• How Fil-Aussies rock

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    Australian students Liam Jewell and Lisa Butson from New Colombo Plan Fellow

    Australian students Liam Jewell and Lisa Butson from New Colombo Plan Fellow

    As part of its year-long festivities marking seven decades of bila­teral ties with the Philippines, the Australian Embassy held a Social Media Day during the launch of the Celebrate Australia: Say G’Day exhibition.

    The event, held at The Block at SM City North EDSA and hosted by Magic 89.9 DJ Nikko Ramos, rocked with the presence of Australian DJ Callum David. While dropping beats at his decks, students and bloggers took photos of the exhibit that highlights the two nations’ close ties.

    The same energy of the younger crowd and their use of technology reinforced how dyna­mic and vibrant Philippine and Australian relations continue to be over the years.

    But the highlight came in the form of a social media contest that asked participants to post their most creative photos online using the hashtag #First70Years. There were different categories including Best Dressed, Most Creative “Take Me to Australia” photo, Best Groufie, and Best Aussie Photobooth. Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorley also selected the Ambassador’s Choice award given to the winning online photo.

    Students taking up International Studies at the Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan take groufies, or group selfies, at the twelve Apostles scenery

    Students taking up International Studies at the Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan take groufies, or group selfies, at the twelve Apostles scenery

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