MAY 6, 2014 (TUESDAY)
66th National Day of the State of Israel
In November 29, 1947, the United Nations voted in favor of the creation of the State of Israel. In the first 2 years after its declaration, memorial services were held the same day for the soldiers who fell in the 1948 War of Independence.
Countless soldiers sacrificed their lives in the wars of the State of Israel and others were killed in acts of terror. Families expressed their concerns that a separate Memorial Day observance be held distinct from the festivities.
In January 1951, Prime Minister David Ben-Guiron, who was then also serving as Minister of Defense, established the “Public Council for Soldiers.” It was then implemented that the day preceding Independence Day be the “General Memorial Day for the Heroes of the War of Independence.”
Each year, Israelis all over the world pay tribute to their loved ones whom they have lost in battle and cherish each year that they are able to celebrate their independence.
The dates of both events vary depending on the Jewish calendar and this year, the 66th National Day is scheduled this May 6, 2014 (Tuesday).
The Embassy will also bring this joyous event to the “Queen of the South,” Cebu Province on May 8, 2014 (Thursday) at the Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu.
MAY 9, 2014 (FRIDAY)
New Olds: Design Between Innovation and Tradition
G/F RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala
& Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati
Together with German curator Volker Albus—who previously curated the travelling exhibit Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention at Yuchengco Museum in 2012—IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.) presents New Olds: Design between Tradition and Innovation.
The exhibit features 60 objects that explore the relationship between tradition and innovation in contemporary design.
New Olds looks into how contemporary designers work with traditional elements, whether it is style, material or craft. 45 designers and design teams from Germany, other European countries, and the US enter into an intensive dialogue at the exhibit.
The international nature of the show is further emphasized by a selection of Philippine examples of design that put a twist on tradition. For the Philippine leg of New Olds, curator Volker Albus will especially feature chairs designed by Gabriel Barredo and Dem Bitantes
Volker Albus was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1949 and studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen. He has worked as a freelance architect and designer since 1982 and also as Professor for Product Design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design since 1994.
MAY 10, 2014 (SATURDAY) – MAY 17, 2014 (SATURDAY)
Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined, A Traveling Exhibition
By the Philippine National Artist for Visual Arts with a Short Film by Peque Gallaga
The Gallery, Ayala Center, Cebu