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					Vol.I No. 03    Quarterly Publication of the Philippine Embassy, Athens                             October 2007

                                                                      Consular Services ng Linggo, 24 Oras
                                                                      n a P ag - p r o s e s o ng P a s a p o r t e
                                                                      Ipinatupad ng Embahada
                                                                         Malugod na ibinabalita ng          report, at iba pang
                                                                         Embahada na maaari nang            mahahalagang dokumento.
                                                                         maproseso sa loob ng isang         Ang mga linggong ito na
                                                                         araw o 24 oras ang mga             bukas ang Consular Section
                                                                         pasaporte na pinapa-renew.         ng Embahada sa Athens ay ang
                                                                         Ang mabilis na paglabas ng         mga sumusunod:
                                                                         bagong pasaporte ay isang sa
                                                                                                            11 November 2007
                                                                         mga adhikain ng Embahada sa
                                                                         ilalim ni Ambassador               09 December 2007
The Ambassador in a recent diplomatic reception with H.E. Deputy Foreign Rigoberto D. Tiglao na ang         13 January 2008
Minister Theodoros Kasimis (center) and Mr. Costas Papapanagiotous, a hangarin ay mabigyan ng               10 February 2008
respected Greek journalist who extensively interviewed the ambassador in
the July/August 2007 issue of the prestigious magazine Greek Diplomatic
                                                                         mabuting serbisyo ang mga          09 March 2008
Life.                                                                    Pilipino sa Gresya.                13 April 2008
                                                                      Isa pang magandang balita:            11 May 2008
Greek Embassy’s Consular                                              Ang Consular Section ng               Kung kayo po ay may
Office - Fully Operational                                            Embahada ay bukas mula                katanungan tungkol sa inyong
                                                                      10:00 A.M. hanggang 2:00              pasaporte at iba pang
                                                                      P.M. tuwing pangalawang               dokumento o kung may nais
Greece’s embassy in Manila the two countries, and would               Linggo ng buwan upang
on October 1 started full be a boon to Filipinos                                                            kayong iparating tungkol sa
                                                                      mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang           serbisyo ng Embahada, maari
consular services, such as the traveling to Greece. This is           ating mga kababayan na hindi
issuances of visas, according especially so since student and                                               lamang pong tumawag sa
                                                                      makapunta sa Embahada mula            telepono bilang (210) 6721837
to the Hellenic Republic’s working visas had been issued              Lunes hanggang Biyernes
ambassador to Manila His only by the Greek embassy in                                                       local 112 at 116 o kaya mag-
                                                                      dahilan sa mga trabaho nila. Sa       email sa
Excellency           Y o r g o s Jakarta, Indonesia , while           mga araw na ito, maaring mag-
Chrisostomos Nicolaidis. The tourist visas are issued by the                                                Inaanyayahan din naming
                                                                      renew ng pasaporte o mag-             kayong bisitahin ang official
Spanish embassy in Manila as Spanish embassy.                         apply ng affidavit, Special
well as the Greek embassy in In September                 last year   Power of Attorney (SPA), birth                    (Continued on page 7)
Jakarta, Indonesia turned over Member of Parliament
on that day all functions Stavros Dailakis of Drama
which it had been doing for prefecture,             a senior New      Medical Tourism                       KAPHILCA reports jump
the Greek government before Democracy Party political                 International Conference              in number of student
the establishment of the Greek leader, brought Ambassador             Set on November 19-23                 enrollees for SY 2007-08
embassy in Manila.               Tiglao together and Greek                                                  Student enrollees in the
Nicolaidis arrived in Manila businessman Yorgos Psinakis,             The country’s top medical and         Katipunan Philippines Cultural
10 February this year, after a nephew of the Lopez                                                          Academy (Kaphilca), the
                                                                      wellness facilities and resort        Philippine School in Greece
being designated Greece’s conglomerate official Steve                 destinations take center stage as     increased by 26% from 108
first resident ambassador to Psinakis, to ranking officers            the Philippines hosts the 2nd         pupils last school year to 137
Manila in October 2006.          of the Ministry of Foreign           International Medical Tourism         pupils this school year,
Philippine Ambassador to Affairs to explain how a                     Conference (IMTC 2007). The           reported Kaphilca Director
Greece Rigoberto Tiglao since Greek embassy in Manila                 Department of Tourism (DOT)           Roberto B. Fresnido.
his arrival in Greece on May would be beneficial to both              is organizing the event, which        Accredited     with     the
2006 had been                    countries. (Continued on page 3)     will be held on November 19-          Philippines’ Department of
telling the Filipino                                                  23 at the Hotel Intercontinental      Education and permitted to
community          in                                                 Manila in Makati City.                operate by the Hellenic
Athens as well as                                                     Stakeholders in the medical                       (Continued on page 2)
his Greek friends                                                     tourism industry, such as
and contacts that the                                                 hospitals, wellness resorts, and      Kaphilca is located at 64 
establishment of                                                      healthcare financing services,        Pontou Street, 
Greece’s embassy in                                                   tour      operators         and       Ambelokipi, Athens.  For 
Manila         would                                                  transportation companies are          inquiries, please contact 
further advance the
                      Ambassador and Mrs. Tiglao in a recent dinner   expected to participate in the        the school at 210 7480825
close ties between with Ambassador and Mrs. Nicolaides.                             (Continued on page 5)
                                                                                                             and 6934923950. 
