70 Years of Philippines-Australia
In 2016, the Philippines and Australia marked 70 years of diplomatic relations in Canberra, Australia through a celebration of the historic, enduring and long-standing people-to-people linkages between our two countries.
The Philippine Embassy in Canberra looks forward to fully implementing the Comprehensive Partnership between the Philippines and Australia as we embark on the next 70 years!
Bayanihan’s Australia Tour 2016
Bayanihan, the National Folk Dance Company of the Philippines, performed in Sydney and Canberra, Australia for the first time to mark the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence and 70th Anniversary of Philippine-Australia relations. Bayanihan performed at the Filipino Community Council of ACT (FCCACT) Independence Day Ball on 18 June 2016 and conducted an intensive two-hour dance workshop on 21 June 2016 at the Hall Pavilion. The workshop was hosted by the Philippine Cultural Society led by Ms. Feding Donaghue.
Bayanihan’s well-acclaimed tour in Australia was made possible by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Airlines, the Department of Tourism, Victoria International Container Terminal and Philippine Tours. The Philippine Embassy in Canberra also thanks its donors, Oishi, Mama Sita’s Mixes and Sauces, 7D Mangoes, Don Papa Rum and Cocoa Monster.
Joint Philippines-Australia 70th Anniversary Reception
On 20 June 2016, the Philippine Embassy in Canberra and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade co-hosted a well-attended reception to mark the 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and Australia.
(L-R) Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary (DFAT) Peter Varghese, Former Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary and former Philippine Ambassador to Australia Delia Domingo-Albert, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Minda Calaguian-Cruz, DFAT First Assistant Secretary Allaster Cox at the Gala Reception celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Philippine-Australia relations. (20 June 2016)
Former Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Delia Domingo-Albert was conferred the 70th Anniversary Friendship Award by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary Peter Varghese. The 70th Anniversary Friendship Award is a one-off initiative of Australia as part of the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of Philippines-Australia diplomatic relations. Secretary Varghese recognized Ambassador Albert’s extensive contributions to the enhancement of Philippine-Australian relations including the awarding of Philippine Liberation Medals to 3,800 Australian soldiers who participated in the campaign to liberate the Philippines during World War II.
Art Installation by Filipino Trashion Artist Francis Sollano
Francis Sollano with H.E. Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Philippine Ambassador to Australia and First Assistant Secretary Allaster Cox of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade post their friendship messages, 05 November 2016.
The Philippine Embassy in Canberra welcomed more than 100 people to the outdoor grounds of the Embassy to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Philippines-Australia Diplomatic Relations through a public art installation designed by Filipino visual artist Francis Sollano.
Meet our fauna friends – the Australian kangaroo and Filipino carabao – one pair of fauna friends that can be found at the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, 05 November 2016.
During his presentation, Francis introduced Youth for a Livable Cebu (YLC), the youth arm of the Movement for a Livable Cebu. YLC was formed by young professionals with a passion to make Cebu a better place to live in.
Francis was in Australia to participate in DESIGN Canberra’s 2016 festival as a featured international artist. His visit adds Canberra to many cities where Francis has shown his work including London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok.
The event was made possible by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Tours, Youth for a Livable Cebu, and Delikase Filipino Cuisine. END
Voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino Descent
H.E. Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, and First Assistant Secretary Allaster Cox of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) co-hosted the exhibit “Re-imagining Australia: Voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino descent” in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Australia on 28 November 2016 at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA).
The exhibit, attended by over 100 guests, is based on the book by Filipino-Australian Dr. Deborah Ruiz Wall OAM with Dr. Christine Choo.
Volunteer of the Month: Paul Rosenzweig