The Philippine Consulate General in Barcelona was reopened recently to be able to serve the 35,000 Filipinos under its jurisdiction and further boost all aspects of bilateral cooperation.
Philippine Consul General to Barcelona Maria Theresa S.M. Lazaro, in her welcome remarks, thanked Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier, and the Filipino community for their determination in lobbying for the re-opening of the Consulate General.
“Dear friends, our task is as grand as our vision, for this Consulate to become the platform for a more rejuvenated collaboration and frequent exchanges,” she said.
Lhuillier, who graced the occasion in his remarks recounted several historical facts that are a testament to the Philippines’ long love affair with Spain and their significance in furthering the bilateral relations between the Philippines and Spain.
“…but we don’t want to simply reminisce the past. We want to look ahead and underscore these historical ties as a foundation for building a stronger relationship,” he said.
The Ambassador added, “Our career Consul General is taking on a big agenda—serving the more than 35,000 Filipinos under this Consulate’s jurisdiction and promoting economic, political, cultural and people-to-people relations; creating a base from which we can learn more about the opportunities where we can work together, establishing networks in areas under the Consulate’s jurisdiction and helping advance all aspects of bilateral relations.”
A number of Spanish high officials, including the Sub-delegate of the Government of Barcelona, Hon. Carlos Prieto; Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Hon. Victoria Alsina; and Deputy Mayor Laia Bonet also gave their remarks.
They all expressed their full support and best wishes for the successful re-opening of the Consulate General.