Fil-Am DC deputy mayor turns heads at gala

Posted at 06/15/10 8:57 PM

A Filipino-American woman who holds one of the toughest jobs in Washington D.C. was a head turner at the recent gala that marked the 112th anniversary of the Philippine Independence.

Washington D.C.  Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos was the guest of honor of the event held at the Mandarin Oriental along Maryland Avenue.

The 36-year-old Fil-Am who wore a revealing dress got more than just a second glance at the ball.

But it doesn't end there with her looks. Santos is chief planner and implementer of Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's economic vision where she oversees over $13 billion-worth of business projects for the nation's capital.

From housing to real estate, parks to banks are just some of the many responsibilities she holds.

The $1.5 billion DC waterfront improvement project is one of the plans she handles. The project has already lured some young Filipino American entrepreneurs who will soon be launching a taxi boat service on the Potomac River that will cover the distance from Georgetown all the way south to Maryland's National Harbor.

Santos is also proud of her roots. Her father is from Bulacan and her mother hails from Zamboanga City.

Although born and raised in San Francisco, Santos likes to preserve her roots and at one time even volunteered to be a teacher for Zamboanga's Ateneo Jesuits in Basilan. Report from Rodney Jaleco, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau