Republic of the Philippines
Republic of the Philippines
EMBASSY OF THE PHILIPPINES
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
1 Moonah Place, Yarralumla, ACT 2600, Australia

THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC ON:

Monday, 03 October 2022AU Labor Day

For emergencies requiring assistance from the Embassy, please get in touch with the Embassy’s duty officer at Tel. 0408-735383.

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PH Ambassador meets Filipino Tech Community Canberra

30 September 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega met virtually with the newly established Filipino Tech Community Canberra (FTCC) on 23 September. As part of its efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation on science, technology and innovation, the Embassy of the Philippines in Canberra has been engaging the Filipino STEM community in Australia. In April this year, the Embassy organized an online forum on the Balik Scientist Program of the Department of Science and Technology and in September, the Embassy promoted Filipino maritime advocates.

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ADVISORY ON MOBILE CONSULAR MISSION TO PERTH 7-14 November 2022

28 September 2022 - The Philippine Embassy in Canberra will conduct a Mobile Consular Mission to Perth, Western Australia on 7-14 November 2022 at the FACPI Clubhouse located at 1 Catherine Street, Bedford, WA. The mission will serve passport applicants and administer the oath of allegiance to petitioners for dual citizenship who have received approval letters from the Embassy.

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PH Ambassador meets Minister for Resources Madeleine King MP in Parliament House

26 September 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega met the Minister for Resources, the Hon. Madeleine King MP, on 26 September 2022 in Parliament House. Ms. King is also the Minister for Northern Australia. The Ambassador congratulated the Minister on her election and updated her on the progress and developments in the Philippines-Australia relations. They discussed the strengthening of economic cooperation, including exploring possible engagement on best practices in responsible mining and ensuring environmental protection. Minister King noted the large Filipino community in Western Australia and their significant contribution to the growth of the State.

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EMBASSY PRESENTS PH ARCHIPELAGIC AND MARITIME POLICY TO AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU) STUDENTS

23 September 2022 – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega gave a briefing on 22 September 2022 to Australian National University International Relations students on the Philippinea as an archipelagic and maritime state, held at the Embassy of the Philippines. The lecture coincides with the Philippine celebration of Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANA Mo) in the month of September.

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Philippines highlights role of business in building disaster resilience; cites success of public private partnership

22 September 2022, BRISBANE – Philippine Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) the Honorable Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga reaffirmed the Philippines’ commitment to prioritizing risk reduction and climate action amidst economic and strategic challenges at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR).

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Ambassador Ma. Hellen De La Vega attends the 2022 International Day of Peace Ceremony

21 September 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega attended the 2022 International Day of Peace Ceremony organized by the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin on 21 September 2022 at the Nara Peace Park. The event took stock of initiatives by the local community towards sustaining peace as well as national and global efforts towards sustaining lasting peace around the world. Director Damian Cardona Onses of the UN Information Centre in Canberra also delivered a message from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

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DFA Foreign Service Institute explores collaboration with the Australian Diplomatic Academy

21 September 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega and Director-General Jose Maria A. Cariño of the Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) met the Executive Director of the AU Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Diplomatic Academy (DAC), Allison Duncan, on 19 September 2022.

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H.E. Ma. Hellen De La Vega supports the Alumni Grand Link-Up of Philippine Universities

20 September 2022 – H.E. Ma Hellen De La Vega participated in the pioneering Alumni Grand Link-Up organized by the Ateneo Alumni Association of Australia (AAAA). Alumni from various tertiary institutions in the Philippines like the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, Saint Louis University, Adamson University also attended the event.

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The Philippines and Australia to strengthen cooperation on disaster resilience

20 September 2022, BRISBANE – Philippine Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) the Honorable Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga met Senator the Honorable Murray Watt, Australian Minister for Emergency Management and Head of the Australian Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) on 19 September 2022. Senator Watt also serves as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of Australia.

