In celebration of 70 years of diplomatic relations between Australia, and the Philippines, a touring exhibition entitled “Celebrate Australia 2016: Say G’Day at SM,” was unveiled at SM Aura in Taguig City last February 20.
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Her Excellency Amanda Gorely, led the launch and said in a speech, “This touring exhibition is the cornerstone of our 70th anniversary celebration of bilateral relations between Australia and the Philippines.”
The touring exhibition features Australian-Philippine relations through a series of photographs, which started on May 22, 1946 when the Australian consulate opened in the the country.
According to Ambassador Gorley, “The photograph exhibition highlights some of the significant moments in our long legacy of cooperation. From the involvement of over 4, 000 Australian troops fighting alongside Filipino counterparts during World War II, to the more recent collaboration in response to Cyclone Haiyan, with the deployment of Australian medical professionals to Tacloban.
“The exhibition highlights our political and trade ties, diplomatic ties and also the extent of our people-to-people links, which are quite extensive.”
She also added that over 250, 000 Filipinos are now living in Australia and over 10, 000 Filipinos are studying in Australia’s worldclass universities.
The exhibition also highlights the rich Australian culture through a showcase of Australian fashion brands like Cotton On, Quicksilver, and Roxy among others; as well as food products like wine, cheese, and coffee. Must-see travel destinations in Ausralia, as well as information on educational opportunities were also part of the curated set, which will last until February 25.
After SM Aura, the next venue for the touring exhibition is at SM City Cebu on March 14 to 20; at SM City Davao on April 13 to 19; and at SM City North Edsa on May 12 to 19.
For more information, call the Australian Embassy Public Affairs at (+632) 757-8325 or at (+63 917) 516-3895.