French President François Hollande with President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang Palace during his state visit, February 26, 2015
MANILA – Despite the overshadowing gloom of low popularity ratings and the ongoing controversy of the Mamasapano incident, President Benigno Aquino III was able to step briefly into the international spotlight last week when he hosted visiting French President, François Hollande. The visit of February 26 and 27, 2015 was the first-ever state visit by a French head of state to the Philippines. In 2012, then French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault made the first visit by a French head of government to the country.
Presidents Aquino and Hollande witnessed the signing of several agreements at Malacañang Palace; agreements on the protection of the environment and marine resources, higher education and research, tourism, and transportation.
PHCM prepares for Envisioning Celebration
WINNIPEG – The Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba (PHCM) gathered some of the pioneers of our community on Wednesday, January 14 to discuss the 50-year history of Filipinos in Manitoba. The meeting was part of the ongoing preparations for the PHCM’s Envisioning Celebration, which will be held on March 7 at the Marlborough Hotel.