Consular bulletin – April 2018


Consular Bulletin - Felix PintadoUpdating database of community organisations

The Philippine Consulate in Melbourne invites all Filipino community organisations in Victoria to help update our database of contact details. Please help us by providing the following information for your organisation via email to

  • Contact Person
  • Business or Association Name
  • Office Number
  • Mobile Number
  • Address
  • Email

120th Anniversary of Philippine Independence
Philippine Street Fiesta

The ASEAN Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that coordinates multicultural events across Melbourne with committee members in various local City Councils (City of Melbourne, City of Maribyrnong, City of Wyndham, City of Dandenong, City of Northern Metropolitan Region), the State Government of Victoria and the diplomatic core of 10 nations (Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar & Cambodia) and includes the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

This year, the ASEAN Association will be hosting the first Philippine Street Fiesta in the heart of Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market, to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Philippine Independence. The event has the support of the Philippine Consulate of Victoria which is assisting the organising committee in promoting the Fiesta.

The FREE event will be held from 9am to 3pm on Saturday 19 May and from 9am to 4pm on Sunday 20 May 2018.

FASTCO Film Showing

Please mark your calendars for the Melbourne Screening of “Ang Larawan” on 7 June. This FREE event will be a FASTCO-MUFSA-RFSA event in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Australia. Please look out for details.

Are you a Filipino student in Melbourne? If you haven’t joined yet, do join the FASTCO Members-only Facebook page to get quick updates and announcements,

Flag Raising

The details of this FREE annual Filipino Community event in Melbourne are still being finalised. Please mark your diaries for the early morning of Tuesday 12 June 2018 at Federation Square in the city.

Loboc Children’s Choir

Founded in 1980, the Loboc Children’s Choir comprises 24 children between the ages of nine and 13 who attend Loboc Central Elementary School. The Choir has become one of the most awarded choirs in the Philippines garnering both national and international awards. Its concert repertoire is a combination of classical, folk, modern and children’s songs.

The Loboc Children’s Choir toured Australia in 2015 and raised awareness on the devastation caused by an earthquake in Bohol and funds for Bohol’s rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts.

This year, the Philippine Embassy is once again inviting the Loboc Children’s Choir for an Australian tour following the highly successful tour in 2015. The three-city tour (Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne) is envisioned to be the main event for the Embassy’s Independence Day celebrations in Australia. The Embassy is aiming to:

  • Promote Filipino world-class talent in Australia in celebrating Philippine Independence;
  • Promote Philippine tourism particularly to Bohol, one of the priority destinations of the Department of Tourism;
  • Institutionalize socio-cultural linkages and exchanges between Philippine and Australian primary schools.

Office Closure

The office of the Philippine Consulate in Melbourne will be temporarily closed from Wednesday 25 April 2018 (ANZAC Day) and will re-open on Tuesday 1 May 2018. During this time, all enquiries may be directed to the Philippine Embassy in Canberra via phone (02) 6273 2535; fax (02) 6273 3984 or by visiting the website,
We apologise for the inconvenience.

– Felix Pintado
Consul a.h. (Victoria)


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