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Filipino Community in NSW celebrates Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

20 September 2022 – The Filipino Community in Penrith, New South Wales celebrated in person the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia after two years. The celebration started with novena and mass at St. Nicholas of Myra Church and was followed by a fluvial procession and fellowship at the Nepean River.

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The Philippines and the United Nations reaffirm cooperation on disaster risk reduction at regional conference in Australia

19 September 2022, BRISBANE – Philippine Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Honorable Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, met the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDDR), Her Excellency Mami Mizutori, on 18 September in Brisbane in the margins of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR).

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Philippine craft spirits break into Aussie shores

Sydney, 16 September 2022 - Philippine-made craft spirits have been making their way into Aussie shores since 2020 and more are expected to be available across Australia in the coming months, the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry’s overseas office in Sydney announced.

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National Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity (AD/HD) Awareness Week

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Ambassador Ma. Hellen De La Vega meets Hon. Tim Watts, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs

14 September 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega met the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Tim Watts MP, on 14 September 2022 in Parliament House. Mr. Watts is the Federal Member for Gellibrand, Victoria. The Ambassador conveyed the Philippines’ condolences on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She congratulated the Assistant Minister on his election and updated him on the progress and developments in the Philippines-Australia relations. They exchanged views to deepen trade and investment and economic cooperation, and discussed key areas of political and security cooperation to advance the bilateral partnership.

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Mobile consular mission in Brisbane served over 700 Filipinos

CANBERRA, Australia (13 September 2022) – The Embassy of the Philippines in Canberra completed a five-day mobile consular mission in Brisbane, Queensland on 5 to 9 September 2022.

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Philippine Embassy launches “The Shadowed Garden” by Palanca Awardee Luwalhati Alvero Kendrick

09 September 2022 – H.E. Ma. Hellen De La Vega hosted the book launch of “The Shadowed Garden,” a collection of poetry by Ms. Luwalhati Alvero Kendrick on 08 September 2022. Ms. Kendrick won the prestigious Don Carlos Palanca Award for poetry in 1975 before migrating to Australia.

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Ambassador De La Vega celebrates 25th Barrio Fiesta Festival in Darwin, Northern Territory

01 September 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Barrio Fiesta Festival on 27 August 2022 at the prestigious Darwin Waterfront, a popular and central area for cultural events in Darwin, Northern Territory. Dubbed as “Hala Bira”, the fun-filled Barrio Fiesta showcased a Philippine village, Filipino food stalls, a street parade and a cultural show featuring Filipino artists based in Darwin and in Adelaide, South Australia. In the evening, a concert featuring Filipino multi-awarded singer KZ Tandingan was held.

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“Discover Your Love Affair with Filipino Flavors”

31 August 2022 – DISCOVER YOUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH FILIPINO FLAVORS. International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, is back to offer an interactive and multi-sensory food experience on 22-24 September 2022 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

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Ambassador Ma. Hellen De La Vega and Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell commit to strengthening bilateral economic relations

31 August 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega met the Minister for Trade and Tourism and Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon. Don Farrell on 30 August 2022 in Parliament House. Minister Farrell congratulated the Ambassador for the successful conduct of the Pacific Business Mission held on 15-19 August 2022 in the Philippines. They discussed the shared objective to strengthen trade and investment and looked forward to advancing the historic and dynamic relations of the Philippines and Australia.

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Philippine Embassy joins ASEAN Day Celebration in Canberra

30 August 2022, CANBERRA – The ASEAN Committee in Canberra (ACC) hosted a reception on 24 August at Hyatt Hotel Canberra to celebrate ASEAN Day. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) observed its 55th anniversary on 08 August 2022.

