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Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the United States, attended the 2012 World Choir Games to watch and support the participating Philippine choirs in the international event.

Bobby Balcena was the first Filipino American to play Major League baseball, playing for the Cincinnati Reds in 1956.

A little-known link between Cincinnati and the Philippines was responsible for providing temporary asylum to about 1,200 German and Austrian Jews in the late 1930s. Alex Frieder, an expatriate cigar manufacturer from Cincinnati, lobbied the influential members of his Manila-based poker group, which included the likes of Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Paul V. McNutt, the American high commissioner, and Manuel L. Quezon, the first Philippines president, to assist the inbound refugees in the Philippine port. In commemoration of Alex Frieder’s efforts and Philippine kindness, a reunion was organized for Frieder’s relatives, refugees, and the local Cincinnati Filipino community by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. The event was held at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2005. The story has since been made into a documentary, “Rescue in the Philippines,” in 2012.

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