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Arts & Culture
Large presence for the Philippines at tourism event in Tel Aviv E-mail

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Tourism, opened her country’s pavilion at the 25th International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) in Tel Aviv on 12 February.

This was the fourth time that the Philippine Department of Tourism had participated in the IMTM. This year, the Philippines had the largest booth in the annual travel fair, with representatives of 15 Philippine travel agencies and hotels.

“The Department of Tourism will promote sustainable tourism and invites Israelis to visit the country to experience its culinary tourism, heirloom recipes and slow-food process, rich cultural diversity, and exciting eco-tourism activities,” said Secretary Romulo-Puyat at the event’s opening ceremony. “Israeli tourist arrivals to the Philippines reached 20,343 in 2018, with 16.66% growth from 2017. The 20,000 mark was achieved, despite the closure of Boracay for six months. This proves that beyond the perfect sunsets and the natural beauty of our 7,600 islands, the caring, friendly and hospitable nature of Filipinos has always been the main reason why our people are close to the hearts of Israelis, and why they keep coming back to the Philippines,” said Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial.

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2019 Taipei International Book Fair E-mail

As in previous years, Israel had a pavilion at the Taipei International Book Fair, which was held from 14 to 16 February at the Taipei World Trade Centre.

Widely recognised as one of the main book fairs in the world, the Taipei International Book Fair aims to promote international exchange, inspire advances in publishing, and advocate a reading culture.

The recent event attracted approximately 530,000 visitors, including international writers, award-winners and a host of celebrities. Many countries organise their own pavilions, and around 350 overseas publishers from 60 countries and 325 local players participate in the event. Many of the books featured at the Book Fair, including famous novels and books for children and young people, have been translated into Chinese.

This year the Israel pavilion had four themes: “Reading to Know Israel”; the “Reading Israel” lecture; “Missing the Literary”, paying tribute to Amos Oz, who passed away on 28 December 2018, and the Israel Bookstore Cafe.

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Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam wins Israel’s prestigious Dan David Prize E-mail

Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam has won Israel’s prestigious Dan David Prize for 2019 for his work on intercultural encounters between Asians, Europeans and the people of North and South America during the early modern era.

Subrahmanyam, son of strategic analyst K. Subrahmanyam and brother of former foreign secretary S. Jaishankar, won the award in the category of “Past” for his work in macro history. He shares the US$1 million award in this category with historian Prof Kenneth Pomeranz of the University of Chicago.

The international Dan David Prize is awarded annually to those who have made outstanding scientific, technological and humanistic accomplishments in fields representing the past, present and future of human achievement. It is a joint international enterprise endowed by the Dan David Foundation, headquartered at Tel Aviv University.

The prize, now in its 18th year, was established by late Dan David, an international businessman and philanthropist who envisioned a project that would extend beyond traditional academic categorisations. Laureates donate 10% of their prize money to postgraduate students in their respective fields, thereby contributing to the community and advancing a new generation of scholars.

Prizes are given in three categories. Recipients in the “Past” category are generally drawn from the fields of history, archaeology, paleontology and biography; the “Present” from arts, media, policy and economics, and the “Future” from one of the exact or natural sciences.

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