On June 26 at the Pinto Art Museum, French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz and Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. officially launched the year-long program celebrating the 75th year of history, friendship and partnership between France and the Philippines.
Diplomatic relations between France and the Philippines were formalized with the signing of the Treaty of Friendship by Vice President and Foreign Secretary Elpidio Quirino and French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault in Paris on June 26, 1947.
For more than seven decades, France and the Philippines have deepened and broadened their ties in various areas, such as economic cooperation, climate action, and cultural action.
“The Philippines and France have had significant exchanges over the years, especially in culture, trade, development, education and defense,” Boccoz said. “Indeed, there is still much to discover and learn from each other, so this 75th anniversary celebration is an occasion to look back on our shared history and envision a closer partnership between our two countries for the next 75 years.” .
Locsin said, “The Philippines and France aim to strengthen our bilateral relations as we face global and regional challenges together that require deeper cooperation and partnership.”
Philippine Ambassador to France Junever Mahilum-West, who joined the program via live broadcast from Paris, announced the simultaneous program led by the Philippine Embassy and introduced the unveiling of the Jose Rizal bust in the 9th Ward of Paris, which was held on June 23 to honor life. and the legacy of the Philippine national hero and his connection to France.
Guests at the event included French Senator Samantha Cazebonne, French Finance Ministry Special Envoy François Corbin, Pinto Art Museum’s Dr. Joven Cuanang, Pinto Art Museum Guest Curator Sandra Palomar, and Philippe Augier, owner of the works. of Gauguin’s art.
The French men’s national volleyball team, gold medalists at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so present. The team is competing in the Volleyball Nations League in Quezon City.
Boccoz and Locsin headlined the opening of the “Diamond in the Rough” art exhibition, which showcases a collection of more than 80 works of art by Filipino artists who have lived in France and by French artists living in the Philippines.
The highlight of the exhibition is sculptures by Frenchman Paul Gauguin on loan from Indonesia’s Pasifika Museum, displayed alongside modernist Filipino painters such as Nena Saguil and Macario Vitalis, who were expatriates in France.