PTC Founding Chairman Ambassador Carlos C. Salinas was conferred with the Royal Award – the Grand Cross of Isabel the Catholic (Gran Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica) by the King of Spain, King Felipe VI, represented by His Excellency Luis Calvo, Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines, on May 10, 2017.
The Grand Cross was bestowed on Ambassador Salinas in recognition of his exemplary service and dedicated efforts towards enhancing the resurgence of longstanding relations between the Kingdom of Spain and the Republic of the Philippines.
Through Ambassador Salinas’s efforts, during his term of office, the government of Spain through the Senate and the Congress of Deputies issued a unique declaration citing the enduring relationship between Spain and the Philippines, and naming the Philippines as the gateway of Spain to Asia while providing the Philippines a platform to further develop diplomatic, cultural, and economic engagement with Europe and South America.
This Royal Award is one the highest decorations granted by the Kingdom of Spain and over the last two hundred years, has been given only to a select few distinguished individuals who have extended meritorious and extraordinary service towards the development of friendship and cooperation between the Kingdom of Spain and the community of nations.
In his acceptance remarks, Ambassador Salinas thanked the government of Spain for this singular honor. He also extended his gratitude to the Philippine government for having given him the opportunity to serve citing that “the call to public service was a chance of a lifetime for me to learn, to grow, to give back in the service of others and in so doing, to come full circle.”