Celebrates 70 years of Franco-Philippine friendship and marks the beginning of a new journey
2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between France and the Philippines. To celebrate this milestone, the Embassy of France, together with its institutional partners, has launched “PHILFRANCE: Feel French!”, a year-long festival that seeks to illustrate the growing and diversifying cooperation between France and the Philippines through five key themes: “Arts and Culture,” “Art de Vivre,” “the Youth and Knowledge,” “High Tech and Entrepreneurship,” and “Sharing Values.” From now on, this festival will be organized every year.
The ambition of the “PHILFRANCE: Feel French!” festival is to give Filipinos the opportunity to better “feel France” in various aspects of everyday life and to experience the strength of the friendship between our two countries through a series of activities to be organized throughout 2017 and in the coming years.
The “PHILFRANCE: Feel French!” program includes some of the year’s most anticipated events such as the French Film Festival, Fête de la Musique, Goût de France, and the Soirée Beaujolais Nouveau organized by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry. On June 22, 2017 to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Amity of 1947, French pianist François Chaplin and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra offer an evening of French classical music at the Ravel Unraveled concert, the proceeds of which will benefit the France-Philippines United Action Foundation. Other events to look forward to is the Bon Appétit ! food market and the Dangal Photo Festival to be led by photojournalist Christophe Loviny, both taking place in November, and a series of seminars, conferences and meetings that will highlight French-Philippine cooperation in the arts, sciences, business, technology, and education, among other fields.
For the year-long program of “PHILFRANCE: Feel French!”, visit http://ph.ambafrance.org and use the hashtag #PhilFrance70!