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The Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines and the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs revealed today the winners of the logo competition for the 60 Years of EU-Philippines Relations.

H. E. Luc Véron, EU Ambassador to the Philippines and Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Ma Elena Algabre announced that the work of Mr Julie Ar Sibala was adjudged as the winner in the logo contest. Runners-up were Czar Julenen Tanamor (first runner-up) and Erick Michael Opeña (second runner-up).

The works of the participants to the logo competition were evaluated on the basis of relevance to the theme, originality, visual impact and usability.

Ambassador Véron led the adjudicators of the logo competition together with representatives from the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs and the Design Center of the Philippines.

He commended the works of Filipino youth who joined the logo competition for their innovation and creativity and the ability to reflect the growing strategic partnership between the EU and the Philippines.

Ambassador Véron said that the deliberation for the winning logo was not easy. Of the winning logo, he said that “it is a thoughtfully designed symbol of the EU-Philippine partnership it is elegant yet simple, intricately crafted but aesthetically pleasing, and serves as a solid representation of how our relationship will continue to progress unabated—and I am confident that my fellow judges share the same sentiment”.

Julie Ar is a graphics designer at the University of Immaculate Concepcion in Davao City where he also studied Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Magna Cum Laude).

He drew inspiration from the “unwavering support of the European Union for the Philippines, regardless of the numerous issues and crises our nation has endured”.

The EU continues to stand by us, assisting in peace talks, addressing climate concerns, tackling poverty, fostering youth development, and more, Julie Ar said. This unwavering commitment is represented by the main symbol in my logo, which is the “infinite” sign, he added.

Ambassador Véron hosted a luncheon in honor of the winners, Julie and Erick Michael, in his residence in Makati City. Australian-based Czar who is the other runner-up will pay a courtesy visit to the EU Delegation when he comes to the Philippines in December.

The relationship between the EU and the Republic of the Philippines is a longstanding one, which has broadened and deepened remarkably in recent years.

In 2024, the EU and the Philippines will celebrate their 60 years of diplomatic relations. This is a testimony to the enduring nature of the bilateral relationship.

In a speech delivered by Ambassador Véron during the awarding ceremonies, he explained the reason for the celebration for the 60 years of the bilateral relationship.

He said “we are commemorating the long list of our joint achievements: we are celebrating how the Philippines is hosting the first Copernicus mirror site in Asia, and how Filipino students constitute among the most numerous worldwide in terms of Erasmus Mundus scholarships won”.

“We celebrate the historic visit of EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and her announcement on the prospective resumption of Free Trade Agreement negotiations. The list extends across six decades—and therefore a symbolic logo is necessary”.

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