PH Embassy in Nairobi Celebrates Third ASEAN Festival

Ambassador to Kenya Uriel Norman R. Garibay presents Filipino food like Durian Ice Cream to Guest of Honor Cultural Diplomacy Director Diana Kiambuthi. (Nairobi PE photo)

NAIROBI 08 October 2018 — The Philippines’ rich and unique culture was showcased through food, handicrafts, music and dance during the Third ASEAN Festival at the Rosslyn Riviera Mall in Nairobi on 09 September 2018.The Philippine Embassy in Nairobi joined the Indonesian, Thai and Malaysian missions in mounting the event, which marked the third time that the ASEAN Nairobi Committee held an event showcasing the rich, unique and diverse culture of the four ASEAN nations.

Members of the Philippine Embassy and Filipino Community modeling traditional Filipino attire. (Nairobi PE photo)

Guest of Honor Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cultural Diplomacy Director Diana Kiambuthi said that the event, which keeps growing year in and year out, is a significant undertaking and really strengthens the relationship between Kenya and ASEAN as a group and the four participating countries specifically.

Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Pakistan, Russia, Spain, Australia, Ethiopia and Serbia also attended the event and praised the organizers of the event, along with other members of the dlplomatic corps.

La Jota Manileña choreographed by Mr. Arnie Umayam (middle, back) presented by members of the Filipino Community and Philippine Embassy. (Nairobi PE photo)

The Embassy showcased traditional Filipino items such as hand-painted bags, hats, fans and pearl accessories. Filipino food such as adobo, pancit, beef pares, salted egg potato chips, and pakbet sold out very quickly, along with buko pandan and durian flavored ice cream.

In another spectacular cultural performance consistent with years’ past, members of the Filipino Community and the Embassy beautifully performed La Jota Manileña choreographed by acclaimed Filipino Dance Instructor Arnie Umayam of the Academy of Dance and Art. Students from the said Academy also showcased ballet performances set to OPM songs.

Imbento band, composed of Liza Maaño-Abulencia, Norman Genosa, Jill Salavador-Tertel, Erik Lakandula and Arnel Deocampo, gets the crowd up on their feet with lively music. (Nairobi PE photo)

Also participating in behalf of the Philippines was popular Filipino band Imbento, who played throughout the event and closed out the program in another memorable performance.

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