Public Advisory: Online Visa Application System Under Maintenance

Public Advisory 086-202225 Novmber 2022 ONLINE VISA APPLICATION SYSTEM UNDER MAINTENANCE The Consulate General of the Philippines in New York informs the public that the Philippine Online Visa Application System (OVAS) will be temporarily inaccessible until Sunday, 27 November 2022, in view of system updates and changes. In this regard, visa applications will be received and processed manually during this period.Visa applicants are advised to communicate with the Philippine Consulate General in New York through the following contact details in proceeding with their applications and for further inquiries:Email: newyorkpcg.visa@dfa.gov.phPhone: (212) 764-1330 extension 2017Website: www.newyorkpcg.org

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Filipino Boy Band Brings P-Pop to New York

Press Release EGC-037-202215 November 2022 FILIPINO BOY BAND BRINGS P-POP TO NEW YORK Rising Filipino boy group, SB19, marked its maiden tour of the United States of America with a visit to Sentro Rizal New York at the Philippine Center on Thursday, 03 November 2022. Officially proclaimed the Youth Ambassador of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Sentro Rizal, SB19, aims to encourage the Filipino-American youth – particularly the second and third generations - to learn more about their Philippine culture and heritage by visiting Sentro Rizal New York, which is under the supervision of the Philippine Consulate General in New York. A five-member group composed of John Paulo B. Nase, Josh Cullen A. Santos, Stellvester Q. Ajero, Felip Jhon D. Suson, and Justin T. De Dios, SB19 is making headway in the international music scene with its introduction of P-Pop (Pinoy/Philippine) music, through songs such as MAPA, Hanggang Sa Huli, and Tilaluha. SB19’s music videos have been viewed as many as 78 million times with its hit, MAPA (a portmanteau of “mama” and “papa”), which honors Filipino parents for the sacrifices they endure for their children. Nase, the leader of the group, has a father who is…

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Konsulado on the Go Serves Kababayan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Press Release EGC-036-202215 November 2022 KONSULADO ON THE GO SERVES KABABAYAN IN PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA The Philippine Consulate General in New York concluded this year’s “Konsulado on the Go” by serving one of the most far flung areas under its jurisdiction – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It takes approximately seven hours to travel to Pittsburgh by land.Carried out with the support of the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh (FAAP), the consular outreach was held at FAAP-owned Philippine Center on Saturday, 05 November 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A total of 122 consular services were processed.The consular outreach provided the following services – passport renewal, retention/reacquisition of Philippine citizenship, civil registry (birth, marriage, and death), notarization, and general consultation with the officer in charge.Complimenting the consular outreach was a labor desk manned by Ms. Karen Welton, the Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist of the Pittsburgh District Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division. Kababayan with labor concerns approached Ms. Welton before or after their respective appointments.This consular outreach is the eleventh of the year. The Konsulado on the Go schedule for 2023 will be released by the first quarter of next year. END. Photo Release EGC-149-202215 November…

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First Filipino-American Elected to the New York State Assembly

Press Release EGC-035-2022 10 November 2022 FIRST FILIPINO-AMERICAN ELECTED TO THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY On Tuesday, 08 November 2022, Steven Raga (D) made history as the first ever Filipino-American elected to any state-level position in New York, if not in the entire United States of America. “Raga’s groundbreaking victory is a triumph of the entire Filipino community,” said Consul General Elmer G. Cato. “For the first time in history, Filipinos finally have a voice in the New York State government,” he further added. Garnering more than 54 percent of the votes cast over opponent, Sean Lally (R), Raga will be serving as the Assemblyman for Assembly District 30, an area of the Borough of Queens, where “Little Manila Avenue” is located. Located in Little Manila are Filipino businesses, such as Jollibee, Max’s, Philippine National Bank, Filipino convenience stores, and cash remittance centers. Raised by a single mother, Raga, has a long track record in public service and community organization. He currently serves as the executive director of “Woodside on the Move,” a grassroots community organization in Western Queens. Raga, an alumnus of FYLPRO (Filipino Young Leaders Program), is also staunch partner of the Philippine Consulate General in New York,…

