Celebrating Philippine-Netherlands relations

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In 2016 the Netherlands and the Philippines celebrate 65 years of diplomatic relations and 150 years of consular relations. During this Anniversary year the Embassy will organize multiple events on the theme innovation for sustainability.

The relations between The Philipines and the Netherlands are ever developing and growing. Simplest indication is growth of trade: over the last 5 years we saw a steady growth of import and export of 10 % annually. But not only trade is growing, also investments. More and more Dutch companies are interested in starting in The Philippines and again: also the other way around.

We want to use this year of celebration to further strengthen our networks, to invest in our common future. We have chosen to do that around the central theme: innovation for sustainability

Why innovation?

We think that innovation is where the potential lies for the strengthening of our common future. Both Philipino’s and Dutch are creative people. Actually innovation is what keeps the Netherlands amongst the largest economies in the world. And the craftmanship and creativity of Philipino’s is what fuels the development of this country. Together we can get so far.

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30 december Rizal Day

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The Philippines on Wednesday celebrated the 119th death anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal with various events throughout the country.

The commemoration began early morning at 5:00 a.m by a re-enactment of Rizal’s walk from Fort Santiago to Luneta, led by the Order of Knights of Rizal (OKOR).

There were also fun and games for the young and old alike at the Burnham Green Rizal Park in Manila at an activity called “Palaro Para kay Rizal.”

This was followed by the simultaneous commemorative rites at 7:00 a.m. in three locations in the country: the Rizal Park in Manila with President Benigno S.C Aquino III; the Rizal Shrine in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte with Regional Trial Court Judge Jose Rene Dondoyano; and the Rizal Shrine in Calamba City, Laguna with Laguna Second District Rep. Joaquin Chipeco Jr.

There was also a commemorative ceremony at the Quezon City Hall with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista at 9:00 a.m.

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Ambassador Jet Ledda receives appreciation from Supreme Commander

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Sir Jet Ledda, Philippine ambassador to The Netherlands has been the thriving force behind the establishment of the The Hague chapter of Order of Knights of Rizal in The Netherlands. To honour him, Sir Peter Pluckebaum, KGOR on behalf of the Supreme Commander Sir Jerry Singson, KGCR, presented ambassador Ledda with a certificate of appreciation at the embassy in The Hague.

Rizal-Blumentritt heritage trail boosts PH-Czech Republic ties

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The friendship between Philippine national hero Dr. José P. Rizal, and Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt, a native of the Czech city of Litoměřice, is well-known.

Through this close friendship, the Philippine Embassy in Prague hopes to promote general awareness of the historical links between the Philippines and the Czech Republic.

Recently, the Philippine embassy launched the Rizal-Blumentritt heritage trail in the hometown of Professor Blumentritt, as its flagship project. It has produced a brochure with a description and a map that retrace the steps of Rizal and traveling companion Maximo Viola at the heart of Litoměřice during his May 1887 visit.

The 4-kilometer heritage trail has 10 points of interest with magnificent views of the picturesque town of Litoměřice, which is located 60 kilometer from Prague.

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The Hague chapter of the Order of Knights of Rizal officially reestablished

On the 26 of june 2015 at the The Hague residence of the Philippines ambassador Sir Jaime Victor Ledda, KCR, the chapter The Hague was reestablished. This and the dubbing of two new members was performed by Sir Peter Plückebaum, KGOR, of the Knights of Rizal Supreme Council who came from Manila. A delegation from the Knights of Belgium attended the meeting. One of the Belgium knights Sir Lucien Spittael, KGOR gave a lecture about Jose Rizal in Europe. Afterwards he presented the book “Belgian Rizalist” by Prof. Dr. Emmanuel F. Calairo, president of the Philippine Historical  Association, to Ambassdor Ledda.

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After the ceremony the ambassador Sir Jaime Victor Ledda, KCR invited the chapter commander Sir Anton Lutter, KCR to inaugurate with him the “Virtual Sentro Rizal” in The Netherlands. This government project is to educate children of Philippine overseas workers about their roots and provide anyone interested in Philippine culture and history with information. The “Virtual Sentro Rizal” collection comprises 250 gigabytes of data including 72 hours of video of Filipino cultural materials covering different genres across regions.

Registration form for the 20th International Assembly, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Dear Knights, Ladies and Friends of the Order,

Please fill-out the registration form and submit it at the registration table during the assembly. You may also e-mail this form to the IHQ of the Order of the Knights of Rizal. This registration will serve as reference in order for us to prepare your ID for the convention and the issuance of the convention kit. Non-paying participants will not receive the convention kit. And for verification purposes, please indicate if you have pre-registered with advance payment made or will pay on-site.

We request everyone to disseminate these information to all possible attendees. Thank you and may you all have a safe and pleasant trip. See you at the assembly and may God bless you.

Sincerely,

Maureen