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CAIR-San Diego: Muslims Meet with Philippine Senator

CAIR-SAN DIEGO: ISLAMIC COMMUNITY MEETS WITH FORMER PHILIPPINE SENATOR

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 1/31/07) – A delegation of Filipino American Muslims attended a gathering yesterday for former Philippine Senator Santina Tillah-Rasul. In 1987, Senator Rasul was the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Philippine Senate. The gathering was sponsored by the University of Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) of San Diego.

Senator Rasul spoke about current socio-economic conditions of the Muslim community in Southern Philippines and gave an overview of her program, called Magbassa Kita Foundation. The foundation’s activities include literacy promotion, economic empowerment, and peace advocacy in the island of Mindanao. A question and answer session followed her presentation.

Among the Filipino American Muslims invited to attend were Muhammad Yahya Orias, Coordinator of the Shura Council of San Diego, and Edgar Hopida, public relations director for the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR – San Diego).

Other guests included Aurora Cudal, associate editor of the Filipino Press, Rita Buencamino-Andrews, president of the Council of Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County (COPAO – San Diego), and other prominent Filipino community leaders.

CONTACT: Edgar Hopida, Public Relations Director, 619-913-0719, Email: ehopida@cair.com

 

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