A commemorative lighting up of the 70th Anniversary Philippines-Australia Friendship logo on the iconic LED Globe at SM Mall of Asia was held last May 21 at 7 p.m. as part of the year-long celebration of the seven decades of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, Her Excellency Amanda Gorely, and National Histrical Commission of the Philippines executive direcor Vic Badoy led the ceremonial activation of the projection mapping featuring the the 70th Anniversary logo and a series photographs reflecting the rich bilateral ties between two nations, which dates back to May 22 1946 when Australia opened a Consulate General in Manila.
Gorely said, “Our ties were forged during World War II when over 4,000 Australian service personnel fought alongside Filipino forces. The Philippines is an important partner for Australia in Southeast Asia, and we cooperate closely on a range of global and regional issues. Our extensive trade and investment links are growing. Our defense forces and law enforcement agencies enjoy extensive cooperation. Australia’s development assistance to the Philippines is focused on economic growth, education, social protection, and, where necessary, humanitarian assistance.”
Gorely also underscored the people-to-people link between the two countries by saying, “I am heartened by our warm people to people bonds. About a quarter million Filipinos now call Australia home. This means one in every 100 Australian is a Filipino.”
Badoy also noted the continuing connection between the two countries, “The historical ties between Australia and the Philippines are deep. Since the 1890s, Filipinos worked in the pearling industry of Northern Australia. More recent ties are from educational exchanges–from he Colombo Plan scholars of the 1960s and 1950s, to the 10,000 Filipinos studying in Australia in recent years.
The commemorative light up is another event hosted by SM Supermalls together with Say G’day at SM Exhibition for the Australia’s and Philippines’ celebration of 70 years of bilateral relations as led by the Australian Embassy.
SM MOA’s LED Globe, also referred to as Globamaze, is the first and only full global video display in Asia. It has a high resolution and full display graphics through the LED’s 26,300 pieces of point lights, it is energy-efficient and is thus considered as environmentally friendly.