Monday, 30 May 2016 Brussels Belgium
Las Damas de Rizal Convention in Brussels
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 08:00    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


Brussels, 23 May 2016. --- Ambassador Victoria Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, was guest of honor at the 2nd European Convention of the Las Damas De Rizal which was held at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel in Brussels, Belgium, on 21 May 2016.

Ambassador Bataclan enjoined members of the Las Damas de Rizal to continue educating themselves in the teachings and works of Dr. Jose Rizal so that they will be able to discern how best to serve each other and the entire society. She reminded everyone that our National Hero would always have guiding words for everyone and for every circumstances.

The Convention, which featured the theme “Commitment of the Past, Believer of the Future”  was attended by Las Damas de Rizal chapters of the following:  (1) Paris led by Lady Lina Brosas, its Founder and head; (2) Prague led by Lady Jeanette Cueto, President;  (3) Monaco led by Lady Alice Reyes, President,  (4) Heidelberg led by Lady Charlote Lovenich, President and (5) Belgium led by its President, Lady MaryAnn Ballesteros and its Vice-President, Lady Elena Caronongan.

The afternoon session featured Dr. Carmela Caballero speaking about Portraits of Women’s Success.   Dr. Caballero is a Filipina surgeon doing cancer research in Belgium.   It also had Ms. Therese Ann Villanueva, a Management Consultant of the KBC Group of Companies speaking about Women’s Journey in the 3rd Millenium and Lady Jeanette Cueto of Prague tackling Dr. Rizal’s Letter to the Women of Malolos.  Brief messages were also delivered by Lady Alice of Monaco, Lady Charlote of Heidelberg, Sir Leo of Paris, Sir Hantjie Garcia of KOR Aalst and Cultural Officer  Faith Bautista of the Philippine Embassy.   Fr. Carmelo Horlador, MSP, was another guest of the event.

An evening gala capped the Convention and showcased a Search for Maria Clara, a popular character in Dr. Rizal’s novel “Noli Me Tangere”.  The contestants responded to questions epitomizing Maria Clara and her relevance to the modern world.   Lady Carmelita Organo of Belgium won the title.

The Convention also featured the investiture of a new member, Lady Juliette Dulnuan of Belgium.

The Las Damas de Rizal chapters also commemorated the 125th Anniversary of the printing of the novel El Filibusterismo in Ghent by having a visit to the Rue Philippe de Champagne where Dr. Rizal lived from 28 March 1890 to 23 July 1891 and to the F. Meyer Van Loo Press at 66 Vlaanderen Street in Ghent where the El Filibusterismo was printed in 1891 on 22 May 2016.


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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 May 2016 08:03 )
Laboratory Bohol Visits Embassy
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 08:03    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail



Ambassador Victoria Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, received architects  Charlotte Lao Schmidt of Germany and Dieter Leyssens of Belgium when they visited the Philippine Embassy on 19 May 2016 to present their project called "Laboratory Bohol" or Lab Bohol in the Philippines.

Laboratory Bohol is a group of young architects; Charlotte Lao-Schmidt of Germany, Dieter Leyssens of Belgium, Sebastian Latz of Germany and Georgios Eftaxiopoulos of Greece who pooled together their talents in order to assist specific areas in Bohol such as the municipality of Jagna, Barangay Larapan, Balicasag Island Resort etc. by way of architectural inventions, urban studies and socio-economic events.

At present, Laboratory Bohol has the following projects in different areas of Bohol:

1.      Larapan Spring

2.      Bulilis Book Bakery

3.      Reservoir School

4.      Purok Prize

5.      Balicasag Island

6.      Tourist Office Port

7.      Alf house

8.      Seaside Restaurant

Laboratory Bohol aims to utilize the talents and expertise of young European architects/designers/artists for targeted projects on specific locations/regions in the context of a globalized world.   It is about creating synergies and developing relations.  It is about lessening inequality.   This group of architects believes in the opportunities present in the Philippines and cites the country's robust growth as well as its (the Philippines) involvement in the climate change 'movement' as strong motivators of their involvement in this Project/s.

Ambassador Bataclan presented the visitors with numerous possible opportunities to widen their scope and with relevant contacts to expand their network.

Laboratory Bohol is in close collaboration with the Habitat Unit of the Technical University of Berlin which is the official partner in the Habitat Partner Universities Initiative of the UN Centre for Human Settlements.


‘SINULOG’ in Kortrijk
Friday, 20 May 2016 07:37    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

Brussels, 17 May 2016. --- Brussels PE personnel shared a proud moment with other Filipinos in the Flanders area when residents of the City of Kortrijk, Belgium were treated to a “Sinulog” experience during the closing day of the “Sinksen Festival” in Kortrijk on 16 May 2016.

Ninety (90) residents of Kortrijk and the surrounding towns, including three (3) Filipinos participated in the revelry which featured Sinulog music, Sinulog moves and Sinulog-inspired costumes of different varieties.   The groups roamed the streets of Kortrijk and delighted both onlookers and passers-by.   A large audience, who could probably be seeing the ‘Sinulog’ for the first time, filled the streets of Kortrijk and the Grote Markt (Big Market) where the groups joined together for a culminating performance.

Mr. Stijn Van Dierdonck,  Kortrijk’s officer in charge of North-South Cooperation and the Directorate for Peoples and Society said that he drew his inspiration from the ‘Sinulog’ Festival of Cebu which he first came to visit in 2011.

