Activities in the Philippines

‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ Activities organised by the Embassy

April 2022

1. The Embassy in collaboration with Bharati Indian Expat Women's Association celebrated Earth Day 2022 and Azadi Ka Amrit Mohotsav with an Art Competition for Kids on Apr 23. The young artists through their artwork expressed there ideas on how to make India and Earth a beautiful, green and colorful place to live in. The children from the ages 6 to 17 participated enthusiastically in large numbers.

March 2022

1. On 12 March, the Indian Women in Enterprise (I-WE), Philippines (Indian diaspora organisation) supported by the Embassy launched 'Tech2Transform' - a digital series that aims to empower women-led MSMEs in the Philippines. The inauguration was addressed by Ambassador Shambhu Kumaran and Hon. Sandra S. Montano - Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women.

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2. A cultural programme based on the theme of Women's Day was organised by Bharati Manila- Indian Expat Women's Association of the Philippines on 7 March.

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3. The Mission participated at the 2nd Montañosa Film Festival held at Baguio City from 19-27 March 2022. Three Indian films namely: "Hindi Medium," "Neerja," "Poorna: Courage Has No Limit" were screened at prominent hotels in Baguio City.

4.  ITEC Day was organised on 29 March, celebrating the growing India-Philippines partnership in training & capacity building. Ambassador Shambhu Kumaran, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, DG TESDA , Mr. Renato Ebarle, Usec Department of Labor and Employment - DOLE  and Commo Donn Anthony Miraflor, Deputy Chief of Staff Armed Forces of the Philippines at the event. Over 100 civilian and defence ITEC alumni as well as government training partners from the Philippines attended the event. ITEC alumni shared their experiences & relevance of training at premier Indian training  institutes.

January 2022

1. The Embassy hosted a Republic Day function at India House in presence of the members of Indian community in the Philippines. On the occasion, Ambassador Shambhu S. Kumaran unfurled the national flag and read the Hon. President of India's message to the nation. A cultural programme with poetry and song presentations added patriotic fervour to the celebrations..

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December 2021

1. To mark Constitution Day of India, the Embassy partnered with ABS-CBN News and produced a conceptualized segment  to share information about India’s Constitution. TV Patrol’s segment called “Alam N’yo Ba?” (“Did You Know?”) shared interesting facts about India’s Constitution and Indian Culture. Dr. Joefe Santarita, former dean of the University of the Philippines - Asian Center was interviewed by a local TV channel.  Ambassador was interviewed by GMA Network on Indian constitution and democracy.

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Ambassador Interview



Dr. Joefe Santarita’s interview


TV Patrol’s Alam N’yo Ba Segment



November 2021

1. The Embassy organised an Online Lecture Series on Ayurveda led by Indian and Filipino Ayurvedic practitioners and experts to make Ayurveda more accessible to the Filipinos. The topics of the lectures focused on the benefits of 'Ayurveda for Nutrition', the theme of the 6th Ayurveda Day.

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October 2021

1. Grand Opening of Likha Bazaar

The Embassy supported Indian Women in Enterprise (I-WE)'s Likha Bazaar which aims to celebrate and promote Indian and Filipino traditional handicrafts, arts, apparel and textiles. The bazaar was launched on the occasion Gandhi Jayanti emphasizing Gandhi's support for locals.

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2. KATUTUBO KALA Art Workshop

An initiative by Bharati Manila supported by the Embassy, the program includes a panel discussion on "the Mahatma, the Native Art, and the India-Philippine Connect" and an art workshop for Indian native art forms.

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September 2021

1. Teachers Day

Filipino students pay tribute to the role Indian teachers have played in their lives. Indian students in the Philippines pay tribute to social reformers/freedom fighters of India who were teachers by profession.


2. Hindi Day

Indian Diaspora in the Philippines celebrates Hindi Day and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav through their beautiful rendition of Hindi patriotic songs.

August 2021

1. Flag Hoisting Ceremony at the Embassy

The Embassy celebrated 75th Independence Day in the Embassy with officers and staff. On the occasion, Ambassador read Honorable President's address to the nation and addressed the gathering.

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2. Indian Tricolour Illumination at Prominent landmarks in the Philippines

On the eve of India's 75th Independence Day, the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park, Manila and SM Mall of Asia Globe, Manila were lit with the colors of the Indian flag.


3. Celebrating the Spirit of Independence: A Tale of Freedom Fighters

75 participants from the Philippines paid their tribute to the stalwarts of India's freedom struggle in this video production initiative by Indian Cultural Association of the Philippines - ICAP.

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4. Launch of 'SARAP India' - The First Indian E-cookbook in Filipino 

Ambassador addressed the virtual launch of the e-cookbook initiative by Indian Women in Enterprise (I-WE) and Bharati Manila.

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July 2021

1. Sarap India: A Taste of Togetherness — A Virtual Food Carnival

The Embassy supported the Indian Women in Enterprise (I-WE) initiative aimed to increase awareness of Indian cuisine in the Philippines.

2.  Online course on Gandhian Philosophy

he Embassy in collaboration with Indian Council For Cultural Relations organized a course on Gandhian Philosophy conducted by the renowned Gandhian scholar, Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna. A total of 27 participants from the Philippines participated. 

June 2022

1. Yoga for Wellness

The Embassy organised a Week-long Virtual Yoga Retreat with 7 leading yoga teachers/practitioners in the Philippines providing participants a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of yoga. The Embassy had also collaborated with various organisations in organising similar events in celebration of IDY 2021.

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7th International Day of Yoga with 7 Forms of Yoga

4-Day Course on Sudharshan Kriya Yoga

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Yoga for Immunity

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In Palau, the Embassy in collaboration with the Honorary Consulate of India to Palau and with the support of the Office of the Ministry of State of the Republic of Palau organised a live yoga demonstration event held at Ngarachamayong Cultural Center, Koror on 20 June and was attended by a hundred of yoga enthusiasts from the Diplomatic community in Palau, locals and members of other nationalities in Palau. 

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In Micronesia (FSM), the Embassy organised the 1st ever Virtual Yoga Celebration on 20-21 June which was led by a Hawaii-based yoga teacher and founder of a yoga empowerment project in Kosrae. The sessions were streamed on the IDY Facebook page of the Mission.

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May 2021

1. #IndiaAt75 Conversations - ‘Diplomatic Hour’ : The Significance of India’s Regional Economic and Security Policy for Indo-Pacific Countries

Ambassador Shambhu S. Kumaran addressed the students of Miriam College in the Philippines highlighting the key drivers of India's foreign policy and Indo-Pacific strategy.

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April 2021

1. Navotsava– A celebration of Indian New Year

In collaboration with Indian Cultural Association of the Philippines the Embassy  organised a virtual celebration bringing out the variety of traditions from different parts of India.

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2. Video-blogging contest : My Impressions of India

Ms. Eden from the Philippines tells us what 'India means to her' in this beautiful heartfelt video.

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March 2021

1. Montañosa Film Festival

The Embassy participated in the 1st edition of Montañosa Film Festival at Baguio City. Three Bollywood Films namely: “Mary Kom,” “Queen,” and “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” were screened at prominent hotels in Baguio City.

2. Eyes on Asia: India

Embassy in collaboration with Asia Society Philippines organized Eyes on Asia which aimed to highlight and promote understanding of an Asian country through its culture, and art. The event program included discussions on Yoga and Indian cuisine.

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3. Celebration of International Women’s Day : Launch of Indian Women in Enterprise (I-WE)

Embassy supported an event organised by I-WE to celebrate the International Women’s Month. A panel discussion was organized on the topic : “The Societal impact of Enterprising and Empowered Women”