Switzerland celebrates Philippine Independence Day
Philippine Embassy and Mission joined the parade with the Filipino Community in Switzerland & Liechtenstein
Ambassador Leslie J. Baja delivers his Independence day message to the Filipino Community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Volketswil Vice Mayor Jean-Philippe Pinto and Government Councillor Martin Graf deliver
their congratulatory messages for the Filipino Community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein
The attendees of the Philippine Independence day celebration
The Philippine Embassy Berne Team
The Filipino community in
Zürich hosted the Swiss-wide celebration of Philippine Independence Day
this year at the Culture and Sports Centre Gries in Volketswil on
Saturday, 15th June.
The event, which was attended by around 1,000 people from all over
Switzerland and Liechtenstein, kicked off with a mass concelebrated by
Filipino Chaplain, Fr. Antonio Enerio, and Fr. Julipros Dolotallas. A
parade of banners with the theme “Kalayaan” “Freedom” “Freiheit”
officially opened the program proper.
The event was graced by the presence of Volketswil Vice Mayor
Jean-Philippe Pinto and Government Councillor Martin Graf who both gave
their congratulatory messages for the Filipino community in
Switzerland. Vice Mayor Pinto talked about the connections between the
Filipino community and Volketswil, while Councillor Graf lauded the
Filipinos’ ability to preserve and celebrate their culture in their
The Independence Day messages from President Benigno Aquino III and
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario were also read by
officials from the Philippine Mission to the UN Office in Geneva.
Ambassador Leslie Baja, in his speech, thanked the Filipino community
for their contributions toward achieving inclusive growth in the
Philippines through the remittances they send as well as the charity
projects they support. He added that for him, the Filipinos’ greatest
contribution would still be the good reputation they have as foreign
workers wherever they go.
Zürich’s Independence Day theme, “Kalayaan, Kapayapaan, Pagbabago”
(“Freedom, Peace, Change”) was given life through dance and music as
sung by various Filipino talents from Bridges Intercultural Production
and Filipino American tenor Sal Malaki.
The day’s celebration would not be complete without the festival of
Filipino cuisines delicacies, and trinkets reflecting the diverse
cultures of the 7, 100 Philippine islands.
As the Swiss-wide Philippine Independence Day celebration in Burgdorf
bei Bern last year, the event gave an opportunity for the Filipino
community in Switzerland to promote awareness of their cultural
heritage among their Swiss community which, hopefully, will provide a
greater understanding between the two cultures.
The Swiss-wide Independence Day celebration next year will be hosted by the Filipino community in Geneva. END