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CANBERRA CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS THE FILIPINO WAY
CANBERRA, Australia – The 13th Pasko sa Canberra or Christmas in Canberra, the biggest annual Filipino festival in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), was held at the Philippine Embassy grounds on 04 December 2016 with around a thousand people in attendance. The event was organized by the Filipino Community Council of the ACT (FCCACT). Read more:
STORIES INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS OF FILIPINO DESCENT SHARED WITH CANBERRA IN CELEBRATION OF 70 YEARS OF PHILIPPINES-AUSTRALIA DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
CANBERRA, Australia – H.E. Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, and First Assistant Secretary Allaster Cox of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) co-hosted the exhibit “Re-imagining Australia: Voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino descent” in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Australia on 28 November 2016 at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). Read more:
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN CANBERRA WEARS THE WHITE RIBBON IN SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
CANBERRA, Australia – On 25 November 2016, the Philippine Embassy was in solidarity with Australia for White Ribbon Day or the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Minister and Consul General Nina P. Cainglet participated in the morning tea hosted by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to raise funds for White Ribbon and Menslink school projects. Read more:
CANBERRA PE COMMENCES OVERSEAS VOTER REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL ELECTIONS
Canberra, 01 December 2016 – The Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Philippine Embassy in Canberra are pleased to inform the public of the resumption of registration/certification of qualified overseas Filipinos for purposes of the 2019 National Election. Applications for registration may be filed from 01 December 2016 until 30 September 2018. Read more:
PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR TO AUSTRALIA SHARES ACHIEVEMENTS IN PHILIPPINES-AUSTRALIA RELATIONS AND PHILIPPINE FOREIGN POLICY IN BRISBANE
Ambassador Calaguian-Cruz shared the achievements of Philippines-Australia relations following 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations celebrated this year. She emphasized the deep and historic people-to-people linkages between the Philippines and Australia. She said both countries recognize that our people-to-people linkages started much earlier than formal relations when Filipino seafarers arrived in the Northern Territory (Darwin), Queensland (Torres Strait) and Western Australia (Broome) in the 1860s to join the pearl rush as divers and processors. Read more:
PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR TO AUSTRALIA AND FILIPINO STUDENTS IN QUEENSLAND CELEBRATE 70 YEARS OF PHILIPPINES-AUSTRALIA RELATIONS
BRISBANE, Australia – H.E. Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, engaged Filipino students in Queensland as a guest speaker in “An Audience with the Ambassador” led by the Queensland Filipino Youth Association, (including FILOZ UQ and Griffith Uni Filipino Students Association - GUFSA), on 31 October 2016 at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane. Read more:
AMBASSADOR CALAGUIAN-CRUZ ATTENDS LAUNCH OF BENNELONG TABLE TENNIS CUP
Canberra, 10 November 2016 - Ambassador Minda Calaguian-Cruz attended today the launch of the Bennelong Cup Table Tennis Competition at the Great Hall of the Australian Parliament House. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched the Cup together with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Present were the Ambassadors of Japan, China and South Korea, and the High Commissioner of New Zealand. The sixth annual Bennelong Table Tennis Cup includes teams from China, Japan, South Korea, Oceania and Australia. Read more:
There is no truth to the rumour circulating in social media that the Philippines and Australia have signed a bilateral agreement allowing Filipino visitors to enter Australia visa free for ninety (90) days.
Similarly, visa regulations for Australians visiting the Philippines remain unchanged. Australians who are traveling to the Philippines for business or tourism purposes are allowed to enter the country without a visa for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they are holders of a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay, and possess a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin or next country of destination.
For stays longer than 30 days, Australians must apply for appropriate visas at the Philippine Embassy in Canberra or at the nearest Philippine Consulate.
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