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Independence Day Celebration in Luxembourg
Thursday, 30 June 2016 09:45    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

PHILIPPINE CONSUL GENERAL IN LUXEMBOURG CELEBRATES PHILIPPINE NATIONAL DAY

Philippine Consul General (ad honorem) for Luxembourg Mr. Alain Kinsch, Country Managing Partner of  Ernst & Young Luxembourg, together with Her Excellency, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Victoria S. Bataclan, hosted around two hundred (200) Luxembourg government officials, business and trade people as well as diplomats from the different missions represented in Luxembourg to a reception in celebration of the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence at Cercle Cité in Luxembourg on 16 June 2016.

In their individual speeches, Consul General Kinsch and Ambassador Bataclan highlighted the friendly relations which have existed between the two countries for the past seventy (70) years.  Similar to Belgium, it is also the 70th year of Luxembourg-Philippine relations.

Luxembourg has always been supportive of Philippine initiatives particularly on the search for a peaceful resolution of the South China Sea disputes based on international law, specifically under UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea).

It will be recalled that Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario visited Luxembourg on July 2013 to renew bilateral ties with Luxembourg and promote trade and investment between the two countries.  Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn visited the Philippines in 2008.

In his speech, Consul General Kinsch cited the signing of the Philippines-Luxembourg Social Security Agreement (SSA) on May 2015  which provided for some 500 Filipino workers in Luxembourg and Filipino seafarers on board Luxembourg-flagged vessels to aggregate their contributions and receive continuous social protection whether in the Philippines or in Luxembourg. 

Consul General Kinsch also expressed his appreciation to the ‘vibrant’ Filipino community in Luxembourg which to him is an expression of solidarity and concrete support for the Filipinos in the Philippines.    Such Filipino community includes Filipino women married to Luxembourg nationals and the 164 Filipinos working in Luxembourg (according to STATEC, the government statistics service of Luxembourg).  Around 30 Filipinos are employed as accountants in the various financial institutions in Luxembourg such as Ernst & Young, Swiss Re Europe Holdings Inc., Capita Asset Services, Prologis Luxembourg etc.

Ambassador Bataclan took the opportunity to encourage Luxembourg officials and  business people to send another Mission to the Philippines, similar to the Economic Mission of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce to the Philippines in November 2015 and to the one which Belgium will be having in the year 2017.   She also spoke personally with the Chairman of E&Y Luxembourg and invited him to conduct a team-building activity of E&Y executives in the Philippines.  As in previous occasions, the Ambassador took every chance to promote the Philippines as an investment and tourist destinations.

Consul General Kinsch also took the celebration of the 118th Anniversary of Philippine Independence and the 70 Years of Philippine-Luxembourg relations as the occasion to host and to feature world-renowned pianist Dr. Raul Sunico at a Private Concert at the E&Y Auditorium of the very new E&Y building headquarters along Kennedy Road in Luxembourg.

In his Remarks,  the E&Y Chief Executive Officer, said that he is presenting this Concert because the (Philippine) Ambassador has always reminded him that it is not enough to promote business relations alone, but it would also provide additional benefits to promote cultural relations between the Philippines and Luxembourg.

Dr. Sunico delighted the audience  with his heartwarming renditions of Prelude in C# Minor, op. 3 no 2; Aragon;  Etude in E, op. 10 no. 3; Polonaise in A-flat, op. 53; Liebestraum; Liebestod; Bato sa Buhangin; Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan; and Rhapsody in Blue

Dr. Sunico is the current President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Dean of the UST Conservatory of Music.

 
Celebration of the 155th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal
Monday, 27 June 2016 15:32    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

PH Embassy in Brussels hosts Filipino Community Celebration of 155th Birth Anniversary of Rizal

On 19 June 2016, the Philippine Embassy joined the Filipino Community, including the Knights of Rizal (KOR) from various chapters all over Belgium, in celebrating the 155th birthday of Philippine National Hero, Dr Jose RIzal.

Speaking on behalf of Ambassador Victoria S Bataclan, Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General Alan L Deniega welcomed nearly 80 guests at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, among who are the Filipino and Belgian leaders and members of the Alst Chapter, Brussels Chapter, Charleroi Chapter, Diamond Chapter, and El Filibusterismo Belgium Chapter of the KOR, as well as the leaders and members of Kababaihang Rizalista and Las Damas de Rizal.

ConGen Deniega noted the welcome and hospitality Dr Rizal received in Belgium. Dr Rizal spent some months in Belgium, including Brussels and Ghent, where he continued to write articles for La Solidaridad and eventually concluded his second seminal novel, El Filibusterismo. This year is especially significant not only because of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Belgium, but also because of the 125th anniversary of the publication of the El Filibusterismo in Ghent. The Embassy in partnership with the KOR is currently preparing for a commemorative conference on Dr Rizal in September in Ghent. Renowned Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo will be among the speakers.

