Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Zealand

New Zealand is one of my favorite countries to visit. Home of the Maori people as they journeyed in this majestic and isolated archipelago using canoes from Hawaiki about 1,000 years ago. The country was first discovered by the Dutch but it became part of the British empire down under. 

During my visit, Kiwis flamboyantly cheered for the British monarch as Princes William and George together with Princess Kate visited New Zealand. From Auckland to Wellington, I and my students paid courtesy calls to the Philippine Embassy, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Business Innovation, the Parliament House; and we enjoyed visiting the Lord of the Rings set at Weta, Mount Victoria and Botanical Garden, the Te Papa museum and City Museum of Wellington.

We exchanged ideas and engaged dialogues with top officials in the military, defense and government sectors. The Philippine embassy headed by Ambassador Virginia Benavidez hosted the best dinner for my team and comprehensively lectured on PH-New Zealand relations. We met some Filipino workers and professionals, high school batchmates and friends, and mingled with friendly Kiwis during our week-long stay in the beautiful and innovative cities of Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand. 

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