Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anna M. Feria calls on Associação Portuguese de Apoio à Vitima in Portugal (APAV) President, Dr. João Lazaro
Philippine Ambassador Celia Anna M. Feria together with the President of Associação Portuguese de Apoio à Vitima in Portugal (APAV), Dr. João Lazaro
11 November 2020, Lisbon – Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anna M. Feria visited the headquarters of the Associação Portuguese de Apoio à Vitima (APAV) in Lisbon, Portugal and met with its President, Dr. João Lazaro, on 11 November 2020.
Ambassador Feria, on behalf of the Philippine Embassy officers and staff, extended her appreciation to APAV for recently assisting a Filipino family, who were victims of abuse. APAV is a non-profit and voluntary organization that networks with public and other private institutions to help find and provide temporary shelter, food, legal and security protection to victims of criminal offenses.
During the visit, the APAV President gave Ambassador Feria a quick tour of their head office located in Lisbon and also provided updates on the ongoing programs and projects of APAV. Ambassador Feria took the opportunity to convey to APAV the current situation of the Filipino community in Portugal and how the Philippine Embassy continues to conduct various Gender and Development (GAD) programs to protect and enhance the welfare and potential of each Filipino in Portugal. The Ambassador also expressed the assurances of the Embassy in cooperating with APAV in promoting and advancing programs and projects that will further support victims of crime and violence not only in providing emergency assistance but also in providing support towards their recovery and rebuilding their lives.
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN PORTUGAL ORGANIZED AN ONLINE COOKING CONTEST, PANLASANG PINOY SA PORTUGAL, WITH THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY
Panlasang Pinoy sa Portugal, an online cooking contest aimed to promote Philippine gastronomic flavors using Philippine manufactured food products and ingredients, while Filipinos in Portugal were on home quarantine.
21 July 2020, Lisbon – As part of its month-long celebration of the 122nd Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence, and in line with its continuing cultural and economic diplomacy initiatives, the Philippine Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal organized an online cooking contest, from 12 June to 12 July 2020 with the Filipino community in Portugal which was entitled, Panlasang Pinoy sa Portugal. The online cooking contest aimed to promote Philippine gastronomic flavors using Philippine manufactured food products and ingredients, while Filipinos in Portugal were on home quarantine.
The mechanics of the online contest were simple: 1) It was open to all Filipinos residing in Portugal. 2) Participants must cook a Filipino dish or a fusion of Filipino-Portuguese dish using Philippine manufactured food products and ingredients available in Portugal. 3) Food entries must be supported with photos of the ingredients used, photos and videos while preparing and cooking the dish, and a feedback (in written or video format) from a Portuguese friend, colleague or employer.
A total of 18 food entries, which included dishes like pork adobo, pansit palabok, pork barbeque, pinapaitan, beef pochero, pinoy style spaghetti, pork mechado, kare-kare, ube cheese pandesal, sumang malagkit, ube biko, pandan jelly, chocolate mousse, sisig de bacalhau and pan de bacalhau, were received through the Facebook page of the Philippine Embassy in Portugal. The two latter dishes are a fusion of Filipino-Portuguese recipes using, Bacalhau, the ubiquitous Portuguese dried and salted cod fish.
Winners won based on the number of Philippine manufactured food products and ingredients used, as well as the presentation of the dish. Panalong Panalong Salo Salo by Brian De Lima Ambulo and Pancit Palabok by Gina Padua won the first, second prizes respectively. While third place was a tie between the Pork Adobo by Kim Mangrobang (Philippine elite triathlon athlete training in Rio Maior, Portugal) and Ube Cheese Pandesal by Emma Lyn Lutero.
Three specific entries, Sisig Bacalhau by Chelita Medel, Pan de Bacalhau by Lawrence Pascua and Mousse Filipinas by Jaymalyn Galiza Day, caught the attention of Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anna M. Feria making them the recipients of the Ambassador’s award for innovation and uniqueness. The three winners also received a special video commendation from the well-known Filipino celebrity Chef Sau del Rosario, who praised the cooks behind these recipes for being innovative and different from the rest of the entries.
Most of the Philippine manufactured food products and ingredients used in the online home cooking contest were Mama Sita cooking mixes (Palabok, BBQ, Kare-Kare, Pinoy-style spaghetti and Pinapaitan), Super-Q noodles, Silver Swan soy sauce, Datu Puti vinegar, Lorins fish sauce, Eden cheese, Mang Tomas Lechon sauce, Magic Sarap mix, Ajinomoto ginisa mix, Gina mango juice. All of which are available from the two (2) Filipino stores as well as the bigger Asian food stores in Lisbon while some were purchased online from online (Facebook sellers) stores in Portugal and from as far as Madrid.
Through this online cooking contest, Philippine Ambassador Celia Anna M. Feria took the opportunity to encourage the Filipino community to continue using and purchasing Philippine manufactured food products and ingredients in cooking Filipino dish or in innovating a Portuguese dish. The cooking contest gave the Filipino community motivation to integrate Philippine manufactured food products and ingredients as part of their home cooking chores. It was also conceived so that Filipinos who work in the many Portuguese households could incorporate the purchase of Filipino made and manufactured ingredients for that household.