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The Philippine Embassy
bids farewell to ...   ...and welcomes...                                                          and congratulates...
                     Minister  and  Consul                         Minister  and  Consul  Former  Deputy  Foreign  Minister 
                     General  Eleanor  L.                          General  Constancio  R.  Evripidis Stylianidis on his appointment 
                     Jaucian,  who  will  be                       Vingno  Jr.,  who  arrived  as Minister of Education last September 
                     leaving  for  Manila  at                      in Athens on 25 October  2007. 
                     the  end  of  October                         2007       to       replace  Minister  Stylianidis  was  the  highest 
                     after having completed                        outgoing  Minister  and  Greek  official  to  have  graced  the 
                     the  mandatory  6‐year                        Consul  General  Eleanor  diplomatic  reception  hosted  by 
                     tour of duty.                                 Jaucian.                     Ambassador  and  Madame  Rigoberto 
A  veteran  diplomat,  Minister  Jaucian  Minister Vingno is also a veteran diplomat  Tiglao last June 12 at the Hotel Grande 
entered  the  Department  of  Foreign  who  rose  through  the  ranks  in  the  Bretagne. 
Affairs  (DFA)  in  1972  and  rose  through  Department  of  Foreign  Affairs.    He  In  a  simple  ceremony  on  24  February 
the  ranks.    She  served  under  Secretary  entered  the  DFA  in  1977  as  a  casual  2006,  Minister  Stylianidis,  then  the 
of Foreign Affairs Carlos P. Romulo from  employee  and  was  first  assigned  as  an  Deputy  Foreign  Minister  for  Hellenic 
1974‐1978  before  being  posted  to  Paris  Economic  Assistant  at  the  Office  of  Aid, handed over to Philippine Embassy 
as Attaché from 1978‐1986.                     Economic  Affairs.    He  passed  the  Foreign  officials  a  cheque  in  the  amount  of 
In  1988,  she  passed  the  Foreign  Service  Service  Officers  (FSO)  Examinations  in  €300,000  (Three  Hundred  Thousand 
Officers  (FSO)  Examinations  and  served  1988.                                               Euros)  representing  the  Greek 
in the DFA’s Consular Offices and Office  He  has  been  assigned  to  the  Philippine  Government’s  donation  for  the  Leyte 
of  Middle  East  Affairs  (OMEAA)  before  foreign  missions  in  Germany,  Romania,  landslide relief efforts.   
being posted to Rome in 1991‐1997.             Austria,  and  Japan.    He  has  also  headed  Minister  Stylianidis  was  born  in 
From  1997  to  2001,  she  served  as  Divisions at the Office of Consular Affairs,  Komotoni, Rodopi, Greece in 1966.  He 
Director  for  Mediterranean  Europe  in  Office  of  European  Affairs,  and  Office  of  finished  law  at  the  Democretus 
the  Office  of  European  Affairs  (OEA)  Asia  and  Pacific  Affairs.    He  has  University  of  Thrace  in  1989  and 
before  again  being  posted  to  Rome  in  participated  in  various  seminars  and  obtained  a  doctorate  in  Constitutional 
2001‐2003.    She  was  cross‐posted  to  conferences and in several high‐level visits  Law  from  the  University  of  Hamburg, 
Athens in 2003.                                in the Philippines and abroad.                   Germany in 1994. 
Minister  Jaucian  has  in  international   Minister  Vingno  is  an  AB  Economics  Minister  Stylianidis  has  published 
conferences  and  negotiations  in  the  graduate  of  the  Pamantasan  ng  Lungsod  several books in Greece and abroad.  
Philippines  and  abroad  and  arranged  ng  Maynila.  He  attended  the  Ateneo  de  He  is  married  to  Stergioula 
high level meetings and visits.                Manila College of Law from 1977 to 1980.   Papachristou.   
Minister Jaucian is from Ligao, Albay.       He is married to Yoko Ramos. 
KAPHILCA enrollees                        other educational opportunities outside of
(Continued from page 1)                   the classroom through involvement in
                                          extracurricular activities organized by the
Ministry of the National Education and Greeks and the organizing of educational
Religious Affairs, Kaphilca provides a trips.
basic Philippine education to children of Classes for the school year 2007-2008
overseas Filipino workers in Athens.      started on 4 September 2007. A number
Kaphilca maintains the required standards           of transferees came from the Philippines
in operating the school and ensures that            and some from other schools in Athens. In
its students can be readily integrated into         addition to classrooms, the school also
the Philippine educational system when              has a computer room, a library, a kitchen, Ambassador and Madame Rigoberto Tiglao
they return to the Philippines. Kaphilca            and two offices.                           welcome Minister Evripidis Stylianidis, then
aims to widen the exposure of its pupils to         Every Monday morning, Kaphilca holds a Deputy Foreign Minister, to the June 12 reception
                                                    flag-raising ceremony at the school at the Hotel Grand Bretagne.
                                                    garden. Each class takes turns in taking                          PhilippiNews
                                                    charge of the flag ceremony. The class         is published quarterly by the Embassy of the Philippines in
                                                                                                                         Athens, Greece.
