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Poland celebrates National Day; cherishes Golden Years of diplomatic relations with Phl

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Text and photos by Marinel Peroy

In a momentous double celebration held on November 9, 2023, at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City, the Embassy of Poland in the Philippines (PLinPhilippines) marked its National Day and the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations with the Philippines. 

The event was a testament to the strong ties and collaborative spirit shared by the two nations. It was attended by different embassy officials such as Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Most Rev. Charles John Brown, Ilan Fluss of Israel, Andreas Michael Pfaffernoschke of Germany, Christian Halas Lyster of Norway, Juha Juha Pyykkö of Finland, Ioannis Pediotis of Greece, Peter Kell of New Zealand, Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino bin Anthony of Malaysia, and other representatives from different embassies, government officials, and leaders of various business groups.

During his speech, Polish Ambassador Jarosław Szczepankiewicz shed light on the core values of Polish diplomacy, emphasizing the principle of “Solidarity for Freedom” and the integral connection between Polish identity and foreign policy. Adding a delightful twist to the occasion, Ambassador Szczepankiewicz shared the interesting trivia that the beloved Filipino holiday dish, Chicken Galantina, traces its roots back to Poland. Ambassador Szczepankiewicz concluded his remarks with warm greetings in Tagalog, which was genuinely appreciated and applauded by the guests. 

Polish Ambassador Jarosław Szczepankiewicz

Aside from highlighting the thriving trade and investment cooperation between Poland and the Philippines, the event also saw the presence of Usec. Eduardo Jose de Vega from the Department of Foreign Affairs Migrant Workers’ Affairs, mentioned that nearly 3,000 Filipinos have found a second home in Poland.

After raising the heartfelt toast, enchanting melodies of Suyo Rondalla filled the air where their musical performance not only added a harmonious touch to the evening but also served as a powerful testament to the cultural bridges built between Poland and the Philippines. Such resonating chords and rhythms echoed the spirit of collaboration, further enhancing the sense of unity and camaraderie.

Suyo Rondalla played the Philippine and Poland National anthems and provided a spectacular performance during Pland’s double celebration

Guests were then treated to a gastronomic journey, savoring Polish delights such as Pierogi (Dumplings), Steamed Snapper, Gołąbki (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls), and other delectable Polish meats. Sweet indulgences were enjoyed including E. Wedel’s chocolates and Mlekovita’s fresh milk.

This moment of shared pleasure transcends borders and brings everyone together characterized by this jubilant celebration. Amidst the laughter and conversations, the diverse group of attendees undeniably discovered common ground through the universal language of good food and music.

As the night concluded, the celebration encapsulated not only diplomatic achievements but also embraced the essence of cultural exchange and shared values between the two nations. Happy 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations, Philippines & Poland!

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