PHL Embassy participates in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) Family Day Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN

PHL Ambassador Meynardo LB Montealegre (center in blue shirt), together with Her Royal Highness Princess Masna, MoFAT’s Ambassador-at-Large and Guest of Honor (1st from left in purple shirt), and other representatives of Embassies and High Commissions in Brunei Darussalam, doing the warm up exercise as a kick-off to the MoFAT Family Day to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam participated in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT) Family Day commemorating the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN held on Sunday, 27 August 2017, at the Taman Jubilee Perak.  The event was attended by officials and personnel, together with their families, of the MOFAT, the ASEAN Missions and Missions of ASEAN Dialogue Partners.

The Guest of Honor was Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, the MOFAT’s Ambassador-at-Large. She was accompanied by her husband, Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah, the Principal of Royal Customs and Protocol.

The event kicked off with a warm-up exercise led by a Filipino group from the Dance Synergie Fitness Studio. It was followed by games conducted by the MOFAT and some ASEAN Missions.  The PHL Embassy, on its part, conducted the “Pukpok Palayok,” a PHL traditional game, to the delight of the participants.  Winners were given Cebu Best chocolate mangoes, Polvoron, Curly Tops, an ASEAN@50 Commemorative Coin and an ASEAN@50 baller as prizes.

During the event, ASEAN Missions had booths showcasing tourism attractions and native products.  The PHL Embassy’s booth featured a colorful and vibrant jeepney, which also served as a photo booth for the guests. PHL decorative items made of indigenous materials such as capiz, nito, and bamboo, and t’nalak fabrics were also showcased, while the tourism promotion videos from the Department of Tourism were played in loop. Embassy personnel offered for free PHL ice cream (Magnolia and FIC) to those who visited the booth.

The event proved to be a very important gathering as it further developed the camaraderie between the MOFAT and the ASEAN Missions.  It was an avenue for Bruneian officials, the Diplomatic Corps, and their families, to experience one another’s cultures through food, games, and products showcased during the event.

The Embassy fully supports ASEAN-related activities hosted by Brunei’s government in view of promoting the Philippine’s ASEAN Chairmanship and the 50th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN this year. END

 

PHL Ambassador Meynardo Montealegre greeting Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Guest of Honor at the MoFAT Family Day, together with other Heads of Missions in Brunei Darussalam

 

Warm up exercise participated by HRH Princess Hajah Masna, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in Brunei and officials and personnel from MoFAT

 

An all Filipino group members from the Dance Synergie Fitness Studio led the warm up exercise during the event

 

Defense and Armed Forces Attache of the Embassy of Vietnam participating in the PHL traditional game “Pukpuk Palayok”

 

Consul Melvin Almonguera (center in red cap) participating at the tug-of-war game together with other representatives of the Diplomatic Corps against the MoFAT team

 

HRH Princess Hajah Masna and her husband, Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Hj Abdul Aziz, together with PHL Ambassador Meynardo LB Montealegre, pose for a photo at the PHL jeepney photo booth. The PHL booth was one of the most visited booths during the event due to the colorful and festive jeepney which served as a backdrop for photo opportunities.

 

A crowd gathering at the PHL booth which also offered, for free, PHL ice cream (Magnolia and FIC)

 

PHL Ambassador Meynardo LB Montealegre, together with Embassy personnel and their families, posing for a group photo following the event