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PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN TORONTO AND TRADE SECTION-TORONTO PCG TURN OVER FLOUR SAMPLES TO LOCAL SMEs
23 August 2022, Toronto – The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto and the Trade Section-Toronto PCG turned over green banana and mango flour samples to four (4) Filipino small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The flour samples were from two Philippine exporters, Sekaya and Magicmelt Foods Inc. (GEM). The SMEs which received the samples were iSLAS Filipino BBQ and Bar, Isabella's Mochi Donuts, The Night Baker and Made by Mree. They specialize in making Filipino-inspired sweets, pastries and baked goods. They intend to use the flour samples in making new products that will help promote Philippine cuisine and products.
In his remarks, Consul General Orontes V. Castro thanked the local SMEs for their continuing effort to promote Filipino culture and heritage, through food diplomacy. He conveyed the Consulate General’s full support to these efforts. In real time virtual message, Trade Commissioner and PTIC-New York Head Benedict M. Uy thanked the four Filipino SMEs for their willingness to accept the flour samples and expressed the hope that they will be successful in integrating the flour samples in their finished food products. The turnover of the flour sample is the result of the Online Business Matching for the food sector organized by the Trade Section-Toronto PCG last 08 August 2022 which was participated by local SMEs and Philippine exporters in the food sector. More flour samples are expected to be received by the Consulate General from the exporters for distribution to local SMEs. Should local SMEs find the flour samples promising for their respective businesses, export of the flour products may be facilitated through the consortium of the Filipino SMEs. END-
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CONSUL GENERAL ORONTES V. CASTRO MEETS WITH CIBAC PARY-LIST REPRESENTATIVE BROTHER EDDIE VILLANUEVA
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New Philippine Trade Commissioner Benedict Uy and Member of Parliament Scott Aitchison Meets with Consul General Orontes V. Castro
18 August 2022, Toronto – The new Trade Commissioner of the Philippines to Canada Benedict Uy visited and met with Consul General Orontes V. Castro at the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto on 22 February 2022. He was accompanied by former Senior Trade Commissioner Maria Roseni Alvero, who retired from the service on 2 March 2022.
A Canadian government official from the Conservative Party of Ontario, Honourable Scott Aitchison, Member of Parliament (MP) for Parry Sound-Muskoka, Ontario, also joined the meeting. He commented that the Filipino Community is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada and wants to get acquainted with them, as well as to partner with the Philippine Consulate General on possible programs for the community in the Province.
Consul General Castro reiterate the request of Philippine Posts in Canada for the recognition of the credentials of Filipino professionals in the country and relayed to MP Aitchison that assistance is needed so Filipinos, especially the nurses in Ontario, can practice their profession in the country.
The meeting, which was covered by OMNI News, was an avenue for the Canadian official to consult on possible projects for the growing Filipino Canadian community, and for the Consulate General to further discussions on how to facilitate the recognition of credentials of internationally educated Filipino nurses and other Filipino professionals so they can practice their profession in Canada. OMNI-Filipino’s media coverage can be accessed from their Facebook page through this link: https://www.facebook.com/OMNIFilipino/videos/533269818025259/. - END
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PCG TORONTO CELEBRATES BUWAN NG WIKANG PAMBANSA WITH READING OF FILIPINO LITERATURE
19 August 2022, Toronto – The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto celebrated the Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa (National Language Month) with the theme “Filipino at mga Katutubong Wika: Kasangkapan sa Pagtuklas at Paglikhâ” through the reading of excerpts from selected Filipino literature.
The literature included Sa Aking Mga Kababata of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa of Andres Bonfiacio, Dekalogo of Apolinario Mabini, Florante at Laura of Francisco Balagtas, Bayan Ko of Jose Corazon De Jesus, Ang Kanyang Mga Mata of Clodualdo del Mundo and Ang Awit Ni Maria Clara (from Noli Me Tangere) also of Dr. Rizal. Readers included the dependent children of the officers and staff of the Consulate and a passport applicant.
Consul General Orontes V. Castro, in his opening remarks, gave a brief background and importance of the celebration of Buwan ng Wika. He further explained the significance to Philippine history and culture of each literature read. Consul General Castro said: “I encourage you to live out the messages of the literature read today and celebrate the National Language Month not just for one month but in our everyday lives.”
Aside from personnel of the Consulate General, consular clients attended the short program. END PHOTO RELEASE
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Toronto PCG Provides Consular Services to Overseas Filipinos in the City of Winnipeg
Toronto, 13 July 2022 – The officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto led by Consul General Orontes V. Castro conducted consular outreach mission to Overseas Filipinos in the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba from 9 to 12 July 2022 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Winnipeg Airport. The Consulate General provided passport, dual citizenship, civil registry and notarial services to 1,344 Overseas Filipinos.
Of the 1,344 Overseas Filipinos, the consular team also assisted 152 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from the Hylife Foods, Neepawa and those from the Pembina Valley.
Consul General Castro also met with the Knights of Rizal-Western Canada Area and the other representatives of Filipino Community organizations (i.e., Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba, Inc. and Friends of Filipino Immigrants in Manitoba) to discuss the Consulate General’s programs and the KOR’s activities in promoting the ideals and teachings of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Among those who attended the meeting were Consul (honorary) Ronaldo Opina of the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Winnipeg, Sir Felino de Jesus (Interim Western Canada Area Commander), Sir Mike Pagtakhan (former Deputy Mayor and Councillor of the City of Winnipeg), Sir Mohamed Alli (Chapter Commander), Sir Art Domingo (Treasurer), Sir Ray Sator, Sir Eliseo Mones, Sir Kenn and Mrs. Babe Green, Ms. Joanne Viviezca (PFIM), and Ms. Perla Javate (PHCM). END-
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