The “new normal” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic led the Philippine Embassy in Portugal to find more innovative ways to engage with the Filipino community. By using the cost free and available online and digital platforms, the Philippine Embassy in Portugal is able to continue its advocacies to generate more interest in Philippine cuisine and the use of Philippine manufactured food products and ingredients among the Portuguese public that would later result to greater demand and availability of more authentic Filipino food ingredients and products into the local Portuguese market.
Pansalang Pinoy sa Portugal food entries can be accessed through the official Facebook page of the Philippine Embassy at https://www.facebook.com/PHLinPortugal.
PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR TO PORTUGAL LED THE 53RD FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF ASEAN THROUGH A SPECIAL WEB RADIO MUSIC FEATURE
One of the first initiatives of the Philippines as Chair of the ASEAN Committee in Lisbon, Portugal (ACLP) starting 01 July 2020 was a two-hour special feature of the music of the ten ASEAN countries organized together with the Portuguese international web radio station, CBFwebRadio to commemorate the 53rd Founding Anniversary of ASEAN. The special feature also aimed to promote and share the rich and diverse musical traditions of ASEAN.
CBFwebRadio is an online radio station, broadcasting music around the world, 24 hours a day with the purpose of embracing the world through traditional music. The special feature was aired four times over CBFwebRadio’s online station (www.cbfwebradio.com) last 08 August 2020.
The Philippine, Indonesian, and Thai resident missions in Portugal, which comprise the ACLP, were joined by the non-resident ASEAN missions of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam in Paris, and the Myanmar Embassy in Rome to participate in the special music feature. Each ASEAN Embassy provided traditional music that best represented and identified their country, with each Head of Post giving a short introductory words about their country and their chosen music.
The ASEAN Ambassadors and representatives thanked Philippine Ambassador Celia Anna M. Feria for leading a great and pioneering initiative. Under the “new normal” brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ambassador Feria, ACLP Chair, encouraged other ACLP members to re-invent the implementation of initiatives, projects and activities of ACLP, and finding more innovative ways to promote ASEAN through the use of cost-free and available online and digital platforms.
PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR TO PORTUGAL LEADS THE ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN AMBASSADORS (AWA) IN WISHING PRESIDENT MARCELO REBELO DE SOUSA AND THE PEOPLE OF PORTUGAL A FELIZ DIA DE PORTUGAL, CAMÕES, E DAS COMUNIDADES PORTUGUESAS
Ambassador Celia Anna M. Feria and the 21 AWA Ambassadors in a screen shot of the video greeting to the Portuguese President and nation, on the occasion of Dia de Portugal Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas, last 10 June 2020.
10 June 2020 - The Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anna M. Feria, the current President of the Association of Women Ambassadors (AWA) in Portugal, led the 22 women Ambassadors in Portugal in preparing a taped video greeting, in their respective official and national languages, as they each wished President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and the people of Portugal a Feliz Dia de Portugal, Camoes e das Comunidades Portuguesas, on 10 June 2020.
The Portuguese national day honors the life and legacy of Portugal’s national poet, Luis de Camões, who died in Lisbon on 10 June 1580. Camões is best known for his work “Os Lusiadas”, the epic Portuguese poem published in 1572, which speaks of Portugal’s great world voyages in the 16th century when the country was a major force for world exploration. It also honors the five (5) million Portuguese emigrants and their descendants living all over the world. The Portuguese government considers these Portuguese communities abroad as “one of the most strategic assets of Portuguese Foreign Policy and are the most significant display of a global Portugal.”
Since the start of his Presidency in 2016, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has invited the entire Diplomatic Corps accredited to Portugal to attend the 10 June Dia de Portugal celebrations held in different cities around the country, followed by his overseas visit to the various cities of the Portuguese diaspora. In 2016 the celebrations were held in Lisbon and then Paris; in 2017 Porto and Brazil; in 2018 Ponta Delgada and USA; and 2019 Porta Alegre and Cape Verde. The 2020 celebrations would have been held in Funchal, Madeira followed by the Portuguese President’s visit to the Portuguese communities in South Africa.
With the cancellation of this year’s planned celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ambassador Feria broached the idea to AWA of preparing a video composed of greetings from the Women Ambassadors to the Portuguese President, which was unanimously approved by the group. The result was a 8-minute video by the 22 women ambassadors in their respective national and official languages.
The AWA video greeting was uploaded by each AWA Ambassador in their respective Embassy social media accounts. It reached a wider audience when it was featured in the front page of Diario de Noticias, Portugal’s oldest daily newspaper (now in digital format), and later was reported on the TV program “Europa Minha” on RTP3, the 24-hour public service news channel owned and operated by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP).
A screenshot of the Diario de Noticias digital newspaper featuring the AWA video greeting.
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