PHILIPPINE EMBASSY INTRODUCES DR. JOSE RIZAL’S LEGACY AND LIFEWORK TO STUDENTS OF CHILE’S TOP UNIVERSITY
CDA Marcos A.S. Punsalang presents the life and literary works of Dr. Jose Rizal to members of the academe and students of the Universidad de Santiago de Chile.
CDA Marcos A.S. Punsalang (4th from left) pose with officers of the ASEAN Committee in Santiago, Professor Raul Thoms (middle), the USC Student Council President Juan Pablo De La Torre (4th from right), USC Biblioteca Director Paulina Pichihueche (3rd from right) and Consul Dennis Briones (rightmost) following the Expo Filipinas ribbon-cutting ceremony
Copies of the El Filibusterismo and the Noli Me Tangere are displayed behind protective glass and flanked by artificially aged printouts of Rizal’s poems.
USC students view samples of Filipino handicrafts and historical artifacts.
Hardbound copies of Philippine history and culinary books are displayed next to miniature versions of the Philippine Jeepney.
PTK-SMH Santiago performs live demonstration of Kali using real traditional Philippine swords and other weaponry.
USC students read about the colorful history of the baro’t saya alongside life-size and miniature samples of these traditional Filipino clothing.
(Santiago, 27 August 2018) – In celebration of National Heroes Day, the Philippine Embassy in Chile launched Expo Filipinas at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USC) with a centerpiece on Dr. Jose Rizal’s personal history and renowned literary works. In attendance were members of the diplomatic corps, the USC’s leadership, faculty members, special guests, student council officers, and students from various courses.
Expo Filipinas was launched at the USC Biblioteca in collaboration with Professor Raul Thoms, a fulltime mathematics teacher who has dedicated time to research and promote Rizal’s legacy to the USC student body. Biblioteca Director Paulina Pichihueche and USC Student Council President Juan Pablo De La Torre also provided invaluable support in organizing the event.
The centerpiece exhibit featured copies of the El Filibusterismo and the Noli Me Tangere, as well as Rizal’s poems, specifically the Mi Ultimo Adios, A La Juventud Filipina, and Himno al Trabajo. It also featured samples of traditional Filipino products, hardbound books on Philippine history and cuisine, and photos of the country’s best touristic destinations under catchphrase “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.”
In his speech to a hundred members of the university’s academe and students, Philippine Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Marcos A.S. Punsalang highlighted Rizal’s extraordinary abilities—including being a polymath with the ability to master various skills and subjects and a polyglot of 22 languages. CDA Punsalang also underscored Rizal’s passion for poetry and creative writing, and his varying degrees of expertise in architecture, cartography, economics, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, dramatics, martial arts, fencing and pistol shooting.
More importantly for the Chilean and other foreign students in attendance, CDA Punsalang explained how Rizal saw education as a solution to achieving real social change and liberation while expressing hope in the youth as the future of the country.
The opening ceremony also showcased DOT tourism videos to encourage attendees to visit the Philippines, as well as a live demonstration of Kali (Filipino martials arts) by the group PTK-SMH Santiago. Cocktails and Filipino desserts—sapin-sapin and cassava cake—were served following the successful event.
Expo Filipinas will be open to the public until 10 September 2018. The Philippine Embassy is planning more joint projects with the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, including one with the collective participation of the ASEAN Committee in Santiago (ACS), composed of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. END
CDA Marcos A.S. Punsalang (2nd from right) join in cutting the ASEAN cake alongside other ASEAN Heads of Post and guests from the Chilean government.
CDA Marcos A.S. Punsalang (2nd from right) witness as Ambassador Philemon Arobaya and CDA Nguyen Minh Anh (Vietnam) raise the ASEAN Flag as the ASEAN hymn is sung by attendees.
Embassy officials and personnel pose at the Philippine cultural, tourism and trade booth: L to R Ms. Josefina Abenoja, Consul Dennis Briones, CDA Marcos Punsalang, Finance Officer Jeany Macadangdang, and local hire Francisco Sepulveda.
Members of the ASEAN Committee in Santiago Working Group and Embassy Deputies (PHL represented by Consul Dennis Briones – rightmost) pose for a group photo at the end of the event.
The Philippine Embassy’s Ms. Ferlina Camento manage the sampling of Filipino (pancit and lumpia) and other ASEAN cuisine to invited guests.
