This week, I arrived in Washington DC to attend President Obama’s Presidential Entrepreneurship Summit. I arrived with my family, since it is also our summer vacation here in the States. We try to make the vacation an annual thing for bonding moments. The summit just fit right into our itinerary. My kids were more excited about me getting to see Obama and Clinton.
Bai Sandra Basar, from Cotobato City, was the other participant who represented the Philippines. She is a mother who sends her only child to La Salle Taft. She is also an entrepreneur and an energetic woman who is not shy to approach people in the summit. I guess this is why USAID chose her to join the summit. Bai Sandra is quite active in Cotobato – a place which we all know has issues. She has been active in the business community. And, yes, Bai Sandra is a Filipina Muslim. I told her that I think I was the only Christian participant in the summit but it didn’t bother me. The two-day experience made me reinforce my realization that Muslims do have the same vision as Christians. We all have the same goal of helping the poor through entrepreneurship. There were about 250 people from 50 countries.