Leslie J. Baja and Consul General Margarita Ibayan welcomes Ms. Earth
Switzerland 2010 Liza Andrea Kuster at the Philippine Embassy.
Ambassador Baja and Ms. Kuster.
Ambassador Baja and Embassy personnel join Ms. Earth Switzerland 2010 Liza Andrea Kuster at the Sentro Rizal.
reaches out to Swiss Filipinos –
Philippine Embassy in Berne reported that Liza Andrea Kuster, Miss
Earth Switzerland 2010, met with Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland
Leslie Baja to strengthen the ties between the Philippines and Swiss
Filipinos, mostly born to Filipino mothers and Swiss fathers.
as she prefers to be called, informed Ambassador Baja that since
winning the title last year, she has pursued an advocacy of promoting
environmental issues in Switzerland and would like to promote this
awareness as well in the Philippines. Ambassador Baja welcomed this
offer and encouraged her to regularly visit the Philippines in order
help the country in this field. Since winning the crown, Andrea has
become a popular model and events emcee in Switzerland.
Ambassador also encouraged her as well as other second generation
Filipinos in Switzerland to know more about the Philippines. He
showed her the newly-opened Sentro
Rizal at the Embassy Chancery
which is one of the Embassy’s projects this year in line with the
birth anniversary of Jose Rizal. Jose Rizal visited Switzerland in
1887 and visited the cities of Basel, Geneva, Berne, Schaffhausen and
Baja is scheduled to meet other second generation Filipinos in Zurich
on 24 September. An organization called Network of Integrated Pinoys
or NOI-P, a group of Filipino-Swiss professionals, was established
last year to promote greater sense of awareness of and belonging to
the Philippines to these second generation Filipinos. Last May, a
forum entitled “Philippines in Perspectives” was jointly
organized at the University of Berne by the Embassy and Noi-P.
are approximately 10,000 Filipinos in Switzerland and are among the
most respected foreign nationals in the country.