Francophonie in Manila celebrates cultural diversity, human rights

A diversity of artistic events in March, in keeping with French culture.

The best of French animation will be featured at Rizal Park.


( Manila joins the celebration of cultural diversity and human rights as different Francophone institutions come together this March for the Month of the Francophonie.


The celebration takes its name from the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), an area composed of 57 member states and governments that share the French language and engage in cultural, scientific, economic, and judicial cooperation.


The OIF's commitment to cultural diversity is proven by its geographically diverse membership, which includes countries in Asia such as Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and, in Africa, Madagascar, Egypt, Tunisia, and Mali. The OIF has also been active in promoting peace and engaging in conflict resolution.


Although the Philippines is not a member of this organization, the values by which the OIF stands find relevance in Filipino society.


The month-long Francophonie celebration in Manila patterns its activities on these two values, along with an appreciation for the French language.


The general public is enjoined to experience the finest in French animation through a series of film screenings at the Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium in all weekends of March. Admission is free of charge and authentic French snacks will be available for the audience.



The dramedy animation L’illusionniste.


Different Filipino high schools and universities will be testing their knowledge in the French language in a national theater contest on March 8 at the European International School. At present, French is taught in over 1,500 Filipino public schools as part of their curriculum.


Critically acclaimed director Lito Casaje presents his interpretation of Jean-Paul Sartre's Huis-clos (No Exit) on March 14, 7:30 p.m., at the Rajah Sulayman Theater in Fort Santiago.


The Alliance Française de Manille will also host the annual Printemps des Poètes, a night to appreciate and share French, English, and Filipino poetry.

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Finally, the Embassy of France is proud to launch a documentary video contest on the theme Les Droits de l'homme à l'ère du numérique (Human Rights in the Digital Age). Open to 18 up to 25 year olds learning the French language, the contest aims to explore the role of social media both as a catalyst for and a threat to our basic rights.


The winning participant will be given a 10-day, all expenses paid trip to France in July and will join a delegation representing over 120 countries to visit French institutions and meet with officials specializing in the advocacy of human rights.


The Month of the Francophonie is organized by the embassies of France, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Laos, Switzerland, and the Consulate of Monaco.


For more information on the Month of Francophonie, visit or Or contact Camille Conde, Press Attache, French Embassy, at 857-6916, 0917-561-0003, or

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