70 Years of Franco-Philippine Friendship

70 Years of Franco-Philippine Friendship

2017 imprints the 70th commemoration of the foundation of conciliatory relations between France and the Philippines. While developing relentlessly consistently, our
two-sided relations have entered a brilliant age lately with the trading of a few abnormal state official visits, including the main ever visit of a French Head of State to the Philippines in 2015. This energy has permitted us to additionally extend and expand our association.

The fellowship between our two countries rose in the nineteenth century from a typical connection to the estimations of popular government acquired from the French Revolution and celebrated by Ilustrados, for example, national legend Dr. Jose Rizal, who, while living in Paris, interpreted the French Declaration of Human and Civil Rights of 1789 to Filipino. France was likewise the primary nation to bolster the rebuilding of popular government in the Philippines taking after the People Power Revolution in 1986. We offered help to the new administration, and respected the President of the Philippines as the visitor of respect amid the Bicentennial Celebration of our Revolution in Paris in 1989.

Franco-Philippine relations have been supported by an extensive variety of otherworldly and social associations from the legacy of significant French Catholic foundations to the training arrangement of the Philippines, to our normal energy for food, silver screen, music, move and the visual expressions. Taking after the strides of Dr. Jose Rizal, a developing number of youthful Filipinos are presently contemplating in France, which respects a huge populace of OFWs. In the meantime, the biggest number of French volunteers based in Asia is found in the Philippines, where they help the individuals who are most in need.

In 2013, after the section of tropical storm Yolanda, the France-Philippines United Action
was made. It is an interesting association, now an establishment, made by the French Council of Commerce and Industry with the support of the French Embassy, to accumulate and help French contributors, including organizations, NGOs, private associations, also, government organizations, in stretching out alleviation to populaces influenced by regular catastrophes. The establishment gives an uncommon concentrate on building flexible safe houses, giving human services and enabling the young.

Lately, our exchange and financial relations have likewise been blasting. French organizations, which as of now give a huge number of employments to Filipino specialists and offer an extensive variety of items to the Philippines, from planes to pharmaceuticals, electrical hardware, nourishment items and extravagance things, are anxious to build up their nearness in vital parts, for example, framework, transportation, and renewable vitality. All the more as of late, SME-driven and techno-business enterprise activities have turned into the witticism of the French Tech in the Philippines. Last yet not the minimum, the French Development Agency is effectively advancing green and comprehensive development in the nation while supporting the Philippine government’s endeavors in battling atmosphere change and safeguarding the earth.

It is in this most good setting that we have chosen to dispatch in 2017 the crusade “PhilFrance: Feel French!” a celebration to commend each year, all through the seasons, with a program of various occasions highlighting the diverse angles of our associations under five fundamental classifications: Arts and Culture, “Craftsmanship de Vivre,” the Youth and Knowledge, High Tech and Entrepreneurship, and Sharing Values. Our target is to give Filipinos everywhere throughout the nation the chance to feel France in different parts of regular day to day existence and to encounter the quality of the kinship between our two nations.

This year, the French creative and social concentration will be on music, silver screen, photography and painting.

42nd International Bamboo Organ Festival

February 16 to 22, 20172

The International Bamboo Organ Festival is held yearly at the St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Piñas City to commend the presence of the main surviving nineteenth century bamboo organ in the Philippines. The 42nd version of this celebration happens from February 16 to 22, 2017 with the unique interest of French craftsman Lambert Colson, one of the not very many Cornetto players on the planet.

Juvenal Sanso

April 13 to May 19, 2017


Well known painter Juvenal Sanso’s 50-year involvement in France can be considered as an analogy for the productive relations between our two nations. His affection for France, particularly for the locale of Brittany, has impacted his fine arts and has driven him to create excellent scene canvases. These sketches and other French-motivated fine arts are the highlights of a presentation to be composed by the Alliance Française de Manille, the French social and semantic focus in Manila.



Fête de la Musique

June 2017


Initially propelled in France in 1982 and now composed in more than 100 nations, the Fête de la Musique is a festival of music held consistently on June 21 to check the happening to summer. In 2017, it will highlight the ability of Filipino artists as they work together with going by French performers on various stages and areas in the Philippines amid the late spring equinox end of the week.

French Film Festival

June 2017


The 70th commemoration of discretionary relations amongst France and the Philippines agrees with the 70th version of the Cannes Film Celebration. In 2017, the 22nd version of the French Film Festival in Manila will highlight not just the best of contemporary French film, be that as it may, likewise a choice of French and Filipino movies which have been chosen and granted in Cannes, and in addition reestablished works of art to be exhibited in an uncommon Memory Section of our celebration.

Manila French PHOTO Festival

2nd Semester of 2017


Amid the second semester, French photojournalist Christophe Loviny will come to Manila to dispatch another Photography Festival that will concentrate on photojournalism and photography as documentation. A screening of photograph documentaries will be held close by an presentation of the 50 years of the Gamma Agency.