                                                    gives a short presentation in order for
                                                    them to be trained in social leadership                  H.E. Ambassador Rigoberto D. Tiglao
                                                                                                                  Minister Eleanor L. Jaucian
                                                    skills such as resourcefulness, creativity,                            Advisers
                                                    and cooperation.                                               Consul Patricia V. Barrera
                                                    To equip and update the teachers in
                                                                                                           Nathalie A. Fajardo Analydia A. Turiano
                                                    teaching techniques, Director Fresnido will                        Cielo L. Gamayon
                                                    conduct seminars on Item Analysis and                                Editorial Staff
 Twenty Outstanding Filipinos Abroad (TOFA)         Personal Learning Styles which would be
                                                                                                  Address: 26 Antheon St., Paleo Psychico 15254 Athens, GR
 Awardee for 2007 and Special Adviser on            in addition to previous training and          Tel. Nos.: (0030) 210 6721837 or 883
 Kaphilca Affairs Dr. Marcos R. Fojas, MD (right)   seminars he had already conducted in the      Fax No.: (0030) 210 6721 872
                                                                                                  Email: ,
 and Kaphilca Director Roberto B. Fresnido.         past school year.                             Website:
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                                                                                                                 editor in chief Ms. Josephine “Joy”
Ambassador consults with Filipino community                                                                      Miranda, for its two years of media
leaders  in Thessaloniki, Rhodes , and Cyprus                                                                    service to Filipinos in Cyprus. The
                                                                                                                 ambassador was all praises for TInig
Ambassador Rigoberto Tiglao took                                                                                 Pinoy’s very innovative arrangement by
advantage of the summer season, when                                                                             which it is published by, and a part of ,
diplomatic activities in Athens slows                                                                            the Cyprus newspaper Politis.
down to a virtual stop, to consult with the                                                                      Finally on October 13, Ambassador
with Filipino community leaders in two                                                                           Tiglao met with leaders of the Filipino
Greek areas distant from the capital –                                                                           community in Rhodes, led by Ms.
Thessaloniki and Rhodes – as well as in                                                                          Milarose Fortozo, president of the
the Republic of Cyprus, which is covered                                                                         Filipino Workers’ Association in Rhodes.
by the Philippine embassy in Athens.                                                                             The ambassador was with           Rhodes
                                                         The Ambassador with Labatt Jaime Gimenez (3rd
In Thessaloniki         September 11,                    from left) and other leaders and volunteers of the      Honorary Consul Michalis Roditis, who
Ambassador Tiglao together with Consul                   Filipino community in Cyprus.                           also had briefed him on the situation of
Nicolaos Margaropoulos met with Ms.                                                                              Filipinos in Rhodes and the consulate’s
                                                         They expressed their appreciation of the                activities. Roditis estimated that there
Violeta Magnaye, President of the
                                                         Honorary Consul’s quick response to                     were about 200 Filipinos in Rhodes and
Filipino Organization in Northern Greece
                                                         their problems and his concern for the                  in the nearby island of Kos, the majority
and other leaders of the Filipino
                                                         welfare of Filipinos in Thessaloniki.                   of whom have been there for many years.
community. Magnaye reported that with
a few exceptions, there are hardly any                   On October 2, the Ambassador, together                  A major part of Consul Roditis’ consular
major problems encountered by the                        with Labor Attache for Cyprus Atty.                     work has been to help Filipino seafarers,
estimated 300 Filipinos in Thessaloniki.                 Jaime P. Gimenez, undertook a dialogue                  as Rhodes is a major port in Greece.
                                                         with Filipino leaders and consular
                                                         volunteers in Cyprus, among them
                                                         Primrose Lomas,Emma Pedroso, Carmen
                                                         Brazan, Mary Ann Tabasa, Marlyn
                                                         Panagiton, Beth Fernandez, and Liza
                                                         Jataas.    Ambassador Tiglao urged his
                                                         kababayans in Cyprus to unite under one
                                                         organization to maximize their resources
                                                         so they can better help their fellow
The Ambassador in Thessaloniki with: Consul              Filipinos in Cyprus.
Margaropoulos (extreme left), Ms. Violeta Magnaye,
President of the Filipino Organization in Northern   The ambassador congratulated the Ambassador and Mrs. Tiglao with kababayans in
                                                                                           Rhodes, headed by Ms. Milarose Fortozo, president
Greece (extreme right), Kresta Lyn Bautista, Puri de newsletter Tinig Pinoy, headed by its of the Filipino Workers in Rhodes, and Consul
Quiros, and Cherry Lou Almanzor.                                                           Roditis (extreme right).

                                                                         ASSISTANCE TO
                                                                                                                 Greek Embassy (Continued from page 1)
DFA, Philippine Embassy
assist family of slain OFW                                               NATIONALS                               In a dinner with his wife Alcmene and
                                                                                                                 Ambassador Tiglao’s wife Getsy in
Upon learning of the death of OFW Mercedes               Embassy  also  met  with  the  friends  and             Athens recently, Ambassador Nicolaidis
Rosello,  Ambassador  Rigoberto  Tiglao                  acquaintances  of  the  late  OFW  in  order  to        reported that he has found metropolitan
instructed  Embassy  officials  to  ensure  that         help  the  Greek  police  in  obtaining  vital          Manila an excellent and exciting city to
appropriate assistance would be provided to              information on the case.                                work in as Greece’s envoy.      In April,
the  bereaved  family  of  the  slain  OFW,              The  Philippine  Embassy  has  impressed  upon          Ambassadors Tiglao and Nicolaidis were
particularly  in  repatriating  her  remains  and        the  Greek  Police  authorities  the  concern  of       in Boracay, a world-class beach resort in
belongings  to  the  Philippines,  and  in               the  Philippine  Government  on  the  case  and         central Philippines, together with other
obtaining justice for Mercedes.                          has  requested  the  assistance  of  the  Greek         Greeks doing business in Manila who
Ms.  Rosello  was  found  dead  inside  her              Government through the Ministry of Foreign              chose the island to celebrate Easter,
employer’s  residence  in  Ekali,  Athens  on  21        Affairs  of  Greece  in  ensuring  that  justice  is    complete with the traditional lamb
August 2007.                                             rendered for the late Mercedes Rosello.                 roasted in a pit by the beach.
