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Miss Earth Salutes COP 21
Monday, 01 February 2016 16:16    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

MISS EARTH SALUTES COP 21

24 November 2015 - Keeping in mind the ideals of COP21 (2015 Paris Climate Conference) which will take place in Paris from December 07 to 08 and with ardent hopes for the achievement of a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C, Ms. Earth 2014, Filipina Jamie Herrell, together with Ms. Earth Belgium 2015 Elizabeth Dwomoh, planted trees at the Embassy garden on November 12.

The tree planting coincided with Miss Earth's courtesy call on Philippine Ambassador to Belgium Victoria Bataclan. During the visit, Miss Earth National Director Ashlejane Alcancia informed the Embassy that the visions of COP21 are actually the objectives of Miss Earth, a pageant dedicated to the promotion of environmental awareness and the protection of Mother Earth.

Ambassador Bataclan, herself a staunch advocate of environmental protection, expressed appreciation for the visit and the tree planting activity and also expressed the hope that COP21 will be a successful undertaking.

Other members of the Miss Earth delegation are Ashlejane Alcancia, National Director for Miss Earth Philippines Ron Stevens of Ms. Earth Belgium and Mr. Butch  Alcancia, a community leader.

The delegation is en route to Vienna, Austria where the Miss Earth 2015 Pageant will be held on December 05. END


 
BIFF awards best film to "Bambanti"
Monday, 01 February 2016 15:59    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail
BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS AWARDS BEST FILE TO "BAMBANTI," HONORS FILIPINO EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

27 November 2015 - Director Zig Dulay's "Bambanti," the Philippine entry in this year's First Festival International du Film de Bruxelles (FIFB), bagged the Best Film award."Bambanti" is a film about the prejudice of the rich towards the poor in a simple rural setting. Executive Producer Brillante Mendoza accepted the award for "Bambanti".

In celebration of 40 years of independent cinema in Belgium, FIFB also highlighted the achievements of independent filmmakers like the Philippines' own Brillante Mendoza.

Mendoza gained recognition in view of his following achievements: Best Director at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival for  his film 'Kinatay' (2009); Best Film for 'Lola' (2009) at the 6th Dubai International Film Festival; Caligari Prize at the International Festival Berlin Film  for 'Tirador' (2007);  and Navicella Venezia at the 69th Venice International Film Festival for 'Thy Womb' (2012). 'Masahista', his first film, won the Golden Leopard at Video International Film Festival of Locarno. His film 'Captive' was shown at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (2012), while 'Taklub' was selected and screened in the Un Certain Regard at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival (2015). END


 
PHL flag displayed in Spa
Monday, 01 February 2016 14:08    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

PHILIPPINE FLAG DISPLAYED AT THE CITY HALL OF SPA.

The Philippine flag is proudly displayed at the city hall of Spa, Belgium as an expression of friendship and solidarity between the two countries. It was raised on 15 December 2015 and will stay hoisted until mid-January 2016.

As a gesture of hospitality, the mayor of Spa also welcomed Vice Consul Oliver Delfin and the Filipino communities of Spa and the neighboring areas at a night reception in the city hall on 19 December 2015.

As part of the year-end season events in Spa, Filipinos in the area also participated on 18 to 20 December 2015 in putting up a chalet at the main square of the city. The Philippine chalet at the traditional Christmas market (Marché de Noël des Villes Jumelées et Associations) sold Philippine products like San Miguel and Red Horse beers, Tanduay rhum, fruit juices, dried mangoes, tablea and freshly-cooked favourite lumpia. Civic leader Jean-Francois Fontaine assisted the city officials and Filcom in these activities.

Meanwhile, on January 3, 2016, the Filipino community will sponsor an Epiphany Mass celebration at the Notre-Dame & Saint-Remacle Church with the Filipino Catholic Community Choir (Liege) at 10am. Lunch will be served.This gesture and the people-to-people contacts between Filipinos and Belgians augur well for the 70th year commemoration in 2016 of Philippine-Belgian diplomatic relations.

 
New Site of the PHL Consulate General in Luxembourg City
Monday, 01 February 2016 10:52    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

PHL EMBASSY IN BRUSSELS OPENS NEW SITE OF THE PHL CONSULATE GENERAL IN LUXEMBOURG CITY

28 January 2016 - The Philippine Embassy in Brussels is pleased to announce that the Philippine Consulate General in Luxembourg City has a new home which is accessible to public transport and situated near the city's business and European Union offices.

The new consulate office is in the city center (Kirchberg area), housed at the ground floor of the new Ernst & Young (EY) Building at 35E Avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg City. The new EY Building was inaugurated on January 13 in the presence of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, as well as other national and local officials.

The Embassy believes that the consulate's new location will bring its services closer to the Filipino community in the Grand Duchy and other neighboring areas. END


 
119th Death Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal
Monday, 01 February 2016 10:50    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

PHL EMBASSY IN BRUSSELS JOINS FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN COMMEMORATION OF 119TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. JOSE RIZAL

08 January  2016 - The Philippine Embassy in Brussels joined the Filipino community in Belgium last December 30, 2015 in commemorating the 119th Anniversary of the death of Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

Philippine Ambassador to Belgium Victoria S. Bataclan and Sir Mario Fajardo, KGOR, Area Commander for Belgium led the Knights of Rizal (KOR) chapters of Aalst, Brussels, Charleroi,  Diamond and El Filibusterismo Belgium as well as the Kababaihang Rizalista and Las Damas de Rizal in a simple but meaningful commemoration rites at the Philippine Embassy.

Mr. Fajardo, in his welcome remarks, rallied his Brother Knights to pay greater attention to and raise awareness on issues affecting the Philippines such as that of the West Philippine Sea. He invited everyone to pray that the Philippines' belief in the rule of law would prevail and that the matter be settled through peaceful means.  He reminded everyone that Dr. Rizal was an advocate of the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Ambassador Bataclan, the Guest of Honor of the occasion, expressed her appreciation for the KOR's continued partnership with the Philippine Embassy in its goal of propagating the ideals of the Philippine National hero including defense of the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity from foreign intervention such as in the West Philippine Sea through peaceful and legal means. She encouraged the KOR in Belgium to take an active role in celebrating this year the 70th anniversary of Philippine-Belgium diplomatic relations and the 115th anniversary of the publication of the Dr. Rizal's novel, "El Filibusterismo," in Ghent.

The commemorative event included the traditional floral offering and the recitation/renewal of the Rizalian Pledge. Also featured were the reading of the introduction of the "El Filibusterismo" by the Diamond Chapter, a presentation of a project in the Philippines by the Charleroi Chapter, and musical renditions from the Aalst, Brussels, El FilibusterismoBeligum, Kababaihang Rizalista and Las Damas de Rizal chapters.

The event was capped by a fraternal reception of the Brother Knights and their counterpart lady organizations.

Among those present during the commemoration were KOR Adviser Lino Paras, Regional Commander for Europe Cesar Alcoba, and the Commanders of the different Chapters (Aalst Jimboy Rebong, Brussels Felipe Yap, Charleroi Danny Vandenbogarde, Diamond Ronny Felix, El Fili Belgium Frank Velasquez, Celanie Francisco of Kababaihang Rizalista and Mary Anne Ballesteros of Las Damas de Rizal.

The KOR in Belgium also took the opportunity to welcome the new Filipino Chaplain in Brussels, Fr. Carmelo Horlador, MSP, in Belgium.  Fr. Melo, as he is fondly called, delivered the Invocation during the event. END


 
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