YEREVAN (Armenpress) — At the initiative of the Armenian Embassy of the Philippines (residence in Vietnam) a divine liturgy was held on September 27 at Santuario de San Antonio Church in capital Manila, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide, the press service of Foreign Ministry of Armenia reports.
Philippines Senators, representatives of Manila Municipality, Mayor of Tagum city, heads of accredited diplomatic delegations, as well as members of Armenia-Philippines friendship group were present at the liturgy.
The Turkish Consul in Manila had tried to prevent the liturgy. Particularly, he contacted the leader of the Santuario de San Antonio Church and mentioned during the conversation that the liturgy is a political one by nature organized by Armenians which “should be banned in order to avoid further polical consequences”.
According to the information of the Armenian Foreign Ministry, the Turkish Embassy also sent a letter of complaint to the Foreign Ministry of the Philippines.
However, the liturgy organized by the Armenian Embassy in the Philippines took place on September 27 as had been planned earlier, after which a brief history of Armenia and the Armenian Genocide was presented to the attendees.