I was recently invited to a flag hoisting ceremony at the “Ang bahay” , Philippine Ambassador residence in New Zealand In celebration of 114th Anniversary of proclamation of Philippine Independence Day.
It was a early morning ceremony , headed by Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez with other Filipino Organization leaders.
Then, Atty Giovanni Palec, Embassy Charge de Affairs read the Independence Message of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III while Consul General Marcos Punsalang read the message from DFA secretary Alberto del Rosario.
The program was started with a parade of colours and a Thanksgiving mass headed by Father Alberto dela Cruz. After the Mass, the organizers prepared a simple cultural show and hosted by our friend Maria Ruteza Bautista and Anaissa Belenoga.
I had an amazing time. But I didn’t finished the program because I need to send the video clips to my newsdesk at GMA 7 in time for Philippine Independence Celebration back home. Below is a short clip showed at 24 Oras news program.