New Australia Ambassador Steven Robinson AO and wife Rhonda hosted their first Australia Day reception at Makati Shangri-La. The ballroom was filled with Manila’s political, business and social leaders.
Joining the ambassador for the traditional toast were Foreign Assistant Secretary Meynardo Montealegre of the Office of Asia and the Pacific, and Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia. Senior cabinet officials and secretaries also attended.
In his remarks, Ambassador Robinson highlighted the broad partnership between Australia and the Philippines, in defense, security, law enforcement, trade, business, education, development assistance and disaster preparedness.
Trade is also part of the ambassador’s priority, and the many Australian businesses were represented that evening, including a showcase of the best Australian wine, cheese and coffee. —CONTRIBUTED