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Revalidation of Expired Passports and Extension of Validity of Current Passports
Written by Philippine Embassy Webmaster   
Friday, 27 February 2015
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Subject:     REVALIDATION OF EXPIRED PASSPORTS AND EXTENSION OF VALIDITY OF CURRENT PASSPORTS
Date:         27 FEBRUARY 2015

All Filipino passport holders who are residing in Germany are informed that the Department of Foreign Affairs is now undergoing a transition period on the E-Passport System.

There is a possibility that the DFA will encounter difficulties in passport production due to this transition.  All Filipino passport applicants are advised that, in addition to applying for a new passport, you may revalidate your expired passport, or you may extend the validity of your current passport if it has not yet expired.  

The revalidation or extension shall be for one year.

For those who wish to revalidate or extend their passports, you need to fill up and sign a request for the service.  Applicants will be charged 18.00 Euros for the said service.  If you have questions about the revalidation or extension, please write us at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

The request form for the service may be downloaded here.

The request form for the service is also available at the Consular Section of the Philippine Embassy.

 
More Filipino dual citizens in Germany starting 2015
Written by Philippine Embassy Webmaster   
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Effective 20 December 2014, children born in Germany after 01 January 2000 to parents who, upon said birth, 1) were both foreigners and 2) one parent has stayed in Germany legally for 8 years, and 3) the child has grown up in Germany, can now opt for both German citizenship and the citizenship of their parent’s country when they turn twenty one (21).  Previously, children born to foreign parents had to face the difficult decision of choosing only one citizenship upon reaching twenty one (21).  For many who were born of Filipino parents, this meant choosing German citizenship over Filipino citizenship.

The amended German citizenship law (German Nationality Act or StAG) has now abolished the exclusivity rule that obliged children born in Germany of foreigner parents to choose one citizenship over the other citizenship (Optionspflicht).  Children born of foreigner (non-German) parents in Germany after 01 January 2000 can now have  both citizenships.  However there is a condition that they should have grown up in Germany. This means they have been in Germany for eight (8) years or attended a school in Germany for six (6) years, or graduated from school or occupational training in Germany.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 )
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A Homecoming Win for Kidlat Tahimik at the 65th Berlin Film Festival
Written by Philippine Embassy Webmaster   
Monday, 23 February 2015

The Philippine Embassy hosted a reception to celebrate Kidlat Tahimik’s homecoming after Balikbayan #1’s screening at the Akademie der Kunste. Shown in photo are (L-R) Mrs. Hope Melicor, Mrs. Katrin de Guia, Mr. Eric de Guia (Kidlat Tahimik) and Consul General Mardomel Celo Melicor.
Berlin, 13 February 2015.  Film director, writer and actor Eric de Guia, aka Kidlat Tahimik, returned to the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) with his film, “Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III”, which premiered on 9 February 2015, and would later win the Caligari Film Prize, which is given to a stylistically and thematically innovative film under the Berlinale’s Forum section.  


Kidlat, dubbed as the “Father of Philippine Independent Cinema”, has come full circle with the premiere of Balikbayan #1 at the Berlinale.  He first participated at the festival 38 years ago with his film, “Mababangong Bangungot” (Perfumed Nightmare) which earned him the International Critics Award in the 1977 Berlinale.

As explained by Kidlat, Balikbayan #1 is a project that was 35 years in the making.  It reimagines the history behind Magellan’s expedition from the perspective of the “native” Enrique of Malacca.  Enrique, Ferdinand Magellan’s slave and translator, is revealed to be the first true circumnavigator of the globe.  The film, a blend of storytelling and documentary insight, weaves together Enrique’s story and Kidlat’s mission to produce and finish the movie. 

Shortly after the film’s premiere, Kidlat garnered the the Caligari Film Award which is conferred annually to a stylistically and thematically innovative film screened at the Berlinale’s Forum section. Sponsored by members of the Bundesverband Kommunale Filmarbeit (German National Association of Communal Film Work – see: http://www.kommunale-kinos.de/) and FILMDIENST, the award includes a Euro 4,000 endowment, half of which is given to the recipient and the other half is used to fund the distribution of the film. 


Last Updated ( Monday, 23 February 2015 )
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“Philippine Embassy and Knights of Rizal Remember Jose Rizal’s Berlin Sojourn”
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Monday, 12 January 2015
“Philippine Embassy and Knights of Rizal Remember Jose Rizal’s Berlin Sojourn”

Philippine Embassy staff and representatives from the Knights of Rizal and Ladies for Rizal lay a wreath at Jose Rizal’s former residence in Berlin.
Berlin, 5 January 2015.  On 30 December 2014, Philippine Embassy officials and representatives from the Berlin-Brandenburg Chapter of the Order of Knights of Rizal and the Ladies for Rizal braved frigid and snowy conditions to commemorate Jose Rizal’s 118th death anniversary by laying a wreath at Rizal’s former residence on 71 Jägerstrasse.

Mr. Mardomel Melicor, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., recalled that Jose Rizal spent the winter months of 1886 and 1887 here completing his classic “Noli me Tangere.”  For their part, Mr. Gerhard Müller and Mrs. Lourdes Müller, of the Knights of Rizal and Ladies for Rizal, noted that Jose Rizal had a deep knowledge of Germany, having lived and travelled the expanse of the Hohenzollern Empire, including Heidelberg, Wilhemsfeld, Ulm, Munich, Berlin, and Dresden.

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Philippine Embassy Berlin Holds Yearend Consular Outreach in Hamburg
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Tuesday, 09 December 2014
Philippine Embassy Berlin Holds Yearend Consular Outreach in Hamburg

An applicant answers questions after the biometric photo and signature have been taken.
Berlin–  An Embassy team composed of Mr. Adrian Cruz, Mr. Ruben Atienza, Ms. Generosa Balocating, Ms. Lourdes Marie Reyes and Mr. Melchor Francisco proceeded to Hamburg on 29 November 2014 to provide mobile consular services to Filipinos and German nationals alike. The one-day outreach was co-sponsored by the Federation of Filipino Organizations in Northern Germany (FFONG) and was the second outreach to be conducted in Hamburg for 2014.





Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 )
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“25 YEARS AFTER THE BERLIN WALL’S FALL, A PIECE OF HISTORY BEGINS ITS JOURNEY TO MANILA”
Written by Philippine Embassy Webmaster   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014
“25 YEARS AFTER THE BERLIN WALL’S FALL, A PIECE OF HISTORY BEGINS ITS JOURNEY TO MANILA”


Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Mardomel Melicor receives the deed of donation from Ms. Margit Gehrcken of the Berlin Senate on 27 November 2014.
Berlin, 28 November 2014. Twenty five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a section of the famed symbol of a divided Europe will soon be making its way to Manila.  Mr. Mardomel Melicor, chargé d’affaires, a.i. of the Philippine Embassy, received the section (“Mauerteil”) at the Gärten der Welt (Gardens of the World). 






Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 December 2014 )
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