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เมื่อวันที่ ๒๙-๓๐ มิถุนายน ๒๕๖๕ นายดอน ปรมัตถ์วินัย รองนายกรัฐมนตรีและรัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงการต่างประเทศ เป็นผู้แทนนายกรัฐมนตรีและผู้แทนรัฐบาลไทย ในการเข้าร่วมพิธีสาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่งประธานาธิบดีฟิลิปปินส์ คนที่ ๑๗ ของนายแฟร์ดีนันด์ โรมูอัลเดซ มาร์โคส จูเนียร์ (Mr. Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.) ณ พิพิธภัณฑ์วิจิตรศิลป์ กรุงมะนิลา ตามคำเชิญของรัฐบาลฟิลิปปินส์ อ่านข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมได้ที่เว็บไซต์กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ


            เมื่อวันที่ 2 มีนาคม 2565 นายธวัช สุมิตรเหมาะ อุปทูตรักษาการ สถานเอกอัครราชทูต ณ กรุงมะนิลา พร้อมด้วย น.ส. อติภา วรรธนะพงษ์ เลขานุการเอก และ นายวิศรุต ปิยะวงศ์สมบูรณ์ เลขานุการโท เป็นผู้แทนรัฐบาลไทย มอบเงินช่วยเหลือให้แก่รัฐบาลฟิลิปปินส์ จำนวน 65,000 ดอลลาร์สหรัฐฯ โดย นาย Nathaniel G. Imperial อธิบดีกรมเอเชียและแปซิฟิก กระทรวงการต่างประเทศฟิลิปปินส์ เป็นผู้แทนรับมอบ โดยมี น.ส. Susan E. Quiambao หัวหน้าฝ่ายปฏิบัติการและการรับมือกับภัยพิบัติ ผู้แทนจากหน่วยงาน NDRRMC เข้าร่วมพิธี ณ กระทรวงการต่างประเทศฟิลิปปินส์ เพื่อนำไปช่วยเหลือประชาชนที่ประสบภัยพิบัติและการบูรณะฟื้นฟูพื้นที่ที่ได้รับความเสียหายจากพายุไต้ฝุ่นราอี (Rai) ซึ่งพัดขึ้นฝั่งฟิลิปปินส์เมื่อกลางเดือนธันวาคม 2564

            อุปทูตฯ ได้แจ้งถึงความห่วงใยของรัฐบาลไทยและประชาชนไทยที่มีต่อรัฐบาลและประชาชนชาวฟิลิปปินส์ โดยเฉพาะผู้ที่อาศัยอยู่ในพื้นที่หมู่เกาะ Visayas และ Mindanao การมอบเงินช่วยเหลือครั้งนี้เป็นการแสดงถึงมิตรภาพและความปรารถนาดีของไทยที่มีต่อรัฐบาลและประชาชนของสาธารณรัฐฟิลิปปินส์ ตลอดจนความมุ่งมั่นของไทยที่จะส่งเสริมความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างสองประเทศให้แน่นแฟ้นยิ่งขึ้นไป


The Princess of Humanity


      When a young lady named Sangwan Talapat arrived in the United States of America in the summer of 1917, she would not have imagined that her life would change forever, and that she was about to embark upon a journey of a life time. Born a commoner, she eventually married a prince and became the mother of two kings and a princess. She would touch the lives of countless people, and become an inspiration to them all.

      Officially, she is Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra, the Princess Mother of King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great. The title was bestowed in 1970 but most Thais still prefer to call her Somdet Ya or “Princess Grand ma,” an address that rightfully reflects the deep affection and respect she has earned from the Thai people.

      The Princess was an exemplary model of a dutiful mother, a lifelong learner and a dedicated working woman who never once let time pass idly by. She was a shining case in point of a woman empowered by education, which was a rare case in the first decades of the 20thcentury when only a few Siamese girls attended school. Yet, despite her status of a princess, she led a simple, humble and down-to-earth life until her very last day. That is why the people’s sentiment towards her is a warm and caring bond, as if she were their own beloved grandmother. 


A competent single mother

      Due to the untimely death of her husband, Prince Mahidol of Songkhla, in 1929, she abruptly became a single mother of three at the tender age of 29. The Princess moved to Lausanne, Switzerland to raise her three young children. During her stay there, she lived in an unassuming apartment, did the grocery shopping herself and was known by her neighbours as Madame Mahidol rather than as a princess. 


      A Thai proverb that underlines the influence of mothers on their children states that ‘a good elephant is detectable from its tail and a good lady is identifiable from her mother.’ In the case of the Princess, her thoughtful ways of raising her daughter and two sons have shaped all of them into capable, responsible and caring adults who have followed in the footsteps of their parents, finding immense joy in helping people in need. 

      Her daughter, the late Princess Galyani Vadhana, recalled that the Princess Mother always taught and retained her children to be punctual, frugal and polite. This had not changed even after her eldest son became King Ananda Mahidol at the age of nine in 1935.


An avid student and an active initiator for change

      The Princess was an enthusiastic lifelong learner and a working woman in every sense of the word. She received a scholarship to study nursing in the United States of America where she met her future husband. She took courses at Simmons College in Boston while Prince Mahidol of Songkhla attended public health courses at Harvard University. The interest of the Mahidol couple in these fields would later prove that it was a boon for the development of modern medicine and public health in Thailand.

      In 1974, the Princess established the Princess Mother’s Medical Volunteer Foundation (PMMVF) to dispatch volunteer medical teams to offer treatment to people in remote areas. Thailand back then was a second-tier developing country faced with security challenges in various forms, such as internal unrest, poverty and public health. Therefore, the efforts of the Princess not only elevated community spirit but also complemented the government’s work in uplifting public welfare.


      The Princess would frequently travel with the medical team to every remote corner of the country, often accompanied by her daughter. Hill tribe people were familiar with the sound of her helicopter and referred to her as Mae Fah Luang or Princess from the Sky. The PMMVF has matured over the years with a wide range of projects, including mobile dentistry, eye surgery, and assistance to disabled persons. 



      Lausanne had been the Princess’s second home for over 50 years. She decided to reside in Thailand permanently when she was almost 90 years old. Doi Tung in northern Chiang Rai was chosen as the location for her ‘first home’ in her motherland not because of its breathtaking scenery but for the crisis it was suffering. The Princess had visited Doi Tung before and experienced first-hand that the mountains were severely deforested. She vowed to turn this place into lush greenery once again. “I will reforest Doi Tung,” so she said.



      That was how the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, which started in 1972 as the Thai Hill Crafts Foundation, became involved in the development of Doi Tung. It was well known internationally for its mission to elevate the quality of life for locals and to help them achieve sustainable livelihoods. The Foundation is recognised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for its successful and unique modalities that have helped rural communities eradicate poppy cultivation, empowering them with a community-centred participatory approach. The Foundation has since shared its experiences with other countries and expanded its development collaboration projects with Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. 



      Three decades after, Doi Tung has been restored to its pristine natural condition with villagers enjoying a sustainable income from alternative crops supported by the Foundation, such as coffee and macadamia nuts. The Foundation also helps villagers to market their handicraft products by supplying them to international brands such as Ikea.




The legacy continues


      The Princess passed away in 1995 just three months before she would turn 95. The Princess from the Sky has returned to where she belongs. But her commitment to community service still lives on in the spirit of every medical volunteer of the Princess Mother’s Medical Volunteer Foundation. Her love for nature and compassion for the marginalised also remain a magical source of inspiration in Doi Tung and beyond. 


The Princess Srinagarindra Award

The Princess Srinagarindra Award
      In 2000, on the centenary of her birth year, UNESCO honoured the Princess as a “great personality in public service in the fields of education, applied science, and human, social, and environmental development.” On the same occasion, the Princess Srinagarindra Award was established and conferred on persons with outstanding achievements in nursing and social services.


The Princess led a simple life but achieved great accomplishments that captured the hearts of millions. She found true happiness from her selfless deeds for humanity and the less advantaged as reflected in one of her remarks with the Border Patrol Police. “I always realise your difficulties in undertaking your duties and I am pleased to provide assistance to all of you for the benefits of the nation.”


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