10 June 2015 – The Philippine Embassy in Oslo joined FIL-COM DENMARK and the rest of the Filipino community in their celebration of the 117th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence held at the Skottegårdsskolen, Saltværksvej, Kastrup in Denmark on June 06. Philippine Minister and Consul General Charmaine Rowena C. Aviquivil represented the Embassy during the event.
The event kicked off with a parade around the school grounds, after which the Filipino community organizations made their way to the auditorium for the singing of the Philippine and Danish national anthems, followed by the invocation and blessing for the Filipino community by Fr. Andrew, the new parish priest of Saint Anne Kirke Catholic Church in Copenhagen.
Consul General Aviquivil read the Independence Day messages of President Benigno S. Aquino III and Philippine Ambassador to Denmark Bayani S. Mercado, which dwelt on the theme “Kalayaan 2015: Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot-Kamay na ng Bayan.” In her remarks, Consul General Aviquivil called on the thousands of Filipinos in Denmark to be the govenrment’s partner in pursuing reforms that would be the key for them to attain the progress and prosperity that all Filipinos are aspiring for.
Philippine Honorary Consul General in Copenhagen Poul Krogh extolled the positive qualities and contributions to Danish society of Filipinos in Denmark in his speech. Mr. Eijner Lyduch, a councilor from the Tårnby Kommune married to a Filipina, also had good words to say of the Filipino community in his area.
Throughout the afternoon, Filipinos from various community associations showed off their talents in singing and in folk and modern dancing, and raffle draws and parlor games livened up the program. Copies of the Copenhagen Post Supplement featuring articles on Philippine-Danish relations, the economic outlook of the Philippines, as well as trade, investment and business opportunities in the country, were distributed to the guests. Booths featuring favorite Filipino dishes such as pansit, lumpia, dinuguan, binagoongan, and native delicacies such as puto, sapin-sapin, palitaw and pichi-pichi, among many others, were sampled by both Filipino and Danish guests alike.
The FIL-COM DENMARK celebration was capped by entertainment from the Dynamic Band, featuring Filipino singers, and dancing. END