Dear Ms. Dimaculangan,


Kindly forward the following to the attention of the Presidential staff.

Thank you,

Maria Elizabeth Embry

An Open e-Letter to:

Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

President of the Republic of the Philippines

Dear Madam President:

Greetings to your Honor on your official visit to the United States . Mabuhay po kayo at ang ating  bayang Pilipinas.

Madam, may I revisit my request for assistance from your office regarding the Ellis Island Oral History Research Project of Dr. Janet Levine?

I am an amateur historian who does not have media presence. As I had mentioned in my letter to your office last June 15, 2008 that I need your assistance to make it known to the Filipino public that Dr. Levine is seeking Filipinos who may be willing to be part of the oral interview. The difficulty in this project lies in the publicity that the Ellis Island foundation is unable to fund. However, thru press releases or media advisories originating from the U.S. Embassy & Consulate this task becomes possible

I am forwarding copies of some of my correspondence to the Ellis Island Foundation, as well as my article published by the U.S. National Park Service. I am also forwarding this e-letter to your Excellency thru the courtesy of Ms. Maria Victoria Dimaculangan of New York Consulate, Cultural Division

My deepest gratitude to your Excellency and hopefully you will look kindly at my request.


Maria Elizabeth Del Valle Embry

xxx Hamlin Court

Antioch California 94509

August 1, 2009

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Courtesy copy provided to:

Dr. Janet Levine, Ellis Island Oral History Project

Mr. Nestor Palugod Enriquez, Filipinos @ Ellis Island researcher

Prof Ambeth Ocampo, National Historical Institute