18 October 2021- The Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt in coordination with the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Stuttgart, brought a festive weekend to the Filipino-German community in Baden-Wuerttemberg as it conducted a cultural event entitled, PinoyFest in Ulm on 16 October 2021 at the Hotel Ulmer Stuben, Ulm. The event, which coincided with the Consulate’s consular outreach mission in the city, showcased Filipino food, art, music, travel and featured Filipino fusion Pacifico Foodtruck, the cubism-inspired artwork of Cebu-based artists Vidal Alcoseba and Darby Vincent Alcoseba.
During the activity, Consul General Evelyn D. Austria-Garcia bid farewell to the attendees and highlighted Post’s accomplishments since its re-opening in 2018. She sought the support of the Filipino-German community in Baden-Wuerttemberg in advocating Philippine interests and encouraged them to patronize Filipino-owned food businesses, such as the Pacifico Foodtruck in order to help promote Filipino cuisine in Southern Germany. The foodtruck, which served Filipino dishes such as adobo, beef caldereta, sisig, pancit, and lumpia to Filipinos and Germans alike, proved to be a big hit and served as an indication of the locals’ willingness to try such delicacies.
In addition to the art exhibition, a tourism fair was also conducted with the support of the DOT-Office in Frankfurt and Filipino-owned Jes Travels travel agency which promoted Philippine destinations, and provided information on the country’s preparations for tourism recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Consulate also took the opportunity to invite the guests to view OPCD’s special episode of Fiesta Filipinas: Masskara Festival of Bacolod City. Fiesta Filipinas kits and other tourism items were also raffled off to the attendees. Moreover, attendees were entertained with Filipino folk songs during the event. END
12 June 2021- A flag-raising ceremony at the premises of the Consulate was held on 11 June 2021. During the ceremony, the video messages of Consul General Evelyn D. Austria-Garcia, Ambassador Ma. Theresa Dizon-de Vega and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda were played. It was attended by the Consulate’s personnel as well as consular applicants who were present.
Serving as the highlight of its Independence Day activities this year, The Consulate produced and showed a virtual concert entitled, “Ating Kalayaan,” on 12 June 2021. The production featured MusicArtes’ classical singers and voice actors, who performed renditions highlighting the heroic spirit of Filipinos, their sense of aspiration and hope. It was combined with multi-media displays of Philippine culture, history, heritage and tourism, among others. The virtual concert also featured a piano piece of the Philippine National Anthem by Mr. Christian Joseph Dino, a Filipino music scholar in Germany.
Among the patriotic Filipino songs from different periods featured in the concert were Kayumangging Malaya, Jocelynang Baliwag, Mutya ng Pasig, and Pilipinas Kong Mahal. One of the highlights of the concert was the poetic interpretation of Andres Bonifacio’s Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa by Filipino actor Mr. John Arcilla.
In her message, the Consul General emphasized that the theme of this year’s celebration, “Diwa ng Kalayaan sa Pagkakaisa at Paghilom ng Bayan,” reminds us that freedom is something that we can achieve if we join hands together. She also underscored that “a different threat to our freedom has emerged, and that as our country and people struggle to overcome the onslaught of COVID-19 and strive to attain freedom – freedom from fear and the effects of this disease, we should overcome division and remain united so together we can continue toward the path of peace, progress and prosperity.”
As part of its pre-Independence Day activities, a virtual concert produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs was livestreamed on 11 June 2021 on the Consulate’s social media pages. The concert entitled, “Lessons for a Changed World: The Legacy of the Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines,” was a tribute to the independent spirit of our
country’s indigenous peoples. The special video production honored the traditional values that have allowed our indigenous peoples to survive, integrate with the bigger world, while remaining firmly rooted in their identities and collective memories. END
27 April 2021- In celebration of the National Heritage Month and as part of the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt’s contribution to the ongoing 2021 Quincentennial commemorations in the Philippines, a virtual fashion exhibit entitled, “Golden Treasures: Culture, Art and Tradition of Our Filipino Ancestors,” was held today featuring the “Quincentennial-themed” collection of Filipino fashion designer Lionell Christian Lanuzo. The event was streamed live in the Consulate’s Facebook account.
During the launch of the exhibit, Consul General Evelyn D. Austria-Garcia expressed hope that the Consulate would be able to raise awareness of the country’s rich pre-Hispanic history and underscoring the magnanimity, compassion and humanity of Filipinos in helping the impoverished crew of the Magellan expedition. She also thanked Mr. Lanuzo and his team for sharing their talent and skills in promoting Philippine heritage in Germany and the rest of Europe. Secretary Teodoro R. Locsin’s message for the National Quincentennial Commemorations was read by Consul Rogelio E. Villanueva.
For his part, Mr. Lanuzo expressed appreciation for the opportunity and support given by Post to showcase the talent of Filipinos abroad. He expressed optimism that through his fashion collections, a renewed consciousness of our history would be cultivated among Filipinos abroad.
The Golden Treasures collection contains elements of the Philippines’ pre-colonial past. Mr. Lanuzo, who was commissioned by the Consulate to undertake the project, drew inspiration from the 16th century Boxer Codex in showcasing the people, clothing, ornaments, and body painting of Filipinos during the 15th century. The evolution of the aesthetic image of our Filipino ancestors in the light of traditions, beliefs, and rites were the central focus of his collection.
The Consulate also set up a physical exhibit at its exhibition area featuring gold replicas and colorful illustrations of some images of the Boxer Codex and twelve of the thirty-four historical markers of the sites of the Philippine route of the Magellan-Elcano expedition. END
23 April 2021- In celebration of Filipino Food Month which coincides with the ongoing 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines, the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt co-hosted today with the Philippine Honorary Consulate (PHC) in Stuttgart an online program entitled, “Tao at Serbisyo ang Galing ng Filipino,” which was streamed live via Facebook. The activity, with Vice Consul Fatima Mueller and PHC Stuttgart’s Rhodaliza Steegmaier as co-hosts, discussed the origins of Filipino food, with ‘Lugao’ showcased as one of the earliest documented food of our Filipino ancestors.
A video entitled, “Lugao: Cooking Our Filipino Ancestors’ Food in Germany” which featured Filipino-German Chef Maite Dittke, was shown during the event. Chef Dittke described the different varieties of ‘Lugao,’ also known as ‘pospas,’ ‘arrozcaldo,’ ‘congee/jook,’ or ‘goto.’ She also discussed in detail the historical development of the Filipino dish and its significance in the country’s culture.
Vice Consul Mueller further highlighted the fact that Filipino culinary heritage had begun taking shape even before colonization. She noted that some of the earliest account of Philippine food can be traced in the written accounts of Antonio Pigafetta, the Italian chronicler of the Magellan expedition. She encouraged viewers to discover more of the Philippines’ culinary heritage, as ‘Filipino food defines the very structure of Filipino culture and gives more value to its cuisine.’ The Consulate also designated 23 April as “Lugawan sa Konsulado” where it distributed ‘lugao’ with side dishes to its consular applicants as well as its personnel.
The second part of the program involved the presentation by Vice Consul Mueller of the Consulate’s activities for the National Quincentennial Commemoration. Ms. Steegmaier interviewed Filipino fashion designer Lionell Christian Lanuzo, who was commissioned by the Consulate to undertake a virtual fashion exhibit entitled, “Golden Treasures: Culture, Art and Traditions of Our Filipino Ancestors,” for its National Heritage Month celebration in May. END