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Philippine Ballet Theatre Dances to Original Pilipino Music in New York

Photo Release EGC-143-20223 November 2022 PHILIPPINE BALLET THEATRE DANCES TO ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC IN NEW YORK On Tuesday, 18 October 2022, the Philippine Ballet Theatre performed at the Philippine Center in New York City, after a three-year hiatus, where they danced to Original Pilipino Music, in commemoration of Filipino-American History Month. (Photo by Tanya Faye O. Ramiro) Photo Release EGC-144-20223 November 2022 PHILIPPINE BALLET THEATRE DANCES TO ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC IN NEW YORK On Tuesday, 18 October 2022, the Philippine Ballet Theatre performed at the Philippine Center in New York City, after a three-year hiatus, where they danced to Original Pilipino Music, in commemoration of Filipino-American History Month. (Photo by Tanya Faye O. Ramiro) Photo Release EGC-145-20223 November 2022 PHILIPPINE BALLET THEATRE DANCES TO ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC IN NEW YORK On Tuesday, 18 October 2022, the Philippine Ballet Theatre performed at the Philippine Center in New York City, after a three-year hiatus, where they danced to Original Pilipino Music, in commemoration of Filipino-American History Month. (Photo by Tanya Faye O. Ramiro) Photo Release EGC-146-20223 November 2022 PHILIPPINE BALLET THEATRE DANCES TO ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC IN NEW YORK On Tuesday, 18 October 2022, the Philippine Ballet Theatre performed at the Philippine…

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Philippine Ballet Theatre Dances to Original Pilipino Music in New York

Press Release EGC-034-20223 November 2022 PHILIPPINE BALLET THEATER DANCES TO ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC IN NEW YORK The pre-eminent classical ballet company of the Philippines – the Philippine Ballet Theatre (PBT) – held its premiere presentation, “On the Wings of Song” at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on Tuesday, 18 October 2022, where the ballerinas danced to Original Pilipino Music (OPM[1]) such as the songs of Filipino music icon, Jose Mari Chan. This celebration of Filipino-American History Month was made possible through the collaboration among the Philippine Consulate General in New York, Sentro Rizal New York, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Hiraya Foundation for Filipino American Heritage Preservation. Jose Mari Chan’s classic songs, such as “Perhaps Love,” “Can’t We Start Over Again,” and “Please Be Careful with my Heart,” among others, inspired the graceful choreography and elegant costumes of the ballerinas.   Other OPM, which served as musical background during the almost 2-hour show, included “Mamang Sorbetero,” “Hiram,” and “Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin.” “This month, we not only celebrate the extraordinary contributions of Filipinos to American society, throughout the years, but we also mark this month by celebrating our rich heritage and our world-class Filipino talents,” said Vice…

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Philippine Journalists Pay a Visit on Fil-Am Mayor Arvin Amatorio

Photo Release EGC-139-20222 November 2022 PHILIPPINE JOURNALISTS PAY A VISIT ON FIL-AM MAYOR ARVIN AMATORIO On Monday, 31 October 2022, a group of eight Philippine-based journalists paid a visit on Filipino American Mayor Arvin Amatorio at Bergenfield, New Jersey to have a more in-depth and on-the-ground perspective on concerns involving Filipinos, such as the welfare and rights of migrants. John Paul Soriano of GMA News shakes hands with Mayor Amatorio. (Photo by Nikka B. Arenal) Photo Release EGC-140-20222 November 2022 PHILIPPINE JOURNALISTS PAY A VISIT ON FIL-AM MAYOR ARVIN AMATORIO On Monday, 31 October 2022, a group of eight Philippine-based journalists paid a visit on Filipino American Mayor Arvin Amatorio at Bergenfield, New Jersey to have a more in-depth and on-the-ground perspective on concerns involving Filipinos, such as the welfare and rights of migrants. John Paul Soriano of GMA News and Willard Cheng of ABS-CBN ask the Mayor questions. (Photo by Tanya Faye O. Ramiro) Photo Release EGC-141-20222 November 2022 PHILIPPINE JOURNALISTS PAY A VISIT ON FIL-AM MAYOR ARVIN AMATORIO On Monday, 31 October 2022, a group of eight Philippine-based journalists paid a visit on Filipino American Mayor Arvin Amatorio at Bergenfield, New Jersey to have a more in-depth and on-the-ground perspective on concerns involving Filipinos,…

