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BAE Mindanao in Brussels
Friday, 04 November 2011 14:40    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

27 October 2011 -- Philippine Ambassador to Belgium Her Excellency Victoria Bataclan, accompanied by the entire Philippine Embassy complement, attended the opening of the Filipino visual arts exhibition entitled, "Bae Mindanao: Works of Women About Women of Mindanao" held today at the Brenart Gallery in Brussels.

In her remarks at this special event, the Ambassador congratulated Ms. Guia Mabel Acosta, curator and exhibit organizer, for the initiative of bringing the Philippines - specifically Mindanao - to Europe for the second year in a row.

Ambassador Bataclan highlighted that this year's exhibit was "a celebration of three things that Filipinos hold dear: Philippine arts, the empowerment of women and the untapped beauty that is Mindanao". She added that, "the universality of womanhood as a subject - as seen through a Filipina's eyes - will certainly captivate the interest of our European friends and will allow them to have a deeper appreciation of how much we have in common despite differences in our cultures".Brenart_2

Ms. Acosta, who was unable to participate at the event, had her message read by   Mr. Robert Malengreau, Director of the Brussels International Independent Film Festival, and a friend of the Philippines who regularly promotes Philippine films in Belgium for more than three decades.

This exhibition, running from 28 October to 12 November 2011, was jointly organized by Ms. Acosta and Mr. Jack Mener, the administrator of the Brenart Gallery. It can be recalled that both of them staged the Brussels exhibit of  "Tanaw Mindanaw" held in September 2010 in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Brussels.END.




Last Updated ( Friday, 04 November 2011 14:42 )
SSS OFW Caravan in Belgium
Friday, 04 November 2011 14:31    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Brussels, 21 October 2011 - Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan led the officials from the Philippine Social Security System (SSS) in meeting with the concerned Belgian officials to discuss the implementation of the Philippines-Belgium Social Security Agreement signed in 2001 and took effect in 2005. The Ambassador was joined by SSS President Emilio De Quiros, Jr. and Senior Vice President Judy Frances See who called on the Belgian officials to pursue the objectives of the Agreement and invited them to visit Manila to explore other areas of cooperation.

Following the meeting, Ambassador Bataclan requested the SSS officials to brief the Filipino community in Brussels on the implementation of the bilateral agreement and how they would benefit from it. Mr. De Quiros gave a presentation on the Agreement and explained its provisions especially those affecting the Filipino migrants in Belgium. A "question and answer" portion clarified the various concerns raised by the Filipino community.

On 22 October, a briefing was also conducted in Antwerp. The Philippine Honorary Consul in Antwerp, Mr. Antonio Guansing gathered the community leaders at the Stella Maris Center not only to hear the briefing of the SSS officials but also to meet the newly-arrived arrived Philippine Ambassador.SSS_2

In her remarks, Ambassador Bataclan expressed her appreciation for the Filipinos who arrived at the Center despite the cold weather.  She conveyed her desire to work closely with them and gave assurance that she will be available and the Embassy in general in case they need help, advice or to discuss projects for the Filipino community and the Philippines.  She reiterated again her earlier request made when she met for the first time all the FilCom leaders in Belgium last 14 October in the Embassy.

The FilCom leaders lauded Ambassador Bataclan for bringing the SSS officials in Belgium and appreciated the information on Filipino benefits from the bilateral agreement.  Ambassador Bataclan also met about 20 Filipino seafarers who greeted her with enthusiasm.  She assured them that the Embassy is ready to extend its full support to them should they need its assistance especially on matters concerning the protection of their well-being.

SSS_3The visit to Belgium of the SSS officials was part of the SSS OFW Caravan 2011 which covered practicaly all the key cities in the Middle East and Europe with big concentrtaion of Filipino workers.  The SSS coverage of Filipino migrants is part of the Philippine government's package of protection for the more than nine million Filipino nationals working and living overseas. - END


Last Updated ( Friday, 04 November 2011 14:34 )
Amb. Bataclan welcomes SLU Glee Club
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 10:28    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Philippine Ambassador to Belgium Victoria Bataclan welcomes the Saint Louis University Glee Club, Dance Troupe and Tanghalang SLU during its first ever European tour

20 October 2011 -- Her Excellency Victoria Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, welcomed the Saint Louis University Glee Club, Dance Troupe and Tanghalang SLU (theater group) to Belgium by joining them last Sunday, 16 October 2011, for the Filipino mass at the St. Remy Church in Brussels and watching their performance - the first ever in Europe - for the Filipino community there.

