Poetry Reading 1

Ms. Sarah Andrea Aquino Samson-Banaag reads Dr. Jose Rizal's "El Canto del Viajero" in Spanish and its Filipino translation entitled "Awit ng Manlalakbay"

at Sentro Rizal, Embassy of the Philippines, Berne, Switzerland.


11 June 2020 - In commemoration of the 159th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, Sentro Rizal (SR) Berne, in cooperation with the Gender and Development Section of the Embassy, held a poetry reading of Dr. Jose Rizal’s "El Canto del Viajero" on 11 June 2020 at the SR Berne.  The poem reading was attended by the officers and staff of the Embassy. The poem was read in its original Spanish version, and translations in the English version entitled, "Song of the Traveller" by Charles Derbyshire,  and the Filipino translation entitled, “Awit ng Manlalakbay" as published by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ 2011 book, Jose Rizal: Mga Tula.

Ms. Sarah Andrea Aquino Samson-Banaag read the poem in the Spanish and Filipino. Ms. Banaag is an overseas Filipino who first moved with her family from the Philippines to Spain in 2001. She has been residing in Berne, Switzerland since 2004.  The English version was read by Ms. Ma. Shiela Sotto-Diaz, Information Officer of the Embassy.


Poetry Reading 2

(Top photo) First Secretary and Consul Princess Tomas-Tayao (left) introduces the poem readers, Ms. Banaag (center), and Ms. Ma. Shiela Sotto-Diaz (right), Information Officer of the Philippine Embassy.


Poetry Reading 3

Ms Ma. Shiela Sotto-Diaz reads the English version of Dr. Rizal’s poem entitled "The Song of the Traveller" by Mr. Charles Derbyshire.


Poetry Reading 4

Amb. Denis Yap Lepatan (right, partly hidden) and Madame Maria Teresa C. Lepatan (right, front), and Minister and Consul General Josephine M. Reynante (middle)

join other Embassy officials and staff in listening to the reading of Dr. Rizal’s poem “El Canto del Viajero” at the SR Berne of the Philippine Embassy.


Poetry Reading 5

(From left to right) Ambassador Denis Yap Lepatan, Ms. Sarah Andrea Aquino Samson-Banaag, Madame Maria Teresa C. Lepatan and Ms. Ma. Niña Barranta pose for a souvenir photo.