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Philippine Independence Day 2017 Photos from across Europe

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Berlin

June 11 The Independence day celebration at the Heilig Geist church in Bayernallee,Berlin.

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Czech Republic

ENFiD-CZ together with Philippine embassy staff during the Independence Day Celebration, 11 June 2017, St. Thomas Church Courtyard, Mala Strana Prague CZ.

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - UK

ENFiD-UK Mass Celebration, 11 June 2017, Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Church, London, UK

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Ireland

Book Launch of “From the Philippines to Ireland: A Voyage of Discovery” by Retired Journalist Vising Kennedy, 2 June 2017, Dublin, Ireland

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Israel

National Alliance of Filipino Communities in Israel (NaFilCo Israel) Gala Dinner in Commemoration of 119th Philippine Independence, June 10, 2017 at Afecka Hall Tel Aviv, Israel

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Israel

Diplomatic Reception on the occassion of the Philippines 119th Independence Day and 60 years of Philippine-Israel Diplomatic Relation at Hilton Hotel Tel Aviv held June 15, 2017

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Italy

119th Anniversary Independence Day of the Philippines in Rome

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Italy

Celebrations for the 119th Day of Independence of Philippines with Filipino community in Rome, among faces, dances, traditional dress and friends

Here are some more pictures of the 119th Philippine Independence Day celebration from the Philippines and around the world:
Celebrations of Independence Day in various parts of the Philippines
Independence Day in pictures

Philippine Independence Day in Ireland

President Duterte’s Inspiring Message to Filipino Migrants in Ireland Featured at Philippine Independence Day Celebration and Book Launch in Dublin

By Vanda Brady

The Philippine Honorary Consulate Dublin and the European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD)-Ireland launched the first book of its kind, From the Philippines to Ireland: A Voyage of Discovery, at a special Philippine Independence Day Celebration held at Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin on the 2nd of June 2017 from 6pm. The book, an honest account of the life of Filipino immigrant and former journalist Vising Benavidez-Kennedy as she explores her two homes, was officially inaugurated by Philippine Honorary Consul to Ireland, Mark Christopher Congdon.

The event, “Two Nations, One Spirit”, also featured 2017 Emerging Scholar Awardee Diane Nititham who presented her book Making Home in Diasporic Communities: Transnational Belonging Amongst Filipina Migrants, which is based on original ethnographic work conducted in Ireland and the Philippines.

“May the commemoration of our country’s Declaration of Independence inspire you to build a community . . . that embodies a deep love for their homeland.” This and the Philippine government’s efforts on eliminating crime and drugs are the main points that attendees of the event heard from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s letter.

Philippine Embassy London First Secretary and Consul Mr Voltaire Mauricio delivered a message on behalf of the newly appointed Non-Resident Philippine Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Antonio Lagdameo, a Davaoeño like the President. Honorary Consul Congdon, along with First Secretary and Consul Mauricio, was introduced to Filipino community organisations, who, in return, presented issues and concerns affecting over 13,000 Filipinos in Ireland.

Sancha Magat of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) spoke of the origins of her group’s work which started mainly with the Filipino community, and drew attention to its campaigns with workers.

Performers included world-renowned Filipina-Irish-American vocalist and ENFiD Ambassador of Goodwill Stephanie Reese and the young Filipino winners of the 2012–2016 All-Ireland Irish Dancing.

Cynthia Barker, the first Filipino to be elected Borough Councillor in the UK and 2016 Recipient of the British Honours Award endorsed by Her Majesty the Queen, and Carmen Legarda, the first Filipino-origin to run for the Houses of Parliament in England and selected to be the Parliamentary Candidate for the Hendon constituency by the Green Party for the June 8th British Elections attended the event.

“Two Nations, One Spirit” was followed by a solidarity/fundraiser disco for Carers and Undocumented Workers, called “Dance ‘Til Ye Drop”, to celebrate the courage and resilience of marginalised workers. All proceeds will go to My Fair Home and Justice for the Undocumented.

Three other Philippine Independence Day events were held in Ireland which include “Pistahan sa Cork” held on June 4 of the United Filipino Irish Association, “One Mind, One Soul and One Vision” by the Filipino Community Network on June 10 at St. John Bosco Youth Centre Dublin, and a Cultural Gala Night by the Ilocano Irish Association and Lumad nga Bisaya Ireland on June 17 at Maldron Hotel Tallagh.

