1 July 2018, Paris—Coinciding with the festive and energetic atmosphere of the annual Pista sa Paris 2018 celebrations to commemorate the 120th year of the Declaration of the Independence of the Philippines was the Consular Outreach Mission of the Philippine Embassy in Paris, together with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Geneva, Pag-IBIG Fund London Office, and Social Security Services (SSS) London.

A total of 429 of our kababayans became members of OWWA (with 180 new members), Pag-IBIG Fund (with 112 new members) and SSS (with 137 new members). A good number of Filipinos also visited the Consular Services booth to inquire regarding passporting, visa application, and notarial services.

According to Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro, major FilCom events such as the Pista sa Paris is a good opportunity to bring closer the services that the Embassy and other government agencies can offer to our kababayans. She said, “It is the Embassy’s mission to reach out to the Filipinos working or staying in France, to make them aware of beneficial government services and offer them opportunities that will help them to have better lives.”

Pista sa Paris is a major annual event organized by the umbrella organization of the Filipino community, the Comité Général des Associations Philippine en France (CGAPF), in coordination with the Philippine Embassy in Paris, and participated in by Filipino organizations in France. A lively parade starting from Trocadero, through the main streets of Paris started the event. There are a lot of other activities such as the entertainment from local talents and a wide array of Filipino food from the different regions as well as street food, which make the Pista sa Paris a grand celebration. END

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The booth of the Philippine Embassy in Paris, with OWWA, Pag-IBIG and SSS attract many of our kababayans, during the Pista sa Paris 2018.

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Officers and Staff of the Philippine Embassy in Paris are all smiles as they pose for a shot before the parade starts at Trocadero Plaza in Paris.

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Philippine Embassy Officers and Staff during the Pista sa Paris 2018 parade.

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Audience flock to the stage to watch the Mutya ng Kalayaan 2018 coronation, enjoy the song and dance numbers, and listen to speeches.