Spain bestows VII Premio Casa Asia to Senator Angara

A November 9, 2010 press release prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs
9 November 2010 –Senator Edgardo J. Angara was awarded the VII Premio Casa Asia (7th Casa Asia Award) in recognition of his contributions in strengthening relations between the Philippines and Spain in Madrid on November 2, according to Philippine ChargĂ© d’Affaires, a.i. to Spain Celia Anna M. Feria.
Senator Angara received the award from Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Latin America Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Juan Pablo de Laiglesia.

The award acknowledges the Senator’s work in enhancing bilateral relations between the Philippines and Spain, particularly by authoring the law declaring June 30 of every year as Philippine Spanish Friendship Day and through his involvement in preserving and promoting the history of the Siege of Baler, his birthplace.
The Casa Asia Award has two categories: institutional and individual.  The award given to Senator Angara fell under the individual award category.
The institutional category was awarded to the International Dunhuang Project (IDP), an international collaboration to make information and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and other archaeological sites of the Eastern Silk Road freely available on the internet.
IDP Executive Director Susan Whitfield received the Award on behalf of the organization.
Senator Miguel Zubiri also attended the awarding ceremonies along with Mrs. Gloria Angara and Ms. Anna Angara, the Senator’s wife and daughter, respectively.
Also present during the event were officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy in Madrid and members of the Filipino community in Madrid. END.
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