RAVEL Unraveled

June 22, 2017


Conciliatory relations amongst France and the Philippines were authoritatively settled on June 26, 1947 with the marking of a Treaty of Friendship. To praise this recorded occasion, an excellent show will be sorted out at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, uniting in front of an audience the globally famous French musician François Chaplin and the prestigious Philippine Philharmonic Symphony for a one of a kind night of French music, including the works of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. The show will be a reserve raising occasion for the advantage of the France-Philippines United Action Establishment.

Palawan through a French Eye

August 2017


Photos assumed control more than quite a few years by French ethno-picture taker Pierre de Vallombreuse will give an exceptional impression into the source of man through the term of the indigenous individuals of Palawan in a show at the National Museum, in participation with the Alliance Française de Manille.




Art de Vivre is the specialty of living in a style that is particularly French. It is an extraordinary approach to drench oneself in the delights of gastronomy, design, culture, and games, with family and companions. “Art de Vivre” is a custom the French impart to the Filipinos.

Franco-Philippine Fashion Week

February 13 to 17 2017


An extremely uncommon show of manifestations from French mold symbols, joined by a form appear by French planner Clivia Nobili, what’s more, in a joint effort with Filipino fashioners, will make Manila the next form capital. Workshops will likewise be facilitated by the School of Design and Arts of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, with the support of mold architects and specialists, Daniel Henry and Frédéric Delhove.

Goût de France/Good France

Goût de France – March 21, 2017 / Bon Appetit – September 22 to 24, 2017

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On March 21, French and Filipino cooks will join Goût de France (actually deciphered as the “Essence of France”) in observing French gastronomy, the main food on the planet enlisted on UNESCO’s Immaterial Cultural Heritage list since 2010. On September 22 to 24, 2017, the main version of Bon appétit ! a nourishment advertise highlighting French and Filipino fine food and agro-items, will be sorted out in Metro Manila.

Tour de Manille

July 2017


Cycling, a standout amongst the most prominent games in France, is likewise engaging to numerous Filipinos. To harmonize with the Tour de France, the most renowned cycling rivalry on the planet, a rule race will bring together cycling experts, beginners and devotees in Manila just before the French National Day festivity on July 14.

Soirée Beaujolais

November 2017


A standout among the most-anticipated French occasions in Manila is praised with unlimited wine and cheddar and charcuterie all-you-need! The Soirée Beaujolais Nouveau is the greatest systems administration night sorted out by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines, which unites French organizations and their nearby accomplices and customers to welcome the landing of the new gather of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine.

EXTRÉMITÉS: A Circus Show by the Cirque Inextremiste


Extrémités is a carnival demonstrate made in 2007 by a gathering of French artists. Through a physical execution, the thought is to recount an account of humankind and the reliance of people, and where the main answer for the gathering to survive is solidarity.


Access to advanced education is one of the top needs of the participation between France furthermore, the Philippines, conveying us to an event to concentrate on the young and grow new intelligent furthermore, logical organizations.

Francophonie Week

March 18 to 26, 2017


Like each year, the French Embassy, together with the Alliance Française de Manille, the Alliance Française de Cebu, the Lycée Français de Manille (the French International School situated at the Eurocampus in Parañaque), and all the part nations of the International Organization of French Speaking Countries spoken to in Manila, arranges the Francophonie Festival, seven days-long festival of the French dialect. A few occasions, for example, shows, a verse challenge, a spelling challenge, and novel readings will be sorted out in various schools and colleges all through the Philippines from March 18 to 26.

Architecture Week

April 2017

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To expand on the accomplishment of the Franco-Philippine Architecture Forum furthermore, of the presentation of French designer Jacques Ferrier at the National Museum in 2016, the French Embassy will arrange in April another Architecture Conference, alongside workshops facilitated by the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, with the support of the Legacy Society and other scholarly organizations. The concentration will be on legacy protection, urban advancement and the development of urban communities in the 21st century.

PhilFrance Scholarships

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This profoundly specific scholarly program advanced since 2016 is coordinated to the up and coming era of Filipino pioneers who have appeared solid scholastic, initiative and expert capacity, and who wish to think about in France for a graduate degree or as a component of an understudy trade program. Late awardees have sought after Master’s degrees in France in the fields of open strategy and administration, business, general wellbeing and expressions of the human experience. Our goal is to increment the quantity of awardees and to develop the extent of collaboration to building degrees. This year, in a joint push to build up the capacities of Filipino advanced education framework, the French Embassy furthermore, the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines (CHED) will offer, interestingly, at least ten CHED-PhilFrance Grants for Filipino employees to seek after their post-graduate degrees in France.

French-Philippine Seminar on Social Sciences & Archeological breakthrough


French researchers have been working for a considerable length of time in the Philippines in fields, for example, archaic exploration, human studies, human science, and etymology, amid which they have grown close relations with their Filipino partners. An uncommon course on sociologies will be sorted out in 2017 to highlight the communication between our researchers. The long standing collaboration between our two nations in the field of paleohistory will be celebrated at the Museum of Natural History in Manila with the disclosing of the bones of a rhinoceros found in the Cagayan Valley.

