The diplomatic reception is part the month-long programme by the Philippine Consulate-General to mark the founding anniversary of the proclamation of its independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.
During the event, Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes expressed his gratitude to the UAE for joining the community in marking its Independence Day on June 12 when the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest man-made tower, lit up with the Philippine colours and the Dubai Festival City’s Imagine show featured Philippine history in a unique laser and light show.
“Permit me to say thank you to Dubai Festival City and the Al Futtaim group, Emaar, Dubai Parks and Resorts and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Your initiatives have given hundreds of thousands of Filipinos living here a new shining hope. You’ve also given a mesmerised Filipino community across the globe [an example] as you paint the UAE as a progressive, modern, sovereign state that accepts, welcomes, acknowledges and embraces us as warmly as the Dubai summer heat,” Cortes said.
Addressing the community, Cortes said the consulate for the past four years has been engaging its constituency, bridging the consulate and the community so the latter would know how the consulate can play a more meaningful role in their lives.
“The consulate has embarked on a very proactive campaign to engage our community, extending our reach to the Filipinos in Dubai and the northern emirates, strengthening our consular services so that they are more efficient, more effective, more flexible, less cumbersome and less stringent to accommodate the myriad of predicaments our countrymen face,” he said.
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