Last June 6, 2018, the City of Manila and the UDM Community welcomed our Russian Guests headed by Russian Ambassador to the Philppines Mr. Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev for the 219th Birth Anniversary of Alexander Pushkin. The event was held to honor and celebrate his life, works and examples.

Alexander Pushkin is close to the hearts of the russian people as he is considered as the greatest russian poet. He is a novelist, playwright and author. Pushkin is the pride of the russian people for he has raised russian literature to its highest excellence. He is akin to our very own Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal.

A statue of Alexander Pushkin by renowned russian sculptor Grigory Potosky stands at Mehan Garden to signify the good relationship of the Russian and Filipino people. The wreath laying ceremony was held at the Mehan Garden.