Tuesday, October 21, 2014

39 PHOTOS: Week 3 of Filipino community annual sports fest in Abuja

The heat is on as the 2014 Pusong Pinoy (Filipino) Association Sports Fest enters its 3rd week at the Nigerian Turkish Nile University.

The sports fest was declared open by the Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Nigeria, His Excellency Alex V. Lamadrid, on October 5 at the National Stadium B Abuja.

Games include basketball, lawn and table tennis, dart, volleyball, etc. There are four competing teams: YELLOW, BLUE, RED and YELLOW.


Monday, October 20, 2014

PHOTOS: Birthday Party at the Abuja Horse and Country Club

Members of Pusong Pinoy Association (an association of Filipinos in Abuja) were at the Abuja Horse and Country Club, along Jabi Lake, last Saturday, 10th October, for the birthday party of four of their members: Bernard, Raymond, Alex and Anthony.

There are quite a number of Filipino migrant workers here in Abuja. Birthdays, anniversaries, sports fests, etc. are some of the ways they come together to have fun.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Every year there are more Spanish companies interested in Nigeria - Ambassador of Spain

On the occasion of Spanish National Day, the Embassy of Spain held a reception at the Ambassador’s Residence on 16th October 2014 at 7.00pm.

In his speech during the reception,  His Excellency Alfonso Barnuevo Sebastian de Erice, Ambassador of Spain, talked about Spain and Nigeria, noting that “Spain is the 14th biggest economy of the world and the 5th in the EU, in terms of GDP. It is also the 11th biggest investor in the world. The changes that have taken place in Spain are very impressive, if we take into consideration that a little over 25 years ago, Spain was an aid-receiving country. However today, we are one of the major donors in the world.”

With regards to Spanish and Nigerian relations, he said “Every year there are more Spanish companies interested in Nigeria, mainly in the sectors of engineering and construction; but also in the Minting and food and wine sectors. I am confident that a larger presence of Spanish companies will consolidate and increase in the coming years. 

Photo above shows the Ambassador and staff of the Embassy of Spain welcoming the guests. 

Read full text of the speech below:

The Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, His. Excellency Alfonso Barnuevo Sebastian de Erice
(Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Spain)

1. The Ambassador of Spain, His Excellency Alfonso Barnuevo Sebastian de Erice; 2. A cross-section
of the guests; 3. Mr.Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria;
4. Victoria Minaise; 5. Flamenco dancers; 5. Eva Barta Martin and guest

Full text of the speech given by His Excellency Alfonso Barnuevo Sebastian de Erice, Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, during the Spanish National Day Reception held at the Ambassador's Residence in Abuja, Nigeria, on 16th October 2014:

"Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the International Community,
Spanish friends,

"I would like to welcome you to the Spanish Residence on our National Day. Thank you for attending and being here with us in this special evening.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Can you paint your way out of the country? Nigerian artist painted a woman with a dream and now he is going to Spain

For participating and winning the top prize in the Visual Arts Competition organized by the Embassy of Spain at the ongoing 9th Spanish Cultural Week, Nigerian artist Samuel Ilori will go on an all-expenses paid trip to Madrid early next year for the annual international contemporary art fair ARCO. His entry, a portion of which is shown in the photo above (full picture below), is called 'I Have a Dream,'

Awarding of prizes to the winners (2nd Prize went to Austine Osunde and 3rd Prize went to Victor Ubabike) took place last night at the Kaduna Mezzanine Floor, Transcorp Hilton Hotel. Out of 80 entries from artists based all over Nigeria, 32 were chosen to vie for the top three position.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Standing room only as Spanish play dazzles crowd on the first night of the 9th Spanish Cultural Week

Hilarious, witty, and engaging are just some of the words to describe the play The Bonds of Interest by the Spanish playwright Jacinto Benavente which was performed by the Jos Repertory Theatre for a standing room only crowd at the Lagos Room of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel last night October 13, as part of the main events lined up by the Embassy of Spain in Nigeria for the 9th Spanish Cultural Week that will last till Saturday. (More photos after the cut).

Sunday, October 12, 2014

PHOTOS: Flamenco dancers who have performed during the annual Spanish Cultural Week, from 2008 to 2013

In 2010, a United Nations committee added Spanish flamenco to a list of "intangible heritages" that need preservation.

Flamenco, according to Wikipedia, is a form of Spanish folk music and dance from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. It includes singing, guitar playing, dancing and clapping. Flamenco has become popular all over the world and is taught in many countries.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

9th Spanish Cultural Week starts Monday, press conference held at the Spanish Ambassador's residence in Abuja

The newly arrived Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, His Excellency Alfonso Barnuevo Sebastian de Erice, together with Mr. Guillaume Monfort (Deputy Head of Mission), and Mrs. Eva Barta Martin (Cultural Adviser), hosted a press conference for several Abuja-based journalists and one blogger on Wednesday, the 8th of October, in connection with the upcoming 9th Edition of the Spanish Cultural Week which will take place from the 13th to 17th of October 2014 here in Abuja.

The events lined for the week – drama, visual arts exhibition and awarding of prizes to the winners, flamenco show – will be held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel where a special menu of Spanish cuisine will also be featured at the Zuma Restaurant.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Let the fun start! Filipinos in Abuja hold annual sports fest

So last Sunday, the 5th of October, members of the Filipino community in Abuja, under the umbrella of Pusong Pinoy Association, began their annual sports fest at the National Stadium B. Thanks to a sunny weather and the participation of members from four teams (YELLOW, WHITE, RED and BLUE), the event was attended by no less than the Ambassador of the Philippines to Nigeria, His Excellency Alex V. Lamadrid, and the Chairman of Pusong Pinoy Association, Mrs. Lolita Victorio, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Les and Grace Blair of Eland Oil and Gas.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

3 Notable events taking place in Abuja this month of October

Looks like October is going to be a very busy month for some people. An art exhibition, a Spanish cultural week, a sports fest, a city tour (and many other activities - just keep your eyes and ears open...lol) all taking place in Abuja. Below are the details:

There will be an art exhibition called Living in Silence 2 taking place at the lobby of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel from the 6th to the 10th of October. This is organised by the Centre for Deaf Rights and Empowerment under the management of Dr. Anne Enyi.

The 9th Edition of the Spanish Cultural Week is here! To kick off the week, Spanish playwright Jacinto Benavente’s The Bonds of Interest, under the direction of Patrick-Jude Oteh, will be performed by the Jos Repertory Theatre on Monday, 13th October, at the Lagos Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel. Time is 6.00pm, and the entrance is free. Below is a photo showing a scene from past editions of the Spanish cultural week. 

Open only to members of the Filipino community in Abuja and organised by PUSONG PINOY ASSOCIATION, this sports fest will be taking place during the whole month of October.  Photos below show the Ambassador of the Philippines to Nigeria, H.E. Alex V. Lamadrid, tossing the ball to open the 2013 competition (top pic) and members of the Orange Team, over-all winners PPA Sports Fest 2013 (lower pic).

While I personally am looking forward to the annual Spanish Cultural Week here in Abuja, below are notable events taking place in the international scene this month...

1 October International Day of Older Persons
2 October International Day of Non-Violence
5 October World Teachers’ Day
6 October World Habitat Day (observed every first Monday in October)
9 October World Post Day
11 October International Day of the Girl Child
13 October International Day for Disaster Reduction
15 October International Day of Rural Women
16 October World Food Day
17 October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
24 October United Nations Day
24 October World Development Information Day
27 October World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

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