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After 12 days of training, approximately 8,000 service members from the US military and Armed Forces of the Philippines completed this year’s Exercise Balikatan on May 18, resulting in increased interoperability and improved military skills. Balikatan, in its 34th iteration, focused on counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as well…

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Minister Keiichi Ishii of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), together with Ambassador Koji Haneda, Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), attended on April 30 the inauguration ceremony of Phase 2…

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Underprivileged Filipino children were given the opportunity to learn about the culture, art, and histories of the European Union (EU) and its member countries during this year’s edition of Lakbayin Natin ang EU (Journey to EU) Children’s Festival held on May 12 at the Museo Pambata, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. “For…

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The Korea MICE Expo (KME), the nation’s largest trade show for incentive planners and meeting professionals, will take place on June 14 to 15 in Songdo ConvensiA, Incheon. The two-day event will provide a perfect venue for over 2,000 expected attending MICE industry professionals to engage with 300 exhibiting local…

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Puppetry always evokes laughter, even when presented as satire or ironic imitation. And children are drawn by it as they get lessons in a subtle way too, like the beloved “Sesame Street.” Taking puppetry to the highest level is Israel’s The Key Theater with its production of “When All Was…

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The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 10 for their Callawa Water Pumping Project in Barangay Callawa, Buhangin District of the Davao City. The ceremony was graced by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, as well as over 100 representatives from…

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The government of India dona­ted more than P10 million to the Mahaveer Philippine Foundation Inc. (MPFI) to help the organization provide free prosthetic limbs to indigent Fili­pino amputees. Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Jaideep Mazumdar handed over the cheque amounting to $200,000 to MPFI Chairman Shanti Sipani in ceremonies held…

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The Embassy of Israel and the Embassy of Hungary, in cooperation with the University of Santo Tomas, mounted an exhibition titled “Beyond Duty” dedicated to Holocaust survivors and diplomats recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, with a memorial ceremony for victims of the Holocaust. The 2016 Academy Award-winning Best Foreign…

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The Republic of the Marshall Islands has opened its first Honorary Consulate in Manila. Blessed by Reverend Father Raymundo Sabia, the dedication of its headquarters in Philippine Stock Exchange Centre, Pasig City on April 20 was attended by Secretary Bruce Kijiner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of…

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In commemoration of the historic end of the Second World War in Europe in May 1945, Czech Embassy Manila presents “Dark Blue World” as the fifth film to be screened in the Czech Movie Gems collection this month. Czech Ambassador Jaroslav Olša Jr. explains, “We are grateful for the unwavering…

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