Pinoys in Belgium celebrate RP independence day

By Raquel Bernal-Crisostomo, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Jun 23 2009 02:03 PM | Updated as of Jun 24 2009 02:55 AM

Cold weather and heavy rains may have lashed central Brussels but it did not stop Filipinos from celebrating Philippine Independence Day.

For them, the occasion is considered as one of the most important celebrations for all Filipinos.

Elvie Galvan, President of Cariñosa Group said that it is through the celebration that Filipinos from all walks of life feel that they are one in spirit.
“Dahil sa pagdiriwang ng independence day, nagkaroon tayo ng demokrasya, ng kalayaan at pagkakaisa ng Pilipino na dapat natin ay ituloy. Kahit anong mangyari, ipakita natin na tayo ay nagkakaisa, na ang identity natin ay isang pinoy, isang lahi,“ Galvan said.

They are also convince that amidst all the controversies such as the constituent assembly (Con-Ass) and Charter Change (Cha-cha), Filipinos still have all the reasons to celebrate Philippine Independence Day.

“Ang pagdiriwang namin dito sa Belgium ng independence day ay maaaring maging isang eye opener para sa ating mga kababayan sa Pilipinas na nagkakawatak-watak.Ang ibig ko pong sabihin, kung dito sa Belgium, nagkakaisa sa aming damdamin at pagdiriwang, bakit hindi sa ating sariling bansa. Dapat tayo magkaisa, hindi magkawatak-watak,“ said Filipiniana Board member Techie Malit.

One celebration
Unlike the previous years, 111th Philippine Independence Day celebration in Brussels is a proof of how united Filipinos are in Belgium. Koalisyon Para Sa Kalayaan, this year’s organizer made sure that everyone is welcome.

Everyone was treated to a mouth watering food such as lechon and other drinks thru the “hospitality table”.

But presentations from different organizations even made the celebration a colourful one.

More than 3000 Pinoys, Belgian families and guests gathered in Cinquantennaire Park and enjoyed the fun-filled day. Some came all the way from Holland, France, Germany and Luxembourg.