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By Monsi A. Serrano

The 125th anniversary of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (La Cámara) was a resounding success. and through La Fiesta it unveiled the “blood bond” and the rich history, culture, and trade relations between Spain and the Philippines, which will remain strong for another 125 years and beyond.

For La Cámara, the quasquicentennial celebration is a testament to their commitment to foster and promote bilateral trade between the Philippines and Spain, and continue to participate in the development of the Philippines such as in investment, arts and culture, education, tourism, people-to-people, among others. The commitment that the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in The Philippines – La Cámara shares is unwavering, a fact we can be confident in.

At La Fiesta, top business leaders, government officials, and dignitaries came together to celebrate the historic 125th anniversary of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (La Camara) through La Fiesta, an event commemorating the rich history, culture, and trade relations between Spain and the Philippines.

Among those who attended the event were Ayala Corporation Chairman Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corporation President Cezar “Bong” Consing, Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Miguel Utray, and Senator Koko Pimentel.

King of Spain Felipe VI also sent a letter read by Ambassador Utray, where he congratulated La Camara for the historic event.

“I would also like to extend my appreciation to all the members of the Chamber whose daily work has made it one of the most dynamic in Southeast Asia and has contributed to the strengthening of economic and trade relations between the Philippines and Spain,” King Felipe VI said.

The Spanish Chamber serves as a vital link between the Philippines and Spain, facilitating the entry of more companies to the Philippine market and connecting them with key local players.

La Camara President and Acciona’s Director of Infrastructure in Southeast Asia Ruben Camba said that the economic and diplomatic ties, and the enduring friendship between the Philippines and Spain brought about this historic moment.

Global sustainable infrastructure company Acciona is among the biggest companies with Spanish origin that recently invested in the Philippines, building key transportation and water infrastructures in the country.

“Reflecting on the past 125 years, we honor the contributions that have shaped La Camara’s success – from dedicated leaders and impactful Spanish-Filipino companies to strong partnerships with business organizations and government support,” Camba said.

“In the succeeding years, we hope to nurture more of the bond that truly brings us together which is our friendship. While times continue to change, our purpose remains the same for the next 125 years,” he added.

Similarly, Zobel de Ayala said La Camara’s 125th anniversary is a testament to the Spanish Chamber’s continuing relevance amidst the volatile and rapidly evolving global environment.

Ayala Corporation is the Philippines’ most enduring business house of Spanish origin.

“La Camara is an enduring symbol of the deep economic, cultural, and people-to-people ties that bind the Philippines and Spain over many years… It’s my own hope that this relationship between our people, our companies, and our countries will remain strong for many more years to come. It’s a great honor for Ayala to be associated with such a great institution.,” Zobel de Ayala said.

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said in a recorded video message that the Philippine government “hopes to usher in a new era of revitalized Philippine-Spanish relations for the good of our countries and our people”.

“La Camara has been an invaluable force in this regard, creating great opportunities for connection and collaboration between Spain and the Philippines. On its 125th year, “I have no doubt that the Chamber will continue to be vital to our bilateral relations, bridging us ever closer and ensuring that our centuries of friendship flourish well into the future,” Zubiri said.

With the recent success of La Fiesta 2024 and with its 125 years of history in the country, La Camara looks forward to fostering more expansive business prospects for its members in the Philippines.

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