|Enrique Manalo (Left)|
New Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Enrique Manalo recently presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace.
Manalo, who arrived in London in early October, was with his wife and members of his diplomatic staff during the rites on December 13, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
"In his remarks, Ambassador Manalo highlighted the strength of Philippine-UK ties, which 'through the years has been firmly rooted in the shared values of democracy, human rights and respect for the rule of law,'" the DFA said.
The Philippine group wore traditional Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana Ternos, and were ferried between the Embassy building in Trafalgar Square and the Palace on horse-drawn state landaus.
Manalo conveyed to the Queen the best wishes of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and the Philippines' keen desire to promote the very strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between the Philippines and the UK.
After the ceremony, Manalo hosted a reception at the Embassy that was attended by the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Charles Gray, British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie, UK Trade and Investment Deputy Chief Executive Susan Haird, other British government officials, and heads of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) missions and other diplomatic colleagues.
Manalo identified his three priorities for the bilateral relations as:
- increasing further the robust bilateral economic ties, particularly on investment and trade
- promoting stronger political cooperation and high-level interaction
- deepening the people-to-people engagement between the two countries.
He also emphasized the positive contribution to the well-being of the British economy and society made by the 250,000-strong Filipino community in the UK, which he said "would be a critical factor in the strengthening of the bilateral relationship for the future."