The Philippine Embassy in The Hague joined the Filipino LGBT Europe Foundation in its commemoration of the 123rd Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence held at the Mozes and Aaron Church in Amsterdam last Friday, 11 June 2021.

The event coincided with the Foundation’s weekly Ayuda sa Amsterdam program where Filipinos in need are provided grocery vouchers and food aid as well as basic medical checkups. Some 300 community members were assisted. The Ayuda program was initiated by Chris Sta. Brigida and friends at the onset of the pandemic early last year and is conducted in collaboration with the Red Cross Netherlands, Doktors van de Wereld’s ZORGBUS (Medical Bus Mission) and the Community of Sant’ Egidio, a lay Catholic association dedicated to social service and founded in 1968 under the leadership of Andrea Riccardi.


In his remarks, Ambassador Malaya commended Chris Sta. Brigida, the Filipino LGBT Europe and the hardworking Ayuda team, including the volunteer Filipino nurses, for their compassion and commitment to their fellow Filipinos.


The Ambassador also conveyed appreciation to Deacon Colm Dekker and the Community of Sant’ Egidio for providing the venue for the Ayuda and their steadfast support to the Filipino LGBT Europe’s programs and activities.

Note: This post was published first at the Philippine Embassy The Hague facebook page via this link: 

Photos by: LHR Photography



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