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Austrian National Day

Austrian Amb. Josef Mullner delivers his speech while Timor-Leste Amb. Juvencio de Jesus Martins and DFA Undersecretary Linglingay Lacanlale look on

A celebration of friendship

In commemoration of Austria’s declaration of neutrality after World War II and regaining its status as an independent country on Oct. 26, 1955, Austrian Ambassador Josef Mullner and wife, Mme. Kai Wang recently hosted a party to honor the auspicious occasion at the Mayuree Ballroom of Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati.

The year 2016 also marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relation between Austria and the Philippines. Austrian presence in the Philippines was established as early as 1871, with the establishment of an Austro-Hungarian honorary consulate in Manila. Formal diplomatic relations between Austria and the Philippines was later established in 1946.

“The strength of our nations lies with people-to-people contacts,” Ambassador Mullner said during his address, pointing out the excellent Austrain-Philippine relations rooted in friendship and shared values.

The two countries’ long-standing friendship is tied with mutual benefit and respect. Austria has opened its doors to about 30,000 Filipinos who are engaged, largely, in the health and service sectors. The same is true for more than 5,500 Austrian nationals that consider Philippines their home.

“I’m happy to note that the Filipino-Austrian community launched the Philippine-Austria cultural and educational society with the scholarship program in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for the students in the Philippines,” DFA Undersecretary Linglingay Lacanlale shared.

Apart from the toasts to friendship, the embassy announced the joint venture between Ayala Corporations and Austria’s leading motorcycle brand, KTM AG, which will start its production in the country. KTM Asia aims to assemble four motorcycle models with an initial capacity of 10,000 units annually that will double when fully operational.

Austrian Amb. Josef Mullner delivers his speech while Timor-Leste Amb. Juvencio de Jesus Martins and DFA Undersecretary Linglingay Lacanlale looks on

Austrian Amb. Josef Mullner delivers his speech while Timor-Leste Amb. Juvencio de Jesus Martins and DFA Undersecretary Linglingay Lacanlale look on

Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely and Netherland Ambassador Marion Derckx

Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely and Netherland Ambassador Marion Derckx

British Amb. Asif Ahmad; Mme. Kim del Mundo; DFA Undersecretary Linglingay Lacanlale; Austrian Amb. Josef Mullner; and former President Fidel V. Ramos

British Amb. Asif Ahmad; Mme. Kim del Mundo; DFA Undersecretary Linglingay Lacanlale; Austrian Amb. Josef Mullner; and former President Fidel V. Ramos

Former Philippine Amb. to Russia Victor Garcia and Connie Garcia

Former Philippine Amb. to Russia Victor Garcia and Connie Garcia

Former US Amb. Philip Goldberg; Monaco Consul Fortune Ledesma; and Portugal Consul Tony Rufino

Former US Amb. Philip Goldberg; Monaco Consul Fortune Ledesma; and Portugal Consul Tony Rufino

German Chargé d'Affaires Michael Hasper; David Mullner (son of Austrian Amb. Josef Mullner); and Portugal Consul Tony Rufino

German Chargé d’Affaires Michael Hasper; David Mullner (son of Austrian Amb. Josef Mullner); and Portugal Consul Tony Rufino

Israeli Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau and Denmark Ambassador

Israeli Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau and Denmark Ambassador

Mme. Kim del Mundo; Mme. Sylvia Van Remoortele; Ambassador (Ret.) Mme. Lizia Lu; Togo Consul Evie Costa; Guatemalan Consul Amelia Ablaza; Mme. Monthip Upatising and Angola Consul Helen Ong

Mme. Kim del Mundo; Mme. Sylvia Van Remoortele; Ambassador (Ret.) Mme. Lizia Lu; Togo Consul Evie Costa; Guatemalan Consul Amelia Ablaza; Mme. Monthip Upatising and Angola Consul Helen Ong

Romanian Chargé d'Affaires Mihai Sion and Laura Sion

Romanian Chargé d’Affaires Mihai Sion and Laura Sion

South Korean Ambassador Kim Jae-Shin; Mme. Jong Min Lee (wife); and Mme. Monthip Upatising

South Korean Ambassador Kim Jae-Shin; Mme. Jong Min Lee (wife); and Mme. Monthip Upatising

Togo Consul Evie Costa; Connie Garcia; Monaco Consul Fortune Ledesma; Mme. Monthip Upatising; and Thailand Amb. Thanatip Upatising

Togo Consul Evie Costa; Connie Garcia; Monaco Consul Fortune Ledesma; Mme. Monthip Upatising; and Thailand Amb. Thanatip Upatising

US Chargé d'Affaires Michael S. Klecheski and New Zealand Ambassador David John Strachan

US Chargé d’Affaires Michael S. Klecheski and New Zealand Ambassador David John Strachan

 

By VIA BAROMA

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