Ambassador Erlinda F. Basilio led the officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy in Beijing and their families as they gathered together on 12 June 2014 at the Embassy to commemorate the birth of the Philippines as a nation and the freedom of Filipinos as a people.
|Ambassador Erlinda F. Basilio talks about patriotism in her remarks|
The Philippine Embassy in Beijing hosted a reception at the Legendale Hotel in Beijing on 9 June 2014 to commemorate the 116th anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence. In attendance were members of the Diplomatic Corps in Beijing, officials from various ministries of the Chinese government, representatives from the business sector, media and the academe, and prominent Filipinos based in Beijing. The guest of honor was Assistant Minister Liu Jianchao, who was Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines from 2009 to 2011.
|Philippine Ambassador to China Erlinda Basilio greets H.E. Ambassador Viktor Sikonina of Madagascar and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps as he enters the Versailles Ballroom of Legendale Hotel.|
[Delivered at the Makati Shangrila on May 22, 2014]
Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.
Several times a year, the World Economic Forum gathers leaders and specialists from all around the world—heads of state, academics, and entrepreneurs alike—in pursuit of a single, broad-based vision: “to improve the state of the world.” I cannot overstate our country’s gratitude for the opportunity to host all of you here, and it gives me great pride to say, on behalf of my countrymen, indeed: Welcome to the Philippines. Over the course of your visit, I am hopeful that you can make time in your busy schedules to visit our tourist attractions and historical landmarks, which make us one of the most fun countries on Earth. Above that, however, I am also very eager for you to experience firsthand the passion, the patriotism, and the kindness of our country’s greatest resource: the Filipino people.
The Philippine heritage city of Vigan (in the province of Ilocos Sur) is vying for a spot in the upcoming list of the “New 7 Wonder Cities of the World”. Vigan is the only Philippine city which has reached the finals phase.
The Philippines hopes to count on the support of everyone, by voting online at the following website:www.new7wonders.com/en/cities