Philippine ambassador highlights enduring friendship with Korea on 75th anniversary

Philippine Ambassador to Korea Theresa Dizon-De Vega gives an opening speech during an event marking the 75th anniversary of Korea-Philippines relations at a hotel in Seoul, Tuesday. Korea Times photo by Kim Hyun-bin

Philippine Ambassador to Korea Theresa Dizon-De Vega expressed, Tuesday, heartfelt gratitude marking a pivotal moment in the longstanding 75th diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Korea.Reflecting on the deep-rooted connection between the two nations, the ambassador highlighted the shared sacrifices during the Korean War as a testament to the enduring bond between the Philippines and Korea.”Whenever I reference the long-standing relations between the Philippines and Korea, our strong people-to-people ties exemplified by our shared sacrifices during the Korean War are cited as the core of our relations,” she said during an event hosted by the Embassy of the Philippines in Seoul. Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conveyed gratitude for the chance to speak at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Korea. Drawing on his extensive diplomatic experience, Ban humorously initiated his speech by reflecting on his long career.”As a Korean diplomat for nearly four decades, I’ve likely attended thousands of receptions throughout my life. So, to all the ambassadors here, please don’t expect me to attend all of yours,” Ban said.

Highlighting the pressing issue of climate change, Ban commended the Philippines’ collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute.”As a Korean citizen, I am proud that Korea is committed to supporting the Philippines in this cause,” he said.The Philippine ambassador emphasized various milestones in the partnership, including the Philippines’ involvement in the U.N. Temporary Commission on Korea and contributions during the Korean War.”There are likewise examples of our close partnership in the post-war reconstruction of Korea,” she said, citing Filipino engineers’ contributions to landmark buildings.Highlighting the shared commitment to democracy and human rights, the ambassador underscored the importance of the strategic partnership between the two countries.”More than seven decades after the Philippines became the fifth nation to recognize the Republic of Korea on March 3, 1949, our long-standing ties are fortified by our common commitment to democracy, respect for human rights and a rules-based international order,” she said.Looking to the future, she expressed optimism about the growth of cooperation across various sectors.”We invite our friends from the Korean government, the private sector, the international community and the Filipino and Korean communities to experience our many commemorative events and activities throughout our 75th anniversary year,” she said.”As we celebrate our enduring ties and work towards our strategic partnership, our relations will continue to draw inspiration from the dynamic ties between our 카지노 peoples.”

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