Former PCG Hong Kong Consul General dies of COVID-19 complications

With deep sadness, the Department of Foreign Affairs announces the untimely demise on 02 April 2020, of Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon, from complications arising from Covid 19.

A career diplomat for 27 years, service to the country has been the hallmark of Ambassador Catalla’s distinguished foreign service career. She served in key posts like Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta and was Passport Director where she delivered frontline service to millions of Filipinos. Prior to her assignment in Lebanon, she was Consul General in Hong Kong, looking over the welfare of hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipinos.

One of the many projects she supported was Section Juan, the city’s pioneering peer support group for Filipino youths in Hong Kong, as well as the “Ugoy ng Duyan”. the first ever musical project of Teatro Filipino group.

Photo by Wendell Jacinto

Since December 2019, she spearheaded the voluntary mass repatriation program of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut.

Bernie, as Ambassador Catalla was fondly called, has always lent a helping hand, to her family, friends and colleagues. Her ever ready smile and infectious laughter may have been extinguished but her dedication to our country will always be there as a guiding light for all members of the Philippine foreign service.

Philippine Consul General in Hong Kong SAR Bernardita L. Catalla (center left),
accompanied by Deputy Consul General Roderico C. Atienza (1st from left) and
Vice Consul Alex O. Vallespin (6th from left), called on Hong Kong SAR Secretary
for Labour and Welfare Dr Law Chi-kwong (center right) and his team, Labor
Commissioner Carlson KS Chan (2nd from left) and Assistant Commissioner for
Policy Support Queenie Wong (5th from left) at the Central Government Offices
in Tamar district on 30 August 2017.
Photo: Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong


Source : DFA