PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN BANGKOK HOSTS DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE THE 118TH ANNIVERSARY OF DECLARATION OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE
The Philippine Embassy hosted at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok on 15 June 2016 a diplomatic reception in celebration of the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.
The Thai Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Pichet Durongkaweroj, led the list of high-ranking Thai officials which also included Assoc. Prof. Kamjorn Tatiyakavee M.D. (Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education), Mr. Alongkorn Ponlaboot (First Vice Chairman and Spokesperson of the National Reform Steering Assembly), Mr. Paisal Puechmongkol (Vice Minister for the Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon), and Mr. Supachai Somcharoen (Chairman of the Office of the Election Commission of Thailand).
Ambassador Mary Jo A. Bernardo-Aragon (standing in the front row) and officials and personnel of the Philippine Embassy and Attached Agencies pose at the diplomatic reception.
Ambassador Mary Jo A. Bernardo-Aragon delivers her Independence Day message and later welcomes (from left to right) Mr. Alongkorn Ponlaboot, First Vice Chairman and Spokesperson of the National Reform Steering Assembly, Mr. Supachai Somcharoen; Chairman of the Office of the Election Commission of Thailand; and Mr. Pichet Durongkaweroj, the Thai Minister of Science and Technology.
Ambassador Aragon is joined by Embassy officials in welcoming Science and Technology Minister Pichet Durongkaweroj at the reception line. A huge ice sculpture of a “vinta” (a traditional boat in southern Philippines) greets guests at the entrance.
Photos show members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives of the Thai public and private sectors, members of the business sector, the print and broadcast media and the Filipino community, supporters and friends of the Embassy, and Senator Cynthia Villar and her party (bottom right) at the reception.
In addition to serving Filipino cuisine, the reception featured a fashion show and exhibit of Filipiniana clothes and jewelry by Ms. Cora Manimbo and Mr. Oscar Atendido.