Press and Photo Release
Press and Photo Release
AN EXHIBITION OF THE “SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART AND CULTURE: IDEAS, FORMS AND SOCIETIES” TO MARK THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ASEAN-AUSTRALIA DIALOGUE PARTNERSHIP
Ambassador Belen F. Anota joined the other ASEAN Heads of Mission in Canberra, officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the ACT Government, AusHeritage Ltd Board members, members of the Diplomatic Corps, the academe and other friends of the ASEAN Missions during the opening ceremony of the cultural exhibition entitled “Southeast Asian Art and Culture: Ideas, Forms and Societies” held on Monday, 04 August 2014 at the Exhibition Room, Level 2, ACT Legislative Assembly Bldg., Canberra. The Exhibit was open for public viewing from 05-08 August 2014.
The opening ceremony started with the singing of both the ASEAN Hymn and the Australian National Anthem by the Choir Group, composed of members from the different ASEAN Missions in Canberra, and ably conducted by Ms. Gemma McKeown, a Filipina resident in Canberra who is presently teaching music to kids and teens. The choir members came in their respective national costumes.
PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY BALL BY THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF THE ACT, INC.
Ambassador Belen F. Anota graced the Philippine Independence Day Celebration Ball organized by the Filipino Community Council of the ACT, Inc. (FCCACT) to commemorate the 116th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on 14 June 2014 at the Southern Cross Club, Phillip.
The FCCACT is the peak umbrella organization comprising nine (9) Filipino groups in Canberra and presently headed by Ms. Cecille Flores.
Ambassador Anota congratulated FCCACT and all its Filipino community members for successfully organizing this year’s Independence Day Ball. She expressed appreciation to Ms. Perlita Swinbank, FCCACT’s Immediate and Past President, for encouraging harmonious relationship and camaraderie among Filipino groups in the ACT.
THANKSGIVING MASS TO CELEBRATE THE 116TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE
Ambassador Belen F. Anota, together with Labour Attaché Rodolfo Sabulao and wife and other Embassy personnel and their families, attended a thanksgiving mass on the occasion of the 116th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence held on 01 June 2014, 11:00am at St. Christopher’s Cathedral, Manuka.
The Mass was organized by the Filipino Community Council of the ACT (FCCACT) headed by Ms. Cecille Flores and was officiated by Fr. Varghese Valolil.
It was attended by Filipinos and friends in Canberra.
FLAG RAISING CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE THE 116TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE
Ambassador Belen F. Anota led the Embassy officers and staff and Attached Services for a Flag Raising Ceremony at the Embassy Chancery on 12 June 2014 at 8:00am.
After singing the Philippine National Anthem, there was the reading of the Independence Day Messages of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Vice President, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and Secretary of Labor and Employment.
Ambassador Belen F. Anota read the message of His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III, Minister and Consul General Nina P. Cainglet read the message of Vice President Jejomar Binay, First Secretary and Consul Jim Tito San Agustin read the message of Secretary Albert Del Rosario, and Labour Attache Rodolfo Sabulao read the message of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of Labor and Employment.
The Filipino military students also joined in the Flag Raising Ceremony and the Vin D’Honneur hosted by the Philippine Embassy in Canberra for the Diplomatic Corps, Australian government officials, academe and the Filipino community leaders in Canberra later that day.
PHILIPPINE CULTURAL SOCIETY (PCS) IN CANBERRA CELEBRATED THE 116TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE
Ambassador Belen F. Anota graced the “Evening of Beauty, Culture and Music” organized by the Philippine Cultural Society (PCS) in Canberra in celebration of the 116th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on 07 June 2014 at the Southern Cross Club, Phillip.
Ambassador Anota congratulated PCS for its twenty-four years of existence in Canberra and successfully organizing PCS’ yearly Independence Day celebrations.