Monday, June 14, 2010


Washington DC Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos was the guest of honor at last weekend's gala celebrating the 112th anniversary of Philippine Independence at the Mandarin Oriental along Maryland Avenue SW.

We've featured Valerie, 36, in Balitang America and our other news outlets, but as our friend Bing Branigin pointed out, her stunning looks at the ball deserved more than a second glance.

As chief planner and implementor of DC Mayor Adrian Fenty's economic vision, Valerie oversees over $13 billion-worth of business projects for the nation's capital.

Her responsibilities range anywhere from housing to real estate, from parks to banks.

One of her pet projects is a $1.5 billion DC waterfront improvement project that has already lured some young Fil-Am entrepreneurs who will soon be launching a taxi boat service on the Potomac River that will cover the distance from Georgetown all the way south to Maryland's National Harbor.

Her father is from Bulacan, her mother from Zamboanga City. Valerie herself was born and raised in San Francisco, but likes to preserve her roots with the Philippines -- at one time, volunteering to be a teacher for Zamboanga's Ateneo Jesuits in Basilan.

We're quite sure this won't be the last time we'll be featuring Valerie here (thanks Bing!).

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