Book Launch: "From the Philippines to Ireland – A Voyage of Discovery”

THE LAUNCH OF THE FIRST BOOK OF ITS KIND: “From the Philippines to Ireland – A Voyage of Discovery”

“From the Philippines to Ireland – A Voyage of Discovery” is a Filipino veteran migrant’s account on integrating in the Republic of Ireland. Written by retired journalist Vising Kennedy, the honest and eye opening account brings new light on how to tame culture shock through a journey of self-maturation and self-discovery. It reveals what many migrant workers currently experience in the Republic of Ireland, but also highlights the similarities between the Filipino and Irish culture.

Why do Filipinos speak English? Why are there so many nurses in the Philippines? Why are we the only Asians with Spanish names? Why isn’t Irish spoken in Ireland? Why are the Irish so engrossed by the weather? Why do the Irish drink so much tea?

In this honest and eye-opening account of her life as a veteran migrant, retired Filipino journalist Vising Kennedy answers the questions above, and explores cultural differences and similarities between her two homes, as she goes on a journey towards self-discovery. In sharing episodes of her life, she offers invaluable advice on how to tame culture shock, while highlighting what migrant workers are currently experiencing in Ireland.

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This is a book to be enjoyed by Filipino migrants all over the world, as it teaches them what to expect from being in a foreign land and helps them discover new things about themselves as they explore unfamiliar ground.

Vising will be interviewed live about her book on June 18 by Teresa Quinn in her radio programme called “Bookline” on Liffey Sound 96.4 FM, a community radio station serving Lucan and its Environs and she will be featured on Metro Eireann, the only multi-cultural newspaper in Ireland.

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Please see attached message of Vising Kennedy and the Book Review of Philippine Honorary Consul Mark Congdon at the book launch on 2nd of June 2017 at Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin at the 119th Philippine Independence Day Celebration called “Two Nations, One Spirit.” 90 copies were signed by Vising, Consul Mark Congdon and First Secretary and Consul Voltaire Mauricio of the Philippine Embassy in London.

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ENFiD Statement: ENFiD IS AN OPEN ORGANIZATION

Download the pdf version here: ENFiD-is-an-open-organisation

 

ENFiD  IS AN OPEN ORGANISATION

 

ENFiD is non-political, non-sectarian and not-for-profit network. It comprises members from different sectors of the society, including all political leanings. ENFiD’s foundations are formulated in its Constitution. It provides a forum for regional and global interaction between and among Filipino individuals and organisations within the European Community, with Philippines and with the rest of the world. It inspires and initiates non-partisan dialogues and discussions on relevant topics and participates in the international dialogue on ethical, cultural and political issues with a view to alleviate global poverty.

Let it be known that members of ENFiD are a mixture of supporters and non-supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte. As ENFiD, we believe that individual members have the freedom to express their (political) opinion on a personal level. However, let this be clear to all that these individual positions of various ENFiD members are NOT THE POSITION OF ENFID.

The Board of Directors of ENFiD deplores the current malicious, unfounded attacks to ENFiD in social media where ENFiD is accused of being the European arm of the Liberal Party (the yellowist) and of being funded by US-based Filipino philanthropist, Attorney Loida Nicolas. Both are not true. These accusations were based on the attendance of Mr. Gene Alcantara, the former Chair of ENFiD, at a protest rally organized by anti-Duterte groups in Paris. Mr. Alcantara was there as a journalist-correspondent of ABS-CBN and not as an ENFiD representative. ENFiD was not represented in that rally.

ENFiD is an open organization. It welcomes all Euro-Pinoys from all political colors, from any religion, from all background, as long as one adheres to principles of democracy and respect for one another.

Within ENFiD, reflecting the diversity of the Filipino society at large, different positions exist which have led to spontaneous partisan positions in public, which do not necessarily represent the official position of ENFiD.

ENFiD core values and principles: As mentioned in ENFiD Constitution, our network aims to bring different communities of the OF’s and OFW’s in Europe together, to function as a platform for exchange across European borders and to promote joint action for the cause of Filipinos in Europe, but also in support of the development of our home country.

As OF’s/OFWs in Europe, and our exposure to European society, we have benefitted from the core values and principles on which European democratic societies are built, such as the respect for the rule of law, solidarity and basic humanitarian principles. Europe’s development over the past decades cannot be delinked from these fundamental political and societal foundations which we subscribe to.

Signed:

 

The Board of Directors of ENFiD

13 June 2017

 

Previous ENFID Statement on Yellow Arm

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ENFiD Statement: On Yellow Arm

ENFiD Statement

Concerning the posting “’ENFiD: European Network of Filipino Diaspora’ is the YELLOW ARM here in Europe” posted on 28 April 2017 on the Facebook Wall “For the Motherland,” the ENFiD Board states the following:

The posting refers to a shared Facebook post of the ENFiD Country Representative of Iceland. This posting does not reflect the official position of the ENFiD Board and was not mandated by the same Board.

