126th Commemoration of Philippine Independence, staged in Vienna

Filipinos in Austria celebrated the 126th Philippine Independence Day with a range of activities highlighting their rich cultural heritage and national pride. The celebration provided a platform for the Filipino community in Austria to come together, fostering a sense of unity and cultural connection while commemorating the historic day when the Philippines declared its independence from Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. Organized by the Council of Filipino Associations in Austria (CFAA) in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, the event took place on June 15, 2024, at the prestigious Marriott…

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Floral Offering Ceremony at the Grounds of Viennese City Hall In Vienna, Austria

On the occasion of the 126th Philippine Independence Day Celebration, the Philippine-Austrian Cultural Society (PACES) organized a significant event at the Vienna City Capitol Garden: the Floral Offering Ceremony of the Catalpa Tree. This ceremony symbolizes the deep and enduring bond between the Philippines and Austria, highlighting the strong relationships between the two countries. The Catalpa Tree, first planted in 1998 during the Philippine Centennial Anniversary of Independence, holds special significance in the Viennese City Hall Garden. Its trumpet-shaped flowers serve as a representation of the promising future of Philippine-Austrian…

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Floral Offering Ceremony at the Vienna City Hall Garden on June 12, 2024

The Philippine Austrian Cultural Society (PACES), led by President Dr. Jane Abaya, will be organizing a floral offering ceremony at the Vienna City Hall Garden in Vienna, Austria, on June 12, 2024. This event aims to commemorate the strong and enduring relationship between the Philippines and Austria. In 1998, during the Philippine Centennial Anniversary of Independence, a Catalpa Tree was planted in the eastern section of the Vienna City Hall Garden. The tree’s trumpet-shaped flowers symbolize the promising future of Philippine-Austrian relations for the next century. We extend a warm…

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Loida Lewis personally presented her new book in Vienna

Loida Lewis, a mother, successful businesswoman, and widow of the late CEO Reginald Lewis of TLC Beatrice International Holdings Inc., has recently published a book titled “Why Should Guys Have All The Fun?” This book delves into her personal journey, detailing her relationship with Reginald Lewis and her rise to becoming the CEO of TLC Beatrice following his passing. On June 9, 2024, Ms. Lewis presented her book at a signing event at the Thalia Bookstore in Vienna’s 3rd District. During the book signing event, the mother of two daughters…

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Opening salvo of the art exhibit – Reflections: exploring the canvas of cultural diversity

The city of Vienna was treated on June 5, 2024, to a spectacular painting exhibition that showcased the incredible talent of Filipino painters Harold Khan and Jessielaine Punongbayan. The exhibition’s theme, “Exploring the Canvas of Cultural Diversity,” captured the essence of their work, which beautifully combines traditional Filipino design with modern expressions. Harold Khan, known for his bold and vibrant use of colors, takes viewers on a journey through time with his pieces. The influence of vintage cinema billboards is evident in his work, creating a fascinating dialogue between the…

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Vienna Pride Conference to be held in Vienna with the participation of the Filipino LGBT Europe

The Vienna Pride Conference, with lectures and discussions on LGBTIQ topics, will take place on June 7, 2024, at Vienna City Hall. The conference is organized in cooperation with the City of Vienna. The entire conference program can be attended free of charge and without registration. The transdisciplinary conference, launched in 2019 by Vienna Pride and HOSI Vienna, aims to promote equality, improve the well-being of LGBTIQ people in all areas of life and develop joint effective strategies to fight against discrimination and hate-motivated violence. The Vienna Pride conference brings…

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A Fond Farewell to Consul General Ivan Frank Olea

As the sun set on a warm evening in Vienna, friends gathered at a cozy restaurant to bid a heartfelt farewell to Consul General Ivan Frank Olea. For the past 2 1/2 years, Consul General Olea has dedicated his diplomatic service to the Filipino community in Vienna, and his unwavering commitment and leadership have left an indelible mark on all who have had the privilege of knowing him. The room was filled with a palpable sense of gratitude and appreciation as Olea’s friends expressed their sincere thanks for the camaraderie,…

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Display of Philippine culture in Vienna – colorful street parade held

The PAMANA (Heritage) parade in Vienna on June 1, 2024, was a vibrant celebration of Filipino culture. The colorful festivals from different provinces and islands of the Philippines came together to showcase their rich traditions. The event was part of the European Network of the Filipino Diaspora’s general assembly, bringing delegates from 17 European countries together. As the parade kicked off at Stephansplatz, the renowned Austrian brass band “Musikverein Leopoldau” provided a lively soundtrack for the march. Hundreds of Filipinos living in Vienna, as well as local Austrian friends, joined…

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Women’s Federation for World Peace: “Meet and Greet 5”

The Women’s Federation for World Peace, based in Vienna, Austria, will host a must-attend virtual event on June 11, 2024, that you won’t miss. With the theme of “Working Together for a More Resilient and Sustainable Future for Generations to Come,” this global gathering will bring together an esteemed panel of international speakers to share their insights and inspire action. Moderated by the dynamic Merle Soquila-Blaschke, an Austrian-Filipina powerhouse, the event will also feature the captivating musical talents of Erin Silangil, another individual of Filipino heritage. This promises to be…

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