February 27, 2020 Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver Hosts a Members’ Reception for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (Top left photo) Consul General Maria Andrelita S. Austria (rightmost) welcomes guests during the Philippine Consulate General’s hosting of a Members’ Reception for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT) held at the Consulate reception area. With “Experience the Philippines” as the theme, the event highlighted Philippine food, talent, products, and destinations to more than 100 guests who came that evening. The Consulate joined the GVBOT in November 2019 with the objective of expanding its presence in the business community of Vancouver. (Bottom left photo) Guests were served lumpiang sariwa, sisig and adobong manok sliders, and pork barbeque, while the Filipino dessert favorites were provided by Goldilocks, Kasama chocolates, Kaye Bakes, The Khaykery and La Glace Ice Cream. Loobi Canada, Inc. donated coconut water drinks, Kape sponsored the coffee, while Filipino-Canadian owner of Wild Goose Vineyards provided the wines. Other exhibitors were Corinthians Distributors, Ltd., one of the three biggest Canadian importers of Philippine products, Philippine Airlines and Fundador. (Right photo) Consul Analyn D. Ratonel hands over one of three raffle prizes to a lucky guest. (Clockwise from top left photo) Deputy Consul General Arlene T. Magno (4L) