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Sinulog Festival in Belgium
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:06    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

FILIPINOS IN BELGIUM CELEBRATE SINULOG FESTIVAL

15 January 2017 - The Sint Franciscus Church in Antwerp was filled with hundreds of Filipino devotees and Belgian friends at the celebration of Sinulog 2017 on Sunday afternoon. This event was organized by the Filipino Catholic Community of Antwerp (FCCA) headed by Mr. Tony Guansing. Mr. Guansing is also the Philippine Honorary Consul in Antwerp.

The celebration started with the traditional and ritual dance in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño by the members of the FCCA. The holy mass was concelebrated by Fr. Jorgedy Bago, a Filipino Chaplain for Seafarers, and Fr. Robert Godding, SJ.

The Philippine Embassy, led by Chargé d’Affaires Alan Deniega, participated in the event. CDA Deniega noted in his message to the members of the Filipino community that, “Sinulog is not just a local festival for Cebu but also represents our strength of faith as Catholics and symbolizes our unity with Europe.” He also thanked the organizers for holding a very traditional religious festival even in such a far place as Belgium.

Just like any fiestas in the Philippines, an extravaganza of food and drinks were shared afterwards. END

 
Mango Investment Promotion in Belgium
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 12:40    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

PHILIPPINE MANGO INDUSTRY INVESTMENT PROMOTION CARAVAN IN BELGIUM

Brussels, 7 December 2016  ---The Department of Agriculture (DA), in cooperation with the Philippine  Mango  Industry  Foundation, Inc., conducted a mango investment forum in Brussels on 5 December 2016 to encourage overseas Filipinos  to support  and invest in the mango  industry. The industry has 2.4 million mango farmers  who stand to benefit from the expanded and sustained exportation of the fruit and its by-products.

Charge  d'Affaires Alan L. Deniega  welcomed the attendees composed of importers, retailers, and Filipino  community members. Humphrey Restaurant, a trendy restaurant in Brussels  specializing in interpretations of Filipino dishes,  served dinner which was topped off with a dessert  of fresh Philippine  mangoes.

The Philippine delegation was headed  by DA Regional Executive Director  Lucrecio R. Alviar, Jr.


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Anniversary Celebration of Friendship for PHL
Monday, 26 September 2016 13:00    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

CDA DENIEGA ATTENDS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP FOR THE PHILIPPINES

Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General Alan L. Deniega, currently Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. of the Philippine Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg attended the 14 years anniversary celebration of Vriendschap voor de Filippijnen/Friendship for the Philippines at Knokke-Heist on 25 September 2016 and expressed his appreciation for the continuing friendship and collaboration that the organization and its collaborators are extending to the Philippines.

Referring to recent developments in the Philippines, CDA Deniega also appealed to the audience, composed mostly of Belgians married to Filipino citizens, to understand the  context and 'stories' of news and/or pronouncements from the Philippines, before reacting or rendering their opinion.  He stressed that the Philippines is appreciative of the long years of support and cooperation that it gains from the Belgians and hopes that it shall continue to be such, through the years.

Vriendschap voor de Filippijnen/Friendship for the Philippines is headed by Mr. Dominiek Segaert, a Kaanib ng Bayan recipient of the 2014 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas.


 
BSP Circular No. 922 series of 2016
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 09:06    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

ADVISORY

Frequent travelers to and from the Philippines may now bring up to PHP 50,000.00 when they go out of the country: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

According to BSP Circular No. 922 series of 2016, "A person may import or export, or bring with him into or take out of the country, or electronically transfer, legal tender Philippine notes and coins, checks, money order and other bills of exchange drawn in pesos against banks operating in the Philippines in an amount not exceeding PHP50,000 without prior authorization from the BSP."

 
Independence Day Celebration in Luxembourg
Thursday, 30 June 2016 09:45    | Written by mcgjr    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.

 
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Philippine Embassy in Brussels

 

297 Avenue Moliere, 1050 Brussels
E-mail: consular.brusselspe@gmail.com

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
E-mail: brusselspe@gmail.com

Hours

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.

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HOLIDAYS

In view of the observance of  special non-working holidays, the Embassy will be closed on Monday, 26 December and Friday, 30 December 2016 and Monday, 02 January 2017.

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

 

 

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
E-mail: brussels@dti.gov.ph
Web: www.dti.gov.ph

 

 

 

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ANTWERP

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

 

 

Agricultural Office

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

 

OV and other Advisories

PUBLIC ADVISORY ON DELAYS IN RELEASE OF PASSPORTS

The Department of Foreign Affairs requests the public's kind understanding on the ongoing delays in the release of passports. These delays are due to technical issues on the part of the company printing the passports.

Those with immediate travel plans are advised to wait until their passports are released before confirming their flights.

Please  be  assured  that  the  Department  is  exerting  all  efforts  to  ensure  the resumption of normal services as soon as possible.

OV MATTERS

List of OV in Belgium and Luxembourg whose registration will be deactivated by the RERB in OFOV for failing to vote in the last two consecutive elections (2013 and 2016).

List of Printed IDs of Voters registered in Belgium recently received from COMELEC (available at the Embassy)

List of Printed IDs of Voters registered in Luxembourg recently received from COMELEC (available at the Embassy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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