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Israel celebrates its 70th Independence Day; 60th anniversary of Israel, PHL Friendship treaty

The Israel Embassy to the Philippines was in a festive mood on Thursday as they celebrate Israel’s 70th Independence Day the 60th anniversary of the Philippine-Israel Friendship Treaty.

Guests trooped to the Marquis Events Place in Taguig City and were welcomed by Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau and his lovely wife.

Overflowing with drinks and hor d’oeuvres, the night jumpstarted with a welcoming remark from the Ambassador himself.

Present at the event were Senator Cynthia Villar, Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana, and representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Effie has always recognized the Philippines vital role in Israel’s history.  The Philippines through its president then, Manuel L. Quezon opened its doors and became a refuge to more than 1,300 Jews during the Holocaust.

The Philippines was the only Asian country who voted in favor of the United Nations Resolution 181, for the creation of the State of Israel in 1947.  It was in the year of 1957 when the two countries established its diplomatic relations.

In line with the continued strong relationship between the two countries, the Israel Embassy will be dedicating a special monument for the Quezon, Roxas and Quirino foundations.

Meanwhile, the night was extra memorable as we bid farewell to Ambassador Effie, whose term will be ending in a few months.

The Ambassador said that he has mastered the art of Selfie, and has been accustomed to the Filipino lifestyle.

Ambassador Effie said that he has learned a lot from his service here in the Philippines and will definitely treasure all his fond memories with the Filipino people.

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