European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD)


ENFiD is an active international networking association that hopes to (a) propagate the sense of Filipino “nationhood” away from the home country; (b) inculcate a strong sense of shared destiny and aspirations; (c) act as a catalyst in promoting resolutions to issues and arising problems among Filipinos in Europe.


The name of this European non-profit association shall be European Network of Filipino Diaspora, hereafter referred to as ENFiD.

The names of country associations that will form part of ENFiD shall be European Network of Filipino Diaspora-[country] and be referred to as eg ENFiD-Belgium, ENFiD-Netherlands, ENFiD-Italy, ENFiD-UK and so on.


Our vision is –

a. A Filipino Diaspora community in Europe with a continued and sustained commitment and link to the Philippines, and at the same time fully integrated with the host country. (COMMITMENT AND FULL INTEGRATION)

b. A vibrant and empowered Filipino Diaspora operating ‘glocally’ (globally and locally), whose talent, contribution and potential are recognized and rewarded both in Europe and in the Philippines, cognizant of the future generation of Filipino descent. (PEOPLE)

c. A Filipino Diaspora in touch with its cultural origins and its best traditional values, and how it enriches the diversity of life of the host country. (IDENTITY)

2016 ENFiD Annual General Assembly in Prague

European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD) Holds Annual General Assembly in PRAGUE on 16-18 September 2016


The European Network for Filipino Diaspora will have its Annual General Assembly (AGA) on 16-18 September 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. With the theme “The Filipino community in Europe facing the challenges while maximizing the potential in the spirit of inclusiveness,” more than 100 Filipino leaders and community members from about 15 European countries and Israel are expected to converge and jointly re-examine the challenges of the past year, look on to the opportunities ahead, and ultimately reinforce the ties of cooperation among Filipinos throughout

The AGA will start with a Joint Comprehensive Assessment Meeting of ENFiD Board and Country Representatives at the Philippine Embassy in Prague (ENFiD BOD & Country Reps Only), followed by two days of general assembly sessions at the Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies. The two-day event is open to all ENFiD and non-ENFiD members, relations, friends and observers. A registration fee of €50 is required to cover the venues, lunch, a certificate of attendance and print materials. Space is limited.




Ever wondered what it takes to be a FILIPINO LIVING IN EUROPE?


The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Have you connected to your fellowmen and learn about the community around? At ENFiD, we believe that we connect to create resolutions on arising issues and we create a stronger and united voice of Filipinos in Europe. Visit ENFiD website and follow us on Facebook !

The European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD) is an active international networking association that seeks to cultivate a sense of shared nationhood and cooperation among Overseas Filipinos in Europe. ENFiD is presently represented by correspondent Filcom Affiliates in twenty countries and is active in organizing cultural events, relief operations, focused training workshops, fora for the discussion of issues pertinent to Euro-Filipinos partnering with institutions for greater access to migration issues on culture and development.

Whether you are an individual, leading a community, or a business man, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event with new and bigger network working together to maximize the potential of facing the challenges. If you want to observe or become an ENFiD member, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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8:00 am Welcome and RegistrationParticipants: Board of Directors and Country Representatives Only
9:00 am Review of ENFiD from 2012 to present,5 year strategy plan,2 year action planAssessment flow (method and process)Review ENFID Constitution and By-laws + Code of Standards
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Assessment sessions
5:00 pm Closing


8:00 am Welcome and Registration
9:00 am Keynote speeches
9:45 am Open Forum
10:45 am Input from IOM Prague on Gender and Development
11:30 am Paaralan Project
11:45 am ENFiD’s role within the Filipino Communities in Europe
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm ENFiD Country Reports
2:00 pm Parallel Workshops
4:00 pm Reporting
5:00 pm Closing and Announcements



8:00 am Welcome
9:00 am Discussion and Updates of the 2-Year Action Plan
10:00 am Election of Officers
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Oath-taking of New Officers
2:00 pm Planning/Synergies of Projects and Activities
3:45 pm Closing Ceremony
4:30 pm Joint Session of New Board and Country Representatives
5:30 pm Walking Tour of Prague (optional)
8:00 pm Prague Dinner River Cruise (optional)






