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113th Philippine Independence Day
Written by Sherwin Toledo    Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:51    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

PIC_-_1The Filipino communities across Belgium and Luxembourg have organized programs with activities that promoted sense of nationalism, patriotism, bayanihan and camaraderie to commemorate the 113th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day, with the theme "Kalayaan: Paninindigan ng Bayan."

 On 11 June, the Council of Filipino Associations in Belgium (COFAB) headed by its President, Ms. Dhel Lulu, organized a "Gala Night" under the theme of Kalayaan at the Hotel Bristol in Brussels. The program also featured a cultural performance show. There was tombola and a buffet dinner that included traditional Filipino cuisine.

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On 12 June, the following organizations prepared separate festivities to commemorate the historic day:

 The Koalisyon Para sa Kalayaan (KPSK), under the leadership of Mr. Rudy Nollas, held a program with cultural presentation, performances by Filipino bands and artists, basketball tournament, tombola, picnic and Philippine food and products exhibition at the Basilique du Sacre Coeur (Koekelberg) in Brussels. Hundreds of Filipinos attended the event.

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The Council of Filipino Associations in Flanders (COFAF), under the chairmanship of Ms. Minabelle Siason, also conducted mostly the same activities in Brugge. The proceeds of the event would be given as assistance to the Classroom Galing sa Mamamayang Pilipino Abroad project where the target beneficiary is the Tominjao Elementary School in Tominjao Elementary School in Tominjao, Tuburan, Cebu.

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The Filipino-Belgian organizations and communities in Flanders, in cooperation with Torhout City and Culture Dienst, under the stewardship of Ms. Rutchelle Gallego, organized a beauty contest dubbed as "Binibining Pilipinas Kalayaan" in Torhout City. Cultural performance by Filipino talents and Philippine Food and products exhibition entertained the audience where the proceeds would be given as aid to various humanitarian projects in the Philippines being sponsored by Filipino-Belgian groups who participated in the affair.

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The Filipino associations in Luxembourg, in cooperation with the Philippine Honorary Consul General Mr. Alain Kinsch, organized a get-together of Filipinos at the Sauerpark in Rosport, Luxembourg. It was the first-ever gathering of Filipinos to celebrate the Independence Day participated in by the four organizations in Luxembourg, namely: (a) the Letzebuergesch Philippinesh Aktioun firden Development (LPAD); (b) the Philippine-Luxembourg Society, (c) the Help Mindanao group, and (d) the SAMAHAN. With the objective of helping the unfortunate people in poverty-stricken areas in the Philippines especially in Mindanao, these associations raised funds by conducting activities such as tombola and selling of Filipino food and products in the event. Other activities conducted were camping and barbecue, cultural program, parlor games ans sports.

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The officers of the Embassy led by Charge d'Affaires, a.i. Marichu B. Mauro, Minister and Consul Roy Ecraela, First Secretary and Consul Robespierre Bolivar, Second Secretary and Consul Christina Gracia Rola and Honorary Consul General Alain Kinsch, together with their respective teams from the staff and attached agencies, represented the Embassy in each of the above occasions. They also conveyed the Independence Day messages of His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III and Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo, who is on official mission in Manila.

 A salient part of Ambassador Manalo's speech reads as follow: "There are two mile-stones to celebrate this year, one is Kalayaan 2011 and the other one is the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal. While one event celebrates the birth of a nation, the other one celebrates the birth of a hero. The celebrations for this year highlighted the continuing struggle that the Filipino must undertake: a struggle not against foreign occupation of tyranny, but a struggle to ensure that each citizen can reap the benefits of a free and democratic country and a growing economy."








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