73rd Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated in Manila
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila celebrated the occasion while observing the health protocols imposed by the Government of the Philippines as the country is still under community quarantine.
The ceremony commenced with the preliminaries followed by the observance of the two minute-silence in remembrance of all who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Multi-faith religious rites were conducted in accordance with Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian practices, to invoke blessings for the country.
The excerpt of H.E. the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s manifesto was read followed by the messages of the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister.
In her speech, Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera highlighted the admirable feats of Sri Lanka throughout its history as well as in its current drive towards a technology-based and people-centric society. She also recognized the enduring relations between Sri Lanka and the Philippines and her commitment to pursue opportunities to strengthen it further through the Embassy.
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, a symbolic logo has been designed by the Embassy to signify the yearlong activities in line with this milestone.
In expressing solidarity, Hon. Nathaniel G. Imperial, Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, extended his admiration for Sri Lanka. He recognized the long-standing friendship and cooperation between the two countries and expressed his support to collaborate in identified areas to deepen it further.
Subsequently, a presentation on the trade, investment, and tourism promotion initiatives of the Embassy was showcased to provide a glimpse of its efforts to further strengthen ties with the Philippines.
The ceremony concluded with the rendition of a Sri Lankan song by the Embassy staff and a sumptuous buffet of Sri Lankan cuisine including kiribat and sweetmeats.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
4 February 2021