The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, led by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Pete Raymond V. Delfin, participated in the Hari Raya Open House hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT), held at the Plenary Hall of the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Bandar Seri Begawan on June 26, 2018, in celebration of the Hari Raya Eid’l Fitr in Brunei.
The event was graced by Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, MoFAT’s Ambassador-at-Large, accompanied by her husband, Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Hj Abdul Aziz, the Principal of Royal Customs and Protocol. Also in attendance were Dato Seri Paduka Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, former Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; other MoFAT officials and personnel, together with their families; and representatives from the Diplomatic Missions in Brunei Darussalam. All personnel of the Philippine Embassy were in attendance and wore Filipiniana attire to highlight Philippine culture and identity during the occasion.
The Philippine Embassy and other Diplomatic Missions were given stalls to showcase their national cuisines. Filipino food served by the Embassy included lumpia (spring roll stuffed with chicken meat), maja blanca, puto, sapin-sapin, polvoron, fried chicken, and ice cream (avocado, quezo, chocolate, and durian flavors), among others.
The Embassy’s stall, adorned with indigenous fabrics t’nalak and sinamay, was among the most popular and visited by numerous attendees and guests to have a taste of Filipino dishes. Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna and other members of the Diplomatic Corps admired the unique design of the Philippine Embassy’s stall and savored the distinct flavors of Filipino food, particularly the Philippine ice cream.
MoFAT’s Open House celebration provided an excellent opportunity for Philippine Embassy personnel to get acquainted with MoFAT’s senior officials and other members of the Diplomatic Corps. The occasion also served as an avenue to promote Philippine brands which have a presence in the Brunei market such as Fruits in Ice Cream, Goldilocks, Magnolia, and Jollibee, in support of the Embassy’s economic diplomacy initiatives. END