Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
The legal and consular section (including the visa section) will be closed for the public on December 22-23 and 29, 2014. The Embassy will also be closed during the Christmas holidays and will be open for business on 02 January 2015. Please check the overview of the official holidays 2014 for complete details.
Christmas - no other celebration exerts such a far-reaching influence on all aspects of German life. It is as if public life in all its manifestations is moving towards these holidays. No-one can escape the influence of this great festival.
Christmas in Germany
German Ambassador Thomas Ossowski presented his letters of credence to His Excellency the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak, in the capital city of Majuro. During his visit, Ambassador Ossowski reaffirmed Germany’s commitment to work together with the Marshall Islands in order to achieve substantial results at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris in November 2015.
Since the onset of Yolanda, Germany has been relentless in the outpour of support for those devastated by the typhoon. German humanitarian relief organizations have been among the first who reached the Philippines from abroad to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Until today, German relief organizations have been working non-stop in the typhoon-stricken areas.
Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Mr. Hans-Joachim Fuchtel paid an official visit to the Philippines from 27 to 29 October 2014. The State Secretary was received by Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario. He held political talks also with National Economic Development Authority Secretary Arsenio Balisacan and Department of Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran.
German football all-stars and former national team players were in Manila to play the football greats of the Philippines last October 18 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The German squad – composed of 1990 FIFA World Champion Guido Buchwald and 1996 European Champion Dieter Eilts, among others, displayed superb football skills as they triumphed 13-0 against the Philippine selection.
The 12th German Ambassador’s Cup was successfully held on 11 October 2014 at Ayala Greenfield Golf and Leisure Club in Calamba, Laguna. The tournament, organized by the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) together with the German Embassy Manila, was made distinct by this year’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and the Philippines.
A reception hosted by German Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Ossowski on the 03 of October at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and the Philippines. About 600 distinguished guests from the fields of politics, business and culture attended the reception. Mr. Michael Glos, former German Minister for Economics and Technology, had come from Germany to convey greetings of the German people on this festive occasion.
60 years ago Germany and the Philippines established their diplomatic relations. Today we see common values and strong international ties between the two countries, as mentioned by Angela Merkel on the occasion of her meeting with the Philippine President Benigno Aquino.
During the visit to Germany by the President of the Philippines, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, several bilateral agreements were signed at the Federal Foreign Office on Friday (19 September). Among other things, the foundation for the establishment of a German-Philippine chamber of commerce was laid.
German-Philippine agreements signed
The German government has provided 2,8 million Euros (Php 160 million) for medical equipment and supplies of healthcare facilities affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013. More than 70 Hospitals and 170 Rural Health Units in region 4B and the Visayas will benefit from the project.
The recruitment of qualified Philippine nurses is alleviating the nursing shortage in Germany and reducing unemployment in the nurses’ country of origin. The migrants’ remittances and the transfer of know-how contribute to development in the Philippines.