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Press Release
23 June 2014


Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh Moves to New Building


The Philippine Embassy announces that the Office of the Labor Attaché in the Diplomatic Quarters has been closed and transferred to its new location at the following address and contact numbers:

      • No. 5, Dr. Ahmad Suhair Properties
        West Umul Hamam District
        Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
      • Telephone nos:
        • 011-4832201;
        • 011-4832202;
        • 011-4832203.

Below is the location map of the new Office of the Labor Attaché.

All labor related transactions will be entertained at the new location during office hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, from Saturday until Thursday.




Philippine Embassy Entertains Filipino
Community in Riyadh on

Independence Day


(RIYADH, 13 June 2014) – Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago gathered the officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino community on 13 June 2014 to celebrate the 116th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.

Reversing the usual practice of community members presenting entertainment and cultural numbers in past national day celebrations, this year the Embassy officers and staff, their spouses and their children prepared song and dance numbers for the delight of the Filipino community.

The program started with the video message of President Benigno S. Aquino which was delivered in Naga City in the morning of 12 June 2014. This was followed by the message of Ambassador Tago.

In his message, Ambassador Tago conveyed his appreciation to the Filipino community for taking time-out from their busy scheduled to attend the celebration. He conveyed to the community the importance of the sacrifices of our heroes for us to gain the freedom and democracy we all enjoy today.


The Filipino community was entertained by the Embassy children’s rendition of the song “I Am But a Small Voice”; followed by a ballet number, “Dalagang Pilipina” performed by Ms. Farrah D. Dingal, nationalistic song “Tagumpay Nating Lahat” by the Philippine Embassy choir, traditional “Pandango sa Ilaw” led by Social Welfare Attache By Ms. Perlita V. Panganiban and Embassy Spouses.



A Filipiniana Fashion Show showcasing traditional/classic, ethnic and contemporary Philippine fashion was participated in by Embassy personnel, spouses and their children.

This was followed by back-to-back song numbers by Minister and Consul General Marshall Louis M. Alferez who sang “Kahit Isang Saglit” and Second Secretary and Consul Mary Jennifer D. Dingal who sang “Ikaw.” For the finale, Ms. Mae I. Galvez, spouse of Attache Emmanuel P. Galvez, sang “Dakilang Lahi”.

During the program, Ambassador Tago took the opportunity to welcome and introduce to the Filipino community the new officers and staff of the Embassy and also bid farewell to its personnel whose tours of duty will be ending in June 2014.

The program was hosted by Second Secretary and Consul Winston Dean S. Almeda.



Filipinos in Eastern Saudi Arabia Celebrate
116th Independence Day


On 13 June 2014, The Filipino community in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia held an elaborate celebration of the 116th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence Day, held at the International Philippine School in Al-Khobar (IPSA).

The one-day celebration started with reading of messages of the President, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the Secretary of Labor and Employment, and OWWA Administrator.


Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago gave a short message, in which he encouraged Filipinos to invest in the Philippines and work towards their eventual reintegration into the Philippine society and economy.


The program also included the awarding of outstanding migrant worker awards to 19 OFWs based in the Eastern Region. A composite committee from POLO Eastern with representatives from the community had chosen the awardees who got plaques and medals.


The celebration included various cultural performances by students and community members in the Eastern region.

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PR-077- 2014

Lulu Hypermarket in Riyadh Holds
One Week Filipino Food Festival


Ambassador Tago cuts the ceremonial ribbon to inaugurate the 7-day Filipino Food Festival, while Consul General Alferez looks on.


(RIYADH, 12 June 2014) – Ambassador Ezzedin Tago opened the 7-day Filipino Food Festival in Lulu Hypermarket in Riyadh on 12 June 2014.

Lulu Hypermarket organizes the annual food festival to introduce and showcase the wealth and range of products coming from the Philippines to the local market and to other nationalities. The food festival is also an opportunity for Filipinos to participate in celebrating our National Day.

Lulu Hypermakret is a leader in organized retail and has a strong presence in all Gulf countries, namely, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. Regardless of its cosmopolitan clientele and environment, Lulu is best known among Filipinos as the “hypermarket of choice” for its wide-range selection of Philippine products.

During the event, Embassy officers and staff, as well as other guests, were treated to an array of Filipino dishes and delicacies like Longganisa, Tapa, fried Daing, Adobo, Kare-Kare, Binagoongan, Dinakdakan, Sweet and Sour, Sapin-Sapin, Suman, among others. Filipino fruits such as banana, pinapple, turnips, avocado, were also available.

During his visit, Ambassador Tago expressed his appreciation to Lulu Hypermarket for organizing the food festival, which is now on its fourth year. He said that it was heartwarming to see the interest and enthusiasm of the Saudis and other foreigners towards Filipino products, in general, and the various dishes and delicacies that were prepared, in particular. With the availability of Filipino products at Lulu, he likewise encouraged Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to take pride in our products by “buying Filipino” and promoting it to their Saudi and expatriate friends. (END)


Ambassador Tago is in an animated conversation with the Filipino chefs who prepared some of the dishes for the food festival.


Ambassador Tago poses with some of the Filipino workers at Lulu Hypermarket who were proudly holding the Philippine flag.

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