Monday, 04 June 2012 13:23
The Filipino community and the consular office in the United Kingdom have been active partners of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s efforts to push the Philippines as an alternative investment site to foreign investors by working hand-in-hand with each other to promote the Filipino culture to the world, an embassy official said.
An estimated one million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the professional (nurses, accountants and engineers), highly skilled (electricians) and service (waiters and domestic helpers) sectors reside in the United Kingdom.
In an interview, Enrique Manalo, Philippine Ambassador to the UK, said this “very vibrant and active community” has been a key ingredient in the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries.
“They (OFWs) are working together with the embassy to see how we can promote Philippine culture here in the UK because ultimately the strength of our bilateral relationship is the fact that many UK citizens live and work in the Philippines while a number of Filipinos also work and reside in the UK,” Manalo said.
He added that part of their plans to promote Philippine culture is to expose our friends in the UK to our time honored festivals and significant events in Philippine history such as our Independence Day on June 12.
“It is in this interaction between the embassy and the Filipino communities that we are together ultimately to promote the Philippines and the Filipino culture,” Manalo said.
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