Brasilia PE participated in the Filipino community celebrations of the 121st Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence in São Paulo on 16 June 2019. Consul General Ariz Convalecer represented Ambassador Marichu Mauro at both occasions.
São Paulo plays host to one of the largest Filipino communities in Brazil. On 16 June 2019, two events were held to celebrate Philippine Independence Day.
Around 70 Filipinos celebrated Kalayaan 2019 at Missão Paz, a philanthropic institution supporting and welcoming immigrants and refugees in the city of São Paulo. Belonging to the Scalabrinian missionaries, it has worked for the migrant public since the 1930s. Throughout its history it has received Italians, Vietnamese, Koreans, Chileans, Bolivians, Paraguayans, Peruvians, Congolese, Angolans, Nigerians, Colombians, Haitians, Venezuelans, among many other peoples in the world. Currently, the institution meets individuals from more than 70 nationalities including Filipinos.
Plaques of Recognition were awarded to Rev. Fr. Paolo Parise of Missão Paz and Ms. Jona Acosta of the Filipino Community in São Paulo during the event to show appreciation for services rendered to the Filipino community in São Paulo.
Later, Consul General Convalecer headed to the Pinheiros district of São Paulo to attend the annual Binibining at Ginoong Kalayaan beauty pageant organized by the Filipino-Brazilian Cultural Alliance. Ms. Rozilyn C. Velasco from the Cordilleras region was adjudged Binibining Kalayaan 2019, while Brazilian Allison Teixeira was declared Ginoong Kalayaan 2019.
The event not only showcased the beauty of Filipinos but Filipino culture as well via dance and song performed during the pageant.