The group, collectively known as the SLU Center for Culture and Arts (CCA), had prepared two formats for its series of performances in Belgium: one part of the performance is called "Pamana" (Heritage), which is a rich cultural show case of the best of the various regions of the Philippines, since the time of the colonial period up to the present.

The second part of the group's performance called "Inglay" is a neo-ethnic dance drama that depicts the practices, traditions and rituals of the highland people. As a larger performance space was necessary, "Inglay" had been intended for the group's performances in the bigger venues, namely at the University of Gent (October 22) and the Katholieke Universiteit (K.U.) Leuven (October 21).

The administration of K.U. Leuven was responsible for bringing the SLU CCA to Belgium, in recognition of the past six years that it enjoyed a partnership of academic and research cooperation with SLU.

Instrumental to this visit was Reverend Father Paul Van Parijs, former President of Saint Louis University, from the Belgian Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) that founded SLU in 1911. SLU celebrates its centennial this year.

In a lunch hosted by Ambassador Bataclan for the SLU Group at the Philippine Embassy today, she congratulated them for a "world-class performance" and expressed her wish that "SLU could soon be able to join the ranks of the other prestigious Filipino chorale groups that are able to participate in international chorale competitions such as the Concorso Polifónico Guido d'Arezzo (International Guido d'Arezzo Polyphonic Contest) and the European Choral Grand Prix".

Apart from its performances in Brussels and at the universities, the SLU group has lined up performances in various churches namely in Kortrijk (held on October 17), Luchteren (held on October 20), Gent (for October 22) and Tienen (for October 23).END.






Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 October 2011 10:36 )
Notice of Registration
Thursday, 27 October 2011 14:51    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail


Notice is hereby given that under Republic Act No. 9189, otherwise known as "The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003"and Republic Act No. 8189, otherwise known as "The Voters Registration Act of 1996", (the system of continuing registration), all citizens of the Philippines abroad, not otherwise disqualified by law, and at least eighteen (18) years of age by 13 May 2013 (the day of the elections), shall file an application for registration as overseas absentee voters while those who are already registered under the said Act shall file an application for certification.

For purposes of the 2013 national elections, applications for registration/certification and for transfer of registration records to Belgium and Luxembourg from other countries, shall be filed at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels located at 297 Avenue Moliere, 1050 Brussels, Belgium from 03 November 2011 to 31 October 2012 (Monday to Friday, except on holidays announced in by the Embassy).

Applications for transfer of registration records from Belgium or Luxembourg to a city, municipality, or district in the Philippines will also be accepted until  15 October 2012 at the Embassy.

For details, please contact the Philippine Embassy at (+322) 340.33.77 to 78 or visit the Embassy website at

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 October 2011 14:05 )
Courtesy Call on the EC's Chief of Protocol
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 09:05    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Ambassador Bataclan Pays Courtesy Call on the European Commission's Chief of Protocol

Brussels, 14 October 2011 - Newly-appointed Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan paid courtesy call on the European Commission Chief of Protocol, Mr. Nicolas de la Grandville, to hand deliver the copy of her Letters of Credence to the President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, and to the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jose Manuel Barrosso.

During the meeting, Ambassador Bataclan reaffirmed to the EU official the excellent relationship that exists between the Philippines and the EU and conveyed to him that she looks forward to working closely with the various EU institutions.  She cited the ongoing ASEM conference on Interfaith Dialogue in Manila wherein the EU lent its support, as well as EU's keen interest in the establishment of an ASEAN centre for conflict resolution and peace governance.

Mr. de la Grandville mentioned that ASEAN's experience is valued by the EU because the latter learns from ASEAN cooperation and how its member states pursue close collaboration with each other.  The EU official shared his views on the ongoing European integration, and informed Ambassador Bataclan of the 17 Eurozone members' efforts being made to address the current Eurozone crisis, including the Greek sovereign debt crisis.

Ambassador Bataclan also mentioned to the EU official the soon to be carried out important projects between the Philippines and the EU foremost of which is the signing of the framework of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA). - END


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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.


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