February 08 2017
Consul Felipe F. Carino III led about 170 Filipino basketball aficionados during a Meet and Greet event featuring National Basketball Association (NBA) player from the Los Angeles Laker, Jordan Clarkson, a Filipino-American, held at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, an avid LA Lakers fan, and Taguig City Mayor Maria Laarni Lopez Cayetano, who attended the event, congratulated Jordan Clarkson on his success in the NBA.
In his remarks, Consul Carino welcomed Team Jordan Clarkson to the Philippine Center and introduced Jordan Clarkson to the community while recognizing his contribution in basketball and for inspiring people, including many Filipinos and Filipino Americans, to reach their full potential. Jordan Clarkson belongs to a crop of Filipino Americans who have broken the glass ceiling in the U.S. in fields such as arts, sports, fashion, technology and business, he added.
Senator Cayetano, who was attending several meetings in the U.S., said that the sport of basketball and the LA Lakers in the NBA have a huge following among Filipinos and referred to Jordan Clarkson as a Fil-American ambassador of basketball among younger Filipinos and Filipino Americans. He also recognized Jordan’s father, Mike Clarkson, for his effort to bring Jordan closer to the Filipino community.
The event was the first of its kind held at the Consulate General organized by Team Jordan Clarkson with Mr. Tim Fuller and Filipino community organizers Mr. Mark Anthony Agbuya, Janette Lachica, Ms. Bel Molina and Ms. Rachelle Ocampo, in cooperation with the Consulate General.
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