US Embassy joins Muslims in ‘iftar’ celebration

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Students from Maharlika Elementary School and Silangan Elementary School in Taguig City receive school supplies and food packs

Students from Maharlika Elementary School and Silangan Elementary School in Taguig City receive school supplies and food packs

US Ambassador Philip Goldberg attended an iftar reception, the traditional Muslim dinner marking the end of daily fasting during Ramadan, at Taguig National High School (TNHS) on Tuesday. Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, Muslim youth and community leaders, and local and national government officials also graced the reception.

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Since 2010, the US Embassy has conducted iftar receptions annually to express solidarity with the Muslim community.

Prior to the iftar, the US Embassy in Manila, in partnership with the Taha M. Basman Memorial Islamic Foundation (TMBMIF), conducted an outreach activity with 200 Muslim underserved elementary school students in Maharlika Village, Taguig City.

US Ambassador Philip Goldberg checks out the posters drawn by students portraying friendship in their community

US Ambassador Philip Goldberg checks out the posters drawn by students portraying friendship in their community

Youth volunteers from TMBMIF, TNHS, Federation of Muslim Student Associations, and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), as well as teachers from Maharlika Elementary School led storytelling, poster making, and board game activities, as well as the distribution of school supplies and food packets.

About the YSEALI Community

The YSEALI community consists of bright young leaders, 18–35 years old, from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam who are making a difference in their communities, countries, and the region. There are currently more than 50,000 people who have registered online to be part of the YSEALI community.

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