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About Town | A Global Filipina was honoured at the 70th George Washington Ball

AAP Chairman Rick Sobreviñas, AAP President Joe Maristela III, Board of Trustee Irene Donohue Sobreviñas , AAP Honorees; Sheila Marcelo, Amb. Jose Cuisia Jr. and Ebb Hinchliffe

One of the oldest American associations in the Philippines, the American Association of the Philippines (AAP)celebrated it’s 70th Year Anniversary last ‪February 17, 2018,‬ ‪Saturday,‬ ‪6PM‬ at the City Club Ballroom, Alphaland, Makati Place, Ayala Avenue Extension, Makati City with the George Washington Charity Ball honoring three outstanding leaders:
• Ms. Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of, a New York Stock Exchange Listed Company • Mr. Ebb Hinchliffe, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines • H.E. Jose Lampe Cuisia, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the United States of America (2011-2016)
The keynote speaker is no other than the award winning entrepreneur, Sheila Lirio Marcelo of whose journey she shared during the speech with her previous teachers and family in attendance. She shared her struggle as a young mother looking for help to take care her young children and taking care of her father who got a heart attack during that time and her realisation to fill the gap on the massive care needs of families everywhere thus the birth of in 2006. Today, the publicly traded company is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, serving more than 26 million people across 20 countries.

AAP: Andria Nicolas, Ambassador Delia Rosal and Joe Maristela III

Sheila graduated from Mount Holyoke College, which also conferred upon her an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2015. She received her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees with honors from Harvard University and, in 2014, was the youngest recipient of the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award.
Proceeds from the event will fund AAP's charitable activities aiming to: • Provide scholarship for the children of Americans, Filipino-Americans, and Filipinos
The AAP is the historic partnership of its members -- the American community, the US Embassy, and the American corporations -- which in 1949, successfully helped the struggling local Americans displaced by the ravages of World War II in the Philippines. AAP is also the owner-in-trust of the American Historical Collection, with approximately 60,000 volumes about the American colonial period and post-war events that used to be housed in the U.S. Embassy.

• Assist beneficiaries like Americans in dire straits as resources permit, and indigent Americans with temporary funds, repatriation and other citizenship needs.

It is through the support from the different partnerships, associations, and members that the AAP is able to conduct its worthwhile projects and much needed social welfare.

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