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Ambassador De La Vega meets DFAT Deputy Secretary Chan

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Australian business delegates explore opportunities in Manila, Clark and Subic

25 August 2022, CANBERRA – Over 40 business delegates from across Australia representing the sectors of renewable energy, manufacturing, mining, tourism, property development, agribusiness, banking and finance, education to IT-BPM visited Manila, Clark and Subic and engaged in meetings with special economic zones and Philippine business on 15 to 19 August 2022. The governments of South Australia and Victoria were also represented with the participation of the Hon Zoe Bettison MP, Minister for Tourism and Multicultural Affairs of South Australia, and Ms. Rebeca Hall, Victorian Commissioner to Southeast Asia.

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Visit of the Family of the Late Filseafarer Nicomedes T. Sasana to Vanuatu

17 August 2022. Consul General Florentino Serrano received the family of the late OFW Nicomedes T. Sasana at the Philippine Honorary Consulate General’s office in Port Vila on 15 August 2022. Mrs. Ruth Jeane Sasana, together with daughters Nicole Laarni and Karen Nicole, paid a courtesy visit to Consul General and Mrs. Serrano to personally thank them for their assistance to the family and to the orderly burial of the late Sasana in 2021.

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ADVISORY ON MOBILE CONSULAR MISSION TO BRISBANE

11 AUGUST 2022 - The Philippine Embassy in Canberra will conduct a Mobile Consular Mission to Brisbane, Queensland on 5 to 9 September 2022 at Eatons Hill Hotel, 646 S Pine Road Eatons Hill QLD 4037. The mission will serve passport applicants and administer the oath of allegiance to petitioners for dual citizenship.

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Atty. Sheryll L. Gabutero Appointed as Philippine Honorary Consul to Queensland

08 August 2022 – H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, administered the oath of office to Atty. Sheryll L. Gabutero as Philippine Honorary Consul to Queensland on 08 August 2022.

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PH Consulate, La Trobe Uni ink pact to support Philippine Studies Program

DEED OF GIFT. Philippine Ambassador to Australia, Maria Hellen De La Vega, center; Dr. Raul Sanchez Urribarri, left, senior lecturer at La Trobe University; and Consul General Maria Lourdes Salcedo, right, present the newly signed Deed of Gift signed between the La Trobe and the Philippine Consulate General in Melbourne, which formalizes the turnover of the donation from the Philippine Government of P5 million in support of the Philippine Studies Program at the University. The signing ceremony took place last July 30 at the Consulate’s offices in Melbourne (photo courtesy of Mr. Angelito Valdez).

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Filipinos in Victoria "Meet and Greet the Ambassador"

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Ambassador De La Vega meets Mr. Steve Georganas MP

Mr. Steve Georganas MP and Ambassador Hellen De La Vega

05 August 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega met Mr. Steve Georganas MP, Member for Adelaide, at Parliament House in Canberra on 04 August 2022. The Ambassador thanked Mr. Georganas for his support for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Philippines-Australia relations in 2021. Mr. Georganas was a member of the Australia/Philippines Parliamentary Group in the 46th Parliament. He also spoke on the floor in support of the motion to recognize that 2021 marks 75 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries introduced by the Honorable Ed Husic MP in November 2021, now Minister for Industry and Science.

Mr. Georganas talked about the hardworking and vibrant Filipino community in his electorate. He said it is important for the Philippines and Australia to continue enhancing people to people connections and two-way trade. -- END

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Ambassador De La Vega meets Mr. Luke Gosling MP

05 August 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega met Mr. Luke Gosling MP, Member for Solomon, at Parliament House in Canberra on 04 August 2022. Mr. Gosling served as the Vice Chair of the Australia/Philippines Parliamentary Group in the 46th Parliament.

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"Mga Kuwentong Pagkain: Filipino Food Stories from Around the World."

26 July 2022 – MGA KUWENTONG PAGKAIN (MKP): FILIPINO FOOD STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD is a project of the Mama Sita Foundation (MSF) as a way to preserve and promote the Philippine culinary heritage, echoing the lifelong advocacy of Teresita “Mama Sita'' Reyes. In celebration of the continued success of previous Mga Kuwentong Pagkain contests, MSF is now accepting entries from anyone who has a Filipino food story to tell.