A floral offering was conducted on the grounds of the Embassy, followed by a programme of fellowship and affirmation to the ideals and principles of Dr Rizal. A Capella Manila, a choral group based in the Philippines, joined in the celebrations and presented a repertoire of contemporary and traditional Filipino songs.

 
Independence Day Celebration in Brussels
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 08:59    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

SUNICO & A CAPPELLA MANILA FEATURED AT INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION IN BRUSSELS

The Philippine Embassy in Brussels, led by Her Excellency Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union (EU), provided guests with a double treat as the Embassy presented world-renowned pianist Dr. Raul C. Sunico and the choral group A Cappella Manila, in a mini-concert during the Philippine National Day celebration at the Panoramic Hall of the Square Brussels Meeting Centre on 15 June 2016.

Belgian government officials, officials from the different EU institutions, diplomats from the different Embassies/Missions in Belgium, business and trade people, leaders of the different Filipino community organizations in Belgium, and friends of the Philippines numbering around three-hundred listened in awe to Dr. Sunico's rendition of Liebestraum, Bato sa Buhangin, Aragon, Prelude in C#Minor, Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan and Rhapsody in Blue and to A Cappella Manila's Eres Tu, La Rose Complete, Heal the World, Iisang Bangka, Lipad ng Pangarap and Tagumpay nating Lahat while savouring an array of carefully-selected Filipino dishes which includes tapa and ukoy, served with San Miguel Beer.

In her Message, Ambassador Bataclan cited the Filipinos' love for freedom and found it fitting that they are celebrating the 118th Anniversary of Philippine Independence with Belgian friends with whom they are also celebrating 70 Years of Philippine-Belgium diplomatic relations.

Another highlight of the event was a chocolate piece symbolizing Philippine-Belgium friendship created by chocolatier John Soriano.

Dr. Sunico's performances in France, Germany, Brussels and Luxembourg were made possible with the generous support and assistance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

The A Cappella Manila, on their 6th European Goodwill Concert Tour, performed in The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg.  In Belgium, apart from the National Day reception performance, they were at the Shrine of Infant Jesus in Brussels and the Knights of Rizal (KOR) commemoration of the 155th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal.

This year's Philippine Independence Day celebration in Brussels was likewise made possible with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Philippine Department of Tourism office in Frankfurt, Germany; the Office of the Agricultural Attaché in Brussels, and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Brussels.

In addition, the Philippine Embassy organized an economic briefing, The Philippines - Your Business Partner in Asia-Pacific, for Belgian officials and members of the business sector prior to the National Day celebration. The briefing, held in preparation for the Belgian Economic Mission to the Philippines in May 2017, was attended by representatives from the Federal Public Service - Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation; the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency; Brussels Invest & Export; Flanders Investment & Trade; Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency; the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of key Belgian cities; and a number of Belgian companies.

Ambassador Bataclan in her welcome remarks said the Belgian Economic Mission is a testament to the longstanding friendship between the Philippines and Belgium, and a vote of confidence in the strength of the Philippine economy.


 
Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers'Meeting in Kunming, China
Friday, 17 June 2016 11:03    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

MEDIA STATEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PHILIPPINES AFTER THE SPECIAL ASEAN-CHINA FOREIGN MINISTERS' MEETING IN KUNMING, YUNNAN PROVINCE, CHINA HELD ON 14 JUNE 2016

The Philippines participated in the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China on 14 June 2016.

During the meeting, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers noted that 2016 is a milestone for ASEAN-China relations as it marks the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-China dialogue relations. They looked forward to working together with China to bring ASEAN-China cooperation to the next level. They agreed to enhance ASEAN-China cooperation on the basis of the principles of equality, mutual benefit and shared responsibility in the interest of achieving national and regional prosperity.

On the South China Sea, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers:

had a candid exchange with the Chinese Foreign Minister in view of the recent developments on the ground;

expressed their serious concerns over recent and ongoing developments, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and which may have the potential to undermine peace, security and stability in the South China Sea;

stressed the importance of maintaining peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea, in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);

emphasized the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would further complicate the situation or escalate tensions, and pursue peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law;

articulated their commitment to the peaceful resolution of disputes, including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes, without resorting to the threat or use of force, in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law, including the UNCLOS and the UN Charter;

emphasized the importance of non-militarization and self-restraint in the conduct of all activities, including land reclamation, which may raise tensions in the South China Sea;

reiterated their firm commitment to the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in its entirety, and while noting the momentum and new phase of consultations, urged the early adoption of an effective Code of Conduct;

Pursuant to the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in its entirety, and pending the early adoption of an effective Code of Conduct, stressed the importance of undertaking confidence building and preventive measures that would enhance, among others, trust and confidence amongst parties.

When the arbitration case was raised, the Philippines’ reply underscored that arbitration is among the legal and diplomatic processes promoting the rule of law in the region, and is fully consistent with the DOC and the region’s efforts to peacefully resolve the disputes in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the UN Charter. END

 
Kalayaan 2016 celebrations in Belgium and Luxembourg
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 12:00    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

EMBASSY CONDUCTED CONSULAR OUTREACH AT KALAYAAN 2016 CELEBRATION IN LUXEMBOURG

The Philippine Embassy in Brussels conducted a two-day consular mission in Luxembourg over the weekend in time for the celebration of the Filipino community of the 118th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence.

The consular mission on 11 June 2016 was conducted at the EY office along Kennedy Avenue, Luxembourg City. The second day of the consular outreach was done in the 12th of June in Rosport, Luxembourg, where some 200 Filipinos simultaneously celebrated Independence Day 2016.

Some 50 Filipinos availed of the consular services including legal clinic. Some Filipinos residing in western Germany and eastern Belgium also joined the festivities and availed of consular services; they thanked the Embassy for making the services available near the Luxembourg-Germany border. "We normally take leaves of absence if we renew our passports in Berlin. I hope you come to Luxembourg regularly," said one permanent resident in Limburg.

The Independence Day celebration in Luxembourg was made possible through the efforts of four large Filipino organizations in the Grand Duchy. If featured Filipino folk dances like “Tinikling” and Subli and songs like “Usahay” and was preceded with a holy mass. Native Philippine products like Tanduay rum and imported fruits like Philippine mango and saba banana were sold by the community.

Consul Oliver Delfin attended the event on behalf of Ambassador Victoria Bataclan. Mr. Delfin congratulated the leaders for preparing for and successfully hosting the event and wished them continued cooperation and unity for the benefit of the interests of Filipinos and the Philippines in Luxembourg. "We go where Filipinos collectively go so we could provide consular services on site," he told the crowd in a short talk.

 

AMBASSADOR BATACLAN COMMENDS FREEDOM-LOVING FILIPINOS DURING NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION IN BRUGGE

Brussels, 08 June 2016. --- Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, speaking before attendees of the celebration of the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence in Brugge on 4 June 2016, paid homage to the freedom-loving Filipinos in Belgium and Luxembourg and expressed her greatest admiration to the efforts that they are exerting in the name of peace and development and for everything that contributes to the welfare of our countrymen in the Philippines and around the world.

Ambassador Bataclan encouraged the Filipinos to continue the work and continue to persevere in being useful members of the society and of our country.

She also mentioned that this year is also the 70th year of Philippine-Belgian relations and we are celebrating the ties that bind (as exemplified by the presence of Fr. Carlo Magno Gano Buyayo, one Filipino CICM priest missionary priest who is already based in Congo for 11 years).

Furthermore, she reminded everyone that it is also the 125th Anniversary of the printing of El Filibusterismo in Ghent and that Filipinos in Belgium should be thankful of the fact that Belgium welcomed our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal in those times that he was in dire need of a haven to print his novel .

The celebration is being organized by World Mission for Peace and Development (WMPD), a non-profit, non-government organization which was founded on 14 February 1995 to “bring humanitarian assistance and development to the underprivileged and impoverished sectors of the society”. Its President, Mrs. Consorcia Scholtz – de Leon is instrumental in forming such Filipino groups as the Silayan International Society, Bayanihan sa Belgium, Kulturang Pinoy Gent, Philippine Women’s Club and the different Catholic ministries in the East Flanders area.

 

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION IN BRUGGE

Brussels, 12 June 2016. --- The Philippine Embassy joined the celebration of Independence Day on June 12 by the Filipino umbrella group, Council of Filipino Associations in Flanders (COFAF), led by Ms. Minabelle Siason, held at the Beurshalle Exhibition Hall in Brugge.

The day-long celebration began with a mass officiated by Father Rhodel Nacional.

The program featured cultural presentations by groups consisting of Filipino and Belgian dancers and singers, including children. Proceeds of the charity will be given to San Isidro Elementary School in Negros Occidental, as part of COFAF’s Classroom Project

 
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Philippine Embassy in Brussels

 

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Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 73 
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PETER VAN BOGAERT
Consul General, a.h.

Venneborglaan 90, 2100 Deurne, Antwerp
E-mail: pb.vanbogaert@skynet.be
E-mail: aguansing@skynet.be
Tel No./Fax (03) 325.71. 16

LUXEMBOURG

ALAIN KINSCH
Consul General, a.h.

New Ernst & Young Bldg.35E Avenue John F. Kennedy 2L-1855 Luxembourg
Tel. No. (+352) 42 124 8444
(+352) 42 124 84 06 
Email: alain.kinsch@lu.ey.com

 

 

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Jose I.C. Laquian

Agricultural Attaché
Tel:  +(32) 02 340 37 90 
Fax: +(32) 02 343 02 69
E-mailagribxl@gmail.com
For more information on the Philippine agricultural sector, please visit the following website: www.da.gov.ph

 

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In view of the observance of the Belgian National Day, the Embassy will be closed on Thursday 21 July 2016. Activities will resume on Friday 22 July 2016.

For urgent matters, please call the Embassy's Duty Officer Phone: 0488-609-177. Thank you.

 

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