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

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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


27 August 2017, Bandar Seri Begawan - 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. 

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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

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

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