27 June 2022
Philippine Embassy Salutes the Philippine School in Greece Class of 2022
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The Philippine School in Greece (PSG) conducted the 7th Moving Up Ceremonies and 20th Commencement Exercises on 25 June 2022 at the school grounds in Thimaton Polemou 15, Kareas, Vyronas, 16233, Athens, Greece. The theme for this year’s ceremony is “K to 12 Graduates: Pursuing Dreams and Fostering Resilience in the Face of Adversity”.

H.E. Giovanni E. Palec, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines, congratulated the graduating students of the Philippine School in Greece during his speech as the ceremony’s Commencement Speaker. He recalled the challenges faced by the students as well as their families and the school brought about by the pandemic, and highlighted the Filipino values, such as resilience, commitment and hard work, that allowed them to adapt and overcome the challenges they faced. The parents and the school were commended and also acknowledged as partners of the Philippine Embassy in maintaining and promoting Philippine culture, tradition and values among the students as well as to the community.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Palec joined Mr. Manfred Nickel, PSG Chairman, Ms. Gracia Celia Guieb Nickel, PSG Principal, Ms. Jasmin Imperial, PSG Deputy Principal, and members of the PSG faculty and administration, to confer the certificates of completion to the 45 graduating students.

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A total of 45 students were conferred with certificates of completion during the 7th Moving Up Ceremony and 20th Commencement Exercises of the Philippine School in Greece on 25 June 2022.
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During his speech, Ambassador Palec highlighted the Filipino values, such as resilience, commitment and hard work, that allowed the students, their parents and the school to adapt and overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic.
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The officials, faculty and staff of the school were acknowledged as partners of the Philippine Embassy in maintaining and promoting Philippine culture, tradition and values among the students as well as to the community.
21 June 2022
President of Cyprus Attends Philippine Independence Celebration Day in Cyprus Laus PH-CY Relations and Assures Filipinos of Continued Support
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H.E. Nicos Anastasiades (second from left), President of the Republic of Cyprus is met by Philippine Honorary Consul in Larnaca Ms. Charmagne Garcia-Laconico (fourth from left), her husband Mr. Nick Laconico (third from right), and Ms. Isabel Bucang-Leo (leftmost), President of Filipino Community organization, BIBAK Limassol, and member of the household of President Anastasiades)

President of the Republic of Cyprus H.E. Nicos Anastasiades was the Guest of Honor in the commemoration of the 124th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence organized by the Filipino community organizations in Cyprus led the Philippine Honorary Consul in Larnaca Ms. Charmagne Garcia-Laconico at the Panos Solomonides Cultural Center in Limassol, Cyprus on 19 June 2022. The Philippine Embassy was represented by First Secretary and Consul Judy Barbara G. Robianes who delivered the Independence Day message of H.E. Giovanni E. Palec, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines.

The celebration included a photo exhibit of national heroes and highlights of Philippine history inside the main hall and a Barrio Fiesta with games, performances, and Filipino snacks and delicacies in the small square outside the venue. Video messages of H.E. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and H.E. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. followed the welcome remarks of Honorary Consul Garcia-Laconico. The Independence Day Message of H.E. Ambassador Giovanni Palec to the Filipinos in Cyprus was read by First Secretary and Consul Robianes. The program also included performances of traditional dances and popular Filipino songs by various Filipino organizations and singers.

In his address that highlighted the event, the President said that the celebration gives another opportunity to reaffirm the excellent relations between Cyprus and the Philippines. He expressed feelings of immense respect and admiration for the Philippines and its people, reaffirming the excellent relations between the two countries that they have enjoyed since 1980 when they established diplomatic relations. He added that "despite the geographical distance that separates our countries, Cyprus and the Philippines share a friendship based on deep roots and long-term ties, always based on their common commitment to democratic values, pluralism and respect for international law.” He further expressed “willingness and readiness to further strengthen our bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas.”

He noted that the active community of Filipinos in Cyprus is one of the largest foreign communities on the island which enriches the cultural spectrum of Cypriot society. He assured further that he personally "will always stand by you and continue to do our utmost to ensure that all citizens of the Philippines in Cyprus receive the support and assistance they need to enjoy Cypriot hospitality.” He added that over the years the two peoples and countries have formed strong bonds of friendship and close cooperation, based on mutual understanding. There are about 18,000 Filipinos in Cyprus.

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A Barrio Fiesta featuring performances, games, and Filipino food outside the Panos Solomonides Cultural Center, Limassol, Cyprus to celebrate Philippine Independence Day 2022
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President of the Republic of Cyprus H.E. Nicos Anastasiades poses with Filipinos in traditional costume in front of an exhibit photos of Philippine heroes and highlights of Philippine history, Panos Solomonides Cultural Center, Limassol, Cyprus
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H.E. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus enters the main hall of the Panos Solomonides Cultural Center where he is the Guest of Honor during the celebration of the 124th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence
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The national anthems of the Republic of the Phlippines and the Republic of Cyprus mark the start of the official event. Around 200 Filipinos in Cyprus attended the program with about 100 more joining the outdoor Barrio Fiesta event.
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Ms. Charmagne Garcia-Laconico, Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Larnaca delivers her welcome remarks.
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First Secretary and Consul Ms. Judy Barbara G. Robianes of the Philippine Embassy in Athens reads the Independence Day Message of H.E. Giovanni E. Palec, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines
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H.E. President Nicos Anastasiades gave his assurance that he will continue to ensure that all citizens of the Philippines in Cyprus receive the support and assistance they need to enjoy Cypriot hospitality.

