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The theme for the 1999 FIND Conference is Balikbayan. This theme actually derives its name from a term which native Filipinos affectionately bestow upon visitors who are of Filipino descent. Literally translated, Balikbayan means "one who comes home." Whereas previous conferences have dealt mostly with themes of identity, the conference to be held at Harvard University will deal mostly with current issues that concern the Philippines itself and its continually evolving relationship with the United States. The conference will be geared towards understanding these issues and how they continue to shape US foreign policy towards the Philippines.

The structure of the FIND conference allows for the maximum amount of learning, discussion, exchange, and fun. Over the course of three days, students will attend four different sessions on a wide variety of topics which include the arts, the economy, politics, business, immigration, perspectives, action, the environment, literature, regionalism and other aspects of the Philippines and its relation to the Filipino American. There are indeed a many different discussion sessions from which to choose, and all of these discussions are led by very knowledgeable and amicable discussion leaders who are professionals in their respective fields. More than just learning about a specific topic, participants will be urged to open up their minds to different perspectives, to listen to what others have to say, to voice their opinion on the subject and engage in a truly meaningful exchange. In addition, since a participant is free to choose which discussion sessions to attend, he or she can tailor the conference to suit his or her particular interests.

 

The 1999 F.I.N.D. Spring Conference Staff would like to welcome you aboard "D1 Airlines" the official airline for F.I.N.D. '99.  This 8th annual conference will prove that the unity and involvent among Filipino students is still strong and continuing to grow.  held in Cambridge, MA and sponsored by Harvard Philippine Forum, District One is proud to present to you, "BALIKBAYAN."  We hope that you explore the idea of our theme and from it, gain experience and knwledge of our Philippine culture.

So sit back, relax, and let us accommodate you on your new journey.

Mabuhay and Thank You for Choosing D1 Airlines,
D1 TRAVEL AGENCY &
THE 1999 F.I.N.D. SPRING CONFERENCE STAFF

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12/23/98