PH Embassy in Warsaw, Filipino Community Celebrates Independence Day
Ambassador-designate to Poland Leah M. Basinang-Ruiz leads the officials and staff of the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw and the Filipino community in singing the National Anthem during a flag-raising ceremony. (Warsaw PE photo)
WARSAW 12 July 2019 — The Philippine Embassy in Warsaw opened up the Embassy grounds on 23 June 2019 and welcomed the Filipino community with a fiesta-like commemoration of the 121st Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence.
Philippine Ambassador-designate to Poland Leah M. Basinang-Ruiz led the celebration with a flag-raising ceremony and reading of Independence Day messages. She took the opportunity to introduce to the Filipino community the new Embassy team, as most had assumed their duties in Warsaw only in recent months. The Embassy also invited Fr. Wojciech Kluj to celebrate Holy Mass during the occasion.
Guests were treated to a salo-salo featuring traditional Filipino cuisine, such as chicken and pork adobo, pancit bihon guisado, lumpiang shanghai, chopsuey, and leche flan. The centerpiece was lechon, a whole roasted pig considered a staple in Philippine fiestas. Filipino community members shared their talents by performing traditional Filipino songs and dances, and displaying their artwork. Consular services were also opened to the guests during the event.
The Filipino community in Poland is still relatively small, currently numbering over a thousand, but is fast-growing due to persistent recruitment of Filipino employees by Polish companies in recent years. The Embassy vowed to work closely with the Filipino community in addressing their needs and concerns, in promoting Philippine interests, and in fostering closer ties between the Filipino and Polish peoples. END
Ambassador-designate Basinang-Ruiz speaks to the Filipino community for the first time, and introduces the new Embassy team in Warsaw.(Warsaw PE photo)
Father Wojciech Kluj celebrates Holy Mass for the Filipino community in celebration of Philippine Independence. (Warsaw PE photo)
Traditional Filipino dishes such as chicken and pork adobo, pancit bihon guisado, lumpiang shanghai, chopsuey, and leche flan are served during the event. The centerpiece is a lechon, a whole roased pig considered a staple in Philippine fiestas. (Warsaw PE photo)