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South African Amb. Martin Slabber delivers his speech while Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto and DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis looks on

South Africa’s Freedom Day

 
In commemoration of the first multiracial elections of the Republic of South Africa on April 27, 1994, Ambassador Martin Slabber recently hosted a celebration party at Fairmont Hotel to honor their Freedom Day.

 
Guests from the Philippine government, diplomatic and consular corps, South African nationals and friends of the Emabssy were treated with renowned South African wines that flowed along with cherished conversations.

 

On the auspicious occasion, South Africa honored the election that marked the end of over 300 years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule, which paved the way for the establishment of a democratic government.

 

“We know that we need to be very vigilant in order to protect our democracy. Our [democracy] is a young democracy, but I have no doubt that in the next years we will see that the democratic values will become more engraved in our society and that our constitution will become stronger,” Ambassador Slabber stated.

 

“South Africa’s Freedom Day is an important part of history, not only for the people of South Africa but for all of humanity,” DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis added for his part.

 

“The mark that had left in the international community shows that yearning for freedom and pursuit to democracy for social justice can concurred the case of prejudice and oppressions.”

 

The Philippines and South Africa have maintained warm and friendly relations since 1993, with the Philippines maintaining an embassy in Pretoria and South Africa having an embassy in Manila. In 2015, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry held talks with the aim of further strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries.

 

“Its zeal for democracy is something the Philippines shares with South Africa,” beamed the Foreign Affairs Undersecretary. “Both countries went through dark periods and people made sacrifices in order to achieve freedom. Today, South Africa has becomes much stronger as a country.”

 

To Ambassador Slabber, the Embassy of South Africa and all South African nationals, Expat raises its glasses to your achievements and celebration!

 

South African Amb. Martin Slabber delivers his speech while Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto and DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis looks on

South African Amb. Martin Slabber delivers his speech while Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto and DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis looks on

 

Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto; DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis; and South African Ambassador Martin Slabber

 

Belgian Ambassador Roland Van Remoortele; Monaco Consul Fortune Ledesma; Kim Del Mundo; and British Ambassador Asif Ahmad

 

Egyptian Ambassador Mahmoud Mostafa Ahmed and Thai Ambassador Thanatip Upatising

 

Mme. Sylvia Van Remoortele and Belgian Amb. Roland Van Remoortele

 

South African Amb. Martin Slabber and Singaporean Amb. Kok Li Peng

 

 

New Zealand Amb. David John Strachan; US Amb. Philip Goldberg; and Ivory Coast Consul Vince Carlos

 

Myanmar Ambassador Ye Myint Aung; and Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa

 

Kuwaiti Amb. Waleed Ahmad Al-Kandari; Qatar Amb. Ali Ibrahim Al Malki; and Oman Amb. Munther Mahfoodh Salim Al-Mantheri

 

Celebration of South African National day with South Africa’s Political Counsellor Tshire Kau, and South African Ambassador Martin Slabber

 

 

Cambodian Ambassador Tuot Panha (rightmost) with her daughter; and Bruneian Ambassador Malai Halimah Yussof (center)

 

Bong Osorio, ABS-CBN; Timothy John Turado of the Embassy of Mexico; Angeles Rubio Santocildes; and Christian Clay Mendoza, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Mexico

 

Bong Osorio, ABS-CBN; Angeles Rubio Santocildes; and South African Amb. Martin Slabber

 

By VIA BAROMA

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