Asia Society was initiated in New York in 1956 by John d. Rockefeller III “to foster increased understanding and intercultural communications between and among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and the United States”. The Asia Society Philippines Foundation, Inc. (ASPFI), one of the 10 established in Asia, was registered with the Securities and Exchange (SEC) Commission on March 22, 1999. It seeks to “strengthen relationships, deepen understanding and bridge differences across the Philippines, Asia and the United States” in “the fields of policy, business leadership, education and arts and culture”.
In 2013, in partnership with other institutions, among the forums conducted (with mostly international speakers) by ASPFI are: US foreign Policy in the 2nd Obama Administration; Asia in my Pocket- Investing in Asia series; Asia Equity in a Global Context; Leadership in the Future; Human Rights and Judicial Reforms and; China-Philippine Relationship. Other activities conducted were Holi (Indian) Festival in Manila, Discover Cambodia Tour and Asia Food Fusion. A continuing program is the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative that “aims to develop a critical mass of dynamic individuals, all under the age of 40, who will impact global affairs over the coming decades” by “offering them a unique opportunity to harness” their commitment collectively. The different program activities of ASPFI reached more than 3,000 participants in 2012 & 2013 whose perspectives and understanding about Asian cultures, business climates or political situations are said to have been broadened.
The first time the organization was certified was for 1-year that ended in January 17, 2001, followed by two 3-year certifications ending in January 20, 2005 and August 21, 2010 respectively. The evaluation in August, 2012 resulted to a 1-year certification covering the period ending Feb. 04, 2014.