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MR090903- Australian Embassy invites Filipinos to discover the Land Down Under


Filipinos are set to discover the wonders from the Land Down Under as the Australian Embassy in Manila unveils its month-long exhibit Tayo na sa Australia in major SM malls today.

“The exhibit will provide mall-goers with the opportunity to learn about Australia through a series of displays that capture distinct facets of Australia - from our rich cultural heritage and natural wonders to scientific discoveries and innovations that have significantly enhanced the lives of millions of people around the world,” Ambassador Rod Smith said

Tayo na sa Australia will feature Australia’s ancient Indigenous heritage and multicultural society which has helped shape its vibrant arts scene and culture of innovation and discovery. Some of Australia’s natural wonders will be showcased, highlighting Australia’s distinct and varied landscape which ranges from vast deserts to mountain ranges, lush rainforests to broad sandy beaches.

“Australians are from a rich variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. Around 45 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas in one of more than 200 countries,” Ambassador Smith said.

“Australia and the Philippines enjoy strong and dynamic people-to-people and government-to-government relationships. More than 200,000 people of Philippine descent now live in Australia. Australia is one of the Philippines' main partners in development cooperation, defence and security. We work together internationally in support of our shared commitment to democracy, human rights, the environment and building global prosperity. We have an increasingly vibrant trading relationship.

“Australia is an attractive education destination for students and professionals thinking of acquiring international education. The exhibit provides useful insights on studying in Australia, including testimonies from eminent Filipinos about their Australian study experience. Australian universities are consistently ranked among the top educational institutions in the world and offer a complete range of programs and courses that lead to highly regarded and internationally-recognised qualifications.”

For the photo enthusiasts, the exhibit includes a panel of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a cut-out of a diver on the Great Barrier Reef. SM shoppers will also have the chance to win a round-trip ticket to Australia for two courtesy of Qantas Airways.

The exhibit runs from 3-30 September, kicking off at The Podium on 3 September at 4pm with a performance of Australian children’s pop music group, Hi-5. The exhibit will also be displayed at The Block, SM City North EDSA (8-14 September), SM Mall of Asia (17-23 September) and The Mega Atrium, SM Megamall (24-30 September).

Tayo na sa Australia is presented in cooperation with The Podium, SM Supermalls, Qantas Airways, and Business Mirror.