The Philippine Embassy in Brasilia participated in the annual “Feira Internacional Das Embaixadas,” diplomatic bazaar held at the Expobrasilia, Parque da Cidade in Brasilia on November 12.
One hundred seventeen diplomatic missions based in Brazil participated in the bazaar that was organized by the Grupo dos Cônjuges dos Chefes de Missão (Group of the Spouses of Chiefs of Missions) (GCCM).
Food and handicrafts from various countries were put up on sale and/or display. The proceeds from the sale went to charity. Around 30,000 guests from the government and private sectors attended the event despite the inclement weather. Several observers commented that this year’s bazaar attracted the largest number of visitors since its inception in 2004.
The Philippine Embassy set up two booths to showcase Filipino cuisine, products and handicrafts. For its Food Booth, the Embassy prepared pancit bihon, chicken adobo, fried chicken with rice and salad, chicken and pork barbecue, siopao, fruit salad, cassava cake, buko pandan and melon cooler.
The Philippine Goods Booth, on the other hand, presented jewelry made of fresh-water pearls, buntal bags and coin purses, sinamay jewelry boxes, bag organizers, mango rums, coffee liquors, dried mangoes and samples of San Miguel beer pale pilsen in can. The Philippine booths were very well received by both the diplomatic community and the Brazilian guests. Almost all products were sold out long before the event ended.
Philippine Christmas lanterns or “parols”, tarpaulins, posters of places to visit in the Philippines, and Philippine flaglets adorned the Philippine booths to promote tourism in the country. Tourism materials and brochures on how to do business in the Philippines were likewise distributed to the guests.
In addition, the Philippines also took part in the GCCM cultural presentation, featuring Arnis Kali, a Philippine martial arts exhibition performed by the students of the Academia Magkaisa with kulintang music as the background. The said martial arts academy is owned by Mr. Herbert “Master Dada” Inocalla, a Filipino-Brazilian who himself is a renowned martial arts expert.
Source: www.dfa.gov.ph Date accessed: 23 November 2016