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Statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique A. Manalo on the 6th Anniversary of the Award on the South China Sea Arbitration

12 July 2022 - Today we commemorate the 6th anniversary of the Award on the South China Sea Arbitration. More than a historic milestone whose value lies in its commemorative significance, we recall 12 July 2016 as the day that affirmed to the community of nations that the rule of law prevails, and that stability, peace and progress can only be attained when founded on a rules-based legal order on the oceans, as it should be everywhere else.

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Ambassador De La Vega visits the Berrimah Export Yards in Darwin

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Ambassador De La Vega visits the Port of Darwin

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Ambassador De La Vega visits the Memorial Wall of the Allied Fallen and Defence of Darwin Museum

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Philippine Ambassador renews Philippines and Northern Territory ties with the Lord Mayor of Darwin

06 July 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia paid a courtesy call on The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Darwin, the Honourable Kon Vatskalis at the Mayoral Chambers on 29 June 2022.

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Amb. De La Vega briefed on employment opportunities in the Northern Territory

06 July 2022, CANBERRA – Migration NT Director Pompea Sweet and Executive Director Tracy Clark of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade gave a briefing to Philippine Ambassador Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega on 28 June 2022. They informed her of the Northern Territory’s current need to fill workforce shortages in healthcare, construction, automotive industry, tourism/hospitality, and education sectors. Migration NT is instrumental in global work attraction campaigns and awareness providing migration options for workers and business investors.

Ambassador De La Vega informed Director Sweet that the Philippines has a matured overseas deployment program and could assist the Northern Territory in its workforce needs. She introduced Labor Attache Felicitas Bay to progress discussions with NT on this matter. --END

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Ambassador De La Vega promotes education cooperation on meeting with Charles Darwin University

06 July 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen De La Vega met Charles Darwin University Vice Chancellor and President Professor Scott Bowman on 28 June 2022 at the Charles Darwin University (CDU). He was accompanied by Vice President for Global and External Relations Jenny Roberts and CDU Global Director Joanne Crystal.

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Ambassador De La Vega meets with Northern Territory Chief Minister

06 July 2022, CANBERRA – Northern Territory Chief Minister The Honourable Natasha Fyles MLA met Ambassador Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega at her office at Parliament House Darwin on 28 June 2022. The Chief Minister expressed her appreciation for the strong relationship between the Philippines and Australia and hope that it will continue for years to come. She discussed the current workforce needs and possible employment placements for Filipinos in the Northern Territory in the field of health services and agribusiness, among others.

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Ambassador De La Vega visits Paspaley Pearls in Darwin

06 July 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega was provided a tour of the Paspaley Showroom and Workshop at the Charles Darwin Centre on 28 June 2022. Paspaley is one of the world’s leading producers of cultured pearls. Known for their high quality and luxury pearls, Paspaley employs Filipino workers including pearl graders.

The pearl industry in the Northern Territory played an important role in initiating people-to-people linkages between the Philippines and Australia with the arrival of the first Filipinos in the 1860s as pearl divers. Known as the Manilamen, they made lasting social and economic contributions in Darwin, Broome and Torres Strait where they first settled.--END

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Ambassador De La Vega visits the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin

06 July 2022, CANBERRA – Professor Leonard (Len) Notaras AO, Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) welcomed Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega and her delegation on 28 June 2022 to the NCCTRC Headquarters where they were taken on a tour of the facility and briefed on the organization’s evolution.

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Philippine Ambassador's meet and greet with the Filipino Community in Darwin

06 July 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega met the Filipino community in Darwin, Northern Territory on 27 June 2022 at the Filipino Community Centre.

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Ambassador De La Vega engages visiting AFP Officers on PH-AU partnership

06 July 2022 – The members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff Course (AFPCGSC) Class 70 paid a courtesy visit on H.E. Ma. Hellen De La Vega on 05 July 2022 in Canberra, Australia.

