21 May 2018, Nice, France: A combined team from the Philippine Embassy in Paris, POLO Geneva, SSS Milan, and Pag-IBIG Milan conducted an Embassy Outreach Mission in Nice, France on 19-20 May 2018. Designed to provide various consular and related services to the Filipino community in the South of France, the Embassy Outreach Mission catered to about 500 members of the Filipino community in the South of France. This is the second of four outreach missions scheduled for 2018.
Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro, who lead the Embassy team for the outreach, also met with the leaders of the Filipino Community and conducted a dialogue on the various concerns of the community in the South of France. Amb. Lazaro enjoined the leaders to organize themselves so that the officials of the local government of Nice and the surrounding towns would take notice of them and provide services tailored to their needs. Addressing the community leaders, Amb. Lazaro said that the Embassy had planned for four Outreach Missions for 2018 and encouraged them to take full advantage of the presence of the Embassy and the European offices of POLO, SSS and Pag-ibig. “The Embassy knows your needs that is why we are here to bring our services directly to you."
During the two day outreach mission, 123 members of the community registered for Overseas Absentee Voting and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) based in Geneva, Social Security System Office based Milan/London and Pag-ibig Office based Milan processed a combined 335 applications. END
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Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro and Minister and Consul General Aileen Mendiola-Rau with the leaders of the Filipino Community in Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Beausoleiland Monaco
Members of the Filipino community in the South of France availing of various Consular Services and signing up for the Overseas Absentee Voting during the Embassy Outreach Mission in Nice, France
Representatives from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) based in Geneva, Social Security System Milan/London and Pag-ibig Milan joined the Embassy team during the Outreach Mission in Nice, France
Filipino Leroi-Gourhan awardee and PhD candidate Omar Choa presents his thesis on Tabon Caves at the Institute of Human Paleontology in Paris
30 April 2018 – Paris, France. Filipino PhD Candidate Omar Choa goes through his introduction and the initial parts of his thesis presentation.
7 May 2018, Paris France – Following his acceptance of the prestigious Leroi-Gourhan Award from France’s Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (Museum of Natural History) last November, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Candidate Omar Choa presented and successfully defended on 30 April 2018 his thesis entitled, “A Geochemical History of Tabon Cave (Palawan, Philippines): Environment, Climate, and Early Modern Humans in the Philippine Archipelago” at the L’Institut de Paléontologie Humaine (Institute of Human Paleontology) in Paris. His study reexamines the Tabon Cave using a multi-pronged geosciences approach to explore environment, climate, and early modern human presence in the region.
It can be recalled that Mr. Choa received the prestigious Leroi-Gourhan Award for his outstanding contribution to scientific research in the field of archaeology, notably on the ancient environments of the first confirmed Homo sapiens in the Philippines around 40,000 years ago. His presentation was about the results of his research at Tabon Cave wherein it has been established that this was the first time that Homo sapiens lived in an island environment. H.E. Philippine Ambassador Maria Theresa Lazaro was present at the awarding ceremony last year.
Similarly, officers of the Philippine Embassy were present at Mr. Choa’s thesis defense to convey their support. Another Philippine Government official present was Dr. Eusebio Dizon of the National Museum of the Philippines, who was part of the international experts comprising the thesis defense panel. He is the head of the group of Filipino scientists working on the Tabon Caves Complex.
Filipino panel member, Dr. Eusebio Dizon of the National Museum of the Philippines, flew straight from Manila to participate in the defense.
Dr. Choa ended his presentation with the words of anthropologist Robert Fox.
After ending his presentation, Mr. Choa responded to the questions and comments raised by the panel that were intended to enrich the final draft of his thesis before publication. The expert panel’s deliberation, after the “question and answer” portion, had resulted in the positive reception of Mr. Choa’s thesis, which meant that he was now eligible to be conferred a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Dr. Choa is the first and only Filipino recipient of the prestigious Leroi-Gourhan Award. For more information, visit the Embassy’s website and Facebook page. END.
30 April 2018, Paris France. The Philippine Embassy and the Filipinos of Paris lent their support to the Philippine choir Virlanie by attending its concert on Friday, April 26, at the historic Madeleine Church in the eighth arrondissement (district). On its fourth European concert tour entitled, “Virlanie Voices”, the choir had performed as part of their usual fundraising activities for the Virlanie Foundation.
Established 26 years ago by French national Dominique Lemay, Virlanie is a charitable nonprofit organization whose mission is “to take care of children in need of special protection towards independence-enabling, and to advocate and lobby for the rights of a child. Virlanie has various programs to respond to the needs of the children living in the Foundation, in the streets, and those living in the Virlanie-supported communities.”
26 April 2018 – Paris, France.First part of “Virlanie Voices” evening concert at the Madeleine Church.
The Virlanie choir donning traditional Ifugao clothing for the second part.
One of the strongest supporters of the foundation is Mrs. Brigitte Ayrault, who delivered the opening remarks for the evening. She and her husband, former French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, were both present at the concert.
The event, attended by a mixed Filipino and French audience estimated at 170 persons, had not only been an opportunity for Virlanie to showcase Filipino traditional songs and costumes but also to share its beautiful rendition of classic French songs. One of the highlights of the event was the joint performance of the choir with French singer/songwriter guitaris Hugues Aufray.
Virlanie Founder Dominique Lemay welcomes the audience and shares the recent accomplishments and ongoing projects.
Choir sings with French singer Hugues
Virlanie choir’s European tour started in Geneva, Switzerland on April 4 and will end with its participation in the Festival International de Chant Choral de Nancy. For more information, visit the Embassy’s website and Facebook page. END.
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