Since  the  discovery  of  her  death,  officials  of    The  Philippine  Embassy  has  been  regularly          The Greek Embassy in the Philippines is
the  Philippine  Embassy  have  met  several             monitoring  the  case  by  constantly                   located at the 12th floor Sage House
times with the investigators of the Homicide             communicating  with  the  Hellenic  Police              Building, 110 V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi
Division  of  the  Hellenic  Police  Directorate  of     authorities  charged  with  investigating  the          Village, Makati. Telephone number is
Security  of  Attica  led  by  Capt.  Georgios           death of Ms. Rosello.  The Greek Police have            (632) 817-4444 while its fax number is
Theodoropoulos.    Capt.  Theodoropoulos                 assured Embassy officials that they are doing           (632)817-3417.                 Email:a
informed  Embassy  officials  that  the  Hellenic        their best to solve the case immediately.                       and
Police cannot provide specific information at            On  16  September  2007,  the  remains  of  the
this  time  while  the  case  is  still  under           late  Mercedes  Rosello  arrived  in  the               The embassy’s temporary internet site
investigation.    However,  the  Greek  police           Philippines.    The  Philippine  Embassy  wishes        is, which
have  established  robbery  as  the  motive  of          to  again  extend  its  sincerest  condolences  to 
                                                                                                                 contains information on requirements for
the  killing.    Officials  of  the  Philippine          the family of the late Mercedes Rosello.   
                                                                                                                 visas, including downloadable forms.
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Embassy Promotes Latest Manila F.A.M.E.
International among Greeks (17-20 October)
The Embassy has been promoting the           Golden Shell Pavilion.Organized by the
biennial Manila F.A.M.E. International       Center     for      International    Trade
among the Greek business sector,             Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the
resulting in a steady influx over the        Manila F.A.M.E. International is Asia’s
years. Promotional efforts are carried out   longest-running       trade    show    for
in conjunction with the Athens Chamber       houseware, home furnishings, home
of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), as          accents, gifts, holiday décor and fashion
well as the Honorary Consulates in           accessories.                                                       highlighting
Greece and Cyprus. The latest edition        The Manila F.A.M.E. International          Filipino imagination, ingenuity and love
was held on 17-20 October 2007 at the        showcases         beautiful       products of color.

Filipino Businessmen Attend Hi-                                         International Christmas Bazaar at
Tech Partenariat in Thessaloniki                                        Helexpo To Feature Philippine Products
Filipino businessmen attended     Philippines; Moscorn, Inc.;
the Hi-Tech Innovators’           and Computer Professionals,           The Philippine Embassy will     The Embassy has been
Partenariat        2007     in    Inc.                                  participate in the 8 t h        participating in the yearly
Thessaloniki on 05-06 October     The event focused on the              International Christmas Bazaar  bazaar since 2000. On sale
2007.                             sectors of information                on 15-16 December 2007.         will be Filipino products such
The team was headed by Mr.        technology (IT), software,            The bazaar will be held at its  as bags, placemats, decorative
Emmanuel Almonte of the           research and advanced                 new venue, the Helexpo          items, embroidered cloth, shell
Philippine Chamber of             technology.                                                           craft, woodcraft, and ladies
                                                                        Palace located along Kifissias
Commerce and Industry             The team was assisted by the                                          accessories (including
(PCCI) and Philippine National
                                  Philippine Embassy’s Trade                                            necklaces made from fresh
Counsellor for the Partenariat.   Section and the Philippine            The bazaar is organized by the
The members were made up          Ho n or ary Co ns ul at e in
                                                                                                        water pearls).
                                                                        Friends of the Child, a
of representatives from the       Thessaloniki.                         charitable association of Greek Also on sale will be traditional
computer sector:     Pointwest    According to Mr. Almonte, the         women which was established Filipino food products that
Technologies Corporation;         Philippine delegation made at
Microgold Information Solution                                          in 1987. The proceeds will be have been enjoying popular
                                  least a       dozen business          used to support the Friends of patronage since they were
& Products, Inc.; Business        matchings by the end of the
Processing Association of the     conference.
                                                                        the Child’s Nursery School for introduced to the international
                                                                        children of single mothers in bazaar audience seven years
                                                                        need.                           ago.

                                                                        KAPHILCA Presents
                                                 From left:             ‘Kasuy’ Legend In
                                                 Mr. Oscar Sañez,       Markopoulo International
                                                 Ms. Maria Cristina
                                                 Coronel, Mr. Alex      Tales Festival
                                                 Ventura, Dr. William
                                                 Torres, Mr.         The Katipunan Philippines
                                                 Emmanuel Almonte,   Cultural Academy (KAPHILCA)         and danced on stage.
