A LOGO commemorating six decades of relations between the Philippines and the European Union (EU) in 2024 was unveiled on October 18.
Ambassador Luc Véron of the EU Delegation and Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Ma. Elena Algabre jointly announced that the work of Julie Ar Sibala from Davao emerged as winner in a contest to create a fitting artistic symbol of the mutual cooperation between the bloc and the Philippines.
The artwork was selected through a competition launched among Filipino youth and evaluated on the basis of relevance to the theme, originality, visual impact and usability. Those of Czar Julenen Tanamor and Erick Michael Opeña were adjudged as first runner-up and third placer, respectively.
Véron commended the works of the young Filipinos who joined the tilt for their innovation and creativity, plus the ability to reflect the growing partnership between the EU and the Philippines. The envoy shared that they had a hard time deliberating on the best execution.
Of the winning logo, he said that “it is a thoughtfully designed symbol of the EU-Philippine partnership: Elegant yet simple; intricately crafted but aesthetically pleasing. It serves as a solid representation of how our relationship will continue to progress unabated—and I am confident that my fellow jury members share the same sentiments.”
Sibala is a graphic designer at the University of Immaculate Conception in Davao, where he also studied Bachelor of Arts in Communication and graduated as a magna cum laude. According to him, he drew inspiration from the “unwavering support of the EU for the Philippines, regardless of the numerous issues and crises our nation has endured.”
“The EU continues to stand by us, assisting in peace talks, addressing climate concerns, tackling poverty, fostering youth development, and more,” the designer said. “This unwavering commitment is represented by the main symbol in my logo, which is the ‘infinite’ sign.”
The EU ambassador hosted a luncheon in honor of Sibala and Opeña in his residence. Tanamor was unable to attend as he is currently based in Australia.
THE cooperation between the EU and the Republic of the Philippines is a longstanding one, which has broadened and deepened remarkably in recent years.
In his speech during the awarding ceremonies, Véron explained the reason in celebrating 60 years of the Philippine-EU bilateral relationship: “Commemorating the long list of our joint achievements, we are celebrating how the Philippines is hosting the first ‘Copernicus’ mirror site in Asia, and how Filipino students constitute among the most numerous [recipients] worldwide in terms of ‘Erasmus Mundus’ scholarships…”
He continued: “We [also celebrate the historic visit of EU Commission’s president] Ursula von der Leyen, and her announcement on the prospective resumption of free-trade agreement negotiations. The list extends across six decades—and therefore a symbolic logo is necessary.”
THE Philippines and the former “European Communities” established diplomatic ties in 1964. These have flourished through the years, and people-to-people links have never been stronger through high-level visits, parliamentary interactions, diplomatic engagements, visitors’ programs, academic and cultural exchanges, trade, development cooperation, migration, tourism and seafaring, as well as humanitarian aid, said the delegation.
Meanwhile, the “Partnership and Cooperation Agreement” between the EU and the Philippines entered into force on March 1, 2018, which provides a legal framework for the strengthening of the bilateral relationship; in particular, on political, social and economic matters, as well as human rights.
It likewise reflects the long-standing partnership the bloc has with the people of the Philippines, and its commitment to investing in a strong and beneficial relationship with Filipinos.