Ambassador Victoriano M. Lecaros assumed chairmanship of Southeast Asian Nations Committee in Prague

28 August 2014 – Philippine Ambassador to the Czech Republic Victoriano M. Lecaros assumed on August 12 the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Committee in Prague (ACP) for the second half of the 2014, succeeding Malaysian Ambassador Nadzirah Osman.

Hon. Victoriano M. Lecaros, Philippine Ambassador to Czech Republic

Hon. Victoriano M. Lecaros, Philippine Ambassador to Czech Republic

The ACP, which is composed of the Embassies of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam in Prague, intends to actively promote ASEAN awareness in the Czech Republic.

During the Philippine chairmanship, the ACP will be sponsoring activities to promote ASEAN-Czech relations, ASEAN culture, community-building, and business and trade in the Czech Republic.

“As chair of the ACP, my role is to promote ASEAN in the Czech Republic and highlight our progress as an organization for the past 47 years,” Ambassador Lecaros said.

He added that it is doubly important as the “Philippines play a significant role in ASEAN being one of its founding members.”

On August 27, the Philippine Embassy hosted an ASEAN Day reception in celebration of the 47th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN at the Museum of Music at Karmelitska, Prague 1. The  reception showcased ASEAN cuisine from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

The Philippines was also tasked to coordinate the 3rd ASEAN Film Festival which will be held from September 09 to 13 at the Lucerna Theatre in Prague. First Secretary and Consul Juan E. Dayang, Jr. as chair of the ACP Working Group, said that “the Philippine contribution to the 3rd ASEAN Film Festival (AFF) is the introduction of a AFF logo which will be launched during the press conference a week prior to the opening of the AFF in September 2014 as well as a video clip”. The opening film for the film fest on September 09 is  the animation film RPG Metanoia, by film director Luis Suarez. There will be four other films from each Embassy.

On September 26, the ACP, in cooperation with Prague 6 municipality, will sponsor the ASEAN Farmer’s Market to promote ASEAN products from the five Embassies in Prague.

On September 27, the ACP will hold the ASEAN Family Day at the residence of the Malaysian Ambassador to foster community spirit among Southeast Asians in the Czech Republic.   Ambassador Lecaros noted that “this activity promotes ASEAN community building among citizens of ASEAN and likewise we promote healthy and successful family life of Philippine-Czech families by inviting them to participate in the ASEAN Family Day.” On October 17, the ASEAN Bowling Tournament will be organized by Thailand.

In November, ASEAN business will be promoted in Prague through the International Christmas Festival which is organized by the Diplomatic Spouses Association (DSA). There will be an ASEAN booth next to the Philippine booth this year.

Ambassador Lecaros, who served as Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam and Malaysia, is poised to promote ASEAN  in the Czech Republic through various events during the Philippine chairmanship.  Other activities that the ACP will work on this year includes the ASEAN Lecture at Masaryk University in Brno, meeting with the Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group for the Czech-Southeast Asian countries, informal cooperation with the Vysegrad Four countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, among others.

The ASEAN Committee in Prague was institutionalized in January 2013 by the five ASEAN Member Embassies in Prague through the authority granted by the ASEAN Heads of Government to establish the ACP.  The ACP meets regularly to discuss issues of mutual interests and concerns and undertakes activities that promote greater knowledge of ASEAN in the Czech Republic. END

Original Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/2013-06-27-21-50-36/phl-embassies-and-consulates/3922-phl-ambassador-assumes-asean-committee-in-prague

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We would like to invite you on course for migrants “Welcome to the Czech Republic”

When: 4. 10. 2014, 9 am – 5 pm
Venue: Jihomoravské regionální centrum na podporu integrace cizinců
Mezírka 1 (6. patro), 602 00 Brno
Registration: cizincijmk@kr-jihomoravsky.cz

welcome orientation

We provide information about:
- residence in the Czech republic
- Education and validation of qualification and much more

Download info:

pozvánka na kurz Vítejte v ČR_aj – Welcome to Czech Republic

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FCA Sportsfest 2014

10602647_809615009083538_1558256899_nCelebrate the summer with us! Come and join the FCA Sportsfest. Have a blast playing a variety of games including larong Pinoy (Filipino parlor games).

This event has taken place yearly since 2011, in collaboration with the Vienna Christian Fellowship. It is for the promotion of camaraderie and sportsmanship, as well as to spread the Gospel.

