Embassy News

The Japan Foundation, Manila Toasts to Two Decades

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) has reached a milestone yesterday, June 18, as it formally celebrates 20 years of successful cultural exchange endeavors in the Philippines through its three pillars: Japanese-Language Education in the Philippines; Arts and Culture; and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. The 20th Anniversary Reception at the Peninsula Manila held this afternoon was graced by distinguished figures in the arts and the academe led by Ambassador Benjamin Sanvictores, Executive Trustee, Philippine Japan […]

Philippine Embassy in Beijing officially opens 2016 overseas voting

MANILA, April 19 – The Philippine Embassy in Beijing commenced the Overseas Voting (OV) for the 2016 National Elections on April 09. Philippine Ambassador to China Erlinda F. Basilio led Embassy officials and staff in the casting of ballots on the first day of voting. The Embassy is presently conducting postal voting wherein ballots are either mailed directly to the voters or to the Embassy address for pick-up by the voters. A total of 899 […]

Philippines needs nurses for BPO

MANILA, Philippines – Employment agencies declare that the Philippines need more than 2000 nurses in the business process outsourcing as call center agents. Said nurses will work as coordinators, utilization managers and clinical analysts. (Eagle News Service Described by Jay Paul Carlos, Video Editing by Dexter Magno, Uploaded by MRFaith Bonalos)

Wala pang Pilipinong nadamay sa terrorist attack sa Pakistan PHL Embassy

MANILA, Philippines — Wala pang nata-tanggap na ulat ang Philippine Embassy sa Pakistan kung may Pilipinong nadamay sa huling terrorist attack na ikinasawi ng pitumpung (70) tao. Patuloy naman ang pag-monitor nila sa sitwasyon at handang mag-bigay ng tulong sa mga kababayang apektado ng insidente. Hinimok din nila ang mga pilipinong nanga-ngailangan ng tulong na tumawag sa kanila at nagpahayag ng pakikiramay ang embahada sa mga kamag-anak at kaibigan ng mga nasawi.

Fil-German Collab Debut at PHL Int’l Jazz Fest

MANILA – Now in its 11th year, the Philippine International Jazz Festival (PIJF) promises to be grander than ever with the inclusion of German pianist and composer Florian Ross, set to perform from February 25 to 28 in Manila. The Cologne-based Ross will be guesting at the PIJF for the very first time and is coming to Manila by invitation of the Goethe-Institut Philippinen, the German cultural center.   Joining forces with him are local jazz mainstays Colby Dela Calzada (bass) […]

Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, EU launch public education series on political party system for Bangsamoro

MANILA – Thanks to the continuity of the European Union in support of the Bangsamoro Peace Process, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Philippines Office (KAS) was awarded a grant to promote the political development in Muslim Mindanao. Since 2007, the EU has invested more than PHP 650 million in programmes that contribute to the peace process in southern Philippines. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the Cotabato-based Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) today launched a project […]

EU-GSP+ Monitoring Report: PH, making good progress on implementation of Conventions

BRUSSELS – The European Commission adopted its first GSP Monitoring report to the European Parliament and the Council, including an assessment of Philippines’ implementation of 27 International Conventions, on human rights, labour rights, environment and governance. Preferential imports to the EU amount to over €50 billion in 2015 and the Philippines is increasing its share following its successful application and subsequent granting of “GSP+” preferential treatment on 24 December 2014. In 2014, the Philippines exported […]

Miss Universe 2015 coronated with Czech crown

PRAGUE/MIAMI – After 42 years, the Miss Universe title was once again bestowed on a Filipina. Pia Wurtzbach was recently proclaimed as the 64th Miss Universe in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a majestic diamond crown estimated to be worth USD 300,000 produced by renowned Czech Republic company DIC – Diamonds International Corporation. The crown is made up of 311 pieces of diamonds, 5 pieces of blue topaz, 198 pieces of blue sapphire, 33 pieces of crystal, and gold. […]

EU and the PH launch negotiations for a free trade agreement

BRUSSELS – “Launching negotiations with the Philippines will represent an important milestone in the EU-Philippine relations and a further evidence of the EU’s commitment to Southeast Asia.” EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Philippine Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo today agreed to start negotiations for an EU-Philippines free trade agreement (FTA). Both sides share the ambition to conclude an agreement that covers a broad range of issues, including elimination of customs duties and other barriers to trade, […]

Record EU humanitarian budget adopted for 2016

BRUSSELS –  As global humanitarian needs are set to reach a historic high in 2016, the European Commission is stepping up its humanitarian budget to record levels. The European Commission has today adopted its humanitarian aid budget for 2016. With nearly €1.1 billion as an initial allocation, it is the highest EU humanitarian budget for life-saving relief in manmade and natural disasters to date. The record budget comes as global humanitarian needs are increasing due to the growing number […]

Philippine focus at Czech film festival

MANILA – On its 11th year of presenting dynamic Asian cinema to the Czech audiences, 2015 FilmAsia—the Czech Republic’s premier Asian film festival—is putting Filipino cinematography in focus for the very first time. Initiated by Czech Embassy in Manila in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, this year’s FilmAsia premieres six Filipino feature films, old and new. Among the films brought to Prague are the recently rediscovered and restored classic Genghis Khan (1950) […]

Clarification on Schengen visas, traveling to France

MANILA – The French government has decided to re-establish internal border controls following the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris and its region last November 13, 2015. This decision does not affect the validity of visas previously issued by French consulates or Schengen missions across the world, which should continue to allow entry in France and/or free circulation within the Schengen area. To facilitate border entry, holders of Schengen visas are requested to have in […]