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The Philippine and French Embassies highlight the relationship between the two countries with a series of activities through French and Filipino collaboration, talent, and creativity from October 2022 to January 2023.

Ambassador of France to the Philippines, Her Excellency Michèle Boccoz, and Assistant Secretary Jaime Victor B.  Ledda, Assistant Secretary Office of European Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs, presented the series of activities highlighting French and Filipino collaboration, talent, and creativity during a press conference held on October 18 at Admiral Hotel Manila – MGallery.

Marc Piton, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of France; Joey Reyes, Technical Consultant, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP); H.E. Michèle Boccoz, French Ambassador to the Philippines; and Victor Ledda, Undersecretary, Department of Foreign Affairs; Oscar Casaysay, Executive Director, National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA)

This year’s 75th anniversary is a half-year-long gala that illustrates the steadfast friendship between the two countries. The festivities will reach their peak this month of October, with four major events planned to inspire and amaze the public, such as the Marcel Proust-inspired art exhibit called, “In Search of Lost Time” by Stéphane Heuet that opened on October 16. 

Other events will be held in November and December, with a closing ceremony to be conducted around the middle of January, in line with the Sinulog Festival. 

H.E. Michèle Boccoz, French Ambassador to the Philippines; Cyril Soenen, Chef, The Admiral Hotel; Philip Gauthie, and Marc Piton, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of France

With the highlighted events, both embassies hope to showcase the continuing commitment of France and the Philippines to boost and expand their partnership on various fronts, most notably in trade and investment, defense and maritime cooperation, industrial development, climate action, and culture and people-to-people exchanges. 

Alicia Reyes, National Artist of the Philippines and Founder of Alice Reyes Dance Philippines; Redha Benteifour, French Choreographer

Diplomatic relations between France and the Philippines were first established in 1947 when both countries signed the Treaty of Amity in Paris. Since then, both countries have taken significant steps to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific area and uphold international law.  Joint action in the fight against climate change and the promotion of cultural exchanges are undertaken between the French and Filipino people. 

Chef Jessie Sincioco, chef and ceo, Chef Jessie Restaurants

The celebration of the 75th Anniversary in 2022 through all the events jointly organized by the Embassy and Filipino partners highlight the strong and vibrant relations between the two countries, mixing business with pleasure, from gastronomy to art, basketball to the cinema, education to dance, and everything in between. 

Cyril Soenen, Chef, The Admiral Hotel Manila 

The enthusiasm of both people in working together, creating together, playing together, and performing together is a significant and meaningful promise for a bright future for the next 75 years.

Here is a list of 11 activities planned for the celebration:

1. “In Search of Lost Time,” a Marcel Proust-inspired cartoon art exhibit by Stéphane Heuet

2. Alliance Française de Manille presents a series of exhibitions to include the outcome of the Philippine Artist Residency Program (PARP), a Louis Guillaume exhibit, 75 Faces of French-Phil Connections, and the “Escape” Exhibit

3. The 25th French Film Festival offers a program of new releases of French cinema, and special guest stars to meet Filipino film professionals and initiate joint film projects.

4. Gastronomy: Three-star Michelin Chef Alain Passard collaborates with renowned Filipino chefs Jessie Sincioco and Margarita Fores to create dishes that bring together French and Filipino flavors.

5. “Premiéres et Encores,” a modern ballet collaboration between Alice Reyes Dance Philippines and French choreographer, Redha Benteifour

6. Street Art Mural

7. France Alumni Award

8. French Christmas Market where French chef and restaurateur bring to the Philippines the traditional French Christmas Market to join the month-long celebration of the season at Ayala Triangle Gardens.

9. The Little Paris Singers perform back-to-back with the Loboc Children’s Choir in a series of concerts from Loboc to Manila and Pasay.

10. “Free to Play” Decathlon Inclusion Day, a two-day sports event

11. “Breakthrough,” an extraordinary circus show at Ateneo de Iloilo performed by the Cirquero de Cameleon.

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Images courtesy of the French Embassy.