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Chargé d’affaires H.E. Dalibor Mička delivers his remarks before the ceremonial toast. He is joined by DFA Usec. Charles Jose and Rev. Msgr. Alessio Deriu, chargé d’affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature.

In celebration of both the Czech National Day and the 50-year milestone of Czech-Philippine diplomatic relations, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Manila hosted a grand reception on Oct. 16 at Fairmont Makati. The event was attended by over 300 distinguished guests, including government officials, partners of the Embassy from the business and development sectors, and members of the diplomatic community.

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Chargé d’affaires H.E. Dalibor Mička welcomes guests to the grand reception.

The evening’s program paid homage to the enduring friendship between the Czech Republic and the Philippines, and celebrated the shared values and goals that have characterized the flourishing relationship between the two countries over the past half-century.

Much to the delight of the guests, H.E. Dalibor Mička, Chargé d’affaires of the Czech Embassy began his remarks in Filipino as he welcomed the guests to the grand reception. Mička also highlighted the accomplishments of the diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and the Philippines, further emphasizing the special bond between the two nations.

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A toast is raised to celebrate five decades of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and the Philippines.

Joining him in the ceremonial toast were Rev. Msgr. Alessio Deriu, Chargé d’affaires of the

Apostolic Nunciature, and DFA Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and International Economic Relations Charles C. Jose. Speaking as the guest of honor, Usec. Jose extended his heartfelt congratulations to the people of the Czech Republic on the occasion of their 105 th founding anniversary. He also expressed his optimism that in the next 50 years, both the Czech Republic and the Philippines “will continue to work together towards mutual development.”


Among the senior officials in attendance were Sen. Mark Villar, Sec. Enrique Manalo of the

Department of Foreign Affairs, and Sec. Jaime Bautista of the Department of Transportation.

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Guests were immersed in the rich taste of the Czech beer, one of the pride of the Czech Republic.

Guests were treated to the finest Czech beer, a true delight as the Czech Republic is renowned for its rich brewing heritage. This beverage enhanced the evening with the authentic flavors of Czech culture.

In the midst of indulging in the authentic flavors of Czech culture, the event took an exciting turn with the highly anticipated raffle draw. Adding to the evening’s excitement, the grand prize was revealed to be a coveted roundtrip ticket to the enchanting city Prague, generously provided by the Embassy’s esteemed airline partner, Turkish Airlines.

This year’s reception carries a dual significance, commemorating not only the Czech National Day but also the 50 th year anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and the Philippines, which was first established on Oct. 5, 1973.

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ROUNDTRIP TICKET TO PRAGUE (From left) Assistant to the Visa and Consular Section Gillian Erika Miciano, grand prize winner Helen Grace Baisa, Turkish Airlines Country Manager Huzeyfe Akhan, and Assistant to the Trade and Economic SectionBernice Ermac

In celebrating this historic dual occasion, the shared past was not only honored by the guests. More importantly, a future filled with boundless opportunities, united in friendship and shared aspirations, was collectively embraced.

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