BRUNEI’S NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT CENTRE DIRECTOR CALLS ON PH EMBASSY

Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin (3rd from right) poses for a group photo with Brunei’s National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) Director Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said (3rd from left) as well as other NDMC officers and Embassy personnel following their meeting at the Embassy on 22 January 2019. (Brunei PE photo)

Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Pete Raymond V. Delfin met with Brunei’s National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) Director Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said (Pengiran Haji Maiddin) during the latter’s courtesy call at the Embassy on 22 January 2019. He was joined by Disaster Management Officers Abdul Mu’ein bin Haji Adi Marhain and Akmal Zakhwan bin Haji Aji during the meeting.

Pengiran Haji Maiddin called on CDA Delfin to discuss bilateral cooperation between the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam in the area of disaster management as well as capacity building in disaster-related exercises and seminars.

Embassy personnel who were also present during the meeting included Defense and Armed Forces Attaché Col. Jose Ricky A. Laniog, Assistant Frederick A. Rili, and Assistant Anthony L. Acosta.

CDA Delfin welcomed and expressed his appreciation to Pengiran Haji Maiddin for their fruitful exchange regarding Philippines-Brunei cooperation on disaster management.

Prior to taking up his current post in May 2017, Pengiran Haji Maiddin served as a Commandant at the Defence Academy of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF). He also served as the RBAF Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of the Philippines from 2007 to 2010. END

 

NDMC Director Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said (center) exchanges points with Chargé d’Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin during the NDMC officers’ call on the Philippine Embassy.
(Brunei PE photo)

 

Chargé d’Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin (right) receives a copy of NDMC’s Basic Handbook for Emergency and Public Safety from NDMC Director Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said following their meeting at the Embassy. (Brunei PE photo)

WUSHU FEDERATION OF ASIA VICE PRESIDENT AND BRUNEI WUSHU FEDERATION PRESIDENT CALL ON PH EMBASSY

Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin (center) poses for a group photo with Wushu Federation of Asia Vice President Julian Camacho (rightmost) and Brunei Darussalam Wushu Federation President Lim Boon Hwa following their meeting at the Embassy. (Brunei PE photo)

Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Pete Raymond V. Delfin received Wushu Federation of Asia Vice President Julian Camacho and Brunei Darussalam Wushu Federation President Lim Boon Hwa in a courtesy call at the Embassy on 14 January 2019.

Mr. Camacho, who is also Secretary General of the Wushu Federation of the Philippines, was in Brunei Darussalam to attend the signing ceremony for Brunei’s hosting of the 10th Asia Youth Wushu Championships to be held on 16-24 August 2019 which is expected to be participated by 20 to 30 countries from the Asian region.

He shared that during his brief visit to Brunei, he was able to discuss with relevant Bruneian stakeholders the accommodation and logistic requirements of the Philippine delegation. He also requested support from the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino Community in Brunei in cheering for the Philippine team during the competition.

Mr. Lim Boon Hwa, on the other hand, conveyed that the Brunei Wushu Federation is also making preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be held in the Philippines in November of this year, conducting training programs for its athletes within the country and abroad.

CDA Delfin expressed his appreciation to Mr. Camacho and Mr. Lim for visiting the Philippine Embassy and providing updates on the 10th Asia Youth Wushu Championships. END

 

Wushu Federation of Asia Vice President Julian Camacho (center) shares his insights during the courtesy call on Chargé d’Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin. (Brunei PE photo)

 

PH EMBASSY IN BRUNEI COMMEMORATES 122ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARTYRDOM OF DR. JOSE RIZAL

Charge d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin leading the wreath-laying rites during the ceremony. (Brunei PE photo)

The Philippine Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan commemorated the 122nd Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Embassy grounds earlier today. Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin, together with Defense and Armed Forces Attaché Colonel Jose Ricky A. Laniog, led the Flag Raising and Wreath Laying ceremonies.

A simple ceremony launching Project Saysay that feature portraits of great Filipino historical figures and new acquisitions for the Sentro Rizal Library immediately followed the wreath-laying rites.

In his message, Consul Delfin highlighted that this day of commemoration is a day of grateful remembrance of Dr. Jose Rizal’s martyrdom so that Filipinos all over the globe may emulate his traits and become willing heroes in their own way. He added that Rizal’s works remain relevant to this day, serving as an inspiration to further foster the Filipino’s love of country and fellowmen, and cooperation towards nation-building and development.

Project Saysay is a Manila-based and youth-led advocacy which aims to spread the ideals and values of great Filipino forebears by generating relevant, useful, and inspiring quotes and other information sourced from Philippine history. The portraits of the Filipino historical personalities were painted by Mark Villanueva.

