UA&P hosts National Day of Chile

UA&P hosts National Day of Chile

by Carlo Cabrera on October 3, 2011 - 3:16 pm

(From left) President Jose Maria Mariano, Ambassador Roberto Mayorga, Consul Luis Alberto Palma and Honorary Consul Juan Jose Rocha | Photo by Mr. Carlo Cabrera, CCO

(From left) President Jose Maria Mariano, Ambassador Roberto Mayorga, Consul Luis Alberto Palma and Honorary Consul Juan Jose Rocha | Photo by Mr. Carlo Cabrera, CCO

UA&P hosted the celebration of the National Day of Chile last September 19 to mark the country’s 201st anniversary of independence. The guests were led by 30 ambassadors and included many diplomatic and business leaders as well as the media. UA&P President Dr. Jose Maria G. Mariano, other officers, deans, faculty and selected students were on hand to welcome everyone to the University.

Chilean Ambassador to the Philippines H. E. Roberto Mayorga spoke enthusiastically about the growing bilateral relations between the Philippines and Chile and a new project made in partnership with UA&P. He made special mention of his country’s and the Philippines’ shared goals of “solid commitment to democracy and effective guarantee of human rights.”

National Day of Chile

Thirty ambassadors attended the National Day of Chile celebration at UA&P recently. | Photo by Mr. Carlo Cabrera

For his part, Dr. Mariano said that the University had developed close ties with Chile in recent years as part of UA&P’s goals of “teaching, research and community development work in collaboration with foreign governments and universities over the enrichment families, culture and society.” Partnership, he said, is one of the University’s major themes in
its eight-year strategic vision for 2018.

The program got off to a solemn start as no less than three opening prayers were led by Catholic, Jewish and Muslim clergy. The festivities were highlighted by a performance by traditional Chilean dancers and capped off with the unveiling of a marker at Study Hall B commemorating Chile’s independence and ties with the University.

Last year, the Chilean Embassy partnered with the University of the Philippines to celebrate Chile’s bicentennial with a poetry contest for students. For this year, Ambassador Mayorga announced a new competition, organized with UA&P and the University of Sto. Tomas, open to all students in the Philippines, this time an essay-writing contest centering on the concept of “Calidad Humana.”

“It is not easy to find an exact translation of this Spanish concept,” he said. “But I am totally sure that all here agree that the Philippines is one of the friendliest countries in the world… Filipinos are mainly humble, receptive, tolerant and embedded with numerous spiritual values… They look beyond the problem existing in the country, like for instance poverty or natural disasters…This way of being, this kind of personality and this lifestyle, we call in Spanish Calidad Humana.”

UA&P is happy about this continuing engagement with the Embassy in promoting international relations. The University held a photo exhibit last year featuring the works of Chilean Consul Luis Alberto Palma.

Photo by Mr. Carlo Cabrera, Corporate Communications Office

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