Manila views Nelson Mandela up close

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In line with its Mandela Day celebrations, the Embassy of South Africa in Manila and the United Nations (UN) held a photo exhibit about the life of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid and former president of South Africa at SM Aura Premier.

No less than H.E. Agnes Nyamande-Pitso, the South African Ambassador the Philippines and the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ad Interim and Head of UN-World Food Program Praveen Agrawal attended the event together with Ms. Hayden Mulaudzi, First Secretary of the South African Embassy and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Philippines Mission Coordinator and National Programme Officer Ricardo Casco.  SM executives led by SM vice president for Marketing and Communications Group Millie Dizon and SM Aura Premier Mall manager Carlos Vilchez welcomed them.

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Nelson Mandela is the legendary South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election.


The exhibit highlighted Nelson Mandela’s life and valor through 24 pictures. He was shown with former Secretaries-General of the United Nations (UN) Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan. Other momentous photos were Mandela casting the ballot in his country’s first all-race elections, the celebration of his 90th birthday, and him spending time with South African oppressed women and children. Videos of the message from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the life of Mandela were also shown.

The event also showed how his legacy lives on today, as he calls on individuals to donate 67 minutes to do something for others through a Nelson Mandela International Day Pledge Card.  The 67 minutes commemorate the 67 years that Mandela has been part of anti-apartheid movement. Through it, people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for food.

Since 2009, people around the world have made a difference by volunteering to pack relief goods for those affected by calamities, helping out in orphanages, and cleaning up the environment.

“I hoped that life might offer me the opportunity to serve my people and make my own humble contribution to the freedom struggle,” Mandela has been qouted.

The Nelson Mandela exhibit is a joint project of SM Aura Premier, the South African Embassy, and the UN (Country Representative Office). It is one of the many enriching cultural events at SM Aura Premier.

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