Events in Belgium by Juliet Frisnedi Regidor
Vlaams Gemeenschap’s Feest (Flander’s Feast Day), July 11, 2015
This is an annual celebration in Leuven, the capital of Vlaams-or Flemish Brabant, Belgium. As one of the organizations invited annually to the celebration, Filipiniana-Europa vzw is seen sharing some native delicacies with the multicultural community and other guests in Leuven. The festivity is sponsored by the City of Leuven.
The Feast Day of the Flemish Community celebrates the Anniversary of the Battle of the Golden Spurs also called the Battle of Courtrai (Kortrijk), in which the count of Flanders, with the borough militia, were victorious over the king of France outside Courtrai (July 11, 1302).
MIEUX CONFERENCE ‘ADVANCING MIGRATION COOPERATION THROUGH DEMAND-DRIVEN CAPACITY
BUILDING, September 22, 2015
In light of 2015 being the European Year for Development, and the month of September dedicated to Demography and Migration, MIEUX hosted a one-day conference to share its efforts, experiences and lessons learnt in delivering peer-to-peer, demand-driven migration expertise. The event gathered stakeholders from varying backgrounds to reflect upon their shared experiences and on the implication of MIEUX’s peer-to-peer approach towards facilitating delivery of the requested support to partner countries in an effort to develop their capacities in migration management.
Attendees to the event from Belgium were H.E. Ambassador Victoria Bataclan, Consul General Robespierre Bolivar, who was also one of the speakers, Consul Oliver Delfin, Ms. Consorcia De Leon and Ms. Juliet Frisnedi Regidor. ENFiD Europe Chair Mr. Gene Alcantara and Executive Director Ms. Rohlee De Guzman were also at the conference which was held at Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi, Brussels.
Friendship for the Philippines in Knokke-Heist, September 27, 2015
As in the previous year, Filipiniana-Europa vzw had again a guest performance during the Anniversary Celebration of Vriendschap voor de Filippijnen (Friendship for the Philippines) at Knokke-Heist last September 27. The organization was founded by Mr. Dominiek Segaert and his wife Leah Gallego. Among their guests were Honorary Consul Peter Van Bogaert from Antwerp and Consul Anna Lilia De Vera of the Philippine Embassy in Brussels. Friendship for the Philippines is one of the members of the Belgium-Luxembourg ENFiD Core Group.
Unveiling of Landmark for the Celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and Discrimination, October 17, 2015
The celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in Leuven was a great success. The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a special landmark of the United Nations (this time written in Dutch). The landmark, situated in the Grote Markt, or Great Plaza, will always remain a strong and symbolic location between the historic buildings of the CHURCH – Saint Peter’s Church; the ECONOMY – the old National Bank and POLITICS – the City Hall. This landmark is the 6th in Belgium and the 51st in the world.
The event was led by Leuven Mayor Louis Tobback together with other political leaders of the City Council and other guests. Representatives of different recognized organizations had also been invited to translate and read the text in their respective languages during the program and to carry their country’s flag.
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”
FILIPINO (TAGALOG) TRANSLATION: Saán man ang mgá tao ay nasadlák sa matindíng kahirapan, ay nagiging paglabág sa makataong karapatán ng bawa’t nilikhâ. Ating banál na tungkulin na makiisá para sa paggalang at pagtataguyod ng mgá karapatáng itó.
Filipiniana-Europa’s 17th Anniversary Celebration & Halloween Party, October 31, 2015
The celebration of Filipiniana-Europa’s 17th Anniversary – Halloween Party last October 31st was held in Restaurant Oli in Leuven. For the first time, the ENFiD logo was officially used in the organization’s activity, as featured in their Programme for the evening. Schepen (Alderman) Denise Vandevoort of the Council of Leuven was among the guests who addressed the group. Likewise present was another Adviser of the group, Ms. Lydia Van Hirtum of ACV- ACW/ beweging.net. Dinner was followed by the reading of the Message from H.E. Ambassador Victoria Bataclan by Ms. Cherry Gloria Briossos of the Philippine Embassy, Brussels, some dancing, and a tombola for a special project in the Philippines through the Carmelite Sisters in Vilvoorde, Belgium. Also present were members of COFAB (Council of Filipino Associations in Belgium), also a member of Belgium-Luxembourg ENFiD Core Group.