Philippine Embassy in Berne supports
Filipino organizations‘ charity
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
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
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.