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5th SONA - 28 July 2014
Maraming salamat po. Salamat po. Maupo po tayong lahat. Salamat pong muli. Maupo po tayo.
Bise Presidente Jejomar Binay; dating Pangulong Fidel Valdez Ramos; Senate President Franklin M. Drilon at ang mga miyembro ng Senado; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. at mga miyembro ng Kamara de Representante; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at ang ating mga mahistrado ng Korte Suprema; mga kagalang-galang na kagawad ng kalipunang diplomatiko; mga miyembro ng Gabinete; mga opisyal ng lokal na pamahalaan; mga kasapi ng militar, pulis, at iba pang kawani mula sa ating unipormadong hanay; mga kapwa ko nagseserbisyo sa taumbayan; at sa aking mga Boss, ang mga minamahal kong kababayan: magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat.
Ito po ang aking ikalimang SONA, isa na lamang ang natitira. May kasabihan po tayo: Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makararating sa paroroonan. Kaya marapat lang po siguro tayong magbalik-tanaw:
Noon, sa sitwasyon natin: Para bang kahibangan ang mangarap. May burukrasyang walang saysay, patung-patong ang tongpats, at bumubukol ang korupsyon sa sistema. Naturingan tayong “Sick Man of Asia.” Ang ekonomiya natin, matamlay; ang industriya, manipis. Walang kumpiyansang mamuhunan sa atin pong bansa. Ang resulta: kakarampot ang trabahong nalilikha. Dinatnan nating tigang sa pag-asa ang mamamayang Pilipino. Marami sa atin ang sumuko at napilitang makipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa. Nakayuko na lamang nating tinanggap: Talagang wala tayong maaasahan sa ating pamahalaan at lipunan.
The public is advised that the Philippine Embassy will be closed on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan).
In case of an emergency, the Embassy Duty Officer may be reached at Mobile Number (61) 0408 735 383.
TEMPORARY CESSATION OF OPERATIONS OF THE PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The Philippine Embassy wishes to inform the public that the Philippine Consulate General in Adelaide, South Australia will temporarily cease operations beginning Monday, 21 July 2014.
Consular clients from South Australia are advised to contact the Philippine Embassy in Canberra for service and assistance.
VOTE VIGAN FOR NEW 7 WONDERS CITIES
The Provincial Office of Vigan City has requested the Embassy’s assistance in promoting the heritage city of Vigan to be one of the new seven wonder cities of the world.
The heritage city of Vigan is the lone candidate from the Philippines vying for the spot. A total of 28 cities are contending for the seven slots.
Additional information on the mechanics for the online voting, as well as a brief profile of the countries nominated, panelist and the organization can be accessed through www.new7wonders.com/en/cities. To vote, please log in at www.n7w.com/en/cities.
This online search earned the Puerto Princesa Underground River its slot as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012, which spurred tourist arrivals, business opportunities and employment in the Philippines.
Two elimination rounds are set in July and in October 2014 and the New Seven Wonder Cities of the World will be announced on 07 December 2014.
The Embassy wishes to encourage all our kababayans and friends to support and vote for the Heritage City of Vigan as one of the new seven wonder cities of the world.
PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY BALL BY THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF THE ACT, INC.
Ambassador Belen F. Anota graced the Philippine Independence Day Celebration Ball organized by the Filipino Community Council of the ACT, Inc. (FCCACT) to commemorate the 116th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on 14 June 2014 at the Southern Cross Club, Phillip.
The FCCACT is the peak umbrella organization comprising nine (9) Filipino groups in Canberra and presently headed by Ms. Cecille Flores.
Ambassador Anota congratulated FCCACT and all its Filipino community members for successfully organizing this year’s Independence Day Ball. She expressed appreciation to Ms. Perlita Swinbank, FCCACT’s Immediate and Past President, for encouraging harmonious relationship and camaraderie among Filipino groups in the ACT.
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Commission on Filipinos Overseas