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The ASEAN Consular Corps in Vancouver doing the traditional ASEAN handshake.
The captive audience enjoying the cultural performances.
Guests partake of the food offerings at the Philippine Food Booth catered by Grandt Kitchen.
Guests visit the Philippine booth at the ASEAN Festival.
The ASEAN Consuls General in Vancouver, together with Minister Amrik Virk and Chief Constable Adam Palmer, jointly cut the ribbons to formally open the ASEAN Festival 2015.
17 September 2015 – 15 September 2015 – The Consulates General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Vancouver, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, successfully held the first-ever ASEAN Festival with the theme “Southeast Asia, Feel the Warmth”, on 5 September 2015 at the Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, BC.
The event marked the first joint cultural project of the five ASEAN member-countries present in Vancouver. The festival showcased each country’s respective traditional cuisines and non-food products. The one-day event also featured vibrant cultural performances and video presentations on trade and tourism.
In his welcome remarks as the current chair of the ASEAN Consulates General in Vancouver (ACGV), Philippine Consul General Neil Frank R. Ferrer highlighted the thrust of the festival as “aiming not only to increase awareness about the ASEAN but also earn appreciation for the contributions of the organization in the global economic and socio-cultural landscape, and promote better understanding of ASEAN cultures in British Columbia, where there is a thriving multicultural environment.”
Consul General Ferrer further underscored the region’s unity in diversity as ACGV collectively celebrates its rich and diverse cultures. He encouraged attendees to experience ASEAN cultures by visiting the festival’s food section, which featured unique culinary offerings and food delicacies, and the different country booths which showcased colorful national attires and distinctive national products. Consul General Ferrer also conveyed to the audience that the ACGV will continue to undertake similar efforts in the future as “it is the ACGV’s belief that the time is ripe for the world to know more about Southeast Asia—who we are and how we live, as a people, as a tapestry of cultures, and as an ASEAN Community.”
The Honourable Minister Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, and Chief Constable Mr. Adam Palmer of the Vancouver Police Department served as guests of honour at the festival. Both guests expressed their gratitude to the ACGV for organizing the event to create cultural awareness and promote people-to-people exchanges between the ASEAN community in Vancouver and the existing multicultural society in BC.
The festival featured various musical and dance performances from the different ACGV countries; and a festive food area where attendees partook of different food offerings from ASEAN vendors. The Philippines was represented by Grandt Kitchen, a Filipino restaurant operating in Surrey BC. Their food preparations comprised of pancit bihon, palabok, chicken and pork adobo, pork spare ribs binagoongan, lumpiang shanghai and the sticky rice dessert called bico. END
“ASEAN Festival: Southeast Asia, Feel the Warmth”showcases the best of ASEAN Cultures in Vancouver
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