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Team Philippines-Switzerland reaches out to Pinoys in Geneva

Officials of the Philippine Embassy in Berne and the Philippine Mission in Geneva attended the 14th-year anniversary of the Couples for Christ (CFC) in Geneva and Kermesse 2013 (annual fair) of the Come to Jesus Fellowship International (CTJFI) in Geneva on 26 May 2013.

In his messages, Ambassador Baja said, “It does not matter which religion or organization you belong to. What is important is your contribution to our society, and especially to our fellow Filipinos back home to help make their lives a little better.”

“I urge you to always be united not only in faith, but also in deed, upholding the bayanihan spirit that binds Filipinos together since time immemorial,” added Ambassador Baja.

The Ambassador extended his gratitude to the two groups for their support during President Aquino’s visit to Switzerland in January 2013, and likewise to those who participated in the recently concluded Philippine elections. He said that the doors of the Philippine Embassy in Berne and the Philippine Mission/Consulate General in Geneva are always open to Filipinos in Switzerland. 

He also invited everyone to support and attend the 2013 Philippine Independence Day celebration in Zürich on 15th June.

The two events, each of which was attended by more than 100 members, families and friends, are a regular activity of the Filipino community in Switzerland not only to gather members together, but also to introduce and connect the younger generation Swiss Filipinos to traditional Filipino value of close familial ties and teach them their Filipino cultural heritage through songs and dances.

The attendance of the Philippine Embassy and Mission officials is part of the Team Philippines-Switzerland’s continuing efforts to reach out to all Filipino organizations across the country, which now number more than a hundred. END
 
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