                                                 and Ms. Elizabeth   represented the Philippines in      The International Tales
                                                                     the International Tales Festival    Festival was organized by
                                                                     held in        Porto Rafti,         Erasinou Roes, a cultural non-
                                                                     Markopoulo, on 22 September         profit organization focusing on
                                                                     2007. Kaphilca presented the        cultural exchange, in
                                                                     legend of the cashew nut            cooperation          with     the
                                                                     (‘Kung Bakit Nasa Labas and         Municipality of Markopoulo,
                                                                     Buto ng Kasuy’ or ‘Why the          under the auspices of the
                                                                     Cashew Nut is Outside the           National Book Centre of
                                                                     Fruit’)                             Greece.
                                                                     Kaphilca’s presentation             The festival aims to introduce
                                                                     consisted of a narration of the     the youth in Greece to other
                                                                     tale in Greek. The students         cultures through tales narration
Minister Eleanor Jaucian, 2nd Secretary Patricia Barrera and acted out the tale with                     from countries all over the
Administrative Officer Hermogenes Garcia at the opening of the first dialogues in Filipino. Some of      world. Several countries from
‘Greek Milk and Cheese Festival’ on 05 October 2007 held at the the children wore costumes of            Europe, Asia, and Africa also
                                                                     animals, flowers, and plants        participated in the festival.
Peace and Friendship Stadium in Athens.
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Impressions after a 2-year absence from the Philippines
Patricia V. Barrera
Second Secretary and Consul
                                                                                                                        THE MAKATI

                                                                                                                        CENTRAL BUSINESS
                                                                                                                        DISTRICT (CBD)
         he first things I noticed upon arrival 
         at  the  Ninoy    Aquino  International 
Airport  (NAIA)  after  enduring  almost  18 
hours of actual traveling time and airport lay
‐over  in  Singapore,  were  the  smiles  and 
greetings  of  the  airport  personnel  which 
were  most  welcome.    After  a  two‐year 
absence,  it  was  heartwarming  to  know  that        And  if  there’s  anything  one 
we are still a happy people even in the face           can  learn  from  living  and 
of adversity and uncertainty over the future.          working  abroad,  whether  as 
I was indeed home.                                     a  government  employee  or 
Of  course,  the  traffic  is  ever  present  and      Overseas  Filipino  Worker 
getting  worse  by  the  year.    But  traffic  can    (OFW) is this: STAND UP FOR 
also  be  taken  as  a  sign  of  a  bustling          THE  PHILIPPINES.    It’s  the 
metropolis…a  living,  thriving  city.    There        only  country  you  can  ever 
were signs of workers and students going to            call home.
and fro everywhere I went—from Makati to 
Quezon  City,  Manila  to  Binondo  and  San 
Lazaro,  Alabang  to  Las  Piñas‐coastal.    In 
                                                                                                                      ORTIGAS CENTER
other  words,  Manila  is  a  city  that  never 
sleeps.  Hear that, New York? 
We  may  gripe  about  the  Philippines  being 
this and that, but then again, which country 
doesn’t have its own share of problems?  In 
other  words,  we  should  count our  blessings 
and  be  glad  for  what  we  have:  democracy, 
Filipino  style;  having    more  meals  than  any 
other  people  on  earth;  freedom  of  speech, 
especially in media.  Other countries are not 
in this happy situation.                                                                                               Source:

Int’l medical tourism confab                           countries.
(Continued from page 1)                                According to DOT, the global medical          The DOT is working to make the
event.                                                 travel industry is currently worth $40        Philippines one of the top destinations in
The four-day event aims to develop                     billion with over 780 million patients        the world for medical tourism. “We have
medical value travel and to be the                     seeking faster, more affordable and world     some of the best hospitals and stand-
catalyst for industry alliances among                  -class medical care outside their home        alone specialty clinics in Southeast Asia.
medical establishments, health benefits                country.                                      Our country is the place where medical
companies, insurance travel partners,                  Aside from site visits and tours to top       travelers and their companions can be
government agencies and other related                  Philippine hospitals, the delegates will be   cared for with the warm, nurturing and
enterprises. It is expected to draw in more            treated to post-conference trips to some      friendly nature of the Filipino,” Durano
than 250 trade participants from over 23               of the country’s top tourist destinations.    said. (Source:

                                                                                                     Cyprus Inter-Island Women’s
                                                                                                     Volleyball Tournament
                                                                                                     by Ester Beatty, Tinig Pinoy Sports Editor

                                                                                       The  much‐awaited  Inter‐Island  Women’s 
                                                                                       Volleyball  Tournament  2007,  organized  by 
                                                                                       Filipino Community Association in Limassol and 
                                                                                       the Cypro‐Philippine Association in Nicosia, and 
                                                                                       sponsored by Western Union, was held on two 
                                                                                       consecutive  Sundays,  on  14  and  21  October 
                                                                                       2007  in  Cyprus.    Four  teams  from  Larnaca, 
                                                                                       Limassol, Nicosia, and Paphos played in this 2‐
Photo above shows Consul Shemaine Kyriakidis (center) and Labor Attaché Jaime Gimenez day  tournament.  Limassol  beat  Nicosia  in  the 
(8-R) with the members of the volleyball teams from Larnaca (blue), Limassol (orange), final  match  held  on  October  21  at  the  St. 