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New York City Mayor Dons a Barong Tagalog

Photo Release EGC-136-20221 November 2022 NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DONS A BARONG TAGALOG On Friday, 28 October 2022, the Philippine Flag was raised for the very first time by the City of New York at the Financial District in commemoration of Filipino-American History Month. Consul General Elmer G. Cato presents a Barong Tagalog to Mayor Eric Adams. (Photo by Marc Lacanlale) Photo Release EGC-137-20221 November 2022 NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DONS A BARONG TAGALOG On Friday, 28 October 2022, the Philippine Flag was raised for the very first time by the City of New York at the Financial District in commemoration of Filipino-American History Month. New York City Mayor Eric Adams tries on the Barong Tagalog gifted to him by Consul General Elmer G. Cato. (Photo by Marc Lacanlale) Photo Release EGC-138-20221 November 2022 NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DONS A BARONG TAGALOG On Friday, 28 October 2022, the Philippine Flag was raised for the very first time by the City of New York at the Financial District in commemoration of Filipino-American History Month. New York City Mayor Eric Adams tries on the Barong Tagalog gifted to him by Consul General Elmer G. Cato. (Photo by Marc Lacanlale)

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New York City Mayor Dons A Barong Tagalog

Press Release EGC-033-20221 November 2022 NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DONS A BARONG TAGALOG During the unprecedented Philippine Flag raising ceremony held at the Financial District on Friday, 28 October 2022, with the Office of the New York City Mayor, in commemoration of Filipino-American History Month, Mayor Eric Adams peeled off his blazer and tried on the Barong Tagalog gifted to him by Consul General Elmer G. Cato, to the delight of all those present.This is the first time that Mayor Eric Adams engaged directly with the Filipino-American Community and the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York, ever since he assumed his office on 01 January 2022. This is also the first time a New York City Mayor donned a Barong Tagalog in public.“I was telling the Consul General I wanted the Barong,” Mayor Eric Adams said, as soon as he reached the podium to deliver his message. “I want to wear that when I am in office.”The Barong Tagalog is a long-sleeved embroidered shirt, usually made of piña (pineapple leaf fiber), and worn by Filipino men during formal occasions.As a gateway to the country, New York City has historically been welcoming to immigrants. As a symbol of this…

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A Sweet Escape: A Chocolate Break with the Diplomatic Corps

Press Release EGC-032-202231 October 2022 A SWEET ESCAPE: A CHOCOLATE BREAK WITH THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS New York, 31 October 2022 - The Philippine Consulate General in New York, as part of its economic diplomacy efforts, organized a chocolate sommelier-guided Philippine artisanal chocolate tasting session, attended by some members of the Diplomatic Corps, on Thursday, 27 October 2022, at the Philippine Center.During the one-hour chocolate break, a variety of chocolates produced by The Chocolate Chamber (TCC), an artisanal chocolate brand based in Cebu, was introduced to the participants, such as tablea as a drink, choco-mango nugget, tartufini, whole cacao nib praline, and hand-rolled truffle. Apart from the regular chocolates offered, the participants were treated to two different chocolate dips, prepared on the spot, by Ms. Raquel Toquero-Choa, founder of TCC, who goes by the title, “Chocolate Queen.” The dips were then used on suman (Philippine sticky rice cakes) and churros (Spanish fried dough), which were provided during the session.Representatives from Consulates/Missions of Republic of Peru, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Türkiye, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Republic of Indonesia, and Kingdom of Cambodia took a respite from work to partake in this indulgent gustatory experience.During her presentation, The Chocolate Queen shared her…

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