Singapore-Philippines Cultural Evening, 27 August 2015, 8.00pm
The Singapore Embassy in Manila, in partnership with the Bayanihan and Singapore Dance Theatre, will be hosting the Singapore-Philippines Cultural Night on 27 August 2015 at 8.00 pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater. The performances celebrate Singapore’s 50th year of independence and the cultural diversity of both countries. Both troupes promise an evening of elegance and artistry where a mélange of dance styles will be showcased.
Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) was founded in 1988 by Goh Soo Khim and Anthony Then. SDT has since developed into Singapore’s premiere professional dance company comprising of 32 Dancers plus apprentices. The highlights of the SDT’s performance season each year include the widely popular outdoor dance event – Ballet Under the Stars at Singapore’s Fort Canning Park. SDT’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary ballet, from renowned choreographers like Choo-San Goh, George Balanchine and Graham Lustig. Under the leadership of its artistic director Janek Schergen, SDT is achieving new heights in the international and Singapore dance arena. In the last seven years, the Company has added 20 world premieres and 14 company premieres to the repertoire, in addition to numerous revivals of the existing Company’s repertoire.
The Bayanihan is the oldest dance company in the Philippines. A multi-award winning company, both nationally and internationally, Bayanihan is renowned as the depository of almost all Filipino dances, dress and songs. Founded by Dr. Helena Z. Benitez in 1956, Bayanihan, was officially declared by the government as the National Folk Dance Company of the Philippines in 1998. Backed up by research and innovative choreography Bayanihan has earned many distinctions, some of which are: the first non-American dance company to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York, the first to make an in depth tour of South America and the People's Republic of China, the first cultural group to perform at the Winter Garden in Broadway, New York and the first and only dance company to win the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award for International Understanding. In more than half a century, Bayanihan has covered 14 major tours, more than 100 short tours in six continents and in more than 700 cities worldwide. Today, Bayanihan shines proudly as a nine-time World Dance Grand Prize Winner. It has brought pride to the Philippines many times over by showcasing the beauty of the Philippines and the story of the Filipinos through its music and exquisite dances.
Singapore Scholarship Award Ceremony
The Singapore Scholarship Award Ceremony was held at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Manila on Tuesday, 21 July 2015. The recipients of this year’s Singapore Scholarships are Ms Bianca Mae Malaluan, who will be studying Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, and Ms Marie Louise Sunico, who will be studying Business Management at Singapore Management University.
The Singapore Scholarship was launched by then-Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Goh Chok Tong at the 6th ASEAN Summit in December 1998.
Each year, a small group of students from ASEAN countries are awarded the Singapore Scholarship to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree in a wide range of courses at one of Singapore’s universities – the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS) or the Singapore Management University (SMU).
Congratulations to the scholarship recipients!
Shooting Incident in Paranaque
On the death of a Singaporean in a shooting incident in Paranaque on 5 August 2015, we are in touch with the bereaved family to facilitate the repatriation of the deceased to Singapore. We will continue to liaise with the relevant authorities in Manila on this case.
The Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Manila has been alerted to a possible scam operation targeting Singaporeans by an individual or group masquerading as Singaporeans claiming to require financial assistance for his/her Singaporean relatives in the Philippines. The modus operandi of the scam involves an individual who seeks financial help via social media platforms usually on the pretext of assisting a close relative who has met with an unfortunate incident in the Philippines. The Embassy wishes to inform Singaporeans to be wary of such scams.
Singaporeans who have received such approaches should take the following steps:
- Do not transfer any money or provide credit card details.
- Check with the Singapore Embassy in Manila via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify the authenticity of the case.
Remembering Lee Kuan Yew
On the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew on 23 March 2015, the Singapore Embassy in Manila will open a condolence book at the Chancery for Singaporeans and members of the public. The book is open from Monday, 23 March 2015 from 1pm to 5pm and Tuesday, 24 March 2015 to Sunday, 29 March 2015 from 9am to 5pm.
All visitors should bring along their identification cards or passports.
To bid our final farewell to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the Embassy will stream the State Funeral Service live from 2pm on Sunday, 29 March 2015. Singaporeans who wish to view the Service are welcome to join us at the Embassy.
Condolence Book Signing in Manila
Overseas Singaporeans mourn the loss of Mr Lee
Mr Lee Kuan Yew fondly remembered in Philippines
Channel NewsAsia has aired a clip on Singaporeans and Filipinos paying tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at the Singapore Embassy in Manila.
The clip together with the written story can be viewed on Channel NewsAsia's website here.
The Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines recently implemented an Alien Registration Project (ARP). Foreigners who have stayed beyond 59 days in the Philippines and are not holding an Alien Certificate of Registration may apply for the ARP at any authorised Bureau of Immigrations regional office. Registrants under the ARP will be assigned with a Special Security Registration Number (SSRN) which shall be used for transactions with the Bureau. Compliance period is from 01 October 2014 to 30 September 2015. Non-compliance in the ARP is subject to corresponding penalties.
For more information on ARP, please visit the official website of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at www.immigration.gov.ph.
The Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Manila has been made aware of fraudulent letters, sent in the Embassy’s name, requiring job applicants seeking employment in Singapore to deposit money to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of the Government of Singapore as part of the application process. The Embassy wishes to inform the public that these letters were not issued by the Embassy.
Anyone who has received such letters and suspects them to be fraudulent can write to SINGEMB_MNL@mfa.sg for verification and is encouraged to report the fraudulent letters to the relevant authorities in the Philippines.
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