Saturday, 28 November 2015 Brussels Belgium
FIFB Awards Best Film to "Bambanti"
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The film "Bambanti" of Director Zig Dulay, Philippine entry to the  International Competition of this year's First Festival International du Film de Bruxelles /Brussels International Festival of Films (FIFB) won Best Film.   The film, starring Alessandra de Rossi, presents the prejudice of the rich towards the poor in a simple rural setting.

The Festival, originally scheduled for the 17 to 21 of November 2015, was cut short by one day in view of the terror alert which hit Belgium starting 20 November 2015 after Belgian authorities obtained verified information that Paris-like attacks is being planned to be staged in Belgium.

The Festival organizers were advised to shorten the Festival by one day and cancel the closing ceremony.  Thus, Executive Producer Brillante Mendoza who was present during the event,  accepted the award for "Bambanti" in a simple  ceremony at a small cafe with few people present.

In contrast, over 600 people attended the Opening Ceremony at the prestigious Grand Hall of the Eldorado of the UGC De Brouckère on 17 November.  The Festival's focus was France and the Opening featured the French drama film  "Au Plus Près du Soleil" (As Close to the Sun), the sixth film as a director of French cinematographer Yves Angelo.

The Festival also celebrates 40 years of independent cinema in Belgium as it highlights 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).

In keeping with the focus on France,  a week of French cuisine was organized at Hotel Steigenberger Wiltcher's parallel to the screenings.


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Reactivation of Overseas Voting Records
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PH Statement on decision of the PCA
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We welcome the Arbitral Tribunal's decision that it has jurisdiction over our case. We look forward to the Tribunal's further hearing on the merits of the case.


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PH participation in ASEM FMM12
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09 November 2015 – Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Evan P. Garcia headed the Philippine delegation to the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers' Meeting (FMM12) in Luxembourg from November 05 to 06.

Formed in 1996, ASEM is an informal and intergovernmental dialogue process of Asia and Europe, which is made up today of 21 Asian countries, 30 European countries, and two international organizations (the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat). It is Summit-driven, with inputs from the Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials meetings.

During the meeting, Undersecretary Garcia updated Ministers on recent developments in the South China Sea, including the results of the Arbitral Tribunal’s decision on jurisdiction and admissibility with regard to the case filed by the Philippines against China. He also reiterated that Asia and Europe share the same concerns on freedom of navigation and overflight; unimpeded commerce; environmental protection; and peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law, including arbitration and UNCLOS. Several European and Asian countries also issued statements on this issue, particularly at the retreat session.

The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini reiterated that the EU is“committed to maritime order based upon the principles of international law, in particular, UNCLOS, and we oppose any attempt to assert territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation, coercion, force or any unilateral action which would cause further friction.” The EU also “took note of the recent decision by the UNCLOS tribunal that it has jurisdiction in the case of the Philippines against China.”

ASEM has been conducting its activities through informal groups of 16 tangible areas of cooperation. The Philippines supported calls to create a new tangible area in tourism, in view of its economic contributions and socio-cultural benefits.

Foreign Ministers and Deputy Foreign Ministers also discussed a wide range of global and regional political issues, along with climate change and sustainable development.

This Foreign Ministers Meeting was held in preparation for the ASEM Summit that will be hosted by Mongolia in July 2016. - END


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Amb. Bataclan at the EPC Policy Dialogue
Monday, 21 September 2015 12:26    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail



Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union joined other speakers at a Policy Dialogue on "Striving for Growth:  Emerging markets and the EU in the world economy" sponsored by the European Policy Centre (EPC), the Institute for the Scientific Advancement of the South (ISAS) and the King Baudouin Foundation at the EPC Auditorium on 15 September 2015.

Ambassador Bataclan shared the Philippines' experience on how the country transitioned from being a debtor to creditor nation in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2010 upon its participation in the IMF's Financial Transactions Plan (FTP). The Philippines has since made its contribution in preserving the stability of the international monetary system by lending - through the IMF - to some troubled economies, including those in Europe.

Ambassador Bataclan gave credit to the structural adjustments proposed by the IMF to the Philippines. The Ambassador proudly heralded the high GDP and GNP rates posted by the Philippines in recent years, which are indications that the country is on track, based on recent forecasts, to become the 20th largest economy in the world by 2050.

Ambassador Bataclan also acknowledged that the remittances of overseas Filipino workers helped shield the Philippine economy from the impact of the global economic slowdown.  Although the Philippines is considered among the fastest-growing emerging economies, the Ambassador said 'much remains to be done" to correct the situation in which some 20 million Filipinos live below the poverty line.

On the question of areas of future cooperation, Ambassador Bataclan said the Philippines and the EU are already cooperating under the GSP+ to develop and advance engagement in trade as well as in ensuring that this is consistent with shared values on human rights and sustainable development. The ASEAN Economic Community and the awaited ASEAN-EU FTA as well as a PH-EU FTA, negotiations for which may begin soon, are also important mechanisms for future cooperation for more stable trade relations and inclusive growth and development.

Ambassador Bataclan was joined by Mr. Jeffrey Franks, Senior Resident Representative to the EU of the IMF; Mr. Norbert Wunner, Deputy Head of Unit for Countries of the G-20, IMF, and the G-Groups of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission;  Mr. Ben Westmore, Economist, China Desk of the Economics Department of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Mr. Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive of the EPC, who also emceed the event.

The EPC is an independent, non-profit think tank dedicated to fostering European integration through analysis and debate.


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