Cementing the cultural relationship between Russia and the Philippines government officials of the two countries formally unveiled the bust of the famous Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy last Thursday at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City.
Russian Ambassador Nikolay Kudashev, St. Petersburg Vice-Governor Igor Metelsky, Cebu Honorary Consul to Russia Armi Lopez Garcia, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, and Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim led the ceremonial unveiling of the bust created by Russian painter-sculptor Gregory Pototsky.
“This is the bust of the Great Ordinary Man who stayed and served ordinary men. Let’s live up to the mark and be closer to one another,” addressed Ambassador Kudashev.
Famous for his great novels “Anna Karenina” and “War and Peace, Tolstoy is a Russian nobleman who is also regarded as a courageous warrior of his time.
The artist Pototsky, who recently donated a monument of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin in Manila, commended the country for its interest in the culture and the arts of other nations especially Russia.
“The Philippines will continue to become successful because they work hard and strive to learn,” said Pototsky in Russian.
Governor Garcia expressed the appreciation of the province for the bust, which symbolizes the commitment of the Russian government’s sisterhood partnership.
Aside from the bust, Russian art and photo exhibit was formally opened last Thursday in line with the 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum and Exhibition.
The 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum is organized by the Philippine Business Assembly Inc. and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Province of Cebu and the Department of Tourism.
The Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp. is co-organizing the event in association with the City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu FAME, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation and the Cebu Gifts, Toys, and Housewares (GTH).