11 July 2022 (Manila) —  The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Embassy of France in Manila successfully held the “A French-ship Concert in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Philippines-France diplomatic relations” on 10 July 2022 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). The concert featured the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, French conductor Michael Cousteau, and Kyongmin Nam Fiel, cello. The audience was delighted by the French orchestra masterpieces of Claude Debussy, Camille Saint Saens, and Maurice Ravel. The crowd was also serenaded with Filipino National Artist Antonio Molina’s Hatinggabi (At Midnight) featuring Adrian Nicolas Ong, violin. 

French Ambassador Michele Boccoz, CCP President Margie Moran, and NCCA Executive Director Oscar Casaysay gave their remarks on the rich cultural relations between the Philippines and France in the past 75 years and conveyed to the audience the lineup of activities that they should look forward to and support during the year-long celebration.

This event reaffirms the commitment of both countries to strengthening their bilateral cultural relations and was implemented in partial fulfillment of the Philippines-France Cultural Agreement signed in 1978.

Photos from the NCCA Sentro Rizal-International Cultural Affairs Office and Mr. Orly Daquipil of the Cultural Center of the Philippines