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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan - what and how to help

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This infographic should tell you all about Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda), the strongest typhoon to hit land...

How to help
1 - Support a local fundraising event. We've listed what we know of in our Filipino Events page. If you're on facebook, this events page is constantly being updated.
2 - Disaster Emergency Committee has launched a massive media campaign to raise awareness. Donate thru their site
3 - British Red Cross and their Philippine counterpart were among the first responders
4 - Unicef are also on the ground
5 - If you find it easier to get money to the Philippines, or are in the Philippines, Rappler has a comprehensive list here.
6 - There are local people buying, packing and delivering their own relief goods. Follow and his family's efforts. He has listed his BDO account for people to donate to, his family shoulders all overheads and guarantees 100% of donations goes to the victims. Marketmanila is a very popular Philippine blog run by a Filipino foodie who was once featured in Anthony Bourdain's TV show.
7 - Leyte-Samar Organization UK has families directly affected by the typhoon. They and their families need support.
8 - Philippine Generations have also identified Philippine-based organisations - charities and NGOs on the ground.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Thank you UK!

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We would like to express our heartfelt THANK YOU to Her Majesty The Queen, the UK government and the British public for the outpouring support you provided for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

And whilst more is still needed and the work on the ground has barely started, we are humbled by your generosity.

Get news on the UK's efforts for Typhoon Haiyan victims here
and photos as the first UK aid arrives are here

Her Majesty The Queen's message here

And maybe the littlest acts of kindness from across the world can help alleviate our sufferings a bit

Donate here:
Disasters Emergency Committee
British Red Cross

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Philippine Embassy Closures for May 2013

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The public is advised that, in observance of Philippine and UK holidays, the Philippine Embassy in London will be closed on the following days of May 2013:

  • 1 May – Labor Day 
  • 6 May – Early May Bank Holiday 
  • 13 May – Philippine National Elections 
  • 27 May – Spring Bank Holiday 

In addition, there will be no consular services (e.g. passport and visa applications, reports of birth/marriage/death, legalization/notarization of documents, dual citizenship applications, etc.) on 14 May due to the continuing Counting and Canvassing of Overseas Absentee Votes at the Embassy.

Regular office hours and services will resume from 2, 7, 15 and 28 May.

In case of death or detention of a Filipino citizen in the United Kingdom, please contact the Embassy’s emergency mobile phone at 07802790695.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Pre-colonial Philippine Art on Exhibit in Paris

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THE PHILIPPINES | archipelago of exchange
09 April - 14 July 2013
The Garden Gallery, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris 

The first exhibition of its kind in Europe, THE PHILIPPINES archipelago of exchange presents 310 unmissable pre-colonial works – sculptures, pottery, textiles, personal ornaments – selected from public and private Philippine, American and European collections.

Located in the China Sea, the archipelago of the Philippines contains more than 7000 islands and extends over a distance of 1700 kilometres. Its geographical situation – between Taiwan and Indonesia – and the history of its settlement since the arrival of the Austronesians have generated powerful and varied artistic expressions.

Through the prism of exchange, this exhibition examines the essential objects of a civilisation strongly based on reciprocity. Whether symbolic or commercial, exchange creates a relationship between visible or invisible beings.

The exhibition is organised into three sections: the traditional works of the mountains and valleys of the Highlands of the north; the textiles, costumes and ornaments of the warrior, and finally the influence of the maritime network on the items produced on the coasts and in the southern archipelagos.

Offering the viewer two separate visions, the exhibition invites the viewer first, turned towards the Earth, to detect the Austronesian influence transmitted by the ancestors of the Philippines, visible in the artistic expressions of the mountain-dwellers of the Luzon highlands and Mindanao. The second vision looks to the Sea. It examines the exchanges between the Sultanates of Sulu and Mindanao and the Indians, Chinese and
Indonesians. It is also through these ancient maritime routes that the archipelago's port cities have produced a large amount of stunning gold jewellery.

"Unknown in France, Philippine art is rarely exhibited in its full breadth and diversity. With these unique objects, imbued with meaning, we pay homage to all means of artistic expression. This exhibition is an invitation to discover complex cultures, some of them ahistorical, based on reciprocity."

Constance de Monbrison, exhibition curator

Exhibition overview

To introduce the exhibition, a map and a chronological display present the history of the settlement and conquest of the Philippines by the Austronesians around 3,500 B.C., examining the age and dynamism of the maritime routes in the South China Sea, from the prehistoric epoch onward. Over the course of the centuries these commercial routes were exploited and expanded by different ethnic groups such as the Nusantao, Sama, Luzones and Bugis.

The first major portion of the exhibition is dedicated to the cultural and ritual imprints of the Austronesian world on the arts of the Highlands, where rice fields cling to the contours of the mountainous landscape. It is this staple food which defines the cultural stock of the Cordillera region of Luzon, despite linguistic variation between settlements. Among the divinities native to the Ifugao province in Cordillera, the rice divinities (būlul)
occupy centre stage. Often sculpted in pairs, būlul illustrate the principles of union and of the reciprocity of the masculine and feminine energies in the Ifugao dyadic vision of the world and of their Austronesian ancestors.

The works presented, whether objects from daily life or dedicated to rituals, were born of  societies that value prestige, the accumulation of wealth and the prowess of warriors. Objects such as the būlul or hagabi bench reveal the blessed life of the wealthy noble (Kadangyan) whose power is symbolised and upheld by the organisation of festivals and the creation of sculptures.

The secondary section of the exhibition is dedicated to the textiles, costumes and the personal ornaments of warriors in the Highlands of Mindanao. Such objects were vested in powerful symbolism. In the mythology of the Bagobo ethnic group, wearing a resplendent garment metamorphoses the character and identity of the warrior into Malaki (a mythological hero).

Illustrating the communion between Man and Nature, these first sections interrogate the forms of creation that ensure continuity and balance between the different worlds (the world above, the intermediate world, or limbo, and the underworld). Divinities, external signs of wealth, magic, poetry, personal ornaments and other signs of warrior rank illustrate the history of men under the sign of exchange.

In contrast with the mountains, the coasts and archipelagos of the South saw the rise of the sultanates and of the artistic expressions so beloved of the sophisticated Muslim world. This final part of the exhibition charts the golden age of the port cities and the impact of maritime routes and commercial exchanges on the art of the Philippines. It was due to maritime activity that Indian, Indonesian, Arab and Chinese came to bear
influence on the objects presented.

As a result of its strategic geographical position between Mindanao and Borneo, together with its dynamism, the Sulu archipelago benefited from an active trade network, becoming the richest and most important centre of the Philippines until the 17th century. The vitalism of the forms borrowed from this tradition (flower buds, birds, branches and so on) is reflected in the objects collected in this exhibition. The wearing of quantities of
jewellery, in addition to bodily embellishment, indicates the artistic vitality and technical expertise of gold-working in this region as much as it does the habits and culture of the chiefdoms.


Anthropologist Corazon Alvina is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Museum in Manilla, where she also works as a consultant. She teaches cultural management at the University of Santo Tomas (Manilla) and directed the National Museum of the Philippines from 2001 to 2009. In that role, she initiated many exhibitions and editorial collaborations with European museums. Her commitment to culture is also expressed through the Asia-Europe Museum Network (Asemus), of which she was formerly President.

Art historian Constance de Monbrison is the Head of the Insulindia collections at the musée du quai Branly and participated in the design and execution of the Oceania-Insulindia section, under the direction of Yves Le Fur. In 2008 she curated the exhibition In northern Sumatra: the Batak with Pieter ter Keurs.

Scenography for the exhibition was designed by Gaëlle Seltzer, architect and scenographer, as well as co-director of the Fluo agency.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Spratlys - what every Filipino should know

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This video, published on September 2012 by NTDTV, is an interview with Loida Lewis - Chair of US Pinoys for Good Governance.

Fil-Ams have also protested last July and this video was Ms. Lewis' call to protest

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Philippine Embassy Advisory: Closures for December 2012 and January 2013

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The Philippine Embassy in London will be closed on the following dates:

Monday, 24 December 2012 – Special Holiday (Proclamation No. 361 s.2012)
Tuesday, 25 December 2012 – Christmas Day Wednesday, 26 December 2012 – Boxing Day Monday, 31 December 2012 – Special Holiday (Proclamation No. 295 s.2011)
Tuesday, 1 January 2013 – New Year’s Day

Regular office hours will be observed on Thursday, 27 December 2012 and Friday, 28 December 2012, and from Wednesday, 2 January 2013.

In case of death or detention of a Filipino citizen in the United Kingdom, please contact the Embassy’s emergency mobile phone at 07802790695.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Advisory: Consular Outreach Mission - Newcastle on 6 October 2012

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The Embassy is pleased to announce the holding of its 8th Consular Outreach Mission for 2012 at the following venue:

Date: 6 October 2012, Saturday
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: Park Road Community Centre, Park Road, Elswick, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 7RU
Contact: Mr. Celso 'Bong' Bangayan, President of FilCan (07824338251) and Mrs. Sally Sellers (0788674217) for directions to the venue

Services offered:
  • E-passport applications (by booking with the Embassy from 26 September to 3 October 2012 on a first-book/first-served basis) - please see booking form here
  • One-way travel document applications
  • Reports of birth, marriage, death, divorce
  • Notarial & legalization services (affidavits, SPAs)
  • NBI Form Applications
  • Acceptance of Philippine VISA Applications (Note: no actual VISAs will be issued during the outreach mission)
  • Philippine citizenship retention/re-acquisition
  • Assistance-to-nationals and legal advice regarding Philippine Law
  • SSS, PAG-IBIG and OWWA membership/benefits (OEC issuance)
  • Advice on employment/labor related matters
  • Overseas Absentee Voting registration (please bring a valid passport)
All those who will avail of the services during the Outreach Mission are advised to check the documentary and other requirements at Applicants may likewise download application forms in advance from the same website.

Those who wish to receive their e-Passports, visas to the Philippines, or other documents by Post are advised to submit a self-addressed stamped special delivery envelope with their applications.

Payments for consular services can be made in cash (English currency) or with postal money orders made out to the Philippine Embassy. Personal cheques are not accepted for payment purposes.

The Embassy looks forward to seeing you at the Consular Outreach Mission in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Download the e-passport booking form here