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In the Name of God
The Compassionate, The Merciful


Iran’s Cultural Counsellorship
Manila


The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Cultural Counsellorship under the jurisdiction of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), with the aim of introducing Islam, the culture, tradition, civilization and art of Iran to the Filipino nation was established in the Year 1368 (Solar Calendar), January 20, 1990.  By the Solar Year 1375 (1996) more room for cooperation was opened with the signing of the Cultural Agreement between the two nations.

Looking toward cultural commonalities between the two nations and strengthening them, seeking more ways of cultural, artistic, scientific and sports development cooperation and other similar activities are among the duties of this office.  This is carried out by taking part in different film festivals, sponsoring Iran’s cultural weeks, meeting with friendship societies members and cultural characters, holding cultural seminars, Holy Qur’an teaching, facilitating Interfaith Dialogues, sponsoring exhibitions on books, posters, artifacts, teaching of Persian language as well as other forms of art, doing cultural research, book publication and carrying out the rest of the cultural exchange activities between the two nations.

 

Where we are:

 No. 16 Santa Potenciana Street
 Urdaneta Village, Makati City
 Metro Manila, Philippines


Our telephone lines:

 Country code:  0063
 Manila Area code: 02
 Cultural Counsellorship: 
     818 9756
     812 5696
     812 5697
 Fax number:  812 2796
 Cellular number:  0917 858 3472


Our working time:

Monday to Friday 8:30 - 12:00 A.M.
     2:00 – 6:00  P.M.

 

Cultural Counsellorship Different Divisions

The Cultural Counsellorship of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with her various cultural activities, has different divisions:


1. Library

The small but enriched library has 4,000 books, in Persian, English and Arabic languages.

The books on literature and philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, ethnology, arts and culture of Iran, are among the valuable resources that students, both Iranian

and Filipino researchers, can benefit from.  The library is equipped with a computer for use of those members who would want more information from the net.

 


2. Audio-visual Section

The Cultural Counsellorship, based on her existing potentialities and equipment prepares audio cassette tapes, VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs of music, movies and documentary films.  Those who are interested to avail of these may contact the Cultural Counsellorship.

The very same audio-visual section can use her facilities to show live football matches, with her satellite antenna, for interested parties.  A regular film showing of Iranian films, with English subtitles, is also done in this office every end of the month.

Reproducing audio cassette tapes, CDs, taking pictures of different celebrations, seminars and conferences are also among the cultural activities carried out.

Educational Classes

The following classes are on-going in the Cultural Counsellorship:

• Farsi Class
• Holy Qur’an Class (adult)
• Holy Qur’an Class (children)
• Drawing Class

It is worthy to say that other cultural and art classes as: Iranology, composition writing, fundamentals of religion (for Philippine-based Iranians) and tailoring, are also being prepared, simply awaiting enough registrants before its opening.

 

3. Conducting Exhibitions And Cultural Competitions

The Cultural Counsellorship of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran conducts exhibitions and cultural competitions in different occasions throughout the year in various universities, cultural and arts establishments. 

Among them:

• Taking part in international bazaars
• Books and handicraft exhibitions
• Iranology software exhibitions
• Pictures, drawings and poster exhibitions


4. Research and Interpretation Section

Scientific and cultural researches regarding customs, culture, civilization and arts in the Philippines, scientific texts interpretation, preparation of monthly publication, building relationships with universities and scientific establishments are among the duties of the Research and Interpretation Section.

 

 

 

Past and Present Cultural Section Heads

• Hon. Jalal Tamleh, senior expert of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, was the first Cultural Attache of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Manila, from January 1990 to December 1992.

• Hon. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi Akhondi was the second Cultural Attache of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Manila from May 1995 to December 1998.

• Hon. Mohammad Javad Sabeti Sana’t, Senior Expert of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization was the first Cultural Counsellor in Manila from February 2000 until September 2004.

• Hon. Mehdi G. Rokni, Senior Expert of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization is the second Cultural Counsellor in Manila.  He started last September 2004 and is still currently the Head of the Cultural Counsellorship.

 

Hon. Jalal Tamleh
 

Hon. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi Akhondi
 

Hon. Mohammad Javad Sabeti Sana’t 

Hon. Mehdi G. Rokni

Cultural Counsellorship’s Activities for 2005
PROGRAM DATE TIME VENUE

Norooz & A Night of Poems
(Iranian New Year)

Arbaein of Imam Hussain (A.S.)

Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (S.A.W.) Birth Anniversary

Imam Khomeini’s Passing Away Anniversary

Hadrat Fatimah’s  (A.S.) Birth
Anniversary – Women’s Day
& Imam Khomeini’s Birth Anniversary

Imam Ali’s (A.S.) Birth Anniversary

Imam Zaman’s (A.S.) Birth
Anniversary- Universal Day of the Oppressed

Ghaddr Days- Holy Month of Ramadan

Eid-ul-Fitr – Last Day of Ramadan

Eid-ul-Adha


Eid Ghadir Khum


Islamic Revolution Anniversary

Tasua Mourning

Ashura Mourning 
Mar. 20 ‘05


Mar. 31 ‘05

April 24 ‘05


June 13 ‘05


July 28 ‘05

 


Aug. 19 ‘05


Sept. 20 ‘05

 

Ramadan


Nov. 3 ‘05


Jan. 11 ‘06


Jan. 19 ‘06


Jan. 29 ‘06

Feb. 8 ‘06

Feb. 9 ‘06
 
7:30 P.M.


7:30 P.M.

Evening
Prayer

2 P.M.


7:30 P.M.

 


7:30 P.M.


7:30 P.M.

 

6:00 P.M.


8:00 A.M.


After Zuhur
Prayer

7:30 P.M.


7:30 P.M.

7:30 P.M.

7:30 P.M. 
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U.P. – Diliman

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Highlights of Cultural Counsellorship Activities


• Seminar on Islam and Interfaith Dialogue
• Seminar on Imam Khomeini’s View on the Role of Women in Society
• Seminar on the Emblems of Iranian Literature
• Exhibition on books, pictures and handicrafts
• Establishing Farsi Course in the University of the Philippines
• Press Media Activities
• Supporting cultural centers and establishments
• Printing books, pamphlets, etc.
• Dispatch articles to newspapers
• Performing cultural researches
• Conducting cultural weeks
• Persian language instruction through university and cultural counsellorship classes
• Taking part in different film festivals
• Handling different cultural and art competitions
• Taking part in friendly society meetings
• Printing monthly publication
• Exchanging of cultural experts between the two nations
• Sending selected Holy Qur’an Reciters to Tehran International Qur’an Competitions
• Performing cultural activities for settled Iranians in the Philippines
• Facilitate for Iranian Holy Qur’an Reciters to travel to the Philippines and take part in different occasions.

 

 


Books and Pamphlets Published by
The Cultural Counsellorship – Manila

• Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.), as the Last Messenger in Maranao dialect
• Virgin Mary (A.S.) in the Holy Qur’an in English
• Holy Qur’an Commentary in Cebuano dialect
• Some Highlights of the Promised Ahman in the Gospel by Master Javar Sobhani
• Migration to Ethiopia
• Shi’a Book by the late Master Tabatabaei in English
• Baba –Taher Poetical Works in 3 languages (Farsi, English & Tagalog)
• Monthly Periodical Publication
• Seminar on Imam Khomeini’s View on the Role of Women in Society
• Seminar on Islam and Interfaith Dialogue
• Seminar on the Emblems of Iranian Literature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Background of Cultural Relations with
Republic of the Philippines


Diplomatic Relations officially started in 1964 between Iran and the Philippines.

Iranian ambassadors in Japan acted as accredited ambassadors to the Philippines until 1977, when the Iranian Embassy in the Philippines was opened on the same year.  Since then, ten envoys as Charge de Affairs were assigned in Manila.

The Cultural Relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of the Philippines started on January 20, 1990 with the opening of the Cultural Section of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Manila and was further developed with the signing of the Cultural Agreement between these two nations in 1996.

This made room for more cooperation in matters concerning culture, arts and sports as well.

The Cultural Agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of the Philippines was signed on March 11, 1995 and was ratified by the Iranian Parliament in 1997.  It was approved by Iran’s Guardian Council ten days later and was further put in action.

The Draft of Cultural Exchange also was prepared by the Islamic Republic of Iran and initiated by both countries.

Hereby, pertinent documents regarding the Cultural Agreement between the I. R. of Iran and the Republic of the Philippines, as well as the suggested Cultural Exchange Program are attached.

 


 

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