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Philippines declared a priority for engagement by the Northern Territory Government

Ambassador De La Vega (fourth from left) received a comprehensive briefing from officials of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade of the Northern Territory Government on 27 June 2022.

01 July 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega met with officials from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade of the Northern Territory Government at the Charles Darwin Centre on 27 June 2022. Strategy and Policy General Manager Mr. Luis Da Rocha gave a briefing on the economy and investment opportunities in the Territory. Strategic Engagement Executive Director Ms. Wendy Pritchard gave an overview of the Northern Territory’s international engagement and trade.

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The Philippine Embassy in Australia joins the Filipino Community in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in their celebration of the 124th Anniversary of Philippine Independence

29 June 2022 – The Philippine Embassy joined the Filipino community in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in their celebration of the 124th Anniversary of Philippine Independence held on 25 June 2022.

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161st Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, commemorated

27 June 2022 – The Philippine Embassy in Canberra Australia celebrated the 161st Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal with the unveiling of Rizal’s bust at the Embassy grounds and the chartering of Kababaihang Rizalista (KRI), Canberra Chapter on 24 June 2022.

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Philippines makes contribution to Tonga Relief Fund

22 June 2022, CANBERRA – In a simple ceremony held on 21 June 2022 at the Embassy of the Philippines in Canberra, H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega turned-over to Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho, High Commissioner of Tonga in Australia, the contribution of the Philippines to the Fakalikutonga Recovery Fund. This Fund was established in response to the devastation caused by the volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga in January this year.

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Narromine Shire Mayor presented economic opportunities to PH Ambassador

22 June 2022 – The Mayor of Narromine Shire Council, Mayor Craig Davies, called on H.E. Ma. Hellen De La Vega on 21 June 2022 to discuss possible cooperation between the Philippines and the Narromine Shire Council in New South Wales.

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Ambassador De La Vega attends art exhibit of Filipino victims of domestic violence; supports community initiative for victim empowerment

20 June 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega attended Meriendahan 2022 on 18 June 2022 at the Leo Kelly Arts Centre in Blacktown, New South Wales.

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Ambassador De La Vega Commemorates the 161st Anniversary of the Birth of Dr. Jose P. Rizal in Campbelltown

Left photo: Ambassador Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega with Consul Emmanuel Donato Guzman hoisting the Philippine flag. Right photo: Ambassador De La Vega (fifth from left) and Consul Guzman (fourth from right) with Campbelltown City officials and Filipino community leaders at the Rizal Monument, Rizal Park in Campbelltown, New South Wales.

20 June 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega joined Campbelltown City officials and the Filipino community in commemorating the 161st Anniversary of the birth of Dr. Jose P. Rizal on 19 June 2022 at Rizal Park in Campbelltown, New South Wales.

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Philippine Ambassador to Australia Joins Filipino Communities in New South Wales in Commemorating the 124th Anniversary of Philippine Independence Day

17 June 2022 – H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega joined the Filipino community in New South Wales in celebrating the 124th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence on 12 and 13 June 2022.

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PH exports first shipment of uncooked shrimps to Australia

08 June 2022, Sydney – The Philippines’ first shipment of uncooked shrimps to Australia arrived at the Port of Melbourne on May 30.

The initial 20 fcl shipment of raw peeled and deveined (RPD) Vannamei shrimps was made possible by Fisher Farms, Inc (FFI), with two more shipments expected to arrive in Australia in June and July.

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Ambassador De La Vega visited San Miguel Yamamura site in Margaret River

Mr. Wayne Breguet, SANECTOR General Manager, explains the bottling process to Ambassador De La Vega at the SANECTOR bottling and packaging plant in Margaret River. Looking on is San Miguel Yamamura Australasia Managing Director Rene Cabrera.

