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As the two countries commemorate their 75-year relationship, they are engaging more closely.

On Sunday, the Philippines and France officially celebrated 75 years of diplomatic ties. In recent years, these ties have grown stronger, particularly in the areas of education and food security.

At the Pinto Art Museum’s 75th anniversary celebration, French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz remarked, “We actually have had this very long friendship and cooperation; we’re celebrating the anniversary, but our relations are even older than that.”

“It is undoubtedly a lengthy tale. Since our goal is to unite our youth and bring our community together, we are really happy to look to the future. Consequently, we are collaborating to create and educate “Added her.

As he highlighted how far the two countries’ relations had come since June 1947, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who was also present at the event, wished for a closer friendship and partnership.

“[Join me in wishing ourselves] peace, prosperity, good health; the freedom to maintain our friendship and collaboration; equality and reciprocation in our activities in the spirit of brotherhood to achieve our common interest,” he said.

Boccoz is confident that Manila and Paris would be able to do this and further “step up and upgrade the relationship,” relying on the exchanges they have had for more than seven decades.

Energy, climate change, education, and food security appear to be priorities, so it’s very likely that we will continue delving deeper into those, she told reporters. “We understand that there is continuity in a number of areas,” she said.

“After that, it’s post-Covid, which means that we all need to recover and rebuild our economies in a better and more robust manner. Consequently, this is a chance for both nations “Added she.

In an interview, Boccoz stated that the embassy has also made contact with the incoming administration and is currently anticipating how it would outline its priorities following the inauguration.

The ambassador will meet with Sara Duterte, the vice president-elect of the Philippines, the following week to talk about education as a “critical priority” in the two countries’ collaboration.

“Any topic we discuss has education as its foundation, making it the ideal choice. We both place a high emphasis on education, in my opinion, “She spoke.

significant accomplishment

When France and the Philippines signed the Treaty of Amity in Paris in 1947, diplomatic ties between the two nations were first established.

Following the historic state visit of former French President François Hollande to the Philippines in 2015, bilateral relations between the two countries have become more focused on a shared commitment to upholding international law, securing a free and open Indo-Pacific region, combating climate change, and encouraging cross-cultural interactions.

Throughout the second half of 2022, a number of events will be planned to commemorate these 75-year links.

The “Diamond in the Rough” exhibition, which includes works by French and Filipino artists who have both lived abroad, was opened on June 26 at the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, Rizal. The public can watch it from June 27 until August 7, 2022.

Additionally, on Sunday, Boccoz opened the France-Philippines Friendship Park at the Las Pias-Paraque Wetland Park, signifying the two nations’ shared commitment to preserving biodiversity and the environment.

The first bust of Dr. Jose Rizal to be built in a French public space was also unveiled on June 23 in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.

Before moving to Madrid to pursue his studies, Rizal first landed in France in 1883 and stayed there for three months. From 1885 to 1886, he returned to complete his training under Dr. Louis de Wecker, an ophthalmologist, and from 1891 to 1891, when he finished writing El Filibusterismo, his second novel, in Biarritz, France, he sporadically traveled to France.

In addition to the aforementioned activities, the 75th-anniversary commemoration will also be distinguished by noteworthy events like:

  • The French Film Festival, the Goût de France culinary festival, and the Fête de la Musique: “Tara, Allez!” from June 21 to 28. – The concert by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and French conductor Michael Cousteau on July 10. – An exhibition game with the French basketball team Lyon-Villeurbanne in August and September.

In order to advance their economic and trade ties, the two nations plan to host a number of meetings and activities.

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