Technological Institute of the Philippines

Israel’s ambassador to the Philippines commemorates Israel and Philippines’ friendship

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) recently welcomed the Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines, Effie Ben Matityau, in an event held at the T.I.P. Quezon City Anniversary Hall on December 1, 2016. Ambassador Matityau was invited by T.I.P. to share about the history of the strong ties between Israel and the Philippines.

During his talk, Ambassador Matityau was quick to emphasize the Filipino smile and hospitality as one of the country’s “most unique pillars.” He then related how the Philippines, through the Commonwealth government led by late President Manuel L. Quezon, opened its doors for Jewish refugees fleeing during the Holocaust by the Nazi regime, which in the end claimed the lives of six million Jews.

“The past is the foundation of our relations as Filipinos and Israelis. We, as Israelis, have a great deal of appreciation for your nation because your nation did something for us that most nations didn’t,” Ambassador Matityau said. The ambassador also mentioned that the Philippines played a key role by voting in favor of United Nations Resolution 181, creating the state of Israel.

The friendship between the two countries continues to grow and strengthen. In fact, Israel was one of the first countries to provide humanitarian aid to the victims of typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines back in 2013. The country also allows visa-free travel for up to 59 days to Filipinos and is home to thousands of Filipino overseas workers.

Israel has grown into one of the world’s richest countries. With a continuously rising economic status, it has now been labeled as a start-up nation. Popular apps such as Viber and Waze were all developed by Israeli entrepreneurs. “I can tell you that entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation are practically taught as a methodology and a concept in almost any university in Israel,” explained the ambassador.

Ambassador Matiyau then told students that the success of a nation depends on human capacity, with education as the foundation. “Education is the foundation – the trunk is definitely information, the branches are imagination, and the fruits are the product of your tree. It’s all in your hands,” he said.