NEW YORK, February 10,2016 - As part of the observance of the late President Elpidio Quirino's 60th death anniversary on February 29, 2016, the Philippine Consulate General in New York in partnership with the President Elpidio Quirino Foundation will host a commemorative event to honor Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines (1948 to 1953). The PCG-NY event will coincide with the re-interment of President Quirino at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines in a ceremony led by President Noynoy Aquino and members of the Quirino family to be held the same day.
The PCGNY led by Consul General Mario de Leon will recall President Quirino's life and legacy as the Father of Foreign Service with a presentation by Quirino family members who live in the United States. Highlights of the PCG-NY program will include a talk by Mr. Elpidio Pineda Quirino, grand-nephew of President Quirino and one of the board of advisers of the President Elpidio Quirino Foundation. Together with his wife, Elizabeth Ann, Mr. Elpi Quirino will narrate how his Lolo Elpidio's passion and commitment to the Philippines remains inspirational to this day. They will also launch the book they co-authored "Statesman and Survivor Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines" available on Amazon.com and Blurb.com.
Ms. Lilia Clemente, a Filipina trailblazer on Wall St., will present how President Quirino focused on the economic rebuilding of the country in the aftermath of World War II. Ms. Clemente's grandfather, Melecio Fabros was President Quirino's Customs Commissioner during the Quirino term.
Dr. Jesus Ligot Jr., a Quirino grand nephew, and a psychiatrist specializing in post traumatic stress syndrome will give a talk on how President Quirino demonstrated resilience and fortitude in spite of the tragic death of his wife Alicia Syquia Quirino and their three children during the Battle of Manila in February 1945.
Dr. Ligot will emcee the program which will commence with invocation prayers. President Quirino’s great grandson Michael Martinez will give the closing remarks.
The PCG-NY event will be a fitting tribute to honor President Quirino's re-interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Manila, his rightful resting place, alongside past Philippine presidents, heroes and war veterans.