1. Where can I download the detailed program for the General Assembly?

Click this link to download: Program-Contents-of-AGA-Prague-20160516

2. What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Sept 16 – The Philippine Embassy in Prague is walking distance from Prague’s train main station or Jindřišská tram stop (Tram 3, 9, 14, 24, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58)

Sept 17 and 18 – The Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies is few meters away from Karlovy lázně tram stop (Tram 17, 18, 53)

Link to map and Entrance to Conference Hall

Note that Prague has one of the best transportation system in Europe. The nearest accommodation to book is in Old Town Prague or anywhere near metro or tram stop. Best guide on public transportation

3. Where can I contact the organizers with any questions?

For inquiries, please send an email to or call the following:

Rohlee de Guzman +32 43 3252059 (Netherlands)

Marison Rodriguez +420 773 591 030 (Czech Republic)


4. Is my registration/ticket transferable or refundable?

You may transfer the ticket 15 days before the event else it is considered sold. Simply send an email to for further information

No refunds will be granted within 30 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

5. How to register? 

Please click here to register.

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The European Network of Filipino Diaspora is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.

Learn how to become an event sponsor here.


ENFiD  is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.

Learn how to get involved here.




[ENFiD-Ireland] Spotted in Ireland: June 2016

Celebration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day by the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Dublin

Philippine Honorary Consul Mark Congdon and Director of Operations Raymond Garrett attended the Reception for the Celebration of the 118th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and the United Kingdom on June 16 at the Great Hall in London. Also in attendance was ENFiD-Ireland Chair Vanda Brady.

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Consul Congdon and Mr. Garrett also attended two separate Philippine Independence Day events on June 11, 2016.

The first was the South Dublin Filipino Association (SDFA) Philippine Independence Day celebration and consisted of a multi-cultural programme at Fettercairn Community Centre in Tallaght, Dublin 24. The event was a significant event for the SDFA as it also celebrated its ten year founding anniversary. The event started with a Catholic mass celebrated by the Filipino Chaplin Fr Pat O’ Connell and Filipino priests Fr. Rene Esoy and Fr. Albert Escoto. This was then followed by a beautiful performance of Filipino songs, dances and games played by members of the Filipino community. Consul Congdon delivered a short message to the attendees and was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a glass plaque to commemorate the day and the event. Also in attendance was South County Dublin Lord Mayor Sarah Holland.

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In the evening was a reception and Fashion show organised by the Ilocano Irish Association and St. James Hospital Filipino Association in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate in Dublin. Following a short reception, the event was opened with a prayer led by Fr Rene Esoy followed by Consul Congdon’s Independence day message. The main event on the night was a fashion show featuring Philippine cultural attire, The theme of the event was “Independence, struggle in the past, privilege at present, lasting legacy in the future” and was held at Malden Hotel, Tallaght. Also in attendance were Jack Chambers, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin West, Paul Gallagher, Director of Nursing in St James Hospital, and Raymond Garrett, the Director of Operations from the Philippine Honorary Consulate.

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[ENFiD-Czech Republic] Spotted in the Czech Republic: June 2016

Philippine Independence Day in Czech Republic

Filipinos in Prague had their own celebration on June 12, 2016. It started with a Flag raising at the Philippine Embassy in Senovazne namesti 8, followed by a special mass and refreshments at the Church of Our Lady Victorious (Shrine of the Infant Jesus) and Refreshments at Karmelitska 9, Prague 1. The dancers who performed at the event came from Tacloban, Philippines.




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Watch a video of the performance here.

Video and photo credits: Patricia Gabriel Kozak and Mary Jane Balgos (Prague)

[ENFiD-Germany] Spotted in Germany: June 2016

Enfid Germany joined the Filipino community in the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day that took place in Essen on June 13, 2016. The event was organized by the Pilippine Honorary Consulate General in Essen. Ms Marianne Hontiveros, Chief Executive Officer of Air Asia Philippines, graced the event. She
shared information about the Global Summit of Women that she recently attended
in Warsaw, Poland.



