Serving as a platform for lyceans to share their ideas and seek experts’ advise, this year’s Laurel Legacy lecture was held in partnership with the Embassy of Israel in the Philippines in an event called “From Israel to Batangas: Exploring Innovation Together”. This was held at the Freedom Hall, October 2.
The event kicked off with Mr. Paolo S. Laurel, Vice President for Institutional Affairs, delivering the opening remarks. The main highlight of the event, however, was the enlightening talk and presentation by Ambassador Ilan Fluss wherein he emphasized the significance of innovation as a driving force for economic growth in Israel, while also highlighting the longstanding partnership between the two nations.
He mentioned that Israel and the Philippines have a partnership dating back to the 1950s, which has expanded to include education, and innovation. With Israel being the “Startup Nation” and the Philippines having a tech-savvy population, the two countries are well-suited for collaboration in innovation. His Excellency highlighted innovation as a key driver of economic growth and social development, citing Israeli innovation’s impact on solving global challenges like food security, water scarcity, and healthcare.
Following this, Mr. Wilfredo Racelis, Batangas Province Provincial Administrator, and Dr. Carina Magtibay, Dean of the College of Allied Medical Professions, gave their messages on innovation. Both speakers emphasized the need to foster a culture of innovation in Batangas and the Philippines, and to provide more opportunities for young people to develop their creative and entrepreneurial skills.
The ribbon cutting and opening of an exhibit on innovation shortly followed, showcasing the latest innovations from Israel and the Philippines. The event concluded with closing remarks from Mr. Frederick Badillo, Senior Vice President, and Vice President for Finance, thanking the guests and students for their participation.
In conclusion, the From Israel to Batangas: Exploring Innovation Together (Laurel Legacy Lecture) was a resounding success, bringing together individuals from different backgrounds and cultures to explore the power of innovation in shaping the future. The event highlighted the importance of fostering a culture of innovation and creativity and provided a platform for young people to share their ideas and insights on how to achieve this goal. We look forward to the next installment of the Laurel Legacy Lecture series and to continuing the legacy of Senator Sotero H. Laurel.