Photo credit: Marissa Aarnimetsä
Helsinki, Finland, 26 August 2018 - Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia attended the 30th Anniversary celebrations of the Finnish-Philippine Association RY, on 26 August 2018, in Kauniainen, Finland.
After the welcome remarks by incumbent President Ms. Aurora Jäntti, she introduced the founders of the Association led by Philippine Honorary Consul Teresita Ruutu. Ambassador Batoon-Garcia in her remarks enjoined the Association to continue their program of promoting Philippine culture amongst the Finn-Noy youth and to the Finnish Society at large. Finnish Consul General in Manila, Mr. Ramon Illusorio, also thanked the Association for their charitable donations and enjoined them to continue to assist the less fortunate in the Philippines.
The Finnish-Philippine Association was established in Helsinki, Finland, on 11 September 1988, with the aim of encouraging social contact between the members, assisting Filipinos in their adjustment to the Finnish way of life, and promoting Philippine culture in Finland. The Association has actively participated in multi-cultural, sports and social events in various areas in Finland. The members have extended financial assistance to the victims of calamities in the Philippines and contributed to the construction of the Finland-Philippine monument in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila.
The celebration included a Santacruzan by Filipino-Finnish youth, dances by members of the Finnish-Philippine Association and other Filipino community organizations, as well as song numbers by Voice of Finland contestants Francis Asis and Oliver Graham. END