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Embassy intensifies outreach to Filipinos in Switzerland

Ambassador Leslie Baja, together with some Embassy officials, attended the 19th anniversary celebration of El Shaddai-Frick Chapter on 04 May 2013 and the Perfect Way Au Pair Annual gathering in Brugg in canton Aargau on 5 May 2013, as part of its outreach to Filipinos in Switzerland. 

The El Shaddai celebration was attended by more than sixty (60) people, both Filipinos and Swiss, while the Au Pair gathering was attended by more than 50 Au-Pairs from different cantons of Switzerland. 

Ambassador Baja congratulated the members of El Shaddai on their anniversary celebration and encouraged them to continue helping spread and preserve the Filipino catholic tradition and values. He underscored the role of El Shaddai in helping unite the Filipino community in Switzerland, not only for religious purposes, but also for the greater good of the community and the country.

 Ambassador Baja encouraged Filipino Au Pairs to continue upholding the excellent reputation of Filipinos in Switzerland as hardworking and trustworthy foreign nationals.  He pointed out that this excellent reputation makes the Filipinos the better ambassadors of the Philippines to this country.

He reminded those present of the on-going elections and enjoined them to cast their ballots and exercise their right of suffrage to help make a difference in the political culture of the country. Relatedly, he informed them of the newly-launched Tambayan Pinoy Swiss (TFC) Channel, whose pilot episode is about overseas voting. He added that the TPS was created primarily to reach out to Filipinos using various social media to inform them of developments that are of relevance to them.

Ambassador Baja also encouraged them to support and participate in the forthcoming celebration of the Philippine Independence, which will be held on 15 June in Volketswil, Zurich. END

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