Filipino-Swiss group NOI-P organizes “Philippines in Perspectives” conference at the University of Berne

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A March 8, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs

The Philippine Embassy in Berne has reported that Network of Integrated Pinoys in Switzerland (Noi-P), a network of young Filipino-Swiss professionals based in Switzerland, is organizing a conference to be held at the University of Berne (see picture) on May 14.

Philippines in Perspectives – 2011 Conference for Research on the Philippines”, will provide a platform for researchers committing their work to topics concerning the Filipino culture and people.

The main conference speakers will be:

Prof. Dr. Iwar Werlen, head of the Linguistics Institute of the University of Berne, who will speak on The Notion of a National Language P/FilipinoIrina Wenk, M.A., who has an ongoing research on the Matigsalug tribe and who will speak on Anthropological Perspectives on Indigenous Rights in Mindanao; and Corrina Morrissey, M.A., now connected with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, who will speak on Filipina Marriage Migration to Switzerland.

In organizing this event, Noi-P hopes to provide the conference participants with different perspectives on the Philippines and thus, raise awareness and appreciation of the richness of Filipino culture and society.

The Noi-P was formed upon the impetus of Philippine Ambassador Maria Theresa P. Lazaro and was launched in September 2010, with the goal “to network, organize and discover common aspirations for the Philippines.”

The Embassy provides constant support and guidance to the network as it endeavors to elevate the image of the Philippines and the Swiss-Filipinos living in Switzerland.