Berlin, 6 June 2016. Ambassador Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek led officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy Berlin in celebrating the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence at the Palaisaal of the renowned Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin.
Philippine food and drinks highlighted the reception with the event’s caterer, Pan Restaurant, offering a wide selection of popular Filipino dishes — Lumpiang Sariwa, Beef Lumpia, Chicken Adobo, Beef Tapa, Pancit Palabok, Cassava Cake and Halo-halo. Guests were also served mango juice, coconut water, mango rhum and calamansi liquer.
Delivering her remarks in German, Ambassador Sta. Maria-Thomeczek recognized Germany as an ally and strong partner in building a stable future for the Philippines. She expressed renewed commitment to an enduring friendship and partnership with Germany, “We are proud that for 62 years now, the Philippines and Germany have enjoyed strong relations in the political, economic and cultural spheres. And we believe it is growing stronger, as we share common interests and common democratic values.”
Ambassador Sparwasser, in her response, also noted the continuing and growing vigor of Philippine-German bilateral relations and conveyed that Germany and the Philippines have shared democratic values and that they look forward to working with the Philippines under the incoming administration.
This year´s celebration with the theme, “Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong” (Freedom 2016: Uniting, Contributing and Moving Forward), drew in representatives from the diplomatic corps, the German federal government, and the business community. High-ranking officials, led by Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser, Director-General for Africa, Asia, Latin America, Near and Middle East of the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO), and Member of Parliament Ms. Iris Eberl (CDU/CSU) also graced the event. END