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[ENFiD-Malta] Spotted in Malta: June 2016


Philipine Honorary Consul Mr. Roger Strickland, Focowim President Mona Rogong, and Nadeen Shaw, ENFiD- Board Director celebrated the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence with the theme “Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong sa kalayaan ” on June 12, 2016 at Preluna Hotel & Spa, Malta. They were joined by other members and officers of various Filipino organizations in Malta. The celebration was attended by close to 150 people, including several Maltese nationals, and featured entertainment numbers performed by Filipino Community Dancers and Dabarkads group. The event was also entertained by Miss Independence 2016 contestants who showcased colourful Philippine dresses and performed from traditional dances to contemporary music, each telling a story, explaining the Filipino identity and unique Philippine cultural heritage. Lunch was served at the Preluna Hotel, Meridian Hall.



[ENFiD-Norway] Spotted in Norway: June 2016

FILCOM NORWAY, in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy Oslo, organized the FIESTA FILIPINO at Youngstorget, Oslo. The celebration started with a recognition of Filipino Community organisations in Norway, a prayer, the Philippine National Anthem, A message from the Philippine Ambassador to Norway, a cultural show, youth concert and street dancing.

A video of Norwegian men eating balut for the first time has gone viral.



[ENFiD-UK] Spotted in the UK: June 2016

Lancashire Holds First Barrio Fiesta-style Celebration
11 June 2016
by Novo-Mar Ramos

An inclement weather did not dampen the spirit of the participants, guests and visitors to push through for the success of the first Barrio Fiesta-style celebration or Filipino festival in the Lancashire region of England held on the 11th day of June 2016 at the Alexandra Park in Oldham town in line with the commemoration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day.

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Mutya ng Pilipinas UK-Manchester Filipino Diaspora for Culture and Arts (Mutya-Manfid) with its Chairperson, Jassin Fuentes, and President, Ritche Lumen spearheaded the celebration, which was conceived more than a year ago. The Filipino Association of Oldham (FAO) headed by Erween Chavez played host to the event. Members of the Filipino community from Manchester, Oldham, Ashton and Bolton came in to support.

Gino Padilla, a Filipino artist and celebrity, came to entertain the crowd with his interpretation of Filipino hit songs and some medley of American songs. The audience had joined him in singing and dancing. Triple A Productions run by Al Angelo Antoni made Mr. Padilla’s presence possible.

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Another major highlight was the presentation and launching of Maeryhneilla Jence “MJ” Umayam as the official representative of the Filipino Community in the UK to the 2016 Search for Mutya ng Pilipinas grand pageant in August this year. Her crown and sash as 2016 Mutya ng Pilipinas UK were put in place and pinned by Elizabeth Senson and Novo-Mar Ramos, respectively.

Ms. Umayam was later on serenaded by Gino Padilla with his signature song, “Closer You and I” that made him known worldwide. A Filipino balladeer also rendered a heart-warming piece for the 2016 Mutya UK.

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The Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang” was solemnly sung under the conduction of Iryn Giron. Wallace Alegado led the reciting of the “Panunumpa sa Watawat at sa Saligang Batas.” Thereafter, the singing of “Ako ay Pilipino” by Pure Bagaporo rekindled more the patriotic side of the Filipinos.

The festivity continued with the traditional “Santacruzan,” parade of participants and “street dancing” accompanied by the sound from the FAO drums and bugle corps dressed up in “Ati-Atihan” costume. The officers and members of the Filipino Association of Oldham and Mutya-Manfid led the procession.

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Novo-Mar Ramos, ENFiD-UK Trustee, gave his commemorative speech and spoke on behalf of ENFiD-UK.

Musical scores and Filipino cultural dances participated in by the young and young at hearts were also showcased. The dances include “Nasudi”, “Cariñosa”, “Malong-malong”, and “Tinikling” to the tune of traditional and modern music. There was also a Church choir members who shared their ministry songs.

