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Symbolic torch relay and photo exhibit mark 100-day countdown to Paris 2024

All roads lead to Paris as the 100-day countdown to the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games begins. In the Philippines, a ceremonial lighting and torch relay was held at the SM Mall of Asia Globe between Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotis and French Ambassador Marie Fontanel.

Both Ambassadors also graced the opening of the photo exhibition ‘Legacy in Motion: A Visual Tribute to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes,’ at S Maison presented by Agence France-Presse (AFP), Alliance Française de Manille (AFM), the Embassy of France to the Philippines, and SM Supermalls.

2 Leading The Launch Of The Agence France Presse Afp Photo Exhibition ‘legacy In Motion A Visual Tribute To Olympic And Paralympic Athletes At S Maison Were French
Leading the launch of the Agence France-Presse (AFP) photo exhibition, ‘Legacy in Motion: A Visual Tribute to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes,’ at S Maison were: French Ambassador Marie Fontanel (6th from right), Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotis (5th from left), SM Supermalls’ President Steven Tan (4th from left), Philippine Sports Commission President Richard Bachmann (back, left), Philippine Olympic Committee Deputy Secretary General Karen Caballero (2nd from left), Philippine Paralympic Committee President Michael Barredo (left), and AFP Manila Bureau Chief Allison Jackson (4th from right). They are joined by Alliance Francaise de Manille (AFM) Executive Director Xavier Leroux (3rd from left), President Ambassador Cristina Ortega (5th from right), and Cultural Manager Noe Fuentes (2nd from right); AFP Deputy Sales and Marketing Director for Asia-Pacific Alexis Bibard (3rd from right), and Decathlon’s Kim del Rosario (right)
3 French Ambassador Marie Fontanel Left And Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotos Right With Student Athletes And Scholars From The National University
French Ambassador Marie Fontanel (left) and Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotos (right) with student athletes and scholars from the National University

The ceremony coincides with the lighting of the Olympic Flame in the sanctuary of Olympia in Greece, where the ancient Games were first held. The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in the French capital from July 26 to August 11, and August 28 to September 8, 2024 respectively.

Through a carefully curated collection of images from leading global news agency AFP, ‘Legacy in Motion’ is a poignant tribute to the athletes and sports that have defined the Olympic movement. The exhibit celebrates the spirit of athleticism, perseverance, and camaraderie that transcends borders and generations. More than just a showcase of athletic prowess – it is a powerful tribute to the human spirit, a story of dedication, sacrifice, and unwavering determination.

Among those featured are the country’s first Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz and Filipino athletes Margielyn Didal, Eumir Marcial, Carlos Yulo, and Nesthy Petecio, who participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and Michael Christian Martinez, who began his ice-skating career at SM Skating to become a two-time Winter Olympian.

The event is also supported by Decathlon, Sula Liquor, and Shake Shack, and is ongoing at S Maison until April 27, and will tour The Podium on May 20-26 and SM Aura on June 23-30.

4 Hidilyn Diaz The Philippines First Olympic Gold Medalist Beside The Iconic Photograph Capturing Her Triumphant Moment By Agence France Presse Afps Vincenzo Pinto
Hidilyn Diaz, the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medalist, beside the iconic photograph capturing her triumphant moment by Agence France-Presse (AFP’s) Vincenzo Pinto
5 Sm Supermalls President Steven Tan
SM Supermalls’ President Steven Tan
6 French Ambassador Marie Fontanel
French Ambassador Marie Fontanel
7 Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotis
Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotis
8 Philippine Sports Commission President Richard Bachmann
Philippine Sports Commission President Richard Bachmann
9 Philippine Olympic Committee Deputy Secretary General Karen Caballero
Philippine Olympic Committee Deputy Secretary General Karen Caballero
10 Philippine Paralympic Committee President Michael Barredo
Philippine Paralympic Committee President Michael Barredo
11 Agence France Presse Manila Bureau Chief Allison Jackson
Agence France-Presse Manila Bureau Chief Allison Jackson
13 Alliance Francaise De Manille Board Member Jean Francois Pluquet Right And Businessman Hero Yu
Alliance Francaise de Manille Board Member Jean-Francois Pluquet (right) and businessman Hero Yu
12 Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotis And Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Titanilla Toth 2
Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotis and Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Titanilla Toth
14 Agence France Presse Manila Bureau Chief Allison Jackson Center With Together Ensemble Foundations Hubert D Aboville Right And Wife Araceli Left
Agence France-Presse Manila Bureau Chief Allison Jackson (center) with Together-Ensemble Foundation’s Hubert d’Aboville (right) and wife Araceli (left)
15 Powerlifting Para Athletes Carlo John Nuyda Standing Back With From Left Front Achell Guion Marydol Pamati An Adeline Dumapong And Para Athlete Marites Burce
Powerlifting para-athletes Carlo John Nuyda (standing, back), with (from left, front) Achell Guion, Marydol Pamati-an, Adeline Dumapong, and para-athlete Marites Burce

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