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Philippine Ambassador Belinda Ante (right) and Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith (left) discuss the status of Philippines-Laos bilateral relations during the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and the Lao PDR on 14 January 2020 at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane, Laos.

 

As part of the celebration of the landmark 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and Laos, the Philippine Embassy in Vientiane hosted a Commemorative Dinner on 14 January 2020 at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane. Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith was the guest of honor during the event, which saw the attendance of eighty-one (81) officials and representatives from the Lao government, private sector, and the Filipino Community.

 

The event featured cultural performances by WeFil Dancers, members of the Filipino community, as well as representatives from the Lao National School for Performing Arts (LNSPA). The WeFil Dancers performed traditional Philippine folk dances Cariñosa and Bulaklakan. Meanwhile, Messrs. Saveng Sengaphay and Khamsaen Philavong, LNSPA Director and professor, respectively, rendered Lao traditional music while Ms. Soulinthone Keomany, an LNSPA graduate and professional vocalist, sang various Lao folk songs.

 

In her opening remarks, Philippine Ambassador to Laos Belinda Ante highlighted the various high-level exchanges of visits and meetings between Philippine and Lao officials, the robust cooperation between the Philippines and Laos in the cultural and health spheres, as well as thescholarships in the Philippines of which Lao nationals had availed. Ambassador Ante welcomed several initiatives to deepen bilateral relations between the two countries and affirmed that the Philippines willenter into the 65th year of its bilateral relations with Laos with a renewed commitment to be more in tune with the latter’s development priorities.

 

Meanwhile, Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith lauded the Philippines’ role in Lao history, specifically in providing medical assistance and training to Lao nationals during Operation Brotherhood. He expressed his appreciation for the valuable assistance extended by the Philippines in human resources development and the ASEAN Chairmanship of Laos in 2016, and committed to further strengthen and enhance the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries. END.

 

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Ambassador Ante with members of the Philippine Embassy celebrate the

65th Anniversary of Philippines-Laos Diplomatic Relations   

 

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The WeFil Dancers kicked off the cultural performances by dancing the Cariñosa.

 

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(left to right) Mr. Saveng Sengaphay, Ms. Soulinthon Koemany, and Mr. Khamsaen

Philavong perform a Lao folk song during the commemorative dinner.