23 April 2007


VENUE of our week-long seminar is Gummersbach, a charming city of 54,000 about 40 minutes from Cologne. Among others, it is home to the Theodor Heuss Academy (THA), the training arm of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

The Academy also hosts FNF's International Academy for Leadership (IAF), which arranged the "New Public Management: Lean State, Lean Government" seminar we are attending.

The facility sits on top of a hill right above the city center. At around lunchtime, eight of the participants already around (four Filipinos, two Sri Lankans and two Peruvians) went for a quick walk below. The picture above shows Gummersbach outside my room.

The one below show my co-participants negotiating the road downhill. From left: Ana Victoria Alva (Peru), Gayan Abeykoon and Ruwinie de Silva (Sri Lanka), Cheryl Marie Cristobal-Cipriano (Philippines), Carmen Vegas Guerrero (Peru), Magnolia Yrasuegi and Judge Rafael Cresencio Tan, Jr. (Philippines).

The rest are only arriving later today. A welcome program follows after dinner tonight.


Cheryl Marie said...

Hi Sir Willy! Just say your blog. How are you na? Have you heard from the rest of the group lately?

Robert and I will be in Tabaco, Albay come April. Vacation. reconnect with his roots. Sayang it's quite far from Naga. Would have wanted to say HI personally.

Ingat and hope to hear updates from you.