PH Handicrafts, Cuisine Featured at Madrid’s Annual Christmas Fair


Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena visits the Philippine booth. (Madrid PE photo)

MADRID 20 December 2018 – Philippine handicrafts and classic dishes were prominently featured at the annual Madrid City Christmas fair “La Navideña-Feria Internacional de las Culturas,” which was officially opened by Madrid City Mayor Manuela Carmena Castrillo at the Matadero Madrid on 14 December 2018.

The Mayor dropped by the Philippine Embassy in Madrid's booth and as she did in 2017, generously praised the high quality of the capiz decors on display.

Aside from handicrafts made from capiz and indigenous textiles, the Embassy also welcomed the participation of Diseño, a Filipino-owned flower shop in Madrid whose Christmas flower arrangements were a hit with guests, and the Roxas Foundation, whose canvas and pouch bags were made by disadvantaged groups in the Philippines.

More than 70 embassies in Spain participate in the annual fair, and over 5,000 people from all over Spain visit it. Aside from traditional handicrafts, tourism information materials, food and delicacies from participating countries, the fair also organizes traditional games, workshops on making traditional handicrafts, performances and cooking demonstrations.

The Embassy in Madrid has organized a Masskara Dance on 19 December 2018, performed by members of DDS Madrid who also won the Filipino Community’s Streetdance Competition during Barrio Fiesta 2018, a kare-kare cooking demonstration by Ms. Merry Joy de Asia, proprietor of Filipino restaurant Fabiola, and a demonstration of Filipino martial arts arnis by Consul Mikhal de Dios held on 20 December 2018. END

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