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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Parol Lighting Kicks Off “Paskong Pilipino 2017” in New York; PNP Chief De La Rosa Leads Special Guests

New York – The Philippine Consulate General in New York launched “Paskong Pilipino” on 5 December 2017 at the Philippine Center with a Parol Lighting Ceremony participated in by a capacity audience from the Filipino-American Community.

Consul General Theresa Dizon-De Vega welcomed guests to the parol lighting and invited them to take part in the December activities of the Consulate including the 9-day Simbang Gabi sa Konsulado from 5-13 December 2017. “This is our way of bringing some of the traditions, sights, sounds, and flavors of the Philippine Christmas season to our kababayans overseas,” she added.

Special Guest Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa was on hand to deliver a message of hope and a request for prayers and support for the men and women of the Philippine police force at the lighting ceremony. He assured the community members that the Philippine National Police will do its utmost to keep their families and loved ones safe back in the Philippines.

Several parols donated by the cities of Angeles and San Fernando in Pampanga Province, known for its exquisitely made Christmas lanterns, were lit up to the delight of Filipinos spending Christmas far from their families and friends in the Philippines.
A bahay kubo (nipa hut) festooned with mini parols and donated by the Ay, Borongan Association of Samar was likewise set up at the Philippine Center Lobby Gallery to add to the festive atmosphere.

The Kayumanggi Chorale based in New Jersey rendered Philippine Christmas carols further adding to the significance of the event. 

Contributed/ PCGNY

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

PHOTOS | Activists Protest Outside the Philippine Center in New York on International Human Rights Day

Manhattan - On a cold Sunday evening commemorating International Human Rights day, advocates  held a protest rally in front of the Philippine Center in New York to condemn the recent killings of activists as well as religious leaders and the rising threat of dictatorship in the Philippines under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Photos by Lambert Parong/ Balitang New York.

Inside the Philippine Center where members of the Filipino community gathered for some light refreshments after attending a catholic mass service held earlier, part of the traditional 9 consecutive "simbang gabi" offertory mass during the Christmas holiday season.

A lone pro-Duterte supporter appeared in front of the protesters and started chanting Duterte's name with a raised fist. 

Photos by Lambert Parong © 2017 Kababayan Media

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS), advises the public that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as well as immigrants, seafarers and students who are about to leave for abroad, and who are not yet registered as Overseas Voter, may now register to vote, for the 2019 National Elections, at the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA), ASEANA Business Park, Macapagal Boulevard, Parañaque City until 30 September 2018. This Overseas Voter Registration Center is in addition to the following OVRCs.

“Sa mga Kababayan natin abroad, huwag nyo pong kalimutang magparehistro para sa overseas voting. Pantay-pantay ang karapatan natin: lahat tayo ay may isang boto at tayo ang pumipili ng mga namumuno”, said Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano.

In Metro Manila:

Department of Foreign Affairs – Satellite Office at Robinson’s Galleria
Level 1 Lingkod Pinoy Center, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave.

Department of Foreign Affairs – Satellite Office at SM Manila
5th Floor, SM City Manila, Conception St., Manila

Department of Foreign Affairs – Satellite Office at Alabang Town Center
4th Floor, Metro Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Zapote Road,Muntinlupa City

Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Ave. cor. Osmeña Highway, Manila

OWWA Training Center
Victoria cor. Solana Sts., Intramuros, Manila

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Mandaluyong

Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)
5th and 6th Floor Parkview Plaza, Taft Avenue cor. T.M. Kalaw City of Manila

For a brief video on overseas voter registration, kindly click on: OV Registration 2016-2018 or watch it below:

All Filipino citizens who expect to be abroad from 13 April – 13 May 2019 during the overseas voting period for the 2019 Elections, at least 18 years old on 13 May 2019, and not otherwise disqualified by law, may register as an overseas voter, at the abovementioned locations or at the nearest Philippine Foreign Service Posts abroad including the three (3) Manila Economic and Cultural Offices (MECO) in Taiwan. For an updated list please go to or

PHOTOS | Renee Salud and Philippine Weavers NYC Neo-Ethnic Philippine Tapestry Fashion Show

Philippine Tapestry Fashion Show - Neo-Ethnic Fashion of Renee Salud and Philippine Weavers presented by the Philippine Consulate General of New York, Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board. November 25, 2017. Philippine Center. New York. Photos by Lambert Parong/Balitang New York.

Consul General Theresa Dizon-de Vega and Ambassador to the UN Teodoro Locsin Jr.

Maggie and Sonali.

Benedictine monk Dom Martin Hizon Gomez OSB.

Troi, Boyet, Lindy, RJ and John.

Fiesta in America's Fernando Mendez and Laura Garcia.

Ms. Melissa Alviar

Renee Salud with Ms. Eleonor De Leon and company.

Soprano Kay Habana, Blue Sevilla and Cynthia Ballenas.

Renee Salud is flanked by guests and Ms. Susan Del Mundo DOT-NY, Consul General Ma. Tess de-Vega, Joey Chanco and Milay Blaza.

Cynthia and Rene Ballenas.

Victor Palmos

Ms. Loida Lewis, Renee Salud and Consul General Ma. Tess Dizon-de Vega.

Ms. Cora Rivera.

Lindy Rosales and Boyet Loverita.

Caroline, Joey and Stephanie

Soprano Kay Habana.

Mama Renee Salud.

Pierre Marie.

© 2017 Kababayan Media