In February of this year, the City of Kortrijk invited two (2) choreographers from the Philippines to teach choreographers about the principles, history, moves, music, costumes etc of the Sinulog Festival.   The local choreographers trained their own ‘cell’ and taught them their adapted version of the Sinulog music and dance.   The cells merged together and came up with a Sinulog-inspired parade as they end the Sinksen Festival in Kortrijk on 16 May.

The Festival, which ran from 13 to 16 May 2016 is being organized during the Pentecost weekend to provide the residents of Kortrijk and its visitors with an opportunity to relax and enjoy while sharing their talents in music, songs, dances, arts, etc. to other members of the City.

Kortrijk has  a ‘sister-city’ agreement with the Province of Cebu.

Filipinos who joined the Sinulog performance were proud to have shown a bit of the Philippines in this European capital.


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Last Updated ( Friday, 20 May 2016 07:46 )
Consular Outreach (Luxembourg)
Friday, 20 May 2016 09:32    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail



The Philippine Embassy in Brussels is pleased to announce that an Embassy consular team will be in Luxembourg City on:



11 June 2016, Saturday

9:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Consular Office

New Ernst & Young Building

35E, Avenue John F. Kennedy

L-1855 Luxembourg

12 June 2016, Sunday

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Services Available:

· New Passport Applications

· Renewal of Passport

· Legalization of documents (Affidavits, Special Power of Attorney-SPA, Authentication)

· Civil registration (Report of Birth, Report of Marriage, Report of Death)

· Petitions for reacquisition/retention of Philippine citizenship (R.A. 9225)

· Tourist visa (receipt of applications only)

· Fingerprinting for NBI Clearance application

· Legal clinic

If you wish to avail yourself of any of the above services, please pre-register by sending us your name, mobile number and the transaction that you will request at the mobile outreach through an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You will get a confirmation from the Embassy of the time slot reserved for you, as well as further instructions as needed.

Please be reminded that only applications with complete documentary requirements will be processed.  It is therefore important for the applicant to review thoroughly the basic requirements of every application.  Please check the website of the Philippine Embassy for the requirements.

As applications will need to be processed in Brussels, please ensure that you also include a self-addressed envelope together with your application and a registered mailing fee of 10 EUR.

Due to audit regulations, we only accept cash payments.

We look forward to serving you in Luxembourg.




New Passport/Passport renewal

54.00 EUR

Legalization (red ribbon)

22.50 EUR

Civil Registration

- Report of Birth/Marriage/Death

- Affidavit for delayed registration

22.50 EUR

22.50 EUR

Petition for Reacquisition/Retention of Philippine citizenship

45.00 EUR

(additional 22.50 EUR for each qualified dependent, not more than 18 years of age)


- 9A temporary visit

27.00 EUR / 36.00 EUR

NBI Clearance application fingerprinting

22.50 EUR

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 May 2016 09:34 )
Job Vacancy (Translator/Interpreter/Writer/Receptionist)
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:54    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines to Belgium and Luxembourg and the Philippine Mission to the European Union would like to announce a job vacancy for the following position:

Translator/Interpreter/Writer/Receptionist (TIWR)

The qualifications required of this position are as follows:

1) Fluent in English and French ;

2) Working-level knowledge of Dutch;

3) A Bachelor’s degree in Translation/Political Science/International Relations or similar fields;

4) Good knowledge of the Belgian Political System;

5) Willingness to work and interact with many different people;

6) Able to multitask;

7) Enjoys a variety of work, and;

8) Willing to render paid overtime after office hours during weekdays and/or during weekends.

The position of TIWR shall also entail duties that include but are not limited to the following:

1) Manning the Reception of the Embassy and taking and routing incoming calls;

2) Preparing a daily news brief of a small selection of French and Dutch articles translated into English;

3) Preparing diplomatic correspondence in French;

4) Assisting the consular section of the Embassy in communicating with clients in French and Dutch, if needed;

5) Assisting the administrative section in the Embassy in coordinating administrative tasks with suppliers and other partners;

6) Assist in receiving guests during cultural events and diplomatic receptions;

7) Provide simultaneous interpretation during meetings in French or Dutch when needed, and;

8) Other tasks that may be instructed by the Ambassador that will require communication in French or Dutch.

The vacancy shall be available as of 01 September 2016. Please send your CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in order to schedule an interview.

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Philippine Embassy in Brussels


297 Avenue Moliere, 1050 Brussels

Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 73 
Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 74

Trunkline: (+32) 02 340 33 77 to 78

Fax Number: (+32) 02 345 64 25
Duty Officer: (+32) 0488 609.177


Operating Hours of the
Consular Section

- Assessment and processing of application for a travel document is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

- Mondays to Fridays (except Belgium & Philippine declared holidays)

Note: Applicants should come appropriately attired.



Trade & Investment Center

Jose Antonio S. Buencamino

Commercial Counselor
Avenue Louise 207, Bte 5B, 1050
Brussels, Belgium View Map
Tel: +32 2 649.44.00 / 649.89.48
Fax: +32 2 649.89.40







Consul General, a.h.

Venneborglaan 90, 2100 Deurne, Antwerp
Tel No./Fax (03) 325.71. 16


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 



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Jose C. Laquian

Agricultural Attaché
Tel:  +(32) 02 340 37 90 
Fax: +(32) 02 343 02 69
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