Sri Lanka marks 72nd year of independence

Sri Lanka Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera

Sri Lanka’s 72nd anniversary of independence was celebrated recently at Makati Shangri-La.

Members of the diplomatic community, Philippine government officials, business sector, tourism industry players, media, cross section of Sri Lankans based in the Philippines and friends of Sri Lanka, attended the event.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. vowed to pursue deeper ties between Philippines and Sri Lanka in his speech, committing to reestablish the Philippine Embassy in Sri Lanka before end 2020 to mark six decades of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera, in her remarks, was optimistic that the good relations provided an excellent platform for broadening the horizons of bilateral cooperation.

The cultural evening showcased “So Sri Lanka,” colorful live performances of traditional dances. A wide array of delectable spice-infused Sri Lankan dishes were served to the guests.

The evening, through the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau, also highlighted Sri Lanka as an emerging tourism destination for the enthusiastic Filipino traveler. —CONTRIBUTED INQ

Albania Consul Dong Benedicto, Nikki Jimenez, Belgian Embassy First Secretary Koenraad Du Pont, DFA Assistant Secretary Maeynardo Montealegre
Czech Republic Deputy Head of Mission Jana Peterkova, Lebanon Consul Joseph Assad, Togo Consul Evie Costa
Mervat Ezzat of Egypt, Poland Ambassador Jaroslaw Szczepankiewicz, Kristine Cunanan
Rita Dy, Portugal Consul Antonio Rufino
Former Philippine Ambassador to Russia Vic Garcia, Connie Garcia
Alexi Gunasekera, Ambassador Gunasekera, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Louie Locsin
Makati Shangri-La manager Udo Wittich, DFA’s Porfirio Mayo Jr.
TingTing Cojuangco, Louie Locsin, Japan Ambassador Koji Haneda, Monaco Consul General Fortune Aleta Ledesma
Panama Chargé d’Affaires Lhuana Pamela Amorim, Italy Deputy Chief of Mission Eugeniu Rotaru
Turkey Ambassador Artemiz Sumer, Venezuela Ambassador Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez
Sri Lanka traditional dance performers
Brazil Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Sergio Taam, European Union First Counsellor Rafael de Bustamante Tello
Tina Jacinto, Rupert Jacinto
Parvati Mazumdar, India Ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar
Sri Lanka Embassy Consular Officer Sanjeewanie Sooriyaarachchi, Attaché Sandeepani Godage, Minister Thanuja Dissanayake
Thailand Ambassador Vasin Ruangprateepsaeng, Sirinta Ruangprateepsaeng, Singapore Ambassador Gerard Ho, Cynthia Carreon
Heritage Hotel general manager Farid Schoucair, Apostolic Nunciature Counsellor Msgr. Julien Kaboré, Bangladesh Ambassador Asad Alam Siam
Ramin Mahmoudi, Morocco Ambassador Mohammed Rida el Fassi
Austria Ambassador Bita Rasoulian, Denmark Ambassador Grete Sillasen, Egypt Ambassador Ahmed Ezzat

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