|Remarks at the 109th Stiftungsfest, Ostasiatischer Verein Bremen|
|Written by Philippine Embassy Webmaster|
|Friday, 26 February 2010|
Remarks of the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Ambassadors Group
On behalf of my colleagues from the region, I thank you for the kind invitation to this annual event. We congratulate you for keeping the tradition for the past 109 years and hope that you will keep celebrating Asia here in Bremen.
I specially thank the OAV for sponsoring the visit of two young Bremen students, Ms. Sabine Uzuner and Greta Helfers, to visit the Philippines in 2008. I hope the OAV continue to support these contacts between the young people of Bremen and Asia. It is indeed an effective investment for the future.
As the Philippine Ambassador, I wish to thank those who have kept their faith in doing business with my country since the 1800’s when Bremen businessmen/Consul Peter Jenny came in 1852 to represent the Hanseatic States in the Philippines. I am pleased to inform you that the efforts of Mr. Jenny is being continued by the newly formed German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The President, Mr. Klaus Schroeder is with us today to celebrate this event.
I will soon return to Manila after a long diplomatic career. Please feel free to contact me. You know that you have a friend in the Philippines. I thank OAV for bringing us together. I have been your faithful guest for the past five Stiftungsfests.
I wish you all good health and may the year of the Tiger give you the “roar” to continue your engagement in Asia.