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Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila, the Philippines celebrated the 68th Anniversary of Independence Day on 4th February 2016,  at the official residence together with  Sri Lankan expatriate community living in the Philippines and well wishers.

The official ceremony commenced with the hoisting the National Flag followed by singing the National Anthem. A two minute silence was observed in respect of national heroes of Sri Lanka.

Religious dignitaries representing all four major religions in Sri Lanka – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity – blessed the country, the leaders and the people of Sri Lanka.

The messages of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera were read in all three languages by the Embassy staff.

Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Ranaraja outlined the progress of the country after the  completion of the first year of the Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that is committed to pursue the objectives of promoting reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction and development aimed at taking the  nation forward as a progressive, modern democratic nation, where its rich ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is well respected, celebrated and valued.

Ambassador further added that this years’ auspicious occasion of the independence  coincide with the 55 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Philippines. “In the journey of 55 years our mutual trust has been deepened, expanded and the friendships between the two peoples have flourished. We have enjoyed mutual understanding and support in regional, multilateral and international fora”,  she said.

Ambassador appealed to fellow Sri Lankans living in the Philippines to re-double their efforts and commitment towards uplifting our motherland by contributing to the economic and social developments.

All guests were hosted to a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast.


Embassy of Sri Lanka
5th February 2016

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