Pinoy beatbox pride to compete at the Beatbox Battle World Championships
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Friday, 22 May 2015
Xam Penalba (aka The Bigg X) will be representing the Philippines at the Beatbox Battle World Championships on 29-30 May 2015 at the Astra Kulturhaus Berlin. For more information and tickets, please click on this link - http://beatboxbattle.tv/world-championship-ticket-service/.

The Bigg X specializes in vocal percussion which is commonly known as 'human beatbox'. He is a member of the Philippine Human Beatbox Alliance and Microphone Mechanics.  He was  2010 Filipino Beatbox Champion.

The Beatbox Battle World Championship will showcase 150 artists from over 40 countries.  Participants will compete in four different categories: Men-, Tag Team-, Female- and Crew Battle. All Beatbox Battle competitors had to qualify for the World Championship through national contests before being accepted to the World Championship Battle in  Berlin.
Last Updated ( Friday, 22 May 2015 )
Filipino Visual Artists break in the Berlin Art Scene
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Friday, 01 May 2015

Filipino Visual Artists break in the Berlin Art Scene

Bong Delfin and Jigger Cruz will hold separate shows in Berlin, the epicenter of contemporary art, from April to August 2015.  



Rossbert “Bong” Delfin has been successfully chosen as one of the participating artists to the international art fair “Berlin Art Goes Live “ (B.AGL), a platform for emerging artists to present their art to an interested audience.  B.AGL will take place from 30 April to 3 May 2015 at the Postbahnhof (near station Ostbahnhof) - B.AGL ART afFAIRs Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243 Berlin.  For tickets and more information, please visit - http://www.bagl-berlin.com/ .  He will also have a solo exhibition on May 15-30 at Ethnik Art Gallery, Mariannenstrasse 28, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Delfin, an industrial engineer by profession, hails from South Cotabato.  He worked as an au pair in Denmark before pursuing his passion in visual arts.  In 2013, he won Artist of the Year at the International Art Fair in Kertminde, Denmark.  



Considered one of the most promising artists of Southeast Asian art and the main representative of the young generation of the Philippines, Jigger Cruz will have a solo exhibition at the Arndt Gallery, Potsdamer Strasse 96, 10785 Berlin, from 3 June to 29 August 2015.  For more information, please visit - http://www.arndtberlin.com/

Cruz studied Fine Arts at the Far Eastern University in the Philippines and Design at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.  He mounted his first solo exhibition in Manila in 2008 and presented his first solo exhibition abroad in 2012.  He is currently based in Manila, Philippines.

Philippine Embassy debuts Cinemalaya Winner “Transit” in Berlin
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Berlin, 10 April 2015.  In celebration of National Women’s Month and National Heroes Day, the Philippine Embassy in collaboration with the Philippine Studies Series Berlin welcomed Hannah Espia to Berlin for the screening of her 2013 Cinemalaya-winning film “Transit”, which was also the Philippine submission to the 2014 Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category.  Ambassador Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek welcomed an eclectic mix of students, artists as well as members of the Filipino community who joined the packed screening room at the Kino Moviemento, Germany’s oldest cinema.  Ambassador Sta. Maria-Thomeczek hoped the audience would gain a better appreciation of the sacrifices and persevering spirit of Overseas Filipino Workers, many of whom are separated from the families.  The film was followed by a question and answer session moderated by Ms. Rosa Castillo, the convener of the Philippine Studies Series Berlin, with Ms. Espia at the Kino Moviemento Lounge.  Ten17P and Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment granted the Embassy special rights to screen the film for free. Transit, which has featured in the Busan, Tokyo, Jerusalem and Palm Springs film festivals explores the intersecting stories of Filipinos in Tel Aviv when the threat of a law deporting the children of migrant workers looms in their precarious lives. Janet (Irma Adlawan) a domestic worker on an expired visa, struggles to hide her half-Israeli daughter, Yael (Jasmine Curtis-Smith), a rebellious teenager caught up in a juvenile romance. Most endangered in the situation is four-year old Joshua (Marc Justine Alvarez), whom Janet and Yael protect because the boy’s father, Moises (Ping Medina), works on weekdays as a caregiver in the city of Herzliya. The film also explores the life of a young lady, Tina (Mercedes Cabral), who arrives to start a new life in Israel.  Transit examines what it means to be a family and what it means to be a stranger, within one's home and in a foreign land.

Richard Kuipers of Variety.com provided his take on the film: “Centered on desperate measures taken by Filipino parents to prevent the forced removal of their Israeli-born, Hebrew-speaking children, this gracefully directed and inventively edited picture represents an impressive debut for helmer and co-scripter Hannah Espia... 'Transit' also speaks to the broader picture of displaced people - whether refugees, asylum seekers or foreign workers - who have left their homeland in search of a better life."

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015
The Embassy will be closed on the following holidays:

•    Friday, 01 May 2015
•    Thursday, 14 May 2015
•    Monday, 25 May 2015

All consular applicants are advised to review their travel calendar in light of this announcement.

For emergency cases, please call the Embassy at the following mobile number:  0173 521 5703
Last Updated ( Friday, 22 May 2015 )
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Monday, 13 April 2015
Filipinas in Berlin Celebrate Women’s Month by Sharing Stories of Leadership and Decision-Making
Pretty in Pink. Filipina community leaders and female officials of the Philippine Embassy in Berlin share inspiring stories of leadership and decision-making over lunch hosted by Ambassador Melita S. Sta. Maria-Thomeczek at the Filipino restaurant, Pinoy.
Berlin, 28 March 2015.  In celebration of women’s month, the Philippine Embassy gathered together leading Filipinas in Berlin: Filcom leaders, businesswomen, artists, and students for an afternoon of bonding and sharing of experiences. The lunch at Pinoy restaurant was also labeled as ‘JUANA Decides’, in the spirit of the theme set by the Philippine Commission on Women: "Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!”

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 April 2015 )
Invitation to the 2nd European Regional Conference of Filipinos in Europe
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Sunday, 05 April 2015

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) announces that the European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFID) is holding the 2nd European Regional Conference of Filipinos in Europe with the theme "Ako ay Pilipino, Ganito Ako Ngayon, Paano Ako Bukas?"  The conference will take place on 31 July to 2 August 2015 at the San Antonio Hotel, Triq it-Turisti, Qawra, St. Paul’s Bay, Malta.

The Conference is open to all Overseas Filipinos. 


For further inquiries, please contact Ms. Marie Luarca-Reyes, Executive Director of ENFiD and the Honorary Representative of CFO in Europe with the following  email addresses at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it and This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it and  contact numbers at +632 951 2767 and +63915 178 0158.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 April 2015 )
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