Norwegian Constitution Day 2024 in Manila

A toast is proposed by Papal Nuncio Father Charles John Brown, Ambassador Christian Lyster of the Norwegian Embassy, and Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jesus “Gary” Domingo.

Dignitaries and guests gathered to celebrate the Norwegian Constitution Day on May 16, 2024, in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manila. Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Christian Lyster, warmly welcomed the attendees and reflected on the significance of Norway's Constitution, highlighting its status as the second oldest written living constitution in the world. He noted the historical importance of the 1814 document that forms the foundation of Norway's democracy, as well as the 750th anniversary of Norway's first national law, Magnus Lagabote’s State Law of 1274.

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Vice Consul Tomasz Danel of the Polish Embassy, Ambassador Juha Pyykkö of the Finnish Embassy, Ambassador Dr. Titanilla Tóth of the Hungarian Embassy, Arkadiusz Jan Tracz, and Deputy Head of Mission Anna Krzak-Danel of the Polish Embassy

Ambassador Lyster emphasized Norway’s unwavering support for international law and the need for a peaceful international community.
He expressed pride in the maritime heritage shared by Norway and the Philippines, acknowledging the significant contributions of Filipino seafarers to the Norwegian shipping industry.

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Ambassador Christian Lyster with his spouse Catherine beautifully clad in the traditional Norwegian Bunad.

Celebrating the strong diplomatic ties and shared values between Norway and the Philippines, Ambassador Lyster underscored their long-term partnership and new areas of trade and cooperation, including renewable energy, maritime technology, and sustainable development. He praised the Philippines Norway Business Council for fostering effective business connections and extended his gratitude to the event sponsors for their crucial support.

Head of Norway’s IDB Alf Runne
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Chief Operating Officer Sean Avellan of Nordic Care Finland with Norwegian travel vlogger Martin Solhaugen

To conclude his welcoming speech, Ambassador Lyster toasted to the en-
during friendship and growing cooperation between the Philippines and Norway, expressing hope for a future of shared prosperity and mutual respect. Following the ambassador's address, Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jesus “Gary” Domingo echoed these sentiments, underlining the enduring friendship between the two nations.

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Honorary Consul Marian Ong Oriental Republic of Uruguay with Ambassador Tull Traisorat of the Thai Embassy
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Deputy Head of Mission Veera Kaarela of the Finnish Embassy, Alva Theander of the Swedish Embassy, and Dr. Amin Shaaban of the Egyptian Embassy

Adding a touch of local flair to the evening, a captivating performance of "Take on Me" by students from Lyceum Philippines University– Batangas enlivened the ocassion.

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Ambassador Khalid Ibrahim Mohammed of the Iraqi Embassy
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Ambassador Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino of the Malaysian Embassy with Mme. Indri Puspitasari Akyol

One of the celebration’s highlights was the opening of the Grand Kitchen, showcasing unique Norwegian recipes, including the famous salmon and brown cheese, and the rich flavors of Norwegian cuisine.

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Ambassador Marcela Ordoñez of the Colombian Embassy with Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr.

The event deepened the appreciation for the cultural and diplomatic bonds between Norway and the Philippines and reinforced the strong, enduring ties between the two nations, promising a future filled with continued cooperation and shared success.