TARA: A schooner for the planet, soon Philippines to promote Maritime Ecosystems


In accordance with 2015 Paris Climate Conference and the collaboration amongst France and the Philippines on manageable improvement and environmental change, the French oceanographic clipper TARA will come to the Philippines in 2017. The TARA Expeditions Foundation conducts logical marine campaigns all through the planet to comprehend the effects of environmental change on the sea, especially on coral reef strength. The port calls of TARA are likewise a chance to raise mindfulness among the neighborhood populace, particularly the young, with respect to the assurance of nature and the environments.


France is not just the country of wine, cheddar furthermore, extravagance items. It is additionally the home of Airbus (the European air ship producer), of TGV (the quickest economically misused shot prepare on the planet), and of probably the most critical developments of late circumstances, for example, the SIM card. Inventive France is the better approach for including French development and appeal. Sharing mastery and growing new exchange and monetary organizations are the top needs of PhilFrance: Feel French.

Networking with CCI France-Philippines


Built up in 1988 and with more than 140 dynamic individuals, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) in the Philippines is a non-benefit and self-managing association devoted to the improvement of business relations amongst France and the Philippines. Notwithstanding a broad arrangement of business administrations to bolster the development of French organizations in the Philippines, CCI France-Philippines additionally takes after a long custom of social and organizing occasions under the mark of Le Club, month to month mixed drink occasions, and games competitions, and additionally the now well known Soirée Beaujolais that happens each November. In 2017, CCI France-Philippines will collaborate with the French International safe haven to advance the perceivability of an abnormal state French business designation which will visit the Philippines upon the activity of MEDEF International, the French Business Confederation, and the SME Forum, and which will be sorted out by both Business France – the Trade Office of the French Embassy in the Philippines – and Futurallia, a French association represented considerable authority in International B2B organizing occasions, over all areas and around the globe.

Taking the “French Ticket” with the “French Tech”


Conceived from a legislature sponsored program planned in 2013 to bolster the development of techno-business enterprise and to advance the improvement of French new companies, the French Tech is the aggregate name for each one of those working in the French start-up market in France and around the globe. For a few years now, the French Tech has indicated mind boggling dynamism, driven by another era of business visionaries, financial specialists, engineers, originators, and other skilled individuals. Taking after the advancement of French-Philippine financial and exchange relations, the French Tech was built up in the Philippines in 2016 with a complete system of new businesses joining the 50 existing biological systems around the globe. In 2017, the French Tech will advance the French Ticket, a strong program for new companies in the Philippines.

Focusing on Agriculture and Food Security

November 2017


With regards to the 50th commemoration of the ASEAN, under the chairmanship of the Philippines, the French Embassy will team up with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Examine in Agriculture (SEARCA) and with the International Rice Examine Institute (IRRI), both situated in Los Baños, Laguna, to compose a territorial gathering on farming and sustenance security issues.


The festival of the Franco-Philippine fellowship would not be finished without the advancement of human rights and vote based system. Continually sharing and never addressing is the way to reinforcing those all inclusive qualities. In 2017, the French Embassy, together with French-Philippine NGOs, will put an uncommon accentuation on the rights of youngsters, ladies strengthening, and solidarity among groups, three needs which represent the French national saying: “Freedom, Correspondence, and Fraternity.”

Theater-Forum Workshop

May 2017


A Theater-Forum Workshop will be sorted out in May 2017, under the supervision of two French specialists welcomed for the event with the support of the French Embassy and the investment of the French International School and different French-Philippine NGOs. The point is to bring issues to light on troublesome social issues picked by the young.

Job Fair & Employability Forum

September 2017


Youthful and spurred Filipinos from underprivileged foundations will have the capacity to coordinate with supervisors from French and Filipino organizations in September 2017 amid a gathering composed in organization with different colleges and the Department of Labor what’s more, Employment. The primary target will be to empower the adolescent to procure the fundamental abilities for a smooth combination into the proficient world.

Honoring Women

March 2017


2017 will be the event to additionally advance gender equality, a top need of French outside strategy. Amid the International Women’s Day on March 8, ladies from the fields of legislative issues, culture and the expressions, instruction, economy and science, and in addition those from the underprivileged parts of society, will be respected amid an uncommon work at the French living arrangement.

Women’s Forum

December 2017


Taking after the association of the Global Women’s Forum in Deauville, France in November 2016, amid which the Philippines was the visitor of respect, a Women’s Forum to be held in Manila is under thought to highlight the part of ladies in different parts of the economy and society.

French volunteerism Day

October 2017

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This worldwide occasion is composed each year by the French Government office and France Volontaires, an overall stage made in 2009, to advance and create distinctive types of inclusion applicable to the International Exchange and Solidarity Volunteering Program furthermore, to add to their execution. Today, the Philippines is the nation with the biggest number of French volunteers in Asia, and the third biggest on the planet. French volunteers, NGOs and the general open will meet up for a day loaded with amusement so as to advance volunteerism and the soul of solidarity and sharing.

France-Philippines United Action


In 2017, the FPUA Foundation will additionally build up its engagement with neighborhood governments and private patrons to bolster remaking extends in tropical storm influenced zones and give alleviation to neighborhood groups in organization with the French Embassy, NGOs and a extensive variety of nearby accomplices.

Editorial & Photos Courtesy of: Alliance Francaise Manille


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