Bangkok (Thailand) – December 15, 2014 – During the Paskong Pinoy celebrations, the Philippines Embasy in Bangkok has launched its latest installation of the gallery @ 760 Sukhumvit Road. The new exhibit, “My Heritage, Your Adventure: Visit Philippines 2015”, will showcase different cultural heritage sites of the Philippines.
Furthermore, the Embassy has unveiled a new exhibit featuring ancient maps of the Philippines, the “Ancient Maps of the Philippines” has been launched on Sunday, December 14, 2014. This exhibition centers on Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio scholarly research regarding China’s historical basis of sovereignty over disputed waters on the West Philippine Sea.
According to Justice Carpio, it is clear from all these ancient Chinese maps, whether made by Chinese authorities and individuals or by foreigners, that the southernmost territory of China has always been Hainan Island. Throughout the Chinese dynasties, China’s territory never included the Spratlys and Scarborough Shoal. But perhaps more interesting is that Hainan is bordered by a different color, and so is Taiwan. The former is very much a part of the modern China, while the latter is very much disputed.
Paskong Pinoy is one of the world’s longest running Christmas celebrations. Filipinos from all over Thailand enjoyed a day at the Embassy with friends and families, tasting delicious Philipino food while listening to traditional music from their home country.
About the Philippines Embassy in Bangkok
Prior to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Thailand in 1949, contacts between the two countries were only through indirect trading. It was only on 14 June 1949 that direct relations between the Philippines and Thailand began as both countries signed the Treaty of Friendship, formalizing their bilateral relationship.
The Philippines and Thailand then established legations at each other’s capitals in 1949, with both countries elevating those to embassy status on 1 January 1956. From then on, relations between the two countries started to strengthen and flourish. Both became founders of SEATO in September 1954 and ASEAN in August 1967, and thereafter joined other regional and international fora. Cooperation likewise expanded outside trade and culture and began covering political, defense, investment, tourism, air services, scientific and technical, telecommunications, agriculture, justice and environment, among others.
Manila and Bangkok, the countries’ capitals, became sister-cities on 24 June 1997. In 1999, as the Philippines and Thailand celebrated 50 years of cordial, harmonious and dynamic friendship, the Philippines renamed Rada Street as Thailand Street in the bustling business district of Makati, while Thailand opted to have Soi Philippines (Philippine Street) at the corner where the Philippine Embassy is located along Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok’s business center.
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand
Ambassador: Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia
760 Sukhumvit Road corner Soi Philippines (Soi 30/1)
Kingdom of Thailand
Telephone: (+662) 259-0139 to 40 or (+662) 258-5401
Fax Number: (+662) 259-2809
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