Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo, Madame Linda Lagdameo and the Philippine Embassy officers and staff pose with Senator Joel Villanueva before the start of the reception at The Langham Hotel
10 July 2017 LONDON – The Philippine Embassy in London hosted a diplomatic reception to celebrate the 119th anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence at The Langham Hotel in London on June 23. The evening reception was attended by members of London's diplomatic community and representatives from the Filipino community.
A number of Philippine government officials who were in London on official missions such as Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Senator Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, and Supreme Court Justice Noel Tijam also joined the reception.
The UK government was represented at the reception by UK parliamentarians, civil servants, and diplomats, among others. Mr. Philip Malone of Her Majesty's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) delivered a message on behalf of the UK government.
Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo mentioned the theme for this year’s independence celebration: “Pagbabagong Sama-samang Balikatin.” He said that, "while we celebrate and salute the sacrifices and struggles of our past leaders and forebears who resolutely toiled to attain self-governance and independence, we resolve to achieve the vision of our President Rodrigo Duterte to strengthen old partnerships and build new ones in order that our people will continue to enjoy their freedom and also be freed from the vestiges of poverty, crimes, and corruption."
Formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the UK were established on 4 July 1946. Since then, the two countries have worked tirelessly to foster more robust political, economic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo addresses the guests at The Langham Hotel
Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo (center) and Consul Rommel Romato (third from left) with officers of Philippine Muslim Association (PMAUK).
06 July 2017 – The Filipino Muslim Association in the UK (PMA UK) celebrated the Eid'l Fitr or Hari Raya in London to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio Lagdameo was invited as guest of honor at the annual event.
The celebration recognized outstanding members of the community who have supported the organization since its founding in 2009. Leaders of the group recalled that Ambassador Lagdameo was their first guest of honor for their first Eid celebration held eight years ago.
Ambassador Lagdameo expressed the Philippine Embassy's deepest sympathies to those whose families and loved ones have been affected by the ongoing crisis in Marawi City. He also expressed wishes for the speedy resolution of the conflict, while underlining solidarity with the Muslim community in condemnation of any and all acts of terrorism.
"It is up to each one of us Filipinos, whether at home or abroad, to help bring about change that would empower our people to rise above our predicaments. It is now up to all of us, descendants of heroes and heirs to a glorious legacy, to work together to build a stronger, more stable and more resilient republic where a more caring, more prosperous, and more inclusive community resides. Our ancestors have fought and won for all of us to build a nation. It is now our turn to care for it and keep it strong," Ambassador Lagdameo said.
PMAUK is a confederation of various regions or groups representing Muslim ethnic and cultural communities in Mindanao. It is one of the biggest Filipino community organizations in the UK and among the first groups to mobilize fundraising drive in aid of the victims of the Marawi siege.
Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo greets members of Philippine Muslim Association (PMAUK) as they celebrate Eid’l Fitr in London
AMBASSADOR LAGDAMEO UPDATES JUSTICE TIJAM AND DOJ SECRETARY AGUIRRE ON ASSISTANCE TO FILIPINOS IN UK
22 June 2017 – Ambassador Antonio Manuel R. Lagdameo discusses with Supreme Court Justice Noel G. Tijam (left) and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II (right) the assistance of the Embassy to Filipinos in the United Kingdom especially during security alert situations. Ambassador Lagdameo updated the officials on the assistance to nationals program of the Embassy in the light of recent security incidents and the Grenfell Tower fire in London as well as on UK developments.
The Ambassador welcomed at the Embassy Justice Tijam, Secretary Aguirre and the other members of the Philippine delegation who are in London to participate in the International Workshop on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers hosted by the International Maritime Organization, the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the Seafarers’ Rights International. The workshop will be held at the IMO Headquarters on 23 June 2017.
Justice Tijam will be one of the panellists in the afternoon session on Guidelines on Fair Treatment of Seafarers in the Event of a Maritime Accident. He will join six other international law experts including Sir Kenneth Keith, former Judge of the International Court of Justice and Judge Tom Mensah, first President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Secretary Aguirre would make an intervention on the Philippine laws and regulations to protect and promote the welfare of Filipino seafarers especially those in distress such as marine accidents and abandonment.
The other members of the Philippine Delegation to the workshop are DOJ Undersecretary Erickson Balmes, Undersecretary Claro A. Arellano, Maria Cecilia Tijam, Judicial Staff Head of Justice Tijam, Mr. Gilberto Asuque, Permanent Representative to the IMO and Atty. Jabeth Sena Jepath Dacanay. END