The Philippine Embassy in the UK’s virtual celebration of the 123rd Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence on 11 June 2021 continues to be lauded for acknowledging and honouring the vital roles and the sacrifices of Filipino nurses and other health care workers and seafarers during the pandemic.
Among the numerous complimentary messages received by the Philippine Embassy in London are the following:
“Dear Ambassador Lagdameo, I congratulate you and all your team for your production of such a creative, stunning and memorable celebration. This online programme was a superb, highly professional mixture of serious reflection, deep emotion and beautiful choreography, making it the best National Day Celebration of any I can recall. All your messages were spot-on. The bow to the indispensable roles of the Philippine healthcare workers and seafarers was perfectly and sensitively delivered; the entertainment was richly representative of all the Philippine talent that gives such joy to those watching and listening and is contagious.” -- Former British Ambassador to the Philippines Paul Dimond
“On behalf of MT Phoenix Admiral Moltank Europe and all Filipino seafarers all over the world, we would like to thank the Philippine Embassy in the United Kingdom for the recognition of the sacrifices by our fellow seafarers despite the pandemic and making us part of this virtual celebration of the 123rd Anniversary of Philippine Independence. Happy Independence Day Philippines.” – Darwin Faj Balilla
“Congratulations to all the team! We were very impressed by the whole production. Happy Independence Day!” -- Brian McCrohan, ASEAN Desk Officer, Asia Pacific Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
“Congratulations to Ambassador Lagdameo + team for a heartfelt celebration of 123rd Philippine Independence Day!!!” – Jose Orive, Executive Director, International Sugar Association
“It was very well-organised, putting together a joyful and informative programme. I enjoyed the whole event, and would like to offer my congratulations on your Independence Day, on behalf of CABI.” – Dr. Qiaoqiao Zhang, Director, Memberships, and Secretary to the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) Council
Travel Advisory | SRRV-Holders are No Longer Required to Present an Entry Exemption Document to Enter the Philippines
The Philippine Embassy informs the public of the following updates on existing travel restrictions to the Philippines:
- The issuance of all 9a single entry visas valid for three (3) months shall continue to require an entry exemption document from the Department.
Basis: IATF Resolution 119
All international flights bound for Mactan-Cebu International Airport shall be diverted to the Ninoy Aquino International Airpot in Manila effective 0001H 29 May 2021 until 2359H 5 June 2021.
One day left until you see the beauty of Philippine flora at the online exhibit entitled, "Philippine Flora: An Online Botanical Art Exhibition" which will run from 29 May 2021 until 29 June 2021 at https://philippineflora.cargo.site/.
The exhibit is a collaboration between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Botanical Art Society. The virtual exhibit opening is on May 29, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. (PH time) via Zoom and will be broadcast on the DFA's official YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/XxBtsvvXJN4. ) and Facebook page. Kindly click this link (https://tinyurl.com/PhilBASFlora20 21Registration ) to register for the virtual exhibit opening.
The online art exhibition, after "Flora de Filipinas", an iconic and comprehensive book about the flora of the Philippines by Father Manuel Blanco, features botanical artworks of Philippine endemic and indigenous flora by Filipino artists.
"Philippine Flora: An Online Botanical Art Exhibition" aims to create awareness about the rich biodiversity of the Philippines, specifically endemic and indigenous flora species. Being one of the megadiverse countries in the whole world, the Philippines takes pride in its more than 10,000 native flora species; fifty percent of these species are endemic, meaning these can only be found in the Philippines.
Apart from reviving the botanical art form in our country, it is the advocacy of the Philippine Botanical Art Society to educate and connect our fellow Filipinos to our native flora by rendering these beautiful species through botanical artworks. In parallel, it aims to raise awareness about these species’ conservation status since most of these are endangered.
"Philippine Flora: An Online Botanical Art Exhibition" is a side event to the Department of Foreign Affairs' event "Fiesta Filipinas: An Online Celebration of Philippine Festivals" which will feature the Flores de Mayo on 29 May 2021, 10:00 a.m. via the DFA's official YouTube channel and Facebook page.