500 Years of Philippines-Austria Relations Chronicled in Seminal Book

National Day 2017


Ambassador Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson delivers her toast.  With her on stage are

Vice Minister and Director General for Cultural Policy Affairs, Teresa Indjein, and the

contributing authors of the book.




A seminal book chronicling 500 years of relations between the Philippines and Austria was launched during the Embassy´s celebration of the 119th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on 19 June 2017, at the Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel in Vienna. With over 200 guests in attendance led by Vice-Minister and Director-General for Cultural Policy Affairs Teresa Indjein, who represented Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, the book titled, “Philippines-Austria Relations: 500 Years,” was introduced by Ambassador Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson. Covering close to 30 pages, the book was proposed as a joint project between the Philippines Embassy in Austria and the Austrian Embassy in the Philippines to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of modern diplomatic relations. The project was supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and its counterpart in Austria, the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration, and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA).


Ambassador Collinson, who is the editor and main author of the book, traced bilateral relations from the time Charles I, also known as Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, in the sixteenth century to the present. Working with 9 other contributors, including former Austrian Ambassador to the Philippines, Wilhelm Donko, and Ms. Ruth Steiner, who, together with her entire family and 1,300 European Jews, was saved by the “Open Door” policy of President Manuel Quezon, the seminal book reveals diplomatic correspondences and analysis from the 18th century onwards.


“Philippines-Austria Relations: 500 Years” will be made available to selected libraries, schools and museums in the Philippines, Austria, Germany, Spain and the United States.END



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