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75th year of Philippine-Thailand diplomatic relations celebrated with creative cultural exchange

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By Veronica Uy

The Royal Thai Embassy in the Philippines hosted a grand celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries, underscoring the deep and enduring friendship between the two nations.

The event, graced by prominent figures from both countries, was a testament to the strong bilateral ties and multifaceted cooperation that have flourished over the decades.

Held at the Dusit Hotel, the evening’s festivities were attended by key dignitaries led by First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos, Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo, and other notable officials and members of the diplomatic corps.

The celebration featured a dazzling display of cultural performances, culinary delights, and artistic exhibitions that highlighted the rich heritage and vibrant traditions of both Thailand and the Philippines.

In his welcoming speech, Thai Ambassador to the Philippines Tull Traisorat emphasized the robust cooperation between the two countries across various sectors.

He highlighted the significant achievements in political, economic, and socio-cultural dimensions, pointing out regular high-level exchanges, thriving two-way trade and investments, and collaborative initiatives in education, tourism, sports, and culture.

“Our collaboration extends beyond bilateral sphere, thriving in regional fora like ASEAN and on the global arena within the United Nations framework,” Ambassador Traisorat said.

“These multifaceted cooperation and partnership both at bilateral and multilateral levels have been instrumental in addressing common challenges, advancing our shared values and interests, and promoting peace, prosperity and development of our countries, our region, and beyond,” he added.

A whole-of-society approach to celebrations

Noting the Royal Thai Embassy’s “whole-of-society” approach in commemorating this historic milestone, Ambassador Traisorat said a series of celebratory activities were organized throughout the year, engaging various stakeholders from both nations.

Notable events included the Thailand-Philippines Street Food Festival, a symposium on multilateral cooperation in education, and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between leading teacher universities from both countries.

Upcoming events such as a symposium on sustainability, a symphony orchestra concert, and a film festival further exemplify the deep-rooted partnership and shared aspirations.

The evening’s highlight was a special reception that showcased the collaborative efforts of the Thai business community, government agencies, and cultural organizations.

The event featured a unique collection of Thai and Filipino fabrics by designer Paul Cabral, cultural performances orchestrated by the Department of Tourism, and an impressive demonstration of Muay Thai and also Arnis by the Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand also contributed to the vibrant Thai performances, while an array of authentic Thai cuisine delighted the guests.

Ambassador Traisorat eloquently encapsulated the spirit of the occasion with the symbolic phrase “Amazing Love,” representing the unity and mutual affection between Thailand and the Philippines.

He offered a toast to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., celebrating the enduring friendship and committed partnership between the two nations.

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