The University of Santo Tomas, on the occasion of its 400th year of foundation, will award the Quadricentennial Golden Cross Award to the UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. The award is the highest award granted by UST and is given to persons who excel in the promotion of the arts, humanities and the sciences, or who have distinguished themselves by their total commitment to the service of humankind. The convocation will be held on 25 March at 9:00 AM at the UST Medicine Auditorium. A press conference at the UST CME Auditorium is scheduled at 10:30 AM.
Itinerary of DG Irina Bokova
The Director General will be meeting Secretary Br. Armin Luistro, FSC of the Department of Education at 12:00 NN of the same day. A high-level dialogue with the Director General which will be hosted by the DepEd and attended by senior officials of CHED, TESDA, DOST and DFA follows. The theme of the dialogue will center on interfaith dialogue, education, and building a culture of peace in fighting poverty. This will highlight the Philippines’ initiatives and achievements in UNESCO’s fields of competence, specifically in education and culture, and in view of UNESCO’s leadership in the promotion of culture of peace, the Philippines’ leadership in interfaith initiatives.
The Director General will be hosted to a dinner by Secretary Albert del Rosario of the Department of Foreign Affairs on the evening of 25 March.
On 26 March 2011, the Director General will be hosted by the National Commission on Culture and Arts to a meeting, cultural presentation and dinner.
Her Excellency Mme. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, will undertake an Official Visit to the Philippines on March 25 to 26, 2011 to take part in bilateral meetings with senior government officials in order to discuss UNESCO’s present and future cooperation with the Philippines.
The Director General is expected to arrive on 24 March 2011 and will call on the President in the afternoon of the following day, 25 March.