Argentinian diplomats lead cross-cultural sharing session at UST

The Embassy of Argentina in the Philippines Trade Section Head Ms. Ana Clara Pianezza and the Third Secretary and Consul Mr. Fabricio Sordoni discussed Argentina’s foreign policy, trade, higher education, history, culture, travel, and more during the inaugural UST World Lenses: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue with Students held at the Dr. George SK Ty Hall on October 18, 2023.

They interacted with economics, commerce, tourism, and history students across the three-hour session jointly organized by the Embassy of Argentina, the UST Office of Public Affairs, and the UST Office for International Relations and Programs.

UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., EHL, in his welcome remarks, shared that the inaugural lecture is a “Testament of the power of education in fostering international understanding and cooperation.”

Referencing the message Pope Francis—who himself is Argentinian—has written in the University’s guestbook when he visited UST in 2015, May the Lord bless all those studying and working for a culture of encounter, Fr. Coronel further shared “As inspired by our beloved Pope, we are having an encounter now, and we are blessed because of this—A blessed encounter indeed, which has the potential to expand each other’s horizons and broaden our understanding of a nation that is geographically distant and culturally rich. As an institution we firmly believe in the power of international cooperation and the importance of building bridges between cultures and nations and this lecture is a step in that direction.”

After the lecture, each diplomat led a parallel session, with Mr. Sordoni focusing on bilateral ties and cultural engagements and Ms. Pianezza highlighting the current trade relations between Argentina and the Philippines.

With the assistance of the Office of Public Affairs, the diplomats also had the opportunity to have a brief tour of the campus and UST Museum following the event.

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