ABS-CBN News chief speaks on Pinoy diaspora

Posted at 02/28/2013 1:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines - ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes has thanked the Filipino community in the US for helping her become who she is today.

Reyes said she was plucked out of the Philippines to start a news bureau in the US.

"When I went in 2002, it was life-changing for me. I virtually had no role model nor template to follow. Kinilala ko ang community, I'm very grateful to the Filipino community, they helped me become who I am today," said Reyes.

Reyes added that she learned the value of teamwork and unity during her stay in the US as ABS-CBN News North America Bureau chief.

"Doon ko natutunan paano maging tunay na leader," she said.

Reyes said her experience in the US prepared her for the bigger job of heading the news and current affairs division of the country's biggest network.

Reyes spoke in the "return and reintegration workshop" of the Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora held at the Dusit hotel.

The summit was organized by Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO), an agency under the Office of President.

CFO head Imelda Nicolas said the summit brought together community leaders from all over the world to talk and plan about what they can do to help the development of the Philippines through philanthropy, volunteerism, investment and business, training and education, arts and culture exchange, and tourism.

The theme of the summit is "Balikbayan para sa isang bayan".

Nicolas said every overseas Filipino is a hero and if they want to help or learn more about CFO's projects, they can check out balikbayan.org or cfo.gov.ph.