06 June 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega visited the SANECTOR bottling and packaging site in Margaret River in Western Australia on 01 June 2022 upon the invitation of San Miguel Yamamura Australasia (SMYA) Managing Director Rene Cabrera. Mr. Cabrera also serves as President of the Australia Philippines Business Council.

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Ambassador De La Vega asked WA government and business to boost commercial ties with the Philippines

Ambassador De La Vega was a keynote speaker at the reception hosted by the Australia Philippines Business Council on 31 May 2022 at the Perth Townhall.

06 June 2022, CANBERRA – In a business reception held on 31 May 2022 at the Perth Townhall, Philippine Ambassador to Australia H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega said that the Philippines has surpassed its pre-pandemic GDP level with 8.3 percent GDP growth recorded in the first quarter of 2022. She also underscored the opportunities that the 110 million mostly young and digital population of the Philippines has to offer to Australian business. The Australia Philippines Business Council organized a reception to commemorate 75 years of diplomatic relations of the Philippines and Australia in 2021.

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Filipino Shop in Perth serves as hub for Filipino migrants and workers

Ambassador Hellen De La Vega (3rd from left) visited Ms. Melissa Aguasa (4th from left), owner of Melissa’s Filipino Shop and Kusina Republik in Huntingdale, Western Australia.

06 June 2022, CANBERRA – Melissa’s Filipino Shop in Huntingdale, Western Australia has become the go to place of Filipino migrants, workers and students in Western Australia for their grocery needs and other services. Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega visited Ms. Melissa Aguasa, the owner of Melissa’s Filipino Shop, Breadtime Bakeshop and Kusina Republik on 31 May 2022 during her visit to Western Australia. Melissa’s Filipino Shop, which sells food and other products from the Philippines, was awarded in the 28th Belmont and WA Small Business Awards in October 2021.

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PH brand Potato Corner thrives in Perth

Ambassador Hellen De La Vega (4th from left) visited Ms. Eilene Joy Brazi (5th from left) and her Potato Corner franchise at Westfield Booragoon in Western Australia.

06 June 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine brand Potato Corner, the world’s best flavored French fries, has been serving the Australian market in Perth since 2021. Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega visited one of the Potato Corner franchises located at Westfield Booragoon on 31 May 2022..

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Ambassador De La Vega meets Perth-based CEOs on developments in the Philippines

Philippine Honorary Consul Virma Symons (rightmost) and Ambassador De La Vega (second from right) discussed developments in the Philippines with Perth-based CEOs on 31 May 2022 at the Pan Pacific Perth.

06 June 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega met business leaders in Perth on 31 May 2022 to brief them on developments in the Philippines including the conduct of elections and the pace of economic recovery in the country.

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PH Ambassador Witnessed MOU signing of APBC and Murdoch University

Standing left to right: DFAT WA State Director Sally Dawkins, Ambassador De La Vega, Philippine Honorary Consul Virma Symons, APBC Vice President for WA Louisa Cotter, Harry Butler Institute Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Simon McKirdy. Seated left to right: APBC President Rene Cabrera and Professor Andrew Deeks

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Ambassador De La Vega celebrated PH-AU Friendship Day with Filipino community in Perth

Ambassador Hellen De La Vega addressed the leaders of the Filipino community on 30 May 2022 at the Filipino Australian Club of Perth Inc (FACPI) clubhouse in Perth, Western Australia.

06 June 2022, CANBERRA – In celebration of the Philippines Australia Friendship Day in May, Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega met the Filipino community in Perth on 30 May 2022 at the FACPI clubhouse. Presidential Proclamation 1282 series of 2016 declared 22 May of each year as Philippines-Australia Friendship Day.

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Two Filipinas are Finalists in the Prestigious NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Merlinda Bobis and Eunice Andrada, both Filipino-Australian writers, at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards on 16 May 2022 in Sydney.

