Message of Love to Mandela in Philippines
SENATE OF PHILIPPINES AND SM PREMIER MALL HONOURS MANDELA
Ms. Maricor Book from the UNESCO Artist for Peace during the reading of excerpts from the writings of Nelson Mandela.
The Nelson Mandela travelling exhibition was hosted by the Senate of the Philippines on 7 August 2013 and by the SM Premier Mall on 10-13 August 2013. The Senate project was a vibrant collaboration by the Senate with the UNESCO Dream, United Nations Representative Office, Philippine Centre of International Theatre Institute, the Rotary Club of Makati Business and the South African Embassy whilst the Exhibition at the SM Premier mall was a collaboration between SM, UN country representative office and the Embassy.
Ambassador Nyamande-Pitso and UN Country Representative a.i. Mr Praveen Agrawal flanked by students during the opening of the exhibition at the Philippine Senate
The Senate exhibition was opened by the Senate President Franklin Drilon, UN’s Country Representative a.i. Praveen Agrawal and South African Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso. This exhibition was different because of the readings of excerpts from Nelson Mandela writings by six current Senators, one former Senator, the Commissioner of Human Rights, the Consul of Estonia, the Chairman of the Philippine Centre of International Theatre Institute, Charter President of the Rotary Club of Makati Business District, and the blind UNESCO artist for peace. Some of the readings were even translated to the local language (Tagalog). Further, there was singing of the message of love to Mandela by the choral group of the blind from UNESCO Dream and this was followed by the signing of the message board by the attendees.
SM Aura Premier Mall Manager Mr. Carlos Vilchez, SM Vice President for Marketing Ms. Millie Dizon, Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso and UN Country Representative a.i. Mr. Praveen Agrawal during the opening ceremony at the SM Aura Premier Mall.
The Exhibition at the SM Aura Premier Mall was a collaborative effort between SM, the UN (Country Representative Office) and the Embassy and was opened by Ms Millie Dizon, Vice-President of SM Marketing, Mr Praveen Agrawal the UN Country Representative a.i. and Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso. This was the first exhibition by any Embassy at this high end new luxury mall and was meant to capture the masses.
Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso addressing the crowds at the SM Aura Premier Mall
The Nelson Mandela travelling exhibition has also been to the University of Sto. Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, the University of the Philippines and is now at St Scholastica’s College in Manila after which it will proceed to the Miriam College. This exhibition has enabled the South African Embassy to enhance relations between South Africa and Philippines, raise awareness about our history and instill the spirit of goodwill and service to others. The Embassy also intends to take the Nelson Mandela travelling exhibition to other provinces in the Philippines, namely, Baguio and Cebu.
South African Embassy Manila, Philippines