December 8 – Philippine Ambassador to India Francisco L. Benedicto visited the Honorary Philippine Consulates General (PCGs) in Mumbai and Kolkata on 12-14 November and 17-18 November, respectively. He was accompanied in the consular visits, his first official travel since presenting his credentials to President Pratibha Patil on 10 November, by Mrs. Leontina Benedicto, Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Aileen Bugarin, and Consul Iric Arribas.
In Mumbai, the Ambassador was received by Ms. Rajashree Birla, Philippine Consul General, ad honorem, and a director on the boards of the Aditya Birla Group of Companies. A dinner was also hosted in his honor by industrialist Taizoon Khorakiwala and spouse Edith. They were joined at the dinner by guests from India’s hotel, entertainment and real estate development industry.