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Philippine Immigration Advisory - Revised Entry, Testing and Quarantine Guidelines for all Arriving Passengers

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Business opportunities in digital transformation in ASEAN

Left to right: Ms. Kate Pounder, CEO of Tech Council of Australia; Ambassador De La Vega; Mr. David Fodor, Amazon Web Services; Ms. Michelle Guthrie, Chair TRAVLR/Director, StarHub; Ms. Marina Pullin, Founder/Director, Jungal; Mr. Voincent Maquinad, Bukalapak Indonesai at the Australia-ASEAN Business Forum on 23 May in Melbourne.

26 May 2022, CANBERRA – Speaking at the Australia-ASEAN Business Forum in Melbourne on 23 May 2022, Ambassador Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega discussed the rapid digital transformation in Southeast Asia and the significant opportunities it offers to Australian business.

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PH Embassy Conducts Annual Darwin Mobile Consular Mission

The Mobile Consular Mission in Darwin processed 304 passport applications from 17 – 19 May 2022

24 May 2022 – During the Mobile Consular Mission in Darwin conducted from 17-19 May 2022, the Philippine Embassy in Canberra processed 304 passport applications and administered the oath of allegiance to 14 Filipinos who reacquired their Filipino citizenship through Republic Act No. 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003.

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Australia’s Macquarie Bank sees PH economic growth for 2022 intact at 6.2%

Brisbane, Queensland, 12 May 2022 - Australia’s Macquarie Bank is optimistic Philippine economic growth for 2022 will be intact at 6.2% citing the reopening of the economy post-Covid-19 and post-election will likely see consumption return.

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IFEX Philippines is back at the World Trade Center on 22-24 September 2022

Photo credit: CITEM

17 May 2022, CANBERRA – The Philippines’ largest food trade show, International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, is back to offer a physical, interactive, and multi-sensory experience as it brings together Filipino exhibitors and local and international buyers on 22-24 September 2022 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila. See, feel, and taste uniquely Filipino food products and ingredients. Learn about the latest food trends and connect with potential business partners. IFEX Philippines is the country’s biggest international trade exhibition on the Philippines’ specialty food and healthy food products. Interested parties may register through IFEX Connect. -- END

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Enhanced cooperation seen between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

PHOTO: A high-level delegation to Melbourne led by Dr. Rowena Guevara, Undersecretary for Research and Development (front, 6th from right) and Dr. Leah Buendia, Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation (front, 4th from left) was facilitated by Melbourne PCG.. Also in photo are Dr Reynaldo Ebora, Executive Director, DOST-PCAARRD; Engr Ninaliza Escorial, Deputy Executive Director, DOST-PCIEERD; Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director, DOST-PCHRD; Dr. Josette T. Biyo, Director, Science Education Institute (SEI); Mr. Paolo Samoza, International Technology Cooperation Unit, DOST-ITCU; Mr. Elmer Pandanan; Project Officer, DOST-ITCU; Consul General Maria Lourdes Salcedo, Consul Jan Sherwin P. Wenceslao, Melbourne PCG; Dr. David Pardoe, Senior Manager for Partnerships and Industry Engagement for STEM, RMIT; Dr. Mary Johnson, Research Fellow of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT, and other senior members of the academe in RMIT.

20 April 2022, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – The Philippine Consulate General in Melbourne facilitated the visit of a high-level delegation from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to Melbourne, as part of the DOST’s Scientific Visit Program to Australia.

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Ms. Carmen A. Garcia Appointed as Philippine Honorary Consul to South Australia

H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, administers the oath of office of Ms. Carmen A. Garcia as Philippine Honorary Consul to South Australia on 29 March 2022. [Read more…]

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PH Ambassador and MPs join Filipino celebration of the
Feast of St. Joseph

Top: (Left) Fr. Reginald Lavilla, MSP Chaplain Coordinator of Filipino Catholic Chaplaincy, Diocese of Parramatta. (Right) Filipino community in New South Wales at the Mass in honor of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, on 20 March 2022 in Blacktown, NSW.
Bottom: Ms. Michel Rowland MP (5th from left), Mr. Ed Husic MP (6th from left), main celebrant Fr. Dado Haber (7th from left), Amb. Ma Hellen De La Vega (8th from left), and Consul Manny Guzman (9th from left) at the celebration of the feast of St. Joseph organized by the Filipino community in New South Wales .

