AMBASSADOR REYES PARTICIPATES IN COMMITTEE ON EMERGING MARKETS ISSUES HELD IN ISTANBUL
Ambassador Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr. and Ms. Ericka Anna T. Abad, Third Secretary assigned to Ankara PE, participated as official representatives of the Philippines and Non-Committee Members to the 3rd Meeting of UNIDROIT’s (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) Committee on Emerging Markets Issues, Follow-up and Implementation held in Istanbul from 11 to 13 November 2013.
The Meeting comprised of two parts: a Colloquium on Enhancing Financial Integrity in Emerging markets which took place from 11 to 12 November 2013; and a Committee Meeting on the scope and content of a Legislative Guide on Principles and Rules Capable of Enhancing Securities Trading in Emerging Markets convened on 13 November 2013.
The Meeting discussed actions taken by emerging markets to create a favorable environment for trading in intermediated securities and the different methods/approaches to enhance financial integrity under national law. Focus was given on the importance of having at least a common understanding or definition of important concepts relating to securities trading, whether or not domestic laws can be harmonized in order to minimize the risks that come with intermediated securities and whether or not the Geneva Securities Convention can be used as a model to develop a sound securities’ system.
PH WINS A SEAT IN THE COUNCIL OF ICCROM
02 December 2013 - During the elections of the ICCROM (Rome-based organization devoted to the study of the preservation and restoration of cultural property) Member-States at the 28th Session of the General Assembly held on 27-29 November 2013, the Philippine Ambassador to Italy, His Excellency Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr. was elected as one of the thirteen members of the Council of ICCROM for the term 2014-2017.
(Left: Ambassador Reyes delivering his speech during the 28th Session of the General Council of ICCROM; Right: Delegates from different Member-States cast their votes on issues discussed during the Session.)
This year's election was a highly contested one since as many as 22 countries competed for the 13 seats. This indicates the importance of and support for the Organization, judging from the adherence of 133 countries.
The Philippines is one of the two Asian countries (the other was India) and the only Southeast Asian country elected to the Council. Four are from Europe (Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Spain), three from Africa, (Sudan, Tanzania and Egypt) and three from the Americas (Chile, Mexico and USA).
AMBASSADOR REYES LEADS JOINT CHARTERING OF KNIGHTS OF RIZAL – FLORENCE AND FROSINONE
16 November 2013 – Ambassador Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr. was keynote speaker for the joint chartering/dubbing ceremonies and oath taking of officers of the Knights of Rizal Florence and Frosinone Chapters held in Florence.
The Knights of Rizal Florence was headed by Incoming Florence Chapter Commander Carlos M. Simbillo and Incoming Frosinone Chapter Commander Salvatore Olivari de la Moneda. Reputable members of the Filipino community in both areas were also sworn in as officers
.Ambassador Reyes congratulated the new officers and called on them to emulate Dr. Jose Rizal as his life serves as a model of how modern-day Filipinos can realize the ideals espoused by the national hero. He likewise spoke of how the Knights of Rizal in Italy can initiate changes and influence policies affecting Filipinos in Italy.
The Knights of Rizal is a “civic and patriotic organization recognized by law as an instrumentality by which the teachings of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal may be propagated among the Filipino people, and others who may believe in his teachings to the end that they may emulate and follow his examples.”
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY ROME HONORS ANDRES BONIFACIO ON HIS SESQUICENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY
28 November 2013 - The Philippine Embassy honored Andres Bonifacio on his 150th Birth Anniversary with the retelling of his life story as well as recitation of his poem “Pag-Ibig Sa Tinubuang Lupa.”
Third Secretary and Vice Consul Jarie R. Osias led the ceremony which was attended by members of the Filipino community in Rome. Inspired by this year’s theme, “Bonifacio: Honor and Heroism,” Vice Consul Osias noted Bonifacio’s representation of the ordinary Filipino, his courage and nationalism as he steered the Philippines’ fight for independence against the Spaniards during the 1896 revolution. END
Everyone is invited at the Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio on 28 November 2013, 5:00pm at the Social Hall, Philippine Embassy Rome. Thank you.
Inaanyayahan ang lahat sa Pag Alala sa ika-150 taon ng Kapanganakan ni Andres Bonifacio sa 29 Nobyembre 2013, 5:00 ng hapon sa Social Hall ng Embahada ng Pilipinas sa Roma. Maraming Salamat po.