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

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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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Embassy marks 124th anniversary of Philippine Independence

A flag raising ceremony was held on 12 June 2022 at the Philippine Embassy grounds in Canberra to mark the 124th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.

14 June 2022, CANBERRA – Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega led the Filipino community in Canberra in celebrating the 124th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence on 12 June 2022 through a flag raising ceremony in the Embassy grounds.

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Message of H.E. Ma. Hellen De La Vega on the 124th Anniversary of Philippines Independence

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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

Philippine Embassy, Canberra

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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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Source: Immigration Helpline PH