part of the continuing celebration this year of the 150th
anniversary of Philippines-Switzerland relations, the Philippine Embassy in
Berne opened an exhibition by Filipino artist Manuel Baldemor on 03 July at
Artplace88 in Berne. Entitled “Images of
My Homeland and Switzerland”, the exhibit will run until 15 July.
exhibit was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ambassador Beat
Nobs, Assistant Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Manuel
Baldemor, Ambassador Leslie Baja and Dr. Jean-Frederic Jauslin, Director of the
Swiss Federal Office of Culture.
Baldemor’s exhibit is an expression of our appreciation for the long-standing ties
we have with Switzerland. The exhibit reflects our healthy cultural ties with
Switzerland, which we hope to further strengthen in the coming years,” said
of the artworks exhibited today echo Mr. Baldemor’s fond memories of Switzerland
when he was an artist-in-residence in Basel in 1994. The affinity that he had
developed with the country during his sojourn in Basel comes out in his
paintings,” added Ambassador Baja.
Jauslin, in his remarks, talked about the importance of culture in promoting
and advancing promotion of relations between countries and peoples.
is one of the most important topics that countries can talk about. Mr.
Baldemor’s role as a cultural ambassador of the Philippines will surely help
provide a better cultural understanding between our two countries,” said Dr. Jauslin.
exhibit was attended by members of the diplomatic community, Swiss officials
and members of the Filipino-Swiss community in Switzerland.
exhibit is the Philippine Embassy’s counterpart exhibit to the one, also by Mr.
Baldemor, organized by the Swiss Embassy in Manila in celebration the two
countries’ 150th anniversary of relations. END