On 12 June 2014, the Embassy celebrated Apolinario Mabini’s 150th birth anniversary with a a photo exhibit about his life,works and his contributions to the Philippines. The theme for the Celebration is “Apolinario Mabini: Talino at Paninindigan (Wisdom and Integrity).”
Apolinario Mabini came to be known as the “Brains of the Revolution” being one of the trusted advisers of Emilio Aguinaldo during the revolutionary period. In July 1898, he was appointed the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs by President Emilio Aguinaldo following the establishment of the first Philippine Republic in June of the same year. He also wrote the “True Decalogue,” a set of fundamental rules which aimed to arouse the patriotic spirit of the Filipinos.
In commemoration of the event, Mr. Allan Mañalac, a Filipino photographer based in Canberra, submitted a photo interpreting Mabini’s 10th principle of the True Decalogue - “Thou shalt consider thy countryman more than thy neighbour; thou shalt see him thy friend, thy brother or at least thy comrade, with whom thou art bound by one fate, by the same joys and sorrows and by common aspirations and interests” and was displayed during the event. His entry, entitled Kapatiran, seeks to show the Filipino spirit of brotherhood under all circumstances.