March 20 is International Day of Francophonie, the ensemble of people around the world who speak French. On this day, they celebrate their common bond as well as their diversity.
The “Organisation internationale de la Francophonie” based in Manila will mark the occasion by organizing a series of events all throughout the month of March. The program includes opening ceremony cocktails at the residence of the Canadian ambassador; a performance by the Philippine-Canadian contemporary dance Company Eragsa a Graffiti exhibit featuring famous street artists from the Philippines; a musical show starring the Indian-French performer Tablatronic a concert from the Swiss trio Gustav et les frères Barbü; and a poetry contest for French language students.
Various movies from all the French speaking countries will be also screened at Alliance Française de Manille the whole month of March.
The organizing committee for the festivities include Patrick Deyvant, Alliance Française de Manille Executive Director; Michel-Stanislas Villar, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of France; Fortune Aleta Ledesma, Consul General of Monaco; Raoul Imbach, Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland; Phou Ngern Soukvilai, Second Secretary, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Lao; Clémence Tomada, Linguistic Attaché, Embassy of France; Corinne Duriaux, Embassy of Switzerland; Patrick Czyzak, Administrative Attaché, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium; Sophie Quartier, Alliance Française de Manille Deputy Director; Mohamed Kassib, Third Secretary, Embassy of Egypt; and Rithyroath Nuon, Second Secretary, Royal Embassy of Cambodia.