The Philippine Honorary Consul of San Diego, Audie J. de Castro, will head a San Diego delegation of government officials and business executives on an economic mission to the Philippines from July 6-10.

The primary aim of the trip is to promote the San Diego region as a potential trade partner. The Honorary Consul will also facilitate introductions for those business delegates interested in doing business in the Philippines.

Members of the delegation include National City Mayor Ron Morrison, San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate, Jason Paguio, policy and outreach advisor to Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Meisen, and leaders of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce.

Filipinos are the second-largest Asian group in the nation, and it has been reported that the Philippines is now the second-fastest growing economy in the world. According to recent census data, nearly 190,000 Filipino-American residents reside in San Diego County, which has made the region attractive to Philippine investors.

Large Philippine businesses such as Seafood City, Red Ribbon, Chow King, and Goldilocks Bakery have opened in National City, which has the largest concentration of Filipino-Americans.