Since its establishment in 2013, Project Saysay, in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), has distributed 4,363 posters to 2,237 classrooms, offices, and libraries across more than 171 institutions in the Philippines and abroad. The posters bear the words of wisdom of great Filipinos.

The new acquisitions for the Rizal Library include publications and materials that support Sentro Rizal Brunei’s programs and activities for the next three years which will focus on (1) teaching of Filipino Languages; (2) appreciating Philippine history and Filipino identity; and (3) promoting Philippine art and culture as a mechanism for the expansion of exports, tourism and foreign investments.

The event was capped by a fellowship breakfast shared by Filipino Community members in Brunei and Embassy personnel. END

 

Filipino Community members and Philippine Embassy personnel, led by Charge d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin, posing for a group photo following the conclusion of the ceremony. (Brunei PE photo)

 

Charge d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin delivering his message on the commemoration of the 122nd anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal. (Brunei PE photo)

 

Launching of the Project Saysay posters that feature portraits of great Filipino historical figures and new acquisitions for the Sentro Rizal Library. (Brunei PE photo)

 

PHL Embassy in Brunei Celebrates Pasko sa Pasuguan 2018 with the Filipino Community

Members of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) Brunei Chapter performing their winning entry during the Christmas Performance contest

The Philippine Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan celebrated a year-end gathering with members of the Filipino Community dubbed as Pasko sa Pasuguan 2018 on 21 December 2018 at the Chancery.  The event was attended by more than three hundred (300) guests.

The highlights of the event were the featured contests for members of the Filipino Community: the “Recycled Parol” and the “Christmas Performance.”  The “Recycled Parol” encouraged the members of the Filipino Community to exhibit Filipino artistry and ingenuity by making a Christmas lantern using recycled materials The “Christmas Performance” imbibed the Christmas spirit through the participants’ renditions of Christmas Carols.

The Guardians Brotherhood Incorporated-The Original (TGBI-TO) bested the (10) other participants in the “Recycled Parol” while the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)- Brunei Chapter won the People’s Choice Award for Parol category voted clients of the Embassy.  The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) was declared the winner for the “Christmas Performance” among four (4) performance groups.

All the entries to the “Recycled Parol” were prominently displayed in the Embassy grounds during the event.  They added to the overall festive trimmings of the Chancery, which projected the Christmas atmosphere in the PHL.

In his message, Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin, highlighted the various events and projects of the Embassy in the past year in strengthening Assistance to Nationals, as well as enhancing political, economic and cultural diplomacy with Brunei Darussalam. He also thanked the Filipino Community organizations for their continued support for the Embassy’s programs and activities.

After the event, the guests were treated to Philippine traditional dishes and delicacies such as pancit guisado, chicken adobo, lumpia sariwa, Jollibee chicken, puto and the all-time favorite Magnolia ice-cream, among others.

The attendees expressed their appreciation to the Embassy for the event which they claimed, reminded them of Christmas celebrations in their homes in the Philippines. END

 

PHILIPPINE EMBASSY CONDUCTS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON ANTI-VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (ANTI-VAW)

Charge d’ Affaires and the officers and staff of the Embassy pose for a photo together with some clients of the Embassy during the Awareness Campaign to End Violence Against Women

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam held an Awareness Campaign to End Violence against Women on 12 December 2018 at the Chancery. Embassy personnel distributed Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials on women’s rights and the Philippine laws protecting women and children to the clients.

A simple token of Philippine-made soap were given to the women-clients. Embassy personnel also wore the “VAW-free Community Starts With Me” stickers on their Embassy shirts throughout the day. END

 

UNITED ARCHITECTS OF THE PHILIPPINES-BRUNEI CHAPTER CONDUCTS FORUM FOR OVERSEAS FILIPINOS

The attendees at the “Kabayan, sa Arkitekto Sigurado – A Public Forum on Services and Value of an Architect” pose for a photo together with UAP-Brunei and Philippine Embassy officials

The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, in collaboration with the United Architects of the Philippines – Brunei Chapter (UAP-Brunei), conducted a forum titled “Kabayan, sa Arkitekto Sigurado – A Public Forum on Services and Value of an Architect” on 2 December 2018 at the Chancery. The forum aimed to orient the Filipino Community in Brunei on how architects can assist them as well as the process and documentation needed in building their dream home in the Philippines.

Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin welcomed the participants to the forum. He emphasized that activities such as these highlight the skills and talents of the Filipino architects globally. He also hoped that the forum will assist Overseas Filipinos in Brunei who have plans to put their hard earned money in building or purchasing their home in the Philippines.

The speakers at the forum were Architect Alan Filio, Architect Marious Anyayahan and Architect Marilette Balderama. PAG-IBIG Fund Representative Edna Penahermoso and SSS Representative Joy-Ann Cabading also discussed the process of obtaining housing loans and the different practical options on how OFs can save for their retirement.

The attendees expressed appreciation to the Embassy and the UAP-Brunei for conducting the forum. Some of them had a one-on-one session with the architects to further gain information on the process of building a home in the Philippines.

The Embassy regularly conducts GAD activities that promote gender and development for the benefit of Filipinos in Brunei, particularly for their empowerment and enhanced productivity. END

 

Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin delivering his welcome remarks during the forum ““Kabayan, sa Arkitekto Sigurado – A Public Forum on Services and Value of an Architect” on 02 December 2018

 

Architects from the United Architects of the Philippines – Brunei Chapter (UAP-Brunei) presented the services of an architect as well as the process in building a home in the Philippines

PHILIPPINE EMBASSY CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF PHILIPPINE CINEMA AT THE 2018 BRUNEI FILM BLITZ

Charge d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin, together with Director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo (3rd from left), Mr. Rito Asilo (2nd from left) and Dr. Roland Tolentino (left most), pose for a photo with Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hajah Nurul Amal Munjiatul Athirah binti Pengiran Sura Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Muhammad Bey Muntassir (3rd from right), Yang Mulia Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Tourism (2nd from left), Director Siti Kamaluddin (4th from left),and Dr. Alex Fischer (right most)

The Sentro Rizal of the Philippine Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Film Development Council of the Philippine (FDCP), ABS-CBN, and Jollibee Brunei, celebrated the 100 Years of Philippine Cinema at the 2018 Brunei Film Blitz on 16 December 2018 at the Mahakarya Institute of Arts Asia. The Brunei Film Blitz is part of the Brunei December Festival 2018 which is an initiative organized by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism of Brunei Darussalam.

Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hajah Nurul Amal Munjiatul Athirah binti Pengiran Sura Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Muhammad Bey Muntassir, a member of the Royal Family and Founder of the Mahakarya Institute of Arts Asia, together with Deputy Permanent Secretary of Tourism Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, attended the Welcome Ceremony to open the Philippine Film Day. Siti Kamaluddin, Brunei’s first international female director, and Dr. Alex Fischer, Dean of the Mahakarya Institute were also in attendance.

Invited guests from the Philippines were Ms. Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, director of Kita Kita (I See You), one of the Philippine featured films during the festival, Dr. Roland Tolentino, a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino and a faculty at the University of the Philippines Film Institute, and Mr. Rito Asilo, Film Critic and Entertainment Editor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

In his welcome remarks, Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin highlighted that “the Philippine movie industry is one of the most influential in the Philippines. The three featured films for this day are a selection which intend to show the rich Filipino experience, whether we are in the Philippines or abroad.”  On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, he also handed over to Mahakarya Institute of Arts Asia two copies of the book titled Direk: Essays on Filipino Filmmakers, donated by the De La Salle University Publishing House.

The three Philippine featured films were Sonata, directed by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, Kakabakaba Ka Ba? (Will Your Heat Beat Faster?), directed by Mike De Leon, and Kita Kita (I See You) directed by Sigrid Bernardo. Sonata features Cherie Gil who won for Best Performance in the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival; Kakabakaba Ka Ba? is the first film included in ABS CBN Film Restoration Project; and Kita Kita is currently the Philippines’ highest-grossing independent film.

Director Sigrid Bernardo, Dr. Roland Tolentino, and Consul Pete Delfin, promoted the event in tri-media platforms at a Press Conference held on 14 December 2018, at the morning TV show Rampai Pagi,  and radio shows Pelangi and Pilihan on 15 December 2018 where the celebration of 100 Years of Philippine Cinema and the three featured films were discussed.

After the film screenings, the members of the audience participated in a discussion with Director Bernardo, Dr. Tolentino and Mr. Asilo about the films, the history of the Philippine Cinema and how Brunei can emerge in the ASEAN and global film industry. END

 

 

Director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo explains the movie Kita Kita (I See You) and how it reflects the life of Overseas Filipinos

 

 

The audience enjoying the discussion that followed the screening of the film Kita Kita

 

Charge d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin delivering his welcome remarks

 

Dr. Roland Tolentino and Mr. Asilo discussing the film Kakabakaba Ka Ba? (Will Your Heart Beat Faster?) with the audience