Cecile Guidote-Alvarez talks with Firmin Edouard Matoko, assistant director general for Priority Africa and External Relations in Paris this September. PHOTO COURTESY OF CECIL GUIDOTE-ALVAREZ
Cecile Guidote-Alvarez talks with Firmin Edouard Matoko, assistant director general for Priority Africa and External Relations in Paris this September. PHOTO COURTESY OF CECIL GUIDOTE-ALVAREZ

MAGSAYSAY Outstanding Asian Artist Laureate for Public Service and President of the Global Social Change Network of the International Theatre Institute Cecile Guidote-Alvarez presented to Unesco in Paris in mid-September the successful holding of the Manila Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ResiliArt Earthsaving events as the country's techno arts modeling for lifelong learning to assist our country's fulfillment of the UN 2030 SDG's agenda.

Guidote-Alvarez was invited by the human-rights advocate and Ghanian Ambassador to France and Portugal, Her Excellency Anna Bossman, to speak in the special forum screening of the docu-fiction "Ulysses from Ghana." Guidote-Alvarez's participation was facilitated by Her Excellency Ambassador Junever Mahilum-West, the permanent delegate of the Philippines in Unesco.

"The film stresses the history of slavery in Africa as Unesco commemorates its concern with the historicity of this event and the lessons to be learned," Guidote-Alvarez said in her speech at the said forum on September 19.

"We were pleased under the Unesco patronage, provided by Unesco Director General Madame Audrey Azoulay, assisted by the Office of Assistant Director General (ADG) for Priority Africa and External Relations [Firmin] Edouard Matoko and ADG for Culture Ernesto Ottone Ramirez to host and organize the SDGs ResiliArt Earth-saving Peace Event in Manila that featured the world premiere VIP showing of this film, co-hosted by the Film Development Council of the Philippines," Guidote-Alvarez added.

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"It became a platform to bridge Afro-Asian connectivity as the Earthsavers-Unesco Artist for Peace and the Philippine Center of the International Theatre Institute-Social Change Network parallels 'Indigenous Lives Matter' with 'Black Lives Matter,'" Guidote-Alvarez continued.