Singing for their supper...
Audience members were given a songsheet and expected to sing along to a Banduria group playing their own national anthem then the New Zealand one - that was the opening of the Philippine community's celebration. The afternoon was a triumph of co-ordinator Meriam Findlay's organisational skills. She fired up the entire community who, if they were not performing or demonstrating, were there in support. Also in the audience were a core group of visitors who've never missed a show as well as a large contingent of newcomers, young and old, keen to experience what they'd heard about. Chairs were in short supply and the foyer area soon filled.
Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez reminded the audience that food is central to any Philippine gathering and that the afternoon was a chance for everyone to experience a little of what she loved about her home. She encouraged questions and intercultural dialogue, and added to the explanations and comments from the MC and chefs.
Philipino cooking yesterday - Check out more photos on Facebook
Liberally sprinkled amongst the cooking demonstrations, dances and choral group, MC Mayette, encouraged audience participation at all times - volunteers who correctly pronounce Philippine words on cards were rewarded with offerings of sweets!
No one went away disappointed - tasting Puto (a favorite dessert), watching swirling dancers decked in yellow, learning the secrets of a good Kare Kare (meat dish), serenades from the choir - all added up to a tantalising taste of the Philippines.
Photos from the Filipino filming yesterday. Meriam Findlay is the Filipino co-ordinator, seen here preparing Adobo (before and after cooking) - a sort of 'sweet and sour' pork with the most wonderful integrated flavours... and also the Filipino snack that's good for morning and afternoon tea - sweet potato deep-fried with caramelised sugar.
Exhibition coordinator: Christine Coles - Email: email@example.com
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