Philippine Embassy marks 122nd Independence Day

Izah Azahari

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam celebrated the 122nd anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence at its chancery along the Diplomatic Enclave yesterday.

The event themed ‘Kalayaan 2020: Towards a Free, United and Safe Nation’ was led by Ambassador of the Philippines to Brunei Darussalam Christopher B Montero.

The event began with a flag hoisting ceremony to mark the occasion at 7am and was streamed live through the Embassy’s Facebook page @PhinBrunei, allowing hundreds of members from the Filipino community in Brunei Darussalam to witness the ceremonies online.

The programme also included a reading of Independence Day messages from Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and other high-ranking officials of the Philippine Government.

Ambassador Montero highlighted the immense contribution and sacrifices of Filipino modern-day heroes – healthcare professionals, essential workers and other frontliners, in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Like our forefathers who valiantly fought for our freedom, Filipino frontliners put their lives on the line to care for COVID-19 patients not only in our motherland but all over the world,” the ambassador said.

He said that in the midst of the global pandemic, Filipinos in Brunei Darussalam are in a relatively safer and better situation than those in other countries.

“We convey our deepest appreciation and admiration to the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for taking decisive and robust actions not only in effectively containing the spread of the virus but also in implementing a well-calibrated de-escalation strategy as we transition to what is now called as the ‘new normal’,” he added.

A tree-planting activity was held at the chancery grounds to symbolise the resiliency of the human spirit and as a tribute to all the Filipino frontliners courageously fighting the global pandemic.

Ambassador of the Philippines to Brunei Darussalam Christopher B Montero leads a commemorative tree-planting activity at the Philippine Chancery
Christopher B Montero delivers his message. PHOTOS: PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM