Category Archives: Sri Lanka News in Philippine Media

Sign for Peace: Published by Daily Tribune News, 3rd April 2018


Army Chief Lt. General Rolando Bautista (5th from left) and Tarlac Heritage Foundation Inc. co-founder Dr. Isa Suntay (3rd from left at the back) pose at the Hardin ng Lunas with Singapore Ambassador Kok Li Peng, Sri Lanka Ambassador Aruni Ranaraja, India Ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar

Duterte Fist: Published by Pilipino Mirror, 1st April 2018

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Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Commanding General of the Philippine Army (5th from left), and Tarlac Heritage Foundation, Inc.  co-founder Dr. Isa Suntay (3rd from left, back), together with officials of the military and Republic of Singapore Ambassador  Kok Li Peng, Sri Lanka Ambassador  Aruni Ranaraja, India Ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar, Vietnam Ambassador  Ly Quoc Tuan, Islamic Republic of Pakistan Ambassador  Aman Rashid, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Royal Thai Embassy  Urawadee Sriphiromya and Laos Ambassador  Phoxay Khaykhamphithoune, pose for a  Duterte fist after visiting  Bahay Pag-asa Phase 2 Housing Project in Brgy. Mipaga, Marawi City.

Sri Lankan ambassador’s party–like a UN general assembly: Published by Mr. George Sison of Philippine Daily Inquirer, 11 February 2018


Your mantra for the week: “I now keep my focus on the things I like, and I always attract them.”

There are only four things we attract into our lives: the things we like; those we don’t like; the ones we love; and those we hate. Whether consciously or otherwise, what we have in mind and in our hearts most of the time is what we experience in our lives.

AMIC 2017: Rethinking communication (Published on 21 September 2017 by Philippine Star)

In 1971, the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) was established to encourage ethical and social responsibility of the media to support democratic access and participation in  media development and production. The international, non-profit, non-government organization serves as a regional research hub for media and communication issues.

2 Asian communication icons to be honored at int’l media conference (Published on 20 September 2017 by Rappler)


Two Asian communication icons – a theorist and a practitioner – will be given one of the highest honors in the field of communication in Asia by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) on September 27 at Miriam College, Quezon City.

Ex-teacher helps rebuild scarred lives in Sri Lanka (Published on 04 September 2017 by Philstar Global)


MANILA, Philippines –  For someone who has experienced first-hand war, violence and disaster in her home country, not to mention caring for and supporting practically all types of victims and leading survivors through the healing process, it must be easy to get disillusioned, lose hope and just give up on life.

5 Asian heroes, 1 theater group recognized winners of 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards (Published on 01 September 2017 by Manila Bulletin)

Photo shows the awardees of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Thursday night.
Cecilia Garrucho of the Philippine Educational Theatre Association(PETA), Tony Tay of Singapore, Gethsie Shanmugam of Sri Lanka, Philippine Vice President, Maria Leonora Robredo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, Mr. Ramon Del Rosario, Abdon Nababan of Indonesia, Lilia De Lima of the Philippines and Yoshikai Ishizawa of Japan.

They address real and complex issues, take bold and innovative actions that engage others. They create outcomes that the ordinary individual can feel. They show unbelievable courage, initiative when faced with resource gaps, fight daunting adversity and strong opposition.

This was how Vice President Leni Robredo described on Thursday night this year’s six winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, considered the Asian version of the Nobel Peace Prize-at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City.

She helped rebuild war-scarred lives (Published on 01 September 2017 by


For someone who has spent four decades trying to help rebuild the war-scarred lives of women and children in Sri Lanka, Gethsie Shanmugam still believes in young people, who, she thinks, will create a world far better than what she has seen.

War teaches ‘each of us is a tool for the healing of ourselves’ – Magsaysay Awardee Gethsie Shanmugam

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Vice President of the Philippines Maria Leonor Robredo, trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, distinguished guests, members of the Magsaysay family, fellow awardees, ladies and gentlemen.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award affirms the spirit of humanity that endures even under the most difficult of circumstances. My work with children and adults living with war, disaster, and other hardships has shown me that even in the context of terrible violence, loss and suffering, there is always the possibility of growth, caring, and hope. Life cannot only continue despite pain and hardships, but can take on new meaning and purpose.

2017 awardees pay tribute to Ramon Magsaysay, champion compassion and humility – (Published on 31 August 2017 by GMA News)


“I believe the president should set up the example of a good heart, an honest mind, sound instincts, the virtue of healthy impatience, and an abiding love for the common man. Guns alone are not the answer. We must provide hope for young people for better housing, clothing, and food. If we do, the radicals will wither away.” The words of the late president Ramon Magsaysay Sr. echoed throughout the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Thursday as awardee Lilia de Lima quoted him in her acceptance speech.