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Ocean City to Cement Sister City Relationship with Philippine Government on Jan 14th

The City will officially establish a Sister City relationship with the municipality of San Jose in the Philippines on Jan.14 when City Council adopts a resolution initiated by Mayor Sal Perillo.

San Jose Occidental Mindoro, is described as one of the fastest growing City’s in the Philippines. It is a progressive, booming community” and the area surrounding it is known for its agricultural, tourism and craft industries. San Jose has already passed its resolution endorsing the cooperative effort. The City’s resolution will cement the relationship.

The two communities will begin working on mutually beneficial projects. Ocean City will highlight products produced in the Philippines in June with a two-day crafts festival at its Sports and Civic Center. Area businesses and the public will be invited. The City will present a musical tribute to the Philippines on June 26 during the crafts show.

The Philippine Consulate in New York will assist the City in contacting over one million natives of the Philippines who live on the East Coast. The City and Chamber of Commerce plan to use this information to attract an untapped tourism market to this family resort.

“Filipinos are very family oriented so Ocean City is ideal for them,” said Rene P. Sese, a native of the Philippines who operates a guest house in Ocean City. Sese, a well known entertainer and show producer, was instrumental in helping the City to forge the Sister City program.

In November, he visited Occidental Mindoro, his home province and assisted San Jose officials in the preparation of their resolution. He addressed the City’s governing body and received a resolution of thanks from the community for his work on the project. Sese, known as the “Don Ho of the Philippines in America,” will produce the musical tribute in June at the Music Pier.

The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce has named Sese an Ocean City Ambassador of Tourism.

“Rene will contact Filipino social groups and invite them to visit here,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Chamber. “We will work with Rene and the City to make this promotion a success.”

Mayor Sal Perillo described the program as a win-win situation. “We will assist the Philippines in showcasing their products and they will help us attract visitors. It will be a cooperative venture between the City, Chamber and Government of the Philippines. It is a great opportunity for us to open a valuable new market for our business community.”

Perillo thanked Rene Sese for introducing the community to his native country. “There are many family oriented Filipinos living within 300 miles of our resort who would enjoy Ocean City.

Representatives of the Philippine government from New York will be in Ocean City on Jan. 14 for a press conference and to accept the City’s resolution. The press conference will be held at 1:15 p.m. at the historic Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk following the Chamber of Commerce luncheon at noon. The presentation of the resolution is set for City Council Chambers at City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Ocean City Public Relations, 609-525-9300, Mark Soifer or Ray Esterlund