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Philippine Embassy in Berne supports
Filipino organizations‘ charity projects

Ambassador & Mrs. Baja (4th & 5th from left), Filipina singer  Liza Tanner, Consul Lillibeth Pono, Imelda Vollenveider, Consul Ma. Theresa Lazaro and Mr. Dominador Andres

Ambassador Baja (3rd from left) with Pastor Jaime Viray   (2nd fr left) ofCTJF

The Philippine Embassy in Berne, Switzerland attended two charity events of Filipino organizations in Switzerland organized to support projects in the Philippines.

On 26 May, Ambassador Leslie Baja led an Embassy team to attend the Anak Ko Foundation event of CFO Presidential Awardee Imelda Vollenveider in Canton Zurich which organized a musical soiree to raise funds for the Tahanan ni Maria, a home for the aged and poor people in Trece Martires, Cavite.  In his remarks, Ambassador Baja congratulated the Anak Ko Foundation for its initiative which will benefit the less fortunate Filipinos back home.  He noted that most Filipino organizations in Switzerland has organized similar events that seek to uplift the living conditions of friends and family in the Philippines.

On 27 May, Ambassador Baja attended the 4th annual church fair of the Come to Jesus Fellowship (CTJF) in Geneva.  Over 300 Filipinos attended the event which the CTJF is holding every year to raise funds for 5 churches in the Philippines.

In both events, the Ambassador exhorted the Filipinos present to continue upholding the excellent reputation of Filipinos in Switzerland as hardworking and trustworthy foreign nationals.  He said that this reputation will keep the door open for other Filipinos to enter Switzerland either as Au Pairs or Trainees.  He pointed out that this excellent reputation makes the Filipinos the better ambassadors of the Philippines to this country.

Ambassador Baja also exhorted the Filipinos to register as overseas absentee voters to help in nation building.

In 2012, the Philippines and Switzerland are celebrating 150 years of relations stemming from the establishment in 1862 of the first Swiss consulate in Asia in Manila.  There is an estimated 11,000 Filipinos in Switzerland, while there are about 3,000 Swiss in the Philippines. Switzerland is also one of the biggest foreign investors in the Philippines with about 60 Swiss companies present and employing around 12,000 Filipinos.

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