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ARS produced videos for international project - “Road to 45: EU-ASEAN Testimonial Video Series”

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Updated: 10:04 AM | 24 August 2022


Amador Research Services (ARS) showcases its unique ability to bring people together from different regions and produce remarkable videos with its latest project: “Road to 45: EU-ASEAN Testimonial Video Series”. From May 2022 until 21 August 2022, a total of fourteen (14) videos were meticulously produced by ARS and publicly released in the official social media accounts of the European Union in ASEAN.

Commemorating the forty-five (45) years of partnership between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU), the testimonial video series documents the evolution of this regional cooperation. Looking back to the past and looking forward into the future, the interviewees share their personal stories: both struggles endured, and victories made over the years to maintain the friendly relations and just recently, elevate this regional cooperation into a strategic partnership.

For this international project, the ARS team was headed by Dr. Charmaine Willoughby, joined by Ms. Anna Patricia Saberon (Overall Coordinator), Mr. Cyril Constantino (Technical Assistant); Ms. Jemma Lorraine Yason (Video Editor and Creative Manager) and Ms. Layla Miram (Social Media Manager). Finally, the high-profile interviews were conducted by Ambassador Maria Angelina Sta. Catalina, a retired diplomat who served as Philippine Ambassador to Finland.

Working from May to August 2022 and bridging the distance from Southeast Asia to Europe using technology; the ARS team successfully completed interviews with the following Eminent Persons and Youth Leaders:

  1. Mr. Benjie Aquino (Philippines), Member of EU Youth Sounding Board

  2. Mr. Senjaya Mulia (Indonesia), Founder of ASEAN Youth Organization

  3. Rector Federica Mogherini (Italy), Rector of College of Europe; Former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission

  4. Ambassador Rosario Manalo (Philippines), Dean of School of International Relations at Philippine Women’s University; Former Philippine Ambassador to Sweden, Belgium, France, European Union (then European Economic Committee in Brussels); Member of the Technical Working Group for drafting of ASEAN Charter

  5. Ms. Sinsavanh Sonepaseuth (Laos), Awardee, SHARE scholarship; Scholarship Recipient, University of Dunaújváros, Hungary

  6. H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi (Brunei), ASEAN Secretary General

  7. Ambassador Ong Keng Yong (Singapore), Executive Deputy Chairman; Director of Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies - RSIS Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  8. Prof. Tommy Koh (Singapore), Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore; Co-editor of ASEAN-EU Partnership: The Untold Story; Professor Emeritus at National University of Singapore

  9. Ms. Shada Islam (Belgium), Specialist of EU Affairs; Visiting Professor at College of Europe; Founder and Director of New Horizons Project

  10. Mr. Xavier Nuttin (Belgium), Senior Associate and Advisory Board Member - European Institute for Asian Studies (Brussels); Vice Chair of the Board of Directors - Parliamentary Center for Asia (Phnom Penh)

  11. Mr. Jan Willem Blankert (Netherlands), Senior Fellow - EU Asia Centre; Special Adviser for ASEAN, European Union Delegation in Jakarta (2009-2013)

  12. Mr. Francisco Fontan (Spain), The first dedicated EU Ambassador to ASEAN (2015-2018)

  13. Dr. Giulia Tercovich (Italy), Assistant Director - Center for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy; Assistant Professor - Brussels School of Governance (BSoG)

  14. Ambassador Igor Driesmans (Belgium), EU Ambassador to ASEAN (2019 to present)

The 14 videos are publicly available and can be accessed through the following sites:

European Union in ASEAN / @EUinASEAN

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