ENFiD is non-political, non-religious and not-for-profit network. It comprises members from different sectors of the society, including all political leanings. ENFiD’s foundations are formulated in its Constitution. It provides a forum for regional and global interaction between and among Filipino individuals and organisations within the European Community, with Philippines and with the rest of the world. It inspires and initiates non-partisan dialogues and discussions on relevant topics and participates in the international dialogue on ethical, cultural and political issues with a view to alleviate global poverty.

Concerning the content of the shared posting of the ENFiD-Iceland Representative regarding the war on drugs, ENFiD’s Board states the following:

“Since entering into office of the Duterte Government, the issue of alleged Extrajudicial Killings (EJK) became a highly contested topic within the Philippines and within the community of OF’s/OFW’s. At the international level, many eyes have turned towards the Philippines commenting with surprise and disapproval on these alleged EJK.

Also within ENFiD, reflecting the diversity of the Filipino society at large, different positions exist which have led to spontaneous partisan positions in public, which do not necessarily represent the official position of ENFiD.

ENFiD core values and principles: As mentioned in ENFiD Constitution, our network aims to bring different communities of the OF’s and OFW’s in Europe together, to function as a platform for exchange across European borders and to promote joint action for the cause of Filipinos in Europe, but also in support of the development of our home country.

As OF’s/OFWs in Europe, and our exposure to European society, we have benefitted from the core values and principles on which European democratic societies are built, such as the respect for the rule of law, solidarity and basic humanitarian principles. Europe’s development over the past decades cannot be delinked from these fundamental political and societal foundations.

Against this background, ENFiD was created with a spirit of openness, respect for the other and willingness to include all different OF/OFW communities. This spirit does not align with the manner how the drug problems are being dealt with in the Philippines. The current practices go against the rule of law and against basic humanitarian principles as written in international agreements which also the Philippines has adhered to.

ENFiD’s position with regard to the Philippine war on drugs is informed by six aspects:

  • Recognition that drugs is a serious problem in the Philippines and that the Government needs to address it with vigor;
  • Disapproval of the practice of EJK as it goes against the rule of law and human rights principles
  • Killings of humans, whether by drug gangs, other criminals or the police, is categorically unacceptable and should be condemned;
  • Drugs problems need to be attended to by means of specific Government programs to help drug dependent person and families and setting up rehabilitation centers;
  • Drug problems, and the related criminal practice of users, cannot be looked at in isolation; they need to be seen as a product of poverty, inequality, social problems and economic exclusion which the Government’s policies and actions should be focused on;
  • Corruption within Government institutions, which have allowed criminal and drug-related illegal practices to proliferate need to be targeted and fought against.

What ENFiD does: ENFiD promotes towards our network, our members and our relations to support alternative approaches in dealing with the drug problems. This comprises support to rehabilitation projects, specific programs to help drug dependent person and their families, anti-drug public awareness campaigns, the setting up of rehabilitation facilities, utilisation of judicial system and non-violent initiatives to combat drug use.”

 

Signed

 

ENFiD-Europe

28 April 2017

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How I Found My Internship with ENFiD Ireland

How I Found My Internship with ENFiD Ireland
By: Angeline Elorpe

“What are you here in Ireland for?”

A simple question from friends, taxi drivers and strangers that only needed a simple answer, but for some reason a question I found difficult to answer so plainly.

“For an internship,” I would reply shyly, holding in the urge to explain any further.

The reason for my being in Ireland was beyond gaining work experience, which any other internship could provide. Having moved from the Philippines at a young age, I have always felt an odd mix between a sense of belongingness but also of distance from my own country. When speaking in Tagalog with my parents, eating Filipino food, and attending Filipino gatherings, I could confidently say that, yes, I do feel Filipino. A mastery of one’s native language, liking for one’s local food and mingling with others who share the one’s ethnicity, however, I realized, was not enough for me. I felt like I was Filipino– at least from the outside. In reality, however, I didn’t even know much about my own country– its history, culture, current events, and local politics. I would even say that I knew more about the United States and other other larger nations, as a Political Science student, than my own country. If someone had asked me what the Philippines was like, I would not have known what to respond. Once I realized this missing part of me, I took on the responsibility as a Filipino to learn more about my own country and reconnect with my own roots– an opportunity that was given to me by ENFiD Ireland.