(Santiago, 08 August 2018) – The Philippine Embassy in Chile with the embassies of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam celebrated the 51st year of the foundation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a flag-raising ceremony and cultural and gastronomic showcase held at the Vietnamese Embassy in Providencia, Santiago.
The Philippines organized the event with the other members of the ASEAN Committee in Santiago (ACS)—with Vietnam as current chair of the group’s rotating chairmanship.
The activity-filled day began with the raising of the ASEAN flag while the ASEAN hymn was being sung by participating ASEAN embassies, the diplomatic corps, Chilean officials, the academe, and tourism and business groups. In his speech, Vietnamese Embassy CDA Nguyen Minh Anh recalled highlights of ASEAN’s rich history, including the many milestones that led to the profound solidarity ASEAN members now enjoy. He also thanked Chile for its ready cooperation with ASEAN.
Similar to past ASEAN celebrations, the Philippines and other ASEAN embassies showcased their respective traditional products and best cuisine. The Philippine booth featured handwoven bags made from sinamay and tinalak, seashell and wooden merchandises, pearl and brush earrings, and other examples of Filipino artisan work and craftsmanship. Also given away were tourism materials and catalogues featuring Cebu, Bohol and other top tourism attractions of the country. The ASEAN buffet section served pancit and lumpia alongside other popular Southeast Asian cuisine.
The Philippines and the rest of ACS have many other cultural, tourism and trade events planned within the year, including a film showing, painting exhibitions and sporting events. END
Consul Dennis Briones (seated 5th from left) and Embassy personnel Ferlina Camento (4th from left) and Jeany Macadangdang (3rd from left) pose with the leaders and members of the Filipino community in Peru
(Santiago, 24 June 2018) – The Philippine Embassy in Chile (with jurisdiction over Peru) celebrated the 120th Independence Day of the Philippines with the small but fast-growing community of Filipinos in Peru. Festive OPM songs were performed by community members and traditional Filipino cuisine and desserts were shared throughout the half-day celebration held in Pueblo Libre, Lima, on 24 June 2018.
In his address to the community, Consul Dennis Briones underscored the importance of suffrage as a vital component of Philippine freedom and democracy, and in this regard encouraged all Filipino community members to register and vote during the forthcoming mid-term elections in 2019. He also updated them about the Embassy’s ongoing efforts to identify a new Philippine Honorary Consul in Lima.
In coordination with Filipino community coordinator Ms. Katbeth Kreimer, the Embassy also conducted a consular outreach mission which served 36 e-passport applicants, 14 overseas absentee voting (OAV) registrants, 1 client for reacquisition of Philippine citizenship, and a number of assistance-to-nationals (ATN) clientele. END
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY CELEBRATES 120 YEARS OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE IN A GRAND CULTURAL SHOWCASE FOR THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS
(Santiago, 14 June 2018) – The Philippine Embassy in Chile marked the 120th Independence Day of the Philippines in a grand celebration held with members of the diplomatic corps, Chilean officials and other VIPs at the NOI Hotel, Vitacura, on 14 June 2018.
In line with this year’s theme Independence 2018: Change We Fought For, An Offering To An Abundant Future or Kalayaan 2018: Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay Sa Masaganang Kinabukasan, Chargé d’Affaires Marcos A.S. Punsalang highlighted in his speech the shared aspirations between the Philippines and Chile during their long struggle for independence. He also recalled how Chile’s General Bernardo O’Higgins supported Philippine sovereignty from Spain and how he established trade with Manila as early as 1819 through the launching of the Compañia de Calcuta.
The Embassy entertained 150 guests with a rendition of the Singkil performed by members of the Filipino community in Chile.
The Embassy arranged a demonstration of the Filipino martial arts, Kali, performed by Chilean practitioners from the PTK-SMF Santiago. The Embassy also set up a Kali booth where guests were able to view, touch and pose with traditional Filipino knives, swords, sticks and other weaponry.
Departing from usual tradition in celebrating national days in Chile, the Embassy arranged live performances, with organ accompaniment, of the Philippine and Chilean national anthems, sung by Ms. Marifel Gervacio and Ms. Francisca Jesus Diaz Rodriguez, respectively.
This very successful celebration is one of two Philippine national day celebrations held in Chile this year. The other celebration was organized by the Embassy on 02 June 2018 with over 400 members of the Filipino community. END
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