70 years of
Philippine, Australia ties highlighted in a photo exhibit
MANILA, (PIA) – Seven decades of Philippines-Australia bilateral
relations takes center stage in a photo exhibit.
Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and Department of
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis recently led the launch of the
photo exhibit dubbed, “Philippines and Australia: The First Seventy Years.”
According to the Australian Embassy, the exhibit is the first in a series of
events in 2016 commemorating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations
between Australia and the Philippines.
“While our countries will mark its 70th anniversary in 2016, the truth is
our friendship goes back further, and our bilateral partnership now spans
many areas – trade and investment, education and research, development
cooperation, defence, security and law enforcement, and regional
cooperation,” Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell said.
Tweddell added that the Philippines and Australian relationship is grounded
in the shared values of democracy, economic freedom, respect for human
rights, and adherence to the rule of law.
The photo exhibit features significant moments in the shared history between
Australia and the Philippines - from the involvement of over 4,000
Australian service personnel who fought beside Filipino and allied forces in
World War II, to Australian medical mission teams working alongside other
Filipino and international humanitarian communities in the aftermath of
Through photographs, the exhibition captures the story of the relationship –
like the people-to-people links, which continue to grow at an exciting pace.
Over 250,000 Filipinos now call Australia home, making up the sixth largest
migrant community in Australia, and who continue to make a positive
contribution to Australian society.
The ‘Philippines and Australia: The First Seventy Years’ exhibition will be
showcased in venues around Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao beginning January
2016. (Australian Embassy/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)