The activities during the sportsfest are as follows:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Palarong Pinoy for kids and adults (open to everybody)
  • 3 on 3 basketball (Open to those who don’t have a team, but want to play. Can also be extended to 5 players.)
  • Buzzer Beater (open to all)10621088_809615012416871_1245741485_n
  • 3 points shoot out (open to all)
  • Tug of war (5 players on each team)
  • Sack race (5 players on each team)
  • 100 meter dash relay (5 players on each team)
  • Maria went to town (5 players on each team)

Interested participants can register during the event or may contact:

Ariel Funa
arielfuna@ymail.com
+420 777567791

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Campfire Party Supported by FCA

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campfire

Summer is here… Weather gets warmer and it is time to meet, have fun and enjoy the atmosphere outside. Atlas Agentura S.R.O in cooperation with Filipino-Czech Association (FCA)   invites you and your whole family and friends in a picnic, campfire, BBQ grill and games along Vlatava river. Filipinos love to get-together and share fun during summer picnics. Czechs as well enjoy being with family and friends outside in a very friendly and relaxing environment. So come and share one afternoon with us on 14 June 2014, 15:00-21:00.  We prepare games for kids and family.  Everyone is invited to come and join with us. Fish for grilling is free and everyone is welcome to bring and share anything you want to drink and grill.

Save the date and bring along your family and friends…Share this ad and invite your friends too…

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New Year, New Hopes, New Beginnings

We felt our country cried for help when the strongest typhoon on earth named Haiyan/Yolanda devastated the central region in the Philippines. According to the latest report of NDRRMC, as of 29th of December, 6,155 individuals were reported dead, 28,626 were injured and 1,785 are still missing. A total of 3,424,593 families equivalent to 16,078,181 persons were affected in 12,139 barangays in 44 provinces, 591 municipalities, and 57 regions of IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and CARAGA. Out of the total affected, 890,895 families or 4,095, 280 persons were displaced and served both inside and outside evacuation centers.

On 10th of November, after seeing the news reports, the Filipino-Czech Assocation (FCA) started a stronger charity campaign to help the Philippines. A month before the typhoon, FCA with the European Network of Filipino Diaspora-Czech Republic (ENFiD-CZ), was already in the process of developing a strategy on how to help on the long-term recovery and rehabilitation of the earthquake victims on the same region, particularly in Bohol, Philippines. Most of the Filipinos in Czech Republic felt for many kababayans and friends whose families were situated on the regions. Knowing they do not have food, electricity, water, sanitation, with destroyed houses and wiped-out cities, we all felt to unite and rise up as a nation to help our countrymen. In Czech Republic, we started an information campaign to inform people where they can send their donations, followed by series of actions from the Filipino community and events made by different groups and companies in Czech Republic. FCA has a total collection of 122,567 Czech Korunas approx 273,000 Philippine Pesos. This amount is attributed to the united effort of the Filipino community, FCA members and from the small groups, organizations and companies in Czech Republic.

FCA has identified and qualified 12 beneficiaries, Filipino migrants/residents of Czech Republic whose families and communities were greatly devastated by Yolanda last November and/or the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October: from Tacloban, (1) Rosemarie Balajadia Muni  and (2) Josephine Reyes; from Capiz, (3) Mary Jane Balgos, (4) Gerry Navea and (5) Jessa Flores; from Leyte, (6) Olive Nitura, and (7)  Evlan Baldo Los Banos; from Eastern Samar (8) Marivic Pokorna; from Bohol (9) Zhina Debefova and (10) Josephine Unajan Blecha; and 2 small communities in (11) North Iloilo and (12) Pinamopoan Leyte. Most recipients mentioned that the charity will be used to reconstruct their houses, for their food and make a living. Rose Muni also added that it will greatly help in the recovery of her father who was traumatized from the typhoon as the father not only lost a home but also lost a wife.

FCA and ENFiD-CZ greatly thank the following: (1) Prague Shakespeare Company and Lily Chu for the Cymbeline benefit show; (2) FCA Christmas Party and Charity Committee which spearheaded the charity bazaar, charity tombola, christmas charity program, photo booth and bake sale; (3) St. Thomas Community (4) Upper Room Community in Brno (5) Thai Massage shops of Anna Lou and Ondrej Lenc (6) The Pilgrim and the Romanian Community in Brno, (7) Philippine Embassy, (8) Faith in Jesus Church (9) Moneygram  (10) Vienna Christian Fellowship (11) Brown Box Books and Jeffrey Zamoff (12) Pnoy Taste of Asia (13) the Filipino and Czech families/communities and most specially to all anonymous and unmentioned donors who generously gave in times when Philippines was in great need. Aside from financial donations, we also collected clothes which will be sent to LBC Foundation and Red Cross..

