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Welcome remarks from Philippine Ambassador Maria Theresa P. Lazaro at the City Ballroom of Swissotel in Zurich.

Philippine Embassy in Switzerland Successfully Organized
Filipino Community Night in Zurich

5 June 2010- The Philippine Embassy in Switzerland led by Ambassador Maria Theresa P. Lazaro organized a Filipino Community Night at the Swissotel in Zurich last 5 June 2010, in connection with the Philippine Food Festival held at the same hotel from 2 to 12 June 2010. 

The event attended by about 450 guests was a resounding success. The Filipinos came from all over Switzerland, including the French and German speaking cantons.  There were official guests from the Philippine Mission to the United Nations led by Ambassador Evan Garcia and the Philippine delegation to the International Labor Conference led by DOLE Undersecretaries  Linda Baldoz and Lily Pineda.   It was indeed an experience of the best of Philippine food, the best of Philippine music,  and the best of Philippine culture. 

The exotic Filipino dishes were prepared by five chefs from Marco Polo Cebu, and the serenade of songs from Manila based   Filipino classical singers, the   tenor Jonathan Badon and soprano Jenny Aldecoa-Delorino. The Department of Agriculture in Manila also provided Philippine agri products from dried mangoes to mango wine, among others. The Philippine Department of Tourism in Frankfurt led by Director Venus Tan supported the event by providing gift certificates for overnight stays at luxurious hotels in the Philippines such as Marco Polo Hotel Cebu, Bellarocca resort in Marinduque, Hyatt  Regency Resort  in Boracay, and Fundacion Pacita Lodge in Batanes as well round trip airfares from Singapore Airlines.

Ambassador Lazaro, in her address to the community, said that “there are several reasons for celebrating this evening and that is the commemoration of our Philippine Independence,   the successful conduct of the Philippine elections, the proclamation of the 15th Philippine President and the excellent relations between the Philippines and Switzerland.”

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