Ambassador to Germany Maria Theresa Dizon-de Vega talks about Filipino food, language and culture in her welcome remarks as guests enjoy their halo-halo al fresco. (Berlin PE photo)

Berlin — To commemorate Buwan ng Wika and to bid summer farewell, the Philippine Embassy in Berlin hosted “Hallo, Halu-halo!” on August 22, 2019 with more than 100 members of the Filipino community and their German and foreign friends.

With the Halo-Halo sa Jardin as the highlight of the event, guests enjoyed the classic Filipino dessert al fresco at the Embassy’s amphitheater while sharing food tales and culinary memories.

Guests queue for their halo-halo while others go for the pansit and puto. (Berlin PE photo)

More substantial fare was on offer at the Pansit at Puto sa Patio, alongside which guests tried their hand in a game of “Hugot” and “Darna” created by start-up game companies in the Philippines, or browse recipes at the Pinoy Cook Book Corner.

Younger guests had their own kiddie session at the consular area, where they were treated to a story-telling of “Haluhalo Espesyal”, a Filipino children’s book by Yvette Ferreol, with illustrations by Jill Arwen Posadas, and other children’s books about Filipino food. Aside from the usual ingredients like kaong, nata de coco, macapuno, langka, ube ice cream, and leche flan, the kiddie halo-halo station let the kids top up their desserts with special ingredients like gummy bears and wafer rolls.

The Embassy’s Rowena Hernandez reads to the kids a Filipino children’s book on food. (Berlin PE photo)

To encourage sustainability, biodegradable cups and cutlery were used and guests who brought their own reusable containers were treated to their own halo-halo station. Another station featured healthier options such as mais con hielo and mango slushie, with toppings like chia seed, cacao nibs, and pomegranate, and oat and soy milk and instead of cow’s milk.

The event was also part of the Embassy’s food diplomacy initiative as well as its Kapihan/Kainan at Kuwentuhan para sa Kababaihan series under its Gender and Development (GAD) program.

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