Press and Photo Release
Press and Photo Release
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.
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.
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.
PHILIPPINE HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATED IN CANBERRA
Ambassador Belen F. Anota graced the 4th Year of the Philippine Heritage Day celebration organized by the Philippine Australian Association of the ACT and Monaro Region (PAA) headed by Ms. Nonee Doronila. The celebration was held on 31 May 2014 at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, Canberra City.
In her message, Ambassador Anota thanked and congratulated PAA for four years of successfully celebrating the Philippine Heritage Day and urged kababayans in Canberra to actively participate in preserving and promoting our rich and vast Philippine culture.
Ambassador Anota further emphasized that politically, the Philippines was the first democratic republic in Asia and has proven to be the bastion of democracy. At the same time, socio-economically, our culture highlights our “Bayanihan” spirit of unity and community.
She informed the community that the Philippines is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Apolinario Mabini, first Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Brains of the Revolution, this year.
The Ambassador also took the opportunity to invite everyone to visit Nayong Filipino in Clarke, Pampanga showcasing the vast and rich Philippine culture, as well as the Orchidarium in Rizal Park.
The Heritage Day was celebrated with cultural performances and informative talks of Ms. Gloria Ross on the Bicol Region and its culture, Ms. Elin Anisha C. Guro from Mindanao State University on the Maranao culture with demonstration on how to wear the Malong, and Mr. Toti Versoza who shared information on Apolinario Mabini.
Some Philippine handicrafts and cloths were also displayed during the event.
The program concluded with a salu-salo of Filipino food, such as biko, puto and other culinary delights.