The Philippines is the first Southeast Asian country to receive a portion of the Berlin Wall
It is now on display at the National Museum.
(SPOT.ph) A portion of the Berlin Wall was revealed on October 7 at the National Museum in commemoration of Germany’s 25 years of unity along with the 61st anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Germany.
The donated portion measures 3.65 x 1.2 meters and is the 22nd out of the 40 originally located at Potsdamer Platz, Germany. It can now be viewed by the public at the National Museum. The Philippines is the first Southeast Asian country to receive part of the Berlin Wall, and second in Asia after South Korea.
The segment will be mounted in Rizal Park in February next year for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. “The piece of wall is a sign that democracy, freedom and peace prevail over dictatorship. It is a token of friendship between Berlin and Manila,” German Parliamentary State Secretary Brigitte Zypries said in a report by PhilStar.com. “This is in remembrance of the EDSA People Revolt, which happened a few years before a peaceful revolution by the people of East Berlin tore down the Berlin Wall that divided Germany,” German Ambassador Thomas Ossowski said.
The Berlin Wall divided the City of Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Its fall in November 1989 was an important event in German history, and soon led to its reunification.
Photos from DFA.gov.ph and PhilStar.com