21 September 2017 – As part of the Philippines’ campaign for a seat on the UNESCO Executive Board, the Permanent Delegation of the Philippines organized an intimate evening with classical music featuring Filipino piano virtuoso and former President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Dr. Raul Sunico. Dr. Sunico enthralled UNESCO delegates with his exquisite interpretation of European and Philippine classical favorites which also include Jazz Interludes and themes from ‘Somewhere in Time’.
In her remarks, Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro emphasized that the Philippines, if elected, will be a responsible and trustworthy member of the Executive Board. She requested the valuable support of all UNESCO Member States. “As a middle-income developing country in an economically dynamic region of the world, as a traditional meeting ground of Eastern and Western cultures, as a strong advocate of interfaith dialogue and cooperation, as an archipelago combating climate change at its front lines, as a young, democratic society with a vibrant media, and as defender of the rights of migrants, among others, the Philippines can bring unique perspectives and approaches to the Board” Ambassador Lazaro added.
Over 80 distinguished guests from Permanent Delegations and the UNESCO Secretariat attended the event, where Filipino food was also served.