In his address, President of the Republic of Cyprus H.E. Nicos Anastasiades reaffirmed the excellent relations between Cyprus and the Philippines and expressed willingness and readiness to further strengthen our bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas
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Filipino community organizations in Cyprus listen attentively to the remarks of Guest of Honor H.E. President Nicos Anastasiades. The active community of Filipinos in Cyprus is one of the largest foreign communities on the island. There are about 18,000 Filipinos in Cyprus.
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H.E. President Nicos Anastasiades (center) is flanked on the right by First Secretary and Consul Judy Barbara G. Robianes of the Philippine Embassy in Athens, and on the left Philippine Honorary Consul in Larnaca Ms. Charmagne Garcia-Laconico. Also in the photo are (from left): Mr. Nick Laconico, husband of Honorary Consul Laconico, and Limassol Vice Mayor Mr. Neophytos Charalambides.
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The President gamely poses with members of the Filipino community in Cyprus outside the Panos Solomides Cultural Center after the program. He expressed his feelings of immense respect and admiration for the Philippines and its people, and called the Filipnos in Cyprus “happy people, friendly people of the Philippines”
20 June 2022
Philippine Embassy Commemorates the 124th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence

The Philippine Embassy in Athens, Greece, led by H.E. Giovanni E. Palec, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines, commemorated the 124th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence by hosting successive events – a diplomatic reception on 10 June 2022 and a flag-raising ceremony and breakfast with the Filipino community in Athens on 12 June 2022. This is the first time the Philippine Embassy was able to hold face-to-face celebrations since 2019 to mark the momentous occasion together with friends and colleagues from the Greek government, the diplomatic and consular corps, businesses and shipping companies as well as the Filipino community in Greece.

In his Independence Day message, Ambassador Palec highlighted the current progress of recovery, which is expected to continue under a new administration that was duly elected in May in fair, transparent and orderly elections. He also acknowledged the valuable contribution of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) worldwide and especially those in Greece. The Ambassador also recognized the support and friendship of the Hellenic Republic over the past 72 years, as the two countries continue to strengthen their relations, particularly in the areas of maritime and shipping, economy and technology, tourism, culture and education.

Filipino culture and talent were showcased at the diplomatic reception on 10 June 2022. The various styles of Filipiniana such as the barong tagalog, baro’t saya, and Maria Clara gowns which are made from unique fabrics woven from piña (pineapple), abaca and Inabel were displayed. Guests were also invited to try the fine-tasting Philippine rum, “Don Papa” along with the “lechon”.

The guests were treated to performances of the Pandanggo sa Ilaw (light dance) and the Subli (worship dance). They were serenaded by Mr. Anthony Kier Carbonel, a finalist in X-Factor Greece 2019, with Filipino songs Bagani and Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko, as well as the Greek song An Thimithis To Oneiro Mou (If You Remember My Dream).

The flag-raising ceremony and community breakfast took place in the morning of 12 June at the Philippine Ambassador’s Residence. The event was streamed live on the official Facebook page of the Embassy that allowed Filipinos in other parts of Greece, Cyprus and North Macedonia to virtually join the celebration.

A feast of Filipino and other Asian dishes highlighted both festivities, including the lechon (roast pork) during the diplomatic reception, and popular Filipino breakfast dishes such as pandesal (sweet bread roll), puto (rice cake), dinuguan (savory pork stew), sinangag (garlic fried rice), danggit (dried fish), tapa (cured beef), and longganisa (garlic pork sausage) during the flag-raising ceremony.

Diplomatic Reception 
Divani Caravel Hotel 
10 June 2022
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In his message, Ambassador Palec recalled the challenges brought about by the pandemic and recounted the measures undertaken by the Philippines to address the severe impact of COVID-19. He highlighted the current progress of recovery, which is expected to continue under a new administration duly elected during the May 2022 national and local elections.
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The Philippine Embassy in Athens, Greece, led by H.E. Giovanni E. Palec, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines, hosted the diplomatic reception on 10 June 2022 at Divani Caravel Hotel Athens to commemorate the 124th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.
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The diplomatic reception on 10 June 2022 is the first time the Philippine Embassy was able to hold face-to-face celebrations to mark the Philippine Independence Day since 2019.
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Mr. Anthony Kier Carbonel, one half of the Filipino duo “AC2”, serenaded guests with his version of Filipino songs Bagani and Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko, as well as the Greek song An Thimithis To Oneiro Mou (If You Remember My Dream), while PSG students and teachers sang traditional Filipino folk songs.