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16/08/2011: Phl Embassy Brings Consular Service in 6th Filipino Festival in Richmond, Virginia

August 16, 2011, Washington, DC - The residents of Richmond and nearby cities and counties enjoyed Filipino food and flair in this year’s Filipino Festival organized by the Our Lady of Lourdes Church on 12-13 August 2011.

As the ePassport system requires personal appearance of applicants, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC brings mobile passport service to Filipinos in distant areas. Photo shows Embassy’s consular staff processing ePassport application during the Filipino Festival in Richmond, Virginia.

Consul General Domingo P. Nolasco (right) administers the oath of 17 former Filipinos who reacquired their Filipino citizenship on August 13, 2011 during the Filipino Festival held in Richmond, Virginia.

A team from the Philippine Embassy led by Consul General Domingo P. Nolasco delivered consular services in the two-day event. A total of 71 applications for ePassport were processed and 17 former Filipinos took their oath as dual citizens.

The Our Lady of Lourdes Church decided to organize a Philippine festival six years ago to better serve its culturally diverse community of around 1,200 families. Of this number, around fifty families are Filipinos. The Church also hosts the Richmond Pilipino Class, a free Philippine language and arts class held year-round.

Left photo: Third Secretary and Vice Consul Corina Apostol-Reyes congratulated the organizers of the 6th Filipino Festival. She urged the Filipino-Americans to push for the passage of the Save Our Industries Act (SAVE Act) in the US Congress, a bill that will allow the duty free entry to the US of Philippine apparel made of US fabrics. She also sought their support for the nomination of the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the New 7 Wonders of Nature and their participation in the forthcoming Overseas Absentee Voting registration.

Right photo: Volunteers provide information about the Philippines, in particular, travel destinations in the country.

The community spirit was alive and vibrant as Festival Co-chairs Rosario Igharas and Tom Schaaf and their team of volunteers welcomed families and guests to the Church grounds that offered Filipino favorite dishes lechon and adobo and famous dessert halo-halo and performances of traditional and popular dance and song numbers. -- END