After a few emails with ENFiD Ireland representative, Vanda Brady, I was headed to Dublin with a scholarship grant from Volvo in partnership with my home university. During my internship with ENFiD, I worked at the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, where I helped with technical paperwork, such as with authenticating documents, and assisted at the Consulate Outreach mIssion hosted by the consulate in conjunction with the Embassy of the Philippines in London. I also attended a three-day workshop in the lovely county of Cavan with other ENFiD members from various parts of Europe as part of the organization’s PR Communications Strategy group. My internship was not so much about what I did, but rather what I learned during my time as an intern. I was able to gain an understanding of how a consulate works, the services it provides, as well as the issues and challenges it faces, from working at the consular office. As for the workshop, I was able to learn of the history of the Philippines, with particular attention to the change in roles for Filipino women throughout the years, a topic I had long been interested in, but never had the opportunity to fully explore. Most importantly, through my whole experience in Dublin, I learned of the utmost importance of not only connecting Filipinos, but also stimulating their interest and raising their consciousness of key issues in order to encourage action– a goal towards which ENFiD continues to work on.

Bringing with me newly gained work experience, and newly found connections and friendships, I may have left, but my heart stays in Dublin. There, I felt a deeper sense of belonging with the Filipino community than in anywhere else, working with individuals who share the same interest and passion for our home country. With greater knowledge about the Philippines, I can now say that I am a Filipino in mind and at heart.

Having shared my experience, I strongly encourage young Filipino millennials who feel the need to re-root themselves, especially those who grew up in a foreign environment such as in my case, to try an internship with ENFiD– the internship will impact your life in ways that other internships would not be able to do.

[ENFiD-Ireland] Country Report from Ireland: February 2017

ENFiD-Ireland Hosts Four (4) Philippine Embassy Outreach Missions in Ireland in 2017

In partnership with the Philippine Embassy in London and the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Dublin, the European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFID) – Ireland is pleased to announce that it will host four (4) Philippine Embassy Consular Outreach Missions that will be undertaken in Ireland for CY 2017.

25-26 March Dublin
08-09 July Dublin
23-24 September Cork
25-26 November Dublin

ENFiD-Ireland received a letter of appreciation from outgoing UK Philippine Embassy Ambassador Evan Garcia. He expressed appreciation to its team of volunteers for organising and hosting the three Consular Outreach Missions in Dublin last year.

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To quote: “Each of you has worked tirelessly to organise the event and ensure the orderly proceedings on the day. The group’s efforts have certainly been instrumental in the successful conduct of these missions.” He expressed his thanks to 17 volunteers who will continue helping in the outreach missions this year.


ENFID-IRELAND CHARITY VIDEO WINS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD IN IRISH NATIONAL VIDEO COMPETITION

Video: https://youtu.be/DubgudrWq7A

We are happy to announce that ENFiD-Ireland’s Charity video won the People’s Award for the Small Organisation Short Video Category at the Better Together Video Story Competition of Irish non-profit networking organisation The Wheel. The Wheel is a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland.

The Better Together Video Story Competition provides a platform for Irish charities, community groups, clubs and associations to showcase their work; demonstrate their commitment to transparency; connect with members of the public; and gain new supporters.

Attended by ENFiD volunteers Tina Manipis and Alma Imus and Phil Consulate Director of Operations Raymond Garrett, ENFiD-Ireland was among the organisations honoured across Ireland for its outstanding contribution and for seeking to make a positive change to the community. They were delighted to be with the company of peers from the Irish community and voluntary sector.

The Awards, which was filmed and had extensive media coverage, took place in the impressive surroundings of The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham on Wednesday 14 2016. The master of ceremonies was RTÉ sports anchor Evanne Ní Chuilinn and special input was given by guest speaker Irish musician and former Westmeath Gaelic footballer and Leinster rugby player Niall Breslin.


ENFiD-IRELAND WELCOMES INTERN FROM SOPHIA UNIVERSITY JAPAN

We are very pleased to announce that Sophia University scholar Angeline Elopre has joined ENFiD-Ireland as Intern/Volunteer on 15 Jan 2017. Angeline is a third year Political Science (minor in Anthropology) student of the top private research university in Tokyo, Japan. Born in the Philippines, Angeline completed her Intermediate, Middle and High School education at Singapore American School.