Once again, we are grateful and thankful for your act of kindness. May God prosper you more and happy new year in 2014! We pray that the coming year will bring new hopes and great beginnings to many.

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Thank you – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year from FCA

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Dec 19 Christmas Charity Concert at St. Salvator Parish Prague Church

Come feel the Christmas atmosphere and support a worthy cause in St Salvador charity concert on 19.12.2014 from 19:00-20:00 at Kostel Nejsvětějšího Salvátora, Křižovnické nám. 2 Praha 1. Voluntary entrance fee will go to the Filipino families affected by the typhoon. Consul Jed Dayang will be there to give a speech in the event.

for more info: info@farnostsalvator.cz
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December 18 – Gratitude Day in Czech Republic

A call to all Filipino migrants and friends in Czech Republic

Let’s meet in front of the Astronomical Clock in Old Town from 5PM to 7PM. Wear Philippine shirts/colors. We will be carrying posters, Philippine flags and flaglets, give free hugs, and sing Chrismas carols. This is an act of all the Filipinos and Filipinas in Czech Republic. The Philippine Embassy Prague will be there. This is greatly supported by the Filipino-Czech Association / Filipínsko-Česká Asociace (FCA) and the European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD).

Dec 18 is known as International Migrant’s Day.
We will also commemorate it as Gratitude Day.

Contact information:
Marison Rodriguez – 773591030
Ariel Funa – 777567791
Naďa Straková – FCA
Consul Jed Dayang, Philippine Embassy in Prague

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ENFiD hopes that the whole Filipino community in the Czech Republic will take the opportunity to thank our host country in such a unique manner on 18 December which is also International Migrants Day!

Embrace is an effective way to convey a gratitude to the people who helped in several fundraising events for super typhoon survivors in the Philippines.

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Christmas in the air with Paskong Pinoy sa Prague 2013

The Filipino-Czech Association brought together families and friends during the Filipínské Vánoce v Praze (Paskong Pinoy sa Prague) 2013. It was held on December 14, 2013 at Dům národnostních menšin – Praha, Vocelova 602/3, 120 00 Praha 2. There was an afternoon event for the kids and families from 14:00 – 16:30, and an evening program for the general public from 17:00 – 22:00.

While it was mainly a Christmas party, it also included a fund-raising drive for the Haiyan typhoon victims in the Philippines. Funds generated came from the sale of raffle tickets, seats for the show, bazaar sales, and donations from those who participated at the photobooth. The event was also FCA’s way of saying “Thank You” to all those that have supported the association this year.

FCA Kiddie Costume party in the afternoon included a photo-session with Santa Claus, facepainting, magic show, sing-along with Christmas carols and Filipino folk song “Bahay Kubo”, games and exchange of gifts.

The evening’s entertainment started off with “Fever”, an opening song number by the night’s master of ceremonies, Lily Chu. Philippine Embassy in Prague Chargé d’affaires Juan “Jed” Dayang delivered an inspirational message to the Filipino-Czech community. The Santo Nino Church choir sang Filipino Christmas carols while the FCA Dance group delighted the audience with their salsa rendition of “I Will Survive”. Award-winning International Latin Show dancers Marek Dedik and Libuse Chytova wowed the audience with their performance.

Around 200 from the Filipino and Czech communities attended the Paskong Pinoy sa Prague. Many brought different kinds of food as a potluck. Families also donated clothes, toys and many useful items to be sold at the bazaar.

Paskong Pinoy sa Prague was supported by the Philippine Embassy in Prague, the Order of the Knights of Rizal, the Las Damas de Rizal – Prague, the European Network of Filipinos in Diaspora (ENFID-CZ), and MoneyGram.

Photobooth pictures were taken by Ron Adalim.

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Filipínské Vánoce v Praze (Paskong Pinoy sa Prague) 2013

You are invited to join our kiddie party event and to our Christmas evening program

When: 14 December 2013

Where:  Dům národnostních menšin – Praha, Vocelova 602/3, 120 00 Praha 2

Click this to check it in the map.

Nearest metro or train station : I.P. Pavlova (Tramvaje číslo: 410162251565759 ; 1151 / Metro C). See idos.cz for public transportation.

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