• A ‘G’Day’ at the mall

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    Filipinos who studied in Australia’s top schools include alumni: TV 5’s Martin Andanar (2nd from left) and Director Vic Badoy (4th from left), National Historical Commission of the Philippines

    Filipinos who studied in Australia’s top schools include alumni: TV 5’s Martin Andanar (2nd from left) and Director Vic Badoy (4th from left), National Historical Commission of the Philippines

    Australian Embassy holds grand exhibit at SM Aura
    Mallers had the rare opportunity to get to know more about the sights, sounds, history, movies, music, education, food, and shopping Down Under during the “Celebrate Australia: Say G’Day” exhibition at SM Aura Premier Atrium.

    A joint project of the Australian Embassy and SM Malls, the exhibit was held to commemorate the 70th year of diplomatic relationship between Australia and the Philippines. Australia first opened its first Consulate General in Manila on May 22, 1946, and the event highlighted the warm relations between the two countries an exhibit of a timeline of the first 70 years, as well as milestones in bilateral relations.

    No less than Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, Her Excellency Amanda Gorely, attended the launch together with embassy officials including Minister Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner Anthony Weymouth, First Secretary Ms. Felicity Lee, Political and Public Affairs Counsellor Richard Rodgers, and Economic Counsellor Daniel Featherston. Also present were National Historical Commission of the Philippines Vic Badoy, Qantas Airways General Manager Honeybee Hubahib, musician Jim Paredes and wife Lydia. SM officials led by SM Senior Vice President for Marketing Millie Dizon and SM Supermalls AVP for Operations Bernice Baculi.

    ANZ Philippines Chief Executive Officer Peter Chan, Australian Embassy Trade Commissioner Natasha Monks, Qantas Airways General Manager Honeybee Hubahib, and Telstra Philippines General Manager Rosanne Suarez

    ANZ Philippines Chief Executive Officer Peter Chan, Australian Embassy Trade Commissioner Natasha Monks, Qantas Airways General Manager Honeybee Hubahib, and Telstra Philippines General Manager Rosanne Suarez

    The exhibition included a collection of breathtaking photographs showcasing iconic Australian tourist attractions like Sydney Opera House; Twelve Apostles, in Victoria; Cradle Mountain in Tasmania; Wave Rock in Western Australia, and many more.

    The focal point of the display was “The Philippines and Australia: The First Seventy Years,” featuring a timeline of captured photographs of significant moments in the shared history between Australia and the Philippines, most especially on the strong historical and people-to-people links and influences between the two cultures.

    It was also interesting to see how Australia showcased their education, science and innovation, and lifestyle in the exhibit. These included three-dimensional trivial materials and interactive displays and equipment. Complementing the exhibit is a trade and sampling of both the leading and the emerging Australian brands in our country: Cotton On, Ever New, Rip Curl, Roxy, Quiksilver, Globe Skate Brand, BYS, Lol, Scanasia, Silverwave. There was also a booth of Australian Wine and of course, Flat White Coffee, which originated in Australia from Vittoria Café.

    After the Aura run, the Celebrate Australia: Say G’Day at SM exhibition will be touring SM City Cebu this March, SM City Davao in April, and SM North EDSA in May.

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