Angeline

Angeline was granted a scholarship by the Volvo Group for her strong interest in global issues and her high motivation and capability to develop and implement activity programs. She has begun her journey with ENFiD-Ireland as Editorial Team member of ENFiD’s newsletter “News and Views” and as member of ENFiD’s PR/Communications Strategy Team. She will also develop ENFiD-Ireland’s research studies on “The Lost Generation: Getting to Know the Children of Filipino Migrants in Ireland” and “The Challenges of Mixed Couples: Looking at Filipina-Irish Relationships,” as well as help manage consular services at the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Dublin.

Angeline will be coming to Ireland with her expertise in writing, communication and research, plus her work experience at Japan’s travel website, Odigo, and volunteer experience with the global charity Habitat for Humanity.

Join us to celebrate Angeline’s arrival in Dublin on March 2017. Welcome, Angeline to the ENFiD-Ireland team!

Angeline’s Personal Message:

“Having spent a large part of my life outside of the Philippines, I am constantly looking for ways to reconnect with my mother country, an opportunity that I envisioned through an internship with ENFiD-Ireland. I am beyond excited to be working with and contributing to a committed organization as an intern and member of its editorial team!”

[ENFiD-Ireland] Country Report from Ireland: November 2016

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ENFiD-Ireland is happy to announce the launch of the first Filipino-Irish Online Radio Station, PinoyCraic.com and its newly updated online handbook “Getting Started in Éire: A Handbook for Ireland-Bound Filipinos.”

PinoyCraic.com

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PinoyCraic.com is an information centre that links the Philippines and Ireland through news, events, immigration updates and music.

Your HITS
Listen to uniquely Filipino and Irish music performed by artists from or influenced by your Home and Host country, or a blend of instruments or lyrics in different languages and dialects.

Your HUB
Get the latest news, migrant-related information, community events and the much needed assistance to bi-cultural integration.

Your HOME
This is where the pearl meets the emerald, where the Philippines and Ireland open up to each other in an international context, where you hit two birds in one stone as a “Global Filipino-Irish”.

What’s Pinoy Craic?

Where Pearls and Emeralds Combine into an Inspiring Synergy

The Philippines is known as the “Pearl of the Orient Seas” while the Republic of Ireland is also called the “Emerald Isle.”

Synergy is the cooperation of two or more things that, when working together, creates a combined power that is greater than the total product achieved by each functioning separately. It is when two different people bring all their personal experience and expertise together to produce far better results that they could individually. It is when we learn and gain jointly with others new insights we are much less likely to discover by ourselves.

This creative learning process is what Pinoy Craic is all about.  It opens up Filipinos and the Irish to each other’s influence within a global environment.

Pinoy Craic is an online information centre that seeks to engage overseas Filipinos to their Philippine roots and the Irish cultural heritage, giving form to their identity as “Global Filipino-Irish” and at the same time promoting the Philippines & the Republic of Ireland. It enlightens on what is truly Pinoy and genuinely Paddy in an international context.

Pioneered by three Cavan-based Filipino broadcasting experts, Pinoy Craic is also the Filipino-Irish Voice on matters affecting Filipino migrants in the Philippines and Ireland by arming them with inspiring tools in order to cope with changes taking place globally and in their host and home countries, which directly impact their socio-cultural and economic lives.
It is an online platform that aims to connect and empower the Filipino community in Ireland by campaigning for migrant rights and celebrating the unique and indispensable Filipino work ethic and skills   which are a crucial contributor to the labour workforce in Ireland and the rest of the world.

Through Filipino and Irish music and relevant migrant-related web content, Pinoy-Craic provides overseas Filipinos and other interested online users continuous updates on community and international events, latest immigration information, and the much-needed assistance on cultural integration.

So Why “Pinoy Craic”?

Pinoy is an informal term referring to the Filipino people in the Philippines and their culture as well as to overseas Filipinos. The word is formed by taking the last four letters of Filipino and adding the diminutive suffix -y in the Tagalog language (the suffix is commonly used in Filipino nicknames: e.g. “Ninoy” or “Noynoy” for Benigno Jr. and III respectively], “Totoy” for Augusto, etc.)

Craic or “crack” is an Irish term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland. It is often used with the definite article – the craic – as in the expression “What’s the craic?” (meaning “How are you?” or “What’s happening?”)

Getting Started in Éire: An Online Handbook for Ireland-Bound Filipinos

ENFiD Ireland Handbook

If you are successful in finding employment in Ireland and have decided to commit to relocating, then this simple guide can give you all the information you need to know as well as useful tips on navigating the country. This is the first regularly updated online handbook for Filipino Migrants in Ireland. Check out the November 2016 issue.

[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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