Logo for the 60 years of EU-PH relations unveiled

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Asec. Ma. Elena Algabre of the Department of Foreign Affairs and H.E. Amb. Luc Véron of the EU Delegation to the Philippines

The Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines and the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs revealed last Oct. 18, the logo for the commemoration of 60 Years of EU-Philippines Relations.

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Asec. Ma Elena Algabre of the Department of Foreign Affairs and H.E. Luc Véron, EU Ambassador to the Philippines, (extreme right) congratulates Julie Ar Sibala winner during the logo reveal the winning logo for the 60 Years of EU PH Relations.

H. E. Luc Véron, EU Ambassador to the Philippines, and Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Ma Elena Algabre announced that the work of Julie Ar Sibala was adjudged as the winner in the logo contest. Runners-up were Czar Julenen Tanamor (first runner-up), and Erick Michael Opeña (second runner-up).

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Erick Michael Opeña (second runner-up) and Julie Ar Sibala (winner)

The logo was selected through a competition launched amongst Filipino youth.  The works of the participants to the logo competition were evaluated on the basis of relevance to the theme, originality, visual impact and usability. 

Ambassador Véron commended the works of Filipino youth who joined the logo competition for their innovation and creativity, and the ability to reflect the growing partnership between the EU and the Philippines.

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H.E. Amb. Luc Véron of the EU Delegation to the Philippines

Ambassador Véron said that the deliberation for the winning logo was not easy. Of the winning logo, he said that “it is a thoughtfully designed symbol of the EU-Philippine partnership.  Elegant yet simple, intricately crafted but aesthetically pleasing, it serves as a solid representation of how our relationship will continue to progress unabated — and I am confident that my fellow jury members share the same sentiment”.

Julie Ar is a graphics designer at the University of Immaculate Concepcion (Davao) where he also studied Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Magna Cum Laude).  

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Photo courtesy of EEAS-Manila

He drew inspiration from the “unwavering support of the European Union for the Philippines, regardless of the numerous issues and crises our nation has endured”.

The EU continues to stand by us, assisting in peace talks, addressing climate concerns, tackling poverty, fostering youth development, and more, Julie said.   This unwavering commitment is represented by the main symbol in my logo, which is the "infinite" sign, he added.

Ambassador Véron hosted a luncheon in honor of the winners, Julie and Erick Michael, in his residence in Makati City. Czar, the other runner-up, could not attend the luncheon as he lives in Australia.

The relationship between the EU and the Republic of the Philippines is a longstanding one, which has broadened and deepened remarkably in recent years.