Filipino Community at the center of Switzerland’s celebration of
To celebrate the 114th
anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence, the Philippine
Embassy in Berne and the Filipino community in Switzerland, led by the Filipino
Community Network Bern, worked hand in hand in organizing activities that
showcased the strengths of the Filipinos in that country.
The highlight of the
activities was the Filipino community celebration held on 9 June in Canton
Berne. Over a thousand Filipinos from
all parts of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, officials from the Philippine
Missions in Geneva led by Ambassador Evan Garcia, attended the affair which was
graced by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and Party list Representative
In his Independence Day
message, Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Leslie Baja congratulated the
Filipinos for their positive image and contribution to Swiss society as well as
in the socio-economic development of the Philippines. He exhorted them to maintain this image which
helps in opening the door for other Filipinos to work in Switzerland.
Secretary Baldoz briefed
the Filipino community on the positive developments achieved under the Aquino
administration which is helping attain the President’s goals of inclusive
growth and job creation. She said that
the Philippines is on track in its development programs and the Filipino migrants
have an important role in nation building.
community celebration showcased the talents of Filipinos, Swiss and
Swiss-Filipinos from across Switzerland and ended with the crowd singing the
EDSA song “Magkaisa”. The celebration
was also organized as a charity event that will benefit the primary health care
programs in Samar of the Zuellig Family Foundation.
Earlier, the Filipino
Community Network Bern organized a thanksgiving mass in Tagalog on 3 June to
commemorate Kalayaan 2012.
On 11 June, Filipino
community leaders joined the diplomatic corps, Swiss government officials,
business community and civil society in the Vin d’ Honneur hosted by Ambassador
& Mrs Baja in Berne. The attendees
at the reception illustrated the strength and vibrancy of Philippine-Swiss
relations which is celebrating 150 years in 2012.
A flag ceremony at
the Embassy chancery was held on 12 June attended likewise by Filipino
community leaders. In his message,
Ambassador Baja thanked all the leaders for helping ensure the success of the
celebrations and for instilling unity among the Filipinos in Switzerland.
June 9, Filipino community celebrations
Ambassador Leslie J.
Baja delivers his Independence Day message to the Filipino community in
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz delivers her message to the Filipino community.
Ambassador Baja welcomes Secretary Baldoz at the
venue of Kalayaan2012 celebrations.
Ambassador Evan P.
Garcia, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva
reads the message of
President Benigno S. Aquino III
Mr. Ryan Francis
Gener, Third Secretary, Philippine
Mission to the WTO in Geneva,
reads the message of
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario.
Performers and guests
enjoy the celebrations.
June 3, thanksgiving mass in Tagalog
Network Bern organized a thanksgiving mass in Tagalog to commemorate Kalayaan
June 11, Vin d’ Honneur hosted by Ambassador & Mrs Baja in Berne
leaders joined the diplomatic corps, Swiss government officials, business
community and civil society in the Vin d’ Honneur hosted by Ambassador
& Mrs Baja in Berne.
June 12, flag ceremony at the Embassy chancery
leaders join the Philippine Embassy personnel during
the flag ceremony