The National Book Development Board and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic hold a Meeting to Enhance Partnership as the Two Countries Prepare to Celebrate 75 Years of Bilateral Relations in 2023



Photo (from left): Ms. Frances Garganera (Culture, Education, and Sports Affairs of the Argentine Embassy), Secretary Mauricio Germán Muñoz  (Consul & Chief of Consular Affairs), NBDB Executive Director Charisse Aquino-Tugade, Ambassador Ricardo Luis Bocalandro of the Argentine Embassy, Minister Plenipotentiary Andrea Silvina Repetti, NBDB Director Anthony John Balisi, and NBDB Secretariat Grant Salgado (Photos from NBDB-CITD)

MANILA, 13 July 2022 – The National Book Development Board and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in the Philippines affirmed their cooperative relations through a meeting on 12 July 2022 in the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Makati City. 

NBDB Executive Director Charisse Aquino-Tugade and the Argentine Ambassador to the Philippines, Honorable Ricardo Luis Bocalandro, initiated communications that led to this meeting to finalize plans and points of collaboration.

The meeting occurred during the NBDB’s official visit to the Argentine Embassy, as both countries began preparing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of establishing Philippine-Argentine diplomatic relations in August 2023. Minister Plenipotentiary Andrea Silvina Repetti, Ms. Frances Garganera (Culture, Education, and Sports Affairs of the Argentine Embassy), Secretary Mauricio Germán Muñoz (Argentine Embassy Consul & Chief of Consular Affairs), NBDB Director Anthony John Balisi, and NBDB Secretariat Grant Salgado were in attendance.

The NBDB and the Argentine Embassy discussed a wide range of items during their meeting, from literary to diasporic partnerships and literary translation programs such as the Argentine Government’s “Programa Sur” along with NBDB’s Translation Subsidy Grants to promote works by both Argentine and Philippine authors. 

Both sides also expressed their excitement as they found joint synergy in their dedication to local and international book fairs and literary festivals in both the Philippines and Argentina. Ideas for better business opportunities were explored, such as author exchange programs, the readership of the diasporic and indigenous population, and enhancing the book publishing industry in both countries. 

The meeting concluded with a commitment to enhance Philippine-Argentine relations, with both sides eager to share the Argentine and Philippine stories with the world. 

For more updates, visit https://booksphilippines.gov.ph and https://www.facebook.com/PHinArgentina/

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