SAN FRANCISCO, June 10, 2013 /wireservice/ -- The Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC) - Silicon Valley, the Consulate General of the Philippines, Philippine Trade & Investment Center in Silicon Valley and A|P Alquemie Partners LLC announce the first Latitude LongitudeTM Conference to take place at the newly renovated ground floor Gallery at the Philippine Center in San Francisco on June 13 and 14, 2013. The conference, organized by STAC-SV, takes place during the Kalayaan 2013 Philippine Independence Day celebration. The conference theme is “A Closer Look at the Philippines”, a country considered as Asia’s Best Kept Secret. Latitude Longitude also provides a global perspective with guests hailing from other emerging countries such as Brazil and Spain.

“The Philippine Consulate General is proud to co-host this event which underscores contributions many have made in shaping the U.S. and Philippines. There is much for Filipinos around the world to be proud of and we look forward to showcasing, celebrating and sharing all the wonderful stories that highlight achievements of Filipinos in the U.S. and the Philippines. Filipino Americans currently represent 1.1% of the American population with greater than 50% located in California and are the second largest Asian ethnicity in the United States. This community has also represented a substantial percentage of the Philippine remittance market contributing to the stability and economic growth of their home country. ” said Honorable Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., Consul General of the Philippines in San Francisco.

“We are equally excited to host the first Latitude Longitude Conference at the Philippine Center in San Francisco” said Michael Alfred V. Ignacio, Philippine Trade Commissioner and head of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Silicon Valley. “Given the current investment grade ratings by Fitch and S&P coupled with ongoing healthy economic growth, the Philippines is uniquely positioned to experience increased economic strength and serve as a growth driver globally as it strategically invests in infrastructure”.

The conference will be preceded by Paving the Path to Success, a full day workshop for emerging growth companies on Thursday, June 13. The workshop will provide an overview of challenges and opportunities for early-stage companies from emerging markets to create a presence in Silicon Valley. The international presence of early-stage companies and the global collaboration create the unique value of a presence in Silicon Valley for companies around the world.

The Conference in San Francisco is the first in a series of Latitude Longitude conferences and will create a powerful environment to leverage the expertise of entrepreneurs and advisors for the benefit of businesses here and abroad.

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STAC-SV President welcoming guests and participants to the Latitude Longitude Conference: Emerging Growth Conference: Eye on Asia - A Closer Look at the Philippines

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Former Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio talking about opportunities in the country in one of the panel discussion

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Keynote Speaker Mr. Diosdado Banatao, Managing Partner of Tallwood Ventures and Ms. Judy Miner, President of Foothhill College with attendees of the Conference

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Start-up Companies in Silicon Valley discussing their experience in the Bay Area during one of the panel discussions

For more information and to register, please visit: www.l2conference.com

About STAC Silicon Valley. The Science & Technology Advisory Council-Silicon Valley is a 501c3 non-profit organization that serves as an advisor to the Philippine Government in the areas of Science & Technology to promote entrepreneurship, support R&D investments by DOST and foster innovation. The organization’s members operate the ON3 Acceleration Program and are building a platform that will help support viable global businesses. STAC Silicon Valley is a partner of The Global Entrepreneurship Program, a U.S. State Department-led effort to advance entrepreneurship in emerging markets and developing countries. For more information about STAC SV: www.excelr8.org. For more information about GEP: http://www.state.gov/e/eb/cba/entrepreneurship/gep/index.htm

About Philippine Consulate General. The Consulate General in San Francisco covers Northern California, Northern Nevada, Washington State, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Alaska. From the very basic consular service of passport renewal to Philippine nationals in Northern California, the service of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco has expanded over the years. It now includes services like the efficient implementation of the Overseas Absentee Voting Act and the Philippine Citizenship Reacquisition and Retention Act of 2003, otherwise known as the Dual Citizenship Law. For more information visit: http://www.philippinessanfrancisco.org

About Philippine Trade & Investment Center, Silicon Valley. The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Silicon Valley is the Commercial Section of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and the representative office of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in the US Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. PTIC Silicon Valley covers the US Pacific Northwest, which includes the following: Alaska, Northern Nevada/Reno, Colorado, Northern California, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and Wyoming. The mandates of PTIC - Silicon Valley include trade promotion, investment promotion, trade policy negotiations, and protection of Philippine business interests. For more information visit http://www.investphilippines.org/siliconvalley

About Alquemie Partners. Alquemie Partners is a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area with a focus on helping early-stage companies build and expand their base in the Silicon Valley. Alquemie Partners has extensive experience working with growth clients through various stages of a company's life from concept all the way to the exit in the form of a merger, acquisition or an initial public offering (“IPO”). For more information visit: http://www.alquemiepartners.com