Bordeaux, France, 14-15 September 2015. Philippine Ambassador to France, H.E. Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro, conducted her first mission to Bordeaux and Angoulême in Southwest France to promote the Philippines.

Ambassador Lazaro was accompanied by Third Secretary and Vice Consul Rapunzel Acop and newly-appointed Honorary Consul in Bordeaux, Mr. Edouard Miailhe.

During her visit, Ambassador Lazaro was able to meet with officials from the City Hall of Bordeaux, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Aquitaine, the Bordeaux Montaigne University and Pôle Image Magelis, the second largest animation hub in Europe.

The visit allowed the Philippine Embassy to renew relations with Bordelaise officials and arrange future exchanges in business, particularly animation, and in higher education and research.

Bordeaux, more commonly known as the French wine capital, is also a major actor in aerospace, optics and lasers, digital services, health informatics and animation. It was voted the most “business friendly” region in France and is the city with the second highest purchasing power in France.