PH Embassy in Poland Spreads Good News about PH During Twin National Day Celebrations

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Embassy personnel pose for a group photo at the Belvedere of the Royal Lazienki Park: (from left) Mr. Mariusz Dudzicki, Ms. Imelda de Joya, Mr. Ramon Ebalo, Ambassador to Poland Patricia Ann V. Paez, Consul Maria Alnee Gamble, Mariia Hrzusetzka, Marden Garduque and Jose Magaso. (Warsaw PE photo)

WARSAW 11 July 2018 —The Philippine Embassy in Warsaw spread the good news about the Philippines during its twin celebrations of the 120th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence in Poland.

It commemorated Philippine National Day with the members of the diplomatic corps, officials of the Polish government, and the private sector on 04 June, and with members of the Filipino Community on 10 June 2018.

After the national anthems of the Philippines and Poland were played, the Embassy showed a slide presentation about the Philippines, with corresponding photos/visuals and with an instrumental rendition of “Dahil Sa Iyo” as background music.

During the presentation, the Embassy highlighted, among others, that the Philippines posted a 6.8 percent Gross Domestic Product growth in the First Quarter of 2018; is ranked number 10 in the 2017 Global Gender Gap report of the World Economic Forum; is ranked number 53 in the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom of Heritage Foundation, which is an increase of 12 notches from the 2016 report; and is forecasted by PwC to become the 19th most powerful economy in the world by the year 2050.

The Embassy also noted that the Philippines has been investing heavily in infrastructure development under the $180-billion “Build, Build, Build” program of the Duterte Adminstration; and in social programs such as free education in State Universities and Colleges nationwide, and universal healthcare coverage through PhilHealth.

The presentation also shared with the audience why the Philippines continues to be a top tourist destination in Asia: eight of the country’s tourist spots are in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while Forbes Magazine touted the country as the Top Tourist Spot in Asia for 2018. Because of these, the Philippines posted a 15 percent increase in tourist arrivals in the first three months of 2018. END

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Philippine Embassy personnel sing “Lupang Hinirang” during the Philippine Independence Day celebration for members of the diplomatic community and Poles from both the government and private sectors: (from left first row) Ambassador to Poland Patricia Ann V, Paez, Consul Maria Alnee Gamble; second row: Ramon Ebalo, Imelda de Joya, Marden Garduque, and Jose Magaso (Warsaw PE photo)

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(From left) Dean of Diplomatic Corps The Most Rev. Salvatore Pennacchio, Ambassador Patricia Ann Paez, and Counsellor Monsignor Cryspin Dubiel (Warsaw PE photo)