Sun.Star Davao - - PULLOUT! - OF AP­PLES AND LEMONS BY JINGGOY I. SAL­VADOR jing­goysal­vador@ya­hoo.com

What: Cock­tail re­cep­tion in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 73rd an­niver­sary of the Repub­lic of In­done­sia

Where: The Grand Ball­room of the Marco Polo Ho­tel

Who came: Mem­bers of the diplo­matic corps, city gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, cor­po­rate and me­dia guests

It’s an an­nual event hosted by the In­done­sian Con­sulate in Davao City. This year, In­done­sian Con­sul Gen­eral Ber­lian Na­pitupulu and Mme. Elis­a­beth Na­pitupulu, cel­e­brated the 73rd In­de­pen­dence An­niver­sary of the Repub­lic of In­done­sia with Davao’s dis­tin­guished per­son­al­i­ties.

“In­done­sia is one of the most di­verse na­tions in the world with 17,508 is­lands, 742 eth­nic groups and thou­sands of lan­guages. Amid our di­ver­sity, our found­ing fathers guided by the motto ‘unity in di­ver­sity’ agreed to have one na­tion, one moth­er­land and one lan­guage,” said Na­pitupulo in his speech. He then shared the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth land­ing them as 15th largest econ­omy in the world; the steady growth of the trade re­la­tions of In­done­sia and the Philip­pines and the two repub­lic’s 69 years of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions; and In­done­sia’s trade and cul­tural projects across Min­danao.

Mayor Sara Duterte, thru Atty. Zu­laika Lopez, ex­tended her warm greet­ings to the In­done­sians and said, “As neigh­bors in the Asean, we share not only cul­tural sim­i­lar­i­ties but also par­al­lel his­to­ries, in­clud­ing our eman­ci­pa­tion from for­eign pow­ers and our na­tions’ jour­ney to progress. As you mark the 73rd an­niver­sary of In­done­sian in­de­pen­dence, may the mem­ory of the brave men and women in­stru­men­tal in the lib­er­a­tion of your na­tion in­spire you to con­tinue to move for­ward as one Bangsa In­done­sia to­ward the peace, progress and pros­per­ity of the coun­try.”

MinDA's Romeo Mon­tene­gro, Mme. Elis­a­beth Na­pitupulu, Davao City Adm­nis­tra­tor Zu­laika Lopez, In­done­sian ConGen Ber­lian Na­pitupulu & DFA ASec Robert Fer­rer

In­done­sian Con­sulate's En­dah Yu­liarti Farry, Gufron Hariy­ato, Atin Nafi­atin & Ely Safitri.

DFA Min­danao's Ebrahim Zailon, Malaysian Con­sul Mohd Jaafri Bin Mohd Sharif, and Az­fariza Sharif

Chi­nese ConGen Li Lin, Ger­man Con­sul Klaus Dor­ing, Qiu Aip­ing & Ros­sana Dor­ing

Li­ai­son Off. Wahyu Chan­dra, Lt. Gen. Ben­jamin Madri­gal, Gemma Madri­gal & Capt. Ronnie Go

Raul To­lentino & Nestor Ting

Aus­trian Con­sul Dr. Peter Fais­tauer & Danna Fais­tauer

DCCCII Pres­i­dent Art Mil­lan, Hon. Con­sul to Korea Edgar Ang, James Lee & Fer­dianand Mara­non

Je­line Gi­son, Faith Di­maano, Ja­panese Con­sul Yoshi­aki Miwa, Mike Daku­dao & Ken Ka­pu­long

Le­muel On­to­rio, Hon. Con­sul to Bangladesh Joji Ila­gan-Bian & CTO GeneRose Tec­son

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