21 March 2022 – The Filipino Community in New South Wales celebrated the annual Diocesan Fiesta in Honor of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary on 20 March 2022 at Nagle College in Blacktown NSW.
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Executive Program to Strengthen Cultural Cooperation Signed at the 2nd PH-AU Foreign Ministry Consultations

Philippine Ambassador to Australia H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega and Australian Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Steven J. Robinson, AO sign the 2022-2026 Executive Programme of the Philippines-Australia 1977 Cultural Agreement, witnessed by Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs Neal Imperial (second from left), Australian DFAT First Assistant Secretary Ridwaan Jadwat (second from left), NCCA Executive Director Oscar G. Casaysay (leftmost) and Australian Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Richard Sisson (rightmost). (Photo by DFA-OPCD Philip Fernandez)

PASAY CITY, 01 March 2022— The Philippines, represented by Philippine Ambassador to Australia H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, and Australia, represented by Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Steven J. Robinson, AO, reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cultural cooperation with the signing of the Executive Program (2022-2026) under the 1977 Cultural Agreement between the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Australian Office for the Arts on 28 February 2022, following the conclusion of the 2nd PH-AU Foreign Ministry Consultations.
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PH, AU Reaffirm Commitment to Elevate Ties at 2nd Foreign Ministry Consultations in Manila

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs Neal Imperial and Australian DFAT Southeast Asia Maritime Division First Assistant Secretary Ridwaan Jadwat led the Philippines-Australia 2nd Foreign Ministry Consultations (FMC) in Manila on 28 February 2022.

PASAY CITY, 28 February 2022—The Philippines and Australia held the 2nd Foreign Ministry Consultations (FMC) in Manila, the first held face-to-face after the virtual, inaugural one held on 04 August 2020. The FMC was co-chaired by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs Neal Imperial and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) First Assistant Secretary Ridwaan Jadwat as part of the combined efforts of both countries to bolster ties across all areas.
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Filipino Language School Officers call on PH Ambassador

Ambassador Ma. Hellen De La Vega (5th from left) and Consul General Aian Caringal (left most) with Filipino Language School officers led by Mr. Arnel Basas (3rd from right).

10 February 2022 – The new officers of the Filipino Language School (FLS) in Canberra led by Mr. Arnel Basas took their Oath of Affirmation before Ambassador Ma. Hellen De La Vega and Consul General Aian Caringal on 09 February 2022 at the Embassy of the Philippines.
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Sto. Niño Mass (Sinulog) Celebrated at St. Christopher Cathedral

Photo credits: Ms. Cecilia Flores

07 February 2022 – Archbishop Christopher Prowse of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn led the celebration of the feast of Sto. Niño (Holy Child) in Canberra on 06 February 2022.
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PUBLIC ADVISORY

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SCHEDULE OF FEE FOR PASSPORT EXTENSION SERVICE

04 February 2022 - The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila has implemented a change in the schedule of fee for passport extension services. Effective 07 February 2022, the following will apply for passport extension services:

Extension of Validity of ePassport     A$45

The schedule of fees for all consular services of the Philippine Embassy in Canberra are available in: https://www.philembassy.org.au/consular/schedule-of-fees.

For queries, please email passport@philembassy.org.au. END


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Bureau of Immigration Advisory

05 June 2021
BI clarifies Retiree’s Visa Holders allowed to enter without exemption docs

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that aliens holding the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) issued by the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) are now allowed to enter the country.

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