To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, the Embassy, in coordination with the Australian National University Filipino Association (ANUFA) in Canberra, hosted the presentation of the film “Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio” on Friday, 29 November 2013 at the Manning Clarke Theatre, Australian National University.
A brief background information on Andres Bonifacio, together with the evolution of the KKK Flag, were featured and displayed at the Manning Clarke Theatre.
H.E. Mr. Nelson Davila-Lameda, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and his wife, represented the members of the Diplomatic Corps to the event. Ms. Cecilia Flores, President of the Filipino Community Council of the ACT (FCCACT), headed the Filipino community groups in Canberra. Ms. Riza Halili, on behalf of ANUFA, represented the Filipino students and friends at ANU.
In her message, Ambassador Belen F. Anota expressed heartfelt appreciation to all the people, groups and individuals, who generously extended and continue extending assistance to our kababayans affected by the super typhoon.
ANUFA spearheaded a fundraising effort during the film showing, making an appeal to the generosity of the audience for voluntary contributions to assist the victims of typhoon Haiyan. ANUFA has also undertaken several other fundraising initiatives for Typhoon Haiyan.
First Secretary and Consul Jim Tito San Agustin, who was the master of ceremonies for the event, contextualized the film before it was shown, providing the audience a brief summary of the film.
Mr. Jason S. Lamchek, a PhD candidate at the College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU shared a brief critique on the film, ending on the note that Andres Bonifacio, with his ideals and character, is alive in each in everyone of us.
Consul Grace Anne G. Bulos and Mrs. Sheryl Santiago, wife of Col. Ricardo Santiago (Defence and Armed Forces Attaché), with guitar accompaniment of Mr. Edison Bacalso, interpreted the song composed by Andres Bonifacio entitled “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa”.