On 02 February 2016, Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo visited the world-renowned Oxford University as a principal guest speaker of the Oxford Guild Business Society.

Ambassador Manalo addressed Oxford students on the Philippines’ economic resurgence. In his remarks, the Ambassador discussed developments in Philippine economy in relation to the country’s increasing role in global economic and political security. He also touched upon the opportunities in the ASEAN Economic Community or AEC, among others.

During the open forum, the Philippine Ambassador responded to a good number of questions from the audience covering a wide range of issues including the UN arbitration case on the West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea), the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, Filipino migrant workers, and Philippine economic interests abroad.

The Oxford Guild Business Society is the UK’s largest and oldest student business society. Originally founded in 1897, the group now has thousands of members and over 80 events a year.

Oxford University was founded circa 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is made up of 38 constituent colleges. It is also home to the largest university press in the world and the largest academic library system in the UK. Oxford alumni have included 12 saints, 2 British kings, 12 monarchs of other sovereign states, 26 British prime ministers (most recently David Cameron), 35 presidents and prime ministers of other countries, 50 Nobel Prize winners, and 120 Olympic medal winners. END