                                                                                       Catherine Catholic Church car park in Limassol.    
Paphos (red), and Nicosia (yellow).
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Ambassador Tiglao                                       religion’s monastic tradition.  
                                                        The  region    is  a  self‐governed 
Visits Mt. Athos                                        monastic  state  within  the 
                                                        sovereignty of the Hellenic Republic 
                                                        and  under  the  direct  jurisdiction  of 
                                                        the  Ecumenical  Patriarchate  of 
                                                        Constantinopole.  The  region    is 
                                                        restricted  and  visitors  are  required 
                                                        to  get  a  special  entrance  permit 
                                                        called    diamonitirion,  a  form  of 
                                                        Byzantine‐era    visa.    It  is  said  to  be 
                                                                                                            View of an area in Mt. Athos from the
                                                        the  only  place  on  the  planet  where 
                                                                                                            Ambassador’s room in the spiritual cell.
                                                        females  are  strictly  prohibited  from 
                                                        entering.                                           centuries  of  Ottoman  occupation  and 
                                                        Ambassador  Tiglao  visited  Mt.                    playing  a major role in the formation of 
                                                        Athos,  he  said,  as  part  of  his  own  the Greek modern state. 
                                                        spiritual  journey  as  an  individual,  “It’s  one  of  the  most  unique  and 
                                                        and  as  a  diplomat,  to  deepen  his  beautiful places on earth and one of the 
Mt. Athos: The Holy Mountain which towers over          understanding  of  Greek  Orthodox  most  spiritual,”  the  ambassador 
the peninsula.                                    Christianity, which plays a prominent role  remarked.   
                                                  in Greek society. 
Ambassador Rigoberto Tiglao and Consul 
                                                  Greek  Orthodox  Christianity  is  an 
a.h.  Nicolaos  Margaropolous  visited  the 
                                                                                      e s s e n t i a l 
famed  Mt.  Athos  (“Holy  Mountain’) 
                                                                                      part            of 
peninsula  Oct.  8  ‐10,  staying  in  a 
                                                                                      G r e e k 
monastic kella or household dedicated to 
St.  Nicolaos,  and  headed  by  Abbot 
                                                                                      with          the 
Kyrillos.  They  visited  the  monasteries  of 
                                                                                      G r e e k 
Profitis  Ilias,  Pantokratos,  Stavronikita, 
                                                                                      O r t h o d o x 
Iviron,  and  the  Vatopedi  and  their 
                                                                                      C h u r c h                                                    The
spectacular Byzantine era churches. 
                                                                                      p r e s e r v i n g                                            ambassador
The Mt. Athos peninsula of more than 20                                               the  Greek                                                     in a
monasteries,    12  cloisters,  and  about                                            way  of  life                                                  monastery
three  dozen  household  cells  is  a  major 
                                                  Consul Margaropoulos with Mt. t h r o u g h                                                        with a Mt.
spiritual  center  of  Greek  Orthodox                                               s e v e r a l 
                                                  Athos monk Theostiriktos                                                                           Athos monk.
Christianity  and  the  heart  of  the 
                        and a
   It’s been an honor                                                                                        Ambassador Tiglao
   pleasure for Am                                                                                           Attends ‘Dialogue of
                      d and
    Tiglao to meet ol                                                                                        Civilizations’
    new friends visi
    Athens ...                                                                                             Ambassador  Rigoberto  D.  Tiglao 
                                                                                                           attended the 5th Annual Session of the 
                                                                                                           World  Public  Forum,  ‘Dialogue  of 
                                                                                                           Civilizations’,  which  was  held  on  10‐14 
                                                          2007: Senator Joker P. Arroyo and Mrs.           in Rhodes. 
                                                          Fely Aquino-Arroyo with their daughters.         As  noted  by  the  title,  discussions 
                                                                                                           focused  on  the  differences  between 
                                                                        2006: Veteran and Multi-           the   civilizations of East and West, and 
      2007: Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and
      Mrs. Audrey Zubiri.                                               Awarded broadcast journalist       called  for  more  understanding  of  the 
                                                                        Tina Monzon-Palma, with            other  in  order  for  mankind, 
                                                                        Mrs. Getsy Tiglao, herself a       irrespective of race or politico‐religious 
                                                                        former journalist.                 beliefs, to live in harmony.  In order to 
                                                                                                           defuse  the  apparent  ‘clash  of 
                                                                                                           civilizations’,  the  forum  urged  for 
                                                                                                           better  education,  economic  equality, 
                                                                                                           using  religious  and  cultural  exchanges, 
 2006: Commission on Audit Chairma                                                                         using  music  as  a  universal  language  of 
 and Mrs. Guillerm o Carague and COA
                                                                                                           dialogue,  and  the  role  of  mass  media. 
 Commissioner Juanito Espino, Jr.
