Press and Photo Release
Press and Photo Release
LUNCHEON MEETING WITH AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL EXCHANGE COUNCIL’S 8TH DELEGATION FROM THE PHILIPPINES
On 25 March 2014 in Canberra, Minister and Consul General Nina P. Cainglet and First Secretary and Consul Jim Tito B. San Agustin of the Embassy hosted lunch and met with the 8th Australian Political and Exchange Council’s Delegation from the Philippines who attended a seven-day visit to New South Wales, Canberra and Sydney to learn about Australia and its political system and build enduring networks among young political leaders, hosted by the Australian Political Exchange Council from 22 to 28 March 2014.
The delegation comprised of six delegates and an accompanying officer from the Philippines namely, (from left to right) Hon. Andres D. Lacson, Mayor of the Municipality of Concepcion, Province of Tarlac, Ms. Georgina Panol Nava of the Philippine Council of Young Leaders, Hon. Mya Analene D. Roso-Tenorio, Councillor, Malaybalay City, Province of Bukidnon, Hon. Early Tidy H. Oyas, Councillor, Municipality of Catmon, Province of Cebu, Hon. Esteban Evan B. Contreras, Vice Governor, Province of Capiz, Minister and Consul General Nina P. Cainglet, First Secretary and Consul Jim Tito B. San Agustin, Hon. Ruel Darwin Momo, Vice Mayor, Tandag City, Province of Surigao del Sur, and Hon. Priscilla Marie T. Abante, Concillor, Sixth District of Manila, NCR.
FILIPINO-AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS OF THE LEARNING FILIPINO TOGETHER DURING THE LYONS EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOOL HARMONY DAY
The Filipino-Australian students of the Learning Filipino Together (LFT), the Filipino Language School of Canberra, participated in the Harmony day celebration at the Lyons Early Childhood School on 19 March 2014.
With their full smile, the children were able to showcase various Filipino traditional costumes while singing the songs "Tiktilaok" (Cock Crow) and "Sampung mga Daliri"(The Ten Fingers) as guided by their teacher, Ms. Rachelle Velasquez.
They were well received and applauded by the students at Lyons Early Childhood School, parents and other members of the audience for their performance. The Lyons School Coordinator, Ms. Hannah Freyne, thanked the Filipino Language School of Canberra for supporting the Harmony Day Celebration.
Performances of the Learning Filipino Together in various schools’ multicultural events in Canberra help promote the Filipino language. Some audience approached the group after their performance and enquired about the Language School.
LFT is headed by Ms. Irene Santos as President and Ms. Sheila Flores as the School Principal.
FILIPINO MILITARY CADETS CELEBRATES THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AFFAIR, AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE COLLEGE
Lt. Commander Michael G. Barrion and Col. Doroteo Jose Jalandoni from the Philippine Navy, led the other Filipino Military Officers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines in putting up a stall showcasing the Philippines during the International Day Affair at the Australian Defence College (ADC) on 15 March 2014.
The display featured some Filipino local products, Philippine tourism posters and brochures, and a taste of some Filipino delicacies.
Filipino cultural extravaganza was showcased through the rondalla serenade of the Rondanihan and Filipino folk dances by the ACT Filipino-Australian Social & Cultural Association (ACTFASCA). The Philippine National Dance Tinikling continued to be a crowd-pleaser.
Col. Ricardo Santiago and his family joined the cadets in showcasing the Philippines, side by side with the different country displays of the other international military students of ADC.
The event is held every year and is able to attract more Australian visitors and locals of the different participating countries.
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY CANBERRA LAUNCHES MABINI@150:VISUAL ARTS COMPETITION
In commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio, the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture of the Arts (NCCA) of the Philippines, launches Mabini@150: Visual Arts Competition.
The theme for the Celebration is “Apolinario Mabini: Talino at Paninindigan (Wisdom and Integrity).”
The Competition is divided into two categories: 1.) Photography, open to 16 years and older; and 2.) Poster-Making, open to children 12-15 years old, aimed at promoting awareness of and celebrating the Sublime Paralytic’s contribution to the Philippines’ struggle for independence.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
07 March 2014 - In support of International Women’s Day (IWD) and to promote gender and development, the Philippine Embassy supported the UN Women National Committee Australia fund raising initiative, with its personnel donning purple ribbons on 7 March 2014 to mark IWD.
Embassy personnel also distributed International Women’s Day purple ribbons to visitors and consular clients of the Embassy to raise awareness of the event and the situation of women. According to the UN Women National Committee Australia, 70% of the world’s poor are women.
“International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 across the world. IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. It serves as an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.” (culled from the UN National Committee Australia website)