US Embassy dignitary to grace MBS3
Unprecedented in the Philippine blogosphere, a dignitary of a foreign mission will be taking part in the 3rd Mindanao Bloggers Summit this month. The United States Embassy, whose ambassador has been known to frequent Mindanao on many official trips, will be represented by the Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Leslie A. Bassett, who will deliver the keynote address on 24 October 2009.
Originally, U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney had enthusiastically agreed to grace the MBS3. Unfortunately, Ms. Kenney–who had earlier met with the Mindanao Bloggers in Davao–had to beg off due to urgent matters this month. But, we’re very happy to welcome Ms. Bassett to MBS3 and Cagayan de Oro City. According to her office, this will be her
first trip second visit to Mindanao.
The newly-appointed DCM arrived in Manila on 26 June 2009, after previously serving as DCM in Mexico. She has been assigned by the U.S. State Department to Botswana, Colombia, Israel, South Africa, El Salvador and Nicaragua. In the State Department, Ms. Bassett worked for the Under Secretary for Political Affairs and at the National Security Council. She is a distinguished graduate of the National War College, holds a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of California at Davis.
We look forward to a meaningful meeting with DCM Leslie Bassett, and a wonderful experience with all participating bloggers at MBS3 in Cagayan de Oro this month!