Guest singer Al Pa Bet wowed everybody with his rapping ability. Jhason Sta. Maria, former Side A Band member who now lives in Wales, was the final act of the day with his own version of songs like “Manila” and other popular Original Pilipino Music (OPM).

Santacruzan Livens Up the Streets in Woolwich
May 28, 2016
by Ricardo Gacayan, Jr.

The Greenwich Filipino Community (GCF) once again conducted its annual “Santacruzan” as part of the “Flores De Mayo” festivity on May 28, 2016 along the main thoroughfares of Woolwich in Greenwich, London.

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Moises Espanola, GCF head together with the other officers led the ceremonies. Mr. Espanola was recently elected as one of the new members of the Board of Trustees of ENFiD-UK.

A mass was celebrated beforehand at St. Peter’s Church. Later, a procession started therefrom with the different Reynas (Queens) of the Santacruzan led by Reyna Elena (Queen Helena) accompanied by their escorts as well as other revelers.

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A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was also carried around while the people prayed in chorus. A “salu-salo” or get-together party followed the parade where the people partook of some foods and drinks.

Edwin Dela Cruz, incumbent Chairperson of ENFiD-UK, was present and joined in the procession of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the “royal entourage” of the Santacruzan. He said, “It was wonderful to experience the community spirit, the hospitality, warmth and the Filipino tradition kept alive in London.”

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Flores de Mayo (Spanish for “May flowers”) is one of the most popular festivals held in the Philippines. It is a devotion on the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary and lasts for the entire month.

The Santacruzan (Spanish for “sacred cross”) is the ritual pageant held on the last day of Flores de Mayo. This honours the finding of the true cross by Helena of Constantinople (known as Reyna Elena) and Constantine the Great. This tradition is now a popular celebration amongst Filipinos in the United Kingdom.

Replica of First Philippine Independence Day Flag Unfurled and Raised Up in London
11 June 2016
by Renato Lucero

In an unprecedented move by the Caviteños UK, history was made when a replica of the Philippine flag, which was raised up by the Philippine revolution leader and First President, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite was first unfurled and raised up in London on the 11th day of June 2016.

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This was part of the commemoration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day when on the 12th day of June 1898, the Philippines won its freedom from the shadows of the Spanish colonisers. Such ceremony is considered as the first to have happened on a foreign land.

Caviteños UK, presently chaired by Yvette Remojo Ramos, was instrumental in organizing the event held at the Holiday Inn in Gloucester Road, London. The theme of the celebration was “Pagdiriwang ng ika-118th Araw ng Kalayaan.”

It was a very well attended event, with so many officers and members of other Filipino Associations present led by the officers of ENFiD-UK. Ms. Ramos is also holding office as one of the members of the Board of Trustees of ENFiD-UK.

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The First Secretary of the Philippine Embassy in London, Consul Kristine Salle, represented the new Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St James, His Excellency Evan Garcia as the Guest Speaker.

The food was good, specially the yummy chocolate cake dessert but the nonstop dancing made the night really sweaty.

The greatgrandson of Emilio Aguinaldo, Emil, who was supposed to bring the replica flag to London, unfortunately did not make it to the celebration in person but appeared and greeted all the party guests through an online video link.

The event’s host and hostess were Peps Villanueva and Carol Panday with the latter wearing a very colourful Muslim attire. Dress-wise, the theme was very patriotic. Men paraded their finest Barong Tagalogs while the women glistened the evening in their Filipiniana/Maria Clara inspired Ternos.

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Another highlight of the occasion was the rendition of the popular song “Ako ay Pilipino” by a budding Filipino Artist born and raised up in London. Her name is Tamara Jade Canda.

Truly, it was a night full of fun. A night every Filipino could look back to and feel proud of their identity and cultural heritage.

Mabuhay and CAVITEÑEOS UK! Mabuhay ang PILIPINAS!