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Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo talks about Philippines' economic resurgence


On 8 June 2015, His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo, Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom, delivered a public lecture entitled “Philippines: rising star in Asia” at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge.

In his remarks, Ambassador Manalo focused on the Philippines’ economic resurgence and its response to domestic and global challenges. He talked about developments in Philippine-British relations, citing cooperation on typhoon Haiyan, Mindanao peace process, wildlife trade prevention, and countering trafficking in persons, among others. The lecture also covered regional issues, including the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015 and the country’s advocacy for a peaceful and rules-based resolution of the maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The lecture was facilitated by Dr. Tomas Larsson of POLIS and Dr. Kelvin Bowkett of Christ’s College. It was attended by students and faculty members of the university, as well as researchers and other professionals from Cambridge and London. The event was hosted by the Cambridge University Filipino Society (CUFS) and the Cambridge University South-East Asia Forum (CUSEAF).

Ambassador Manalo meets with the Master of Christ’s College Cambridge

(From left to right: Vice-Consul Rommel Romato; Mr. Gerard Vistal; Consul Kristine Salle; Atty. Tanya Recalde; Dr. Kelvin Bowkett; Prof. Frank Kelly, Master of Christ’s College; Ambassador Enrique Manalo; Mrs. Jill Garragty; and Consul General Senen Mangalile)



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