In this video, we explore the journey of a team from the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies to Manila in October 2023. Led by Dr. Virginia Bacay Watson, the group aimed to strengthen ties with the center’s large alumni network in the Philippine government.

The visit included discussions between DKI APCSS Director Pete Gumataotao and Philippine Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, emphasizing the impact of Filipino participants in APCSS programs and exploring ways to enhance U.S.-Philippines alliances.

Highlights include alumni discussions on initiatives such as UN Peacekeeping Operations and National Defense Strategy improvements, reflecting the DKI APCSS’s educational impact on Philippine defense and security.

Featuring testimonials from alumni like Rear Adm. Caesar Bernard Nieves Valencia and Vice Adm. Rolando Lizor Narag Punzalan Jr., the video showcases the networks and perspectives gained through APCSS. The climax is the Philippine Alumni Association Reunion, where Gumataotao highlights the alumni’s role in leading the Indo-Pacific region’s future.

This video celebrates DKI APCSS alumni’s contributions to global peace and security through education, collaboration, and leadership.