Last Updated: 05 DECEMBER 2011

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President Benigno S. Aquino III confers the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu (Gold Distinction) on outgoing New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Graeme Matheson during the farewell call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (December 05). The Order of Sikatuna is the national order of diplomatic merit of the Republic of the Philippines. It is conferred upon individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines, upon diplomats, officials and nationals of foreign states who have rendered conspicuous services in fostering, developing and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau).