Islamabad, 13 June 2023 (TDI): The Embassy of the Philippines in Islamabad marked the Independence Day of the Philippines with a grand celebration held today. The event showcased the deep-rooted friendship and strong bilateral ties between the Philippines and Pakistan.
Distinguished guests, including Federal Minister of Education Rana Tanvir Hussain, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Ambassadors of ASEAN countries, Additional Secretary Asia Pacific Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ameer Khurram Rahtore, host Maria Agnes M. Cervantes, and other dignitaries graced the occasion.
The Philippines National Day celebration, held in Islamabad, was a testament to the longstanding and multifaceted relationship between the Philippines and Pakistan. The event commenced with the playing of both countries’ national anthems, evoking a sense of unity and camaraderie among the attendees.
In his address, Federal Minister of Education Rana Tanvir Hussain expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the Filipino community in Pakistan on the joyous occasion of their Independence Day.
He emphasized the strong ties between the two nations and the shared values of freedom, democracy, and mutual respect. Minister Hussain also commended the contributions of the Filipino community in various sectors, including education, healthcare, and skilled labor, towards the progress and development of Pakistan.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, known for his commitment to fostering international cooperation, spoke about the importance of strengthening bilateral relations between the Philippines and Pakistan. He emphasized the potential for increased collaboration in trade, investment, tourism, and cultural exchanges, noting that both nations could benefit greatly from such initiatives.
The highlight of the celebration was the ceremonial cake cutting, symbolizing the unity and friendship between the Philippines and Pakistan. Federal Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Ambassadors of ASEAN countries, Additional Secretary Asia Pacific Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ameer Khurram Rahtore, host Maria Agnes Cerventes, and other distinguished guests joined in the moment of celebration.
Ambassador Maria Agnes Cerventes expressed her gratitude to the government and people of Pakistan for their warm reception and support in commemorating the Independence Day of the Philippines.
She emphasized the importance of strengthening people-to-people contacts, cultural exchanges, and trade relations between the two countries. Ambassador Cerventes also reaffirmed the commitment of the Philippines to deepening the already strong bilateral ties with Pakistan for the mutual benefit of both nations.
The guests were treated to a delightful display of cultural heritage, fostering a deeper appreciation of the rich diversity and shared values of both countries.
The Embassy of the Philippines extends its heartfelt appreciation to all the guests and participants who graced the event, making it a resounding success. The celebration of the Philippines National Day in Islamabad serves as a testament to the enduring friendship and the potential for further collaboration between the Philippines and Pakistan.