friendship Society (PCFS)

11 Cardinal St., Novaliches, Quezon City

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