A look back in history will show how Israel has continually recognized the initiative of the late President Manuel Quezon who offered refuge to 1,200 German and Austrian Jews who escaped Europe in the Second World War.
Since then, the Philippines and Israel have shared sound relations, which have prospered for more than 50 years.
To celebrate this friendship, Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau revealed that his embassy will launch a year-long campaign dubbed “Thank you Philippines.”
The touching gesture will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of Second World War, as well as the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese colonization.
“The ‘Thank You Philippines’ campaign for 2015 will have different programs and initiatives all year round, which will be carried out by the embassy,” Matityau related during his visit to The Manila Times offices.
The ambassador added that one particular program under the campaign even took place as early as September at the launch of Quezon City’s 75th anniversary celebration, where he personally saw to the screening of Israeli films about WWII survivors.