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     New Immigration Policies Affecting Filipino                                                Philippine Embassy, Athens 
                                                                                                 Tel. Nos.: (210)6721837, (210)6721883
           Household Workers in Cyprus                                                           Fax No.: (210)6721872

                                     (as of 4 October 2007)

1. Eligibility and Period of Employment          three (3) years and six (6) months of
a) Persons qualified to employ household         employment except in cases of                       H.E. RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO
   workers from third countries for more         household workers who have completed                Ambassador
   than four (4) years:                          five (5) years of continuous and
      Senior citizens/elderly people who are     uninterrupted stay in Cyprus and has the
                                                 right to apply for a long-term residency.           CONSTANCIO R. VINGNO
      75 years old and above
                                                                                                     Minister and Consul General
      Persons with special needs                                                                     Ext # 105
      Persons suffering from serious 3. Release Papers
      medical condition such as cancer, a) Employers are not allowed to give more
      multiple sclerosis, muscle atrophy,        than two (2) release papers to a                     PATRICIA V. BARRERA
      kidney disease, myopathy, mental           household worker from third countries                Second Secretary and Consul
      illness and serious psychological          for the last three (3) years;                        Ext # 114
      problems, limited vision or blind, b) Approval for change of employer will be
      advanced stages of arthritis causing       granted only if the release paper is still
      deformation, Alzheimer, and obesity        in effect, which is within one (1) month             HERMOGENES P. GARCIA
                                                 from the date of issuance or at the latest           Attaché / Administrative Officer
                                                 within one (1) week from the expiration              Ext # 102
The applications of above persons shall be 
accepted for further evaluation by the           of the release paper but with the
Department of Immigration and Migration but      approval of the Department of Migration;
                                                                                                      EULOGIO G. COMAYA
                                              c) The employment of the foreign
without prior approval from the Division of                                                           Attaché / Finance Officer
                                                 household worker with release papers to
Population and Migration Department.                                                                  Ext # 103
                                                 persons/families who do not qualify and
b) Except for the above, all others who are      have to follow the URES procedures is                NESTOR C. MAGALLONES
   qualified to employ household workers         not allowed;                                         Attaché/Communications, Property,
   from third countries shall be entitled a   d) For the duration of the validity of the              Protocol, Records Officer
   period of employment of strictly four (4)     release paper (i.e. one month), the                  Ext # 111
   years only, except in extreme cases           foreign household worker will be allowed
   wherein an extension period of nine (9)       to remain at the house of the employer.
                                                 If this is not feasible due to serious               ANALYDIA A. TURIANO
   months could be granted and subject to
                                                 friction/conflict (i.e. labor disute, sexual         Attaché / Cultural Officer
   the approval of the Department of                                                                  Ext # 108
   Migration.                                    harassment, etc.), the foreign household
                                                 worker is under obligation to inform the
2. Change of Employment                          Department of Migration of her/his                   NATHALIE A. FAJARDO
a) No change of employment will be               temporary address so that she/he can                 Attaché / Consular Assistant -ATN
   allowed for the duration of the first year    be easily located for the purpose of                 Ext # 113
   of employment of household workers            departure from Cyprus in case she/he
   from third countries except in case of        does not find an employer.
   death, relocation or immigration of                                                                CIELO L. GAMAYON
   employer, transfer of employer to an old 4. Abandonment of Employment                              Attaché/Ambassador’s Secretary
   age home, and illegal action of the If the foreign household worker abandons                       Ext # 101
   employer against the household worker; her/his place of employment/employer and
b) The household worker is not allowed to is being searched (as being in the                          LINA G. CATBAGAN
   change employer over two times for the Immigration Stop List) or if she/he has
                                                                                                      Attaché / Collecting Officer
   duration of the 4-year period of applied for political asylum and the                              Ext # 116
   employment, unless in case of labor employer is interested to employ another
   dispute and the decision is in favor of household worker, the number of times the
   the household worker;                      employer has been abandoned by                          ELENI LAIOS-PELEKIS
c) In case the household worker who is household workers shall be considered                          Interpreter
   employed by an employer qualified to prior to any approval of a new application.                   Ext # 110
   employ for a maximum period of four (4) In case the employer has been abandoned
   years and she desires to be transferred by the household worker more than two (2)
   to another employer qualified to employ times and there is an evidence of liability               PERLITA C. CACATIAN
   for more than four (4) years or on the part of the employer, the decision                         Consular Clerk
                                                                                                     Ext # 112/116
   employment, the change of employer for the application will be made by the
   will be allowed if the conditions can be head of the department of migration.
   justified and provided that the new                                                               ROLANDO T. CARDONA
   application will be done within the first Unofficial English translation of                       General Utility Man
   two (2) years of initial employment;       Ref. No. M.P.No. 30/81/6 dated 4 October 2007 
                                                                                                     Ext # 115
d) Change of employer is not allowed after issued by the Civil Registry and Migration 
                                                Department of the Republic of Cyprus 
                                                                                                     GEMMA Y. COLOMA
Consular Services ng Linggo ( from page 1)                                                           Consular Clerk
website ng Embahada:,
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ang mga application forms para sa photo  releases  for  publication  in                              BYRON B. VILLANUEVA
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LABOR PAGE                                       POLO, OWWA NAGSAGAWA NG LABOR AT
                                                 MEDICAL OUTREACH SA THESSALONIKI
Philippine Overseas Labor Office  
   Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC)
 63-A Katechaki Street, Neo Psychico, Athens     Nagsagawa ang Philippine Embassy —               rin sa grupo si Administrative Assistant
Tels.: (210)6983335, (210)6982871,(210)6728256                                                    Carlos Montenegro, at sina Ms. Lida Cueto
                                                 Labor Office ng labor and medical services
                                                 para sa mga Pilipino sa Thessaloniki noong       at Ms. Elva Rabino, mga lisensyadong
                                                 29-30 September 2007.                            midwives at caregiving training graduates,
             ATTY. GEORGE A. EDUVALA             Sa pangunguna ni Labor Attaché George            bilang OWWA volunteers.
