Albert del Rosario on Celebrating 'Philippine Gold'

Complete text of Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs' remarks

Albert de Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs for The Philippines (Consulate of the Philippines)

Following is the complete text of remarks by Albert del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, at Asia Society New York on September 28, 2015.

Honorable Kevin Rudd;

Honorable Henrietta Fore and Mr. Ronnie Chan, Co-Chairs of The Asia Society; Distinguished Members of The Asia Society Board of Trustees; Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr. and the Philippine Embassy Officers; Ambassador Lorie Yparraguirre and the Philippine Mission Officers and Staff; Consul General Mario de Leon and the PH Consulate General Officers and Staff; 

Honored Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen;

Good evening.

It is a rare privilege, and with great pride as a Filipino, to host this evening’s reception, honoring and celebrating the Philippine Gold Exhibit, made possible by Ayala Museum, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and a host of generous partners.

The Philippine organizers could not have found a better partner than the Asia Society, a global institution that promotes "greater knowledge of Asia across the fields of policy, business leadership, education and arts and culture."

Dubbed as Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms, this spectacular exhibit provides stunning evidence that, indeed, the Philippines not only had a sophisticated culture that thrived even before Western contact, but also had pre-colonial connections with our South, Southeast and North Asian neighbors. 

This fascinating collection of 10th to 13th-century gold treasures is proof positive of the Philippines’ rich tradition as creative artisans, as a trading civilization, and as a maritime nation.

The superior quality of these ancient gold works and ornaments provides a clear narrative on the robust maritime trade in Southeast Asia, a dynamic region that will be integrated as One ASEAN Community this December.

Ladies and Gentlemen, fresh from the success of the Philippines’ re-introduction to the world cultural stage via the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale, this unprecedented Philippine exhibition here in New York City is a most worthy endeavor which further cements the country’s emergence as a rich cultural force.

Let me, therefore, encourage our guests this evening and the Filipino-American community to invite their family members and friends to see this groundbreaking gold exhibition which will run until early January 2016.

This exhibit is a Philippine triumph.

Thank you once again for this privilege, and please enjoy the rest of the evening.

I thank you.