Freundschaft/Pagkakaibigan (60 Years of Friendship between Germany and the Philippines)
Dr. Isagani Cruz
Assistant Account Executive
Freundschaft/Pagkakaibigan (60 Years of Friendship between Germany and the Philippines) is a coffee table book that celebrates 60 years of diplomatic relations between two countries, two cultures, the east and the west - Germany and the Philippines. It was important to immortalize the friendship which has been in the form of programs on education, health, environment, art , history and many other aspects that both countries have quietly and steadfastly maintained for six decades.
The cover features the two countries' flags,their vivid colors coming together in a dynamic swirl to form the numeral "6" - the number of decades the two countries have successfully collaborated in various socio-economic-pollitical fronts. The countries' top officials - President Gauke and Chancellor Merkel of Germany and President Aquino of the Phiiippines gave their inspiring messages to signal the importance of the publication. The cover graphics were used in various formations and movement as dividers to introduce chapters. A magazine layout was chosen to accommodate the divergent articles written by German and Philippine scholars on the relationship of 60 years. Special feature was the valuable support of Germany to victims of Typhoon Haiyan's unparalled destruction.
There were two launches of the book: a formal launch in Berlin in October of 2014 which was attended by members of the diplomatic corps as they bade farewell to the outgoing Philippine lady-ambassador who spearheaded the book project. An informal launch was held in November 2014 in Manila at the 110-year old German Club with representatives of German companies located in the Philippines. The book is a first ever on the two countries' collaboration and is a shining example of a solid friendship built on trust between two countries and two peoples.
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