Aid, cultural projects enhance Georgia-PH ties

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The Consulate of Georgia (NL) is donating a shipment of light building materials and construction equipment to the town of Palompon, Leyte, which was severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013.

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The donation is in honor of Georgia’s Independence Day and a symbol of Georgian-Philippine Friendship. The Honorary Consul of Georgia in the Philippines (NL) Thelmo Luis Cunanan Jr. will turn over the humanitarian and reconstruction supplies to Palompon Mayor Ramon Onate in late June.

Cunanan is mulling more socio-economic and cultural projects to strengthen ties between his country and the Philippines that he will discuss with local officials in Tbilisi when he attends the official Independence Day Celebration from May 25 to June 11.

He is scheduled to meet with the officials of the Self-Governing City of Rustavi to finalize the details of Rustavi’s friendship and cooperation agreement with the Philippine cities of Santiago and Cauayan. It will be the first agreement between Georgian and Philippine cities and will cover cooperation in science and technology, culture and arts, tourism, trade and commerce, and environmental protection, public health, among others.

Cunanan will also discuss the promotional trip of Philippine journalists to Georgia, in cooperation with The Manila Times College, with the Georgian National Tourism Administration.

He will also prepare the first exhibit of a Philippine artist in Georgia with the Georgian National Museum.

Cunanan will tackle the promotion of Georgian cinema in the Philippines with the Georgian National Film Center.

Possible cooperation in national parks management will be taken up with the Agency for Protected Areas.

The first faculty exchange program with the Philippines and another academic memorandum of understanding will be negotiated with Caucasus University.

Cunanan will return to Tbilisi in November with the First Philippine Climate Change Delegation to Georgia, which he is organizing in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission of the Office of the President of the Philippines.

The group will be composed of top Filipino experts in global warming, who will share their experiences and knowledge in a series of talks in major Georgia universities. On the sidelines of the event, there will be an interfaith dialogue between Georgian and Philippine religious groups, meetings between cultural organizations and a performance of Filipino theatre artists belonging to the “Unesco Artists For Peace.”

Cunanan is also producing a second series of television specials promoting Georgian tourism.

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