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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 adopted land.

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


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