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27 June 2006 — Philippine Ambassador to Berlin, Germany Delia Domingo-Albert reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the “United Buddy Bears,” including one representing the Philippines, have returned to Berlin after traveling around the world to raise funds for the “Schools for Africa” project of the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF).|Ambassador Domingo-Albert said that the Embassy participated in a ceremony in Berlin to welcome back the “United Buddy Bears” after their tour.

Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert greets German FederalMinister for Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentHeidemarie Wieckzorek-Zeul at the opening ceremony ofthe “United Buddy Bears” at Bebelplatz in Berlin.|The Ambassador explained that the “United Buddy Bears” representing 141 countries are a symbol of tolerance, international understanding and peaceful co-existence. The bear also represents the city of Berlin.

She said that each bear represents a particular country and painted on by an artist. The Philippine bear that had a monkey-eating eagle painted on it was designed and done by artist Pierre Patricio.

The bears are sold at auctions in aid of child relief projects from time to time. In Berlin, the proceeds from the next auction will be in aid of the UNICEF project “Schools for Africa,” enabling children of Africa to receive school education and leading to a future free of poverty.

“The ‘Buddy Bears’ are therefore not only a work of art but they are also a symbol of the unity of humanity and the rich diversity of cultures and traditions, and they convey a political message,” Ambassador Domingo-Albert said.

At the opening ceremony, German Minister for Development Policy and Economic Cooperation Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul stressed that the exhibit of the “Buddy Bears” is at a special historical site in Berlin. It was the site where the Nazis attempted, on 10 May 1933, to symbolically obliterate the thinking of various writers, politicians, artists and philosophers forever by burning their books. The place is also one of the landmarks for the Berlin World Cup.

The “Buddy Bears” are on exhibition in Berlin until 31 July 2006, and will then travel to Vienna, Jerusalem, Cairo, Beijing, Cape Town, Buenos Aires, and St. Petersberg.



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