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The Philippine Embassy in Paris, led by Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro, hosted a reception to celebrate the 116th Proclamation of Philippine Independence on 12 June 2012 at the Ambassador’s residence.  Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory L. Domingo was the night’s special guest of honor.

During her remarks, Ambassador Lazaro conveyed the sincere gratitude and appreciation of the Philippines for the solidarity and support extended by France during the spate of natural calamities that hit the country in 2013. She also noted that despite the calamities, the Philippine economy remains one of the most dynamic in Asia. 

For his part, Secretary Domingo underscored how the Philippines remains a resilient nation. He noted that the country continues to strive for freedom from ignorance, from hunger and from poverty, and that with good governance, great strides have already been made in this respect.

More than 60 distinguished guests from the French government, business sector, and non-government organizations attended the intimate event held to commemorate Philippine independence and to celebrate strong Philippine-France relations.

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Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro and Secretary Gregory L. Domingo with officers from the Embassy and the Department of Trade and Industry

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The Ambassador welcomes guests from the government, non-government organizations and business sector 

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Secretary Domingo delivers his remarks during the Reception