             Labor Attaché (Greece)              Eduvala, nagkaroon ng pakikipagpulong at         Sa dalawang araw ng outreach, bumisita at
                                                 pagbibigay payo sa mga Pilipino tungkol sa       nakipagpulong si Honorary Consul
                                                 mga problema sa trabaho at kanilang              Nikolaos Margaropoulos. Ang outreach ay
             ATTY. JAIME P. GIMENEZ              katayuan bilang manggagawang dayuhan sa          idinaos sa parish hall ng Immaculate
             Labor Attaché (Cyprus)              Gresya.                                          Concepcion Catholic Church sa tulong ni
                                                 Kasama din si Ms. Jocelyn Hapal, OWWA            Father Bienvenido Dulfo.
                                                 Welfare Officer, upang ilapit ang serbisyo       Halos isandaang Pilipino ang nakinabang sa
                                                 at mga benepisyo sa mga kasapi ng                mga serbisyo dahil din sa tulong at
             JOCELYN O. HAPAL                                                                     pakikipag-ugnayan ng Filipino community
             Welfare Officer
                                                 OWWA. Nagbigay din ng libreng check up
                                                 ng blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol       sa pamumuno ni Mrs. Violeta Magnaye,
                                                 levels sa mga Pilipino bilang bahagi ng          presidente ng Filipino Community in
                                                 kampanya sa pag-iingat laban sa sakit at         Northern Greece, Thessaloniki.
             JEAN V. SANTOS                      pagbibigay halaga sa kalusugan. Kasama
             PAG-IBIG Representative
                                                                                                                    Labor Attaché George
                                                                                                                    Eduvala (8-L), Welfare
                                                                                                                    Officer Jocelyn Hapal (2-
             CARLOS P. MONTENEGRO                                                                                   R), Consul Nicolas
             Administrative Assistant, POLO                                                                         Margaropoulos (8-R), at
                                                                                                                    mga OWWA volunteers
                                                                                                                    kasama ang mga
     MGA PAALALA                                                                                                    miyembro ng
      Maaaring  kumuha  ng  Overseas 
                                                                                                                    Thessaloniki .
     Employment  Certificate  (OEC  or 
     exit  pass)  sa  Labor  Office  isa  o 
                                                 Mas Malaking OWWA Training Program,
     dalawang  araw  bago  umuwi  ang            Sinimulan
     mga  magbabakasyong  OFWs  sa 
     Pilipinas.    Kailangang  mag  fill‐up      Sinimulang muli noong Septyembre 1,
     ng  info  sheet  at  magdala  ng 
                                                 ang OWWA training program para sa
     kopya ng passport at permit. 
                                                 ikalawang batch sa taong ito. Mahigit sa
      Para  magpatuloy  ang  coverage            dalawandaan limampung Pilipino ang
     ng  OWWA  benefits,  kailangang  i‐         lumahok sa walong training classes sa care
     renew  ang  membership                      giving, basic computer operation, computer
     pagkatapos  ng  2  taon  mula  sa           troubleshooting and maintenance, at Greek
     unang  pagiging  miyembro  ng                                                          Si Labor Attaché George Eduvala sa pagbubukas ng
                                                 language courses.                          OWWA training class sa FCFA.
     OWWA  sa  ilalim  ng  Voluntary 
     Membership Program.                         Bukod sa training na ito sa Filipino
                                                                                                  para sa magulang ng mga mag-aaral sa
                                                 Workers Resource Center, isa pang care
      Mangyaring  kunin  sa  Labor                                                                Philippine School of Greece.
                                                 giving training class ang binuo para lamang
     Office  ang  mga  nag‐apply  ng  ID         sa mga miyembro ng Filipino Christian            Para sa mga organisasyong interesadong
     ng OWWA at Pag‐IBIG. Maraming                                                                magkaroon ng training para sa kanilang
                                                 Fellowship in Athens (FCFA) sa
     mga  IDs  ang  matagal  nang  hindi                                                          kasapi, makipag-ugnayan agad kay Ms.
                                                 pamumuno ni Mr. Manny Basingan.
     pa nakukuha ng applicants.                                                                   Jocelyn Hapal, Welfare Officer.
                                                 Magsisimula din ang isa pang training class
                                                                                                    Si Ms. Jean Santos, Pag-Ibig Officer, ay
                                                 Pag-IBIG sa Cyprus                                 nakipag-ugnayan sa mga Pilipino sa
                                                                                                    Larnaca, Nicosia at Paralimni sa
                                                   May dalawandaang Pilipino sa Cyprus para sa patuloy na programang
                                                   Cyprus ang lumapit para sa Pag-Ibig savings at housing loan.
                                                   Overseas Program ng Philippine Mayroong 500 miyembro ng Pag-IBIG,
                                                   Embassy noong 11-12 Agosto 2007. trenta porsyento ng tinatayang 12,000
                                                   Si Pag-IBIG Representative Jean Santos habang    Pilipino na naninirahan at nagtatrabaho
                                                   pinupulong ang mga Pilipino sa Cyprus tungkol sa sa Cyprus.
                                                   mga benepisyo ng Pag-IBIG Overseas Program .

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