15 November 2021 – The Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt conducted its fifth consular outreach mission this year in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia on 13 November 2021. The 9-member consular team, led by Vice Consul Fatima Mueller, a total of 154 consular services including passport renewal, legalization of documents and civil registry. Moreover, 22 clients were provided one-on-one consultations by Mr. Rene Mangune from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Berlin who also participated in the event to provide information and extend the services of POLO and OWWA.
In order to bring Philippine arts and literature closer to Filipino-Germans, the Consulate also conducted an art exhibition/art appreciation talk and book festival entitled, “Filipinism: What Makes Art Filipino” and (2) PinoyBookFest in Bonn, respectively, which delighted the Filipino-German clients of the consular mission. The art exhibition, which was curated by Essen-based art patron Mr. Virgilio Cuizon, featured the artworks of contemporary Filipino artists Aris Bagtas, Jorge Banawa, Emmanuel Nim Zorrick Enriquez, Luciano Artista, Anthonie Genosa, and Rigor Esguerra of Kunst Gallery. Filipinism is an art movement which highlights the real identity of the artist as a Filipino in their work.
Meanwhile, the book exhibition featured recent titles exhibited at the Philippine stand during the recently concluded 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair which was participated in by the National Book Development Board. It aims to promote the country’s rich oral and print literary heritage as well as develop the culture of reading among the Filipino-German community. END