Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pinoys Experience German Culture in Manila at Second Mabuhay Germany Expo

The German Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) hosted its second Mabuhay Germany Expo at the Bonifacio Highstreet, Taguig City last Oct. 9–11.

The three-day affair dubbed “Let’s Go Green!” showcased German culture, lifestyle, and economy, including corporate measures, efforts, and contributions toward protecting the environment. The expo also highlighted an exchange of eco-friendly platforms and encouraged ecological cooperation as a way to improve the Philippine–German relations in business and overall growth.

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Serving not only as a Philippine–German expo but also as a weekend family affair, Let’s Go Green! featured children’s activities at the Hansel and Gretel Haus. Also included in the lineup of activities were several eco bazaars, different exhibitions from sponsors and participants, and a performance from the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Rodel Colmenar.

The Mabuhay Germany expo, together with other groups, pledged close to Php1 million to the Springboard Foundation for the immediate relief of Ondoy and Pepeng typhoon victims. Recently, the Philippines also received €500 thousand (Php34 million) in official assistance from Germany.

Present in the event were Presidential Adviser on Climate Change Sec. Heherson Alvarez, German Ambassador Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch, Taguig City Vice Mayor Atty. George A. Elias, GPCCI President Klaus Schroeder, Mabuhay Germany Organizing Committee Chairman Franz Roland Odenthal, and Ms. Philippines-Earth Sandra Seifert.

Mabuhay Germany was sponsored by BMW, Banco De Oro, CATS Mercedes Benz, GTZ, PGA Cars-Audi, Hobbes & Landes, SIEMENS, Sphairon, Fully Booked, TÜV Rheinland, Miss Earth Foundation, and Hamburg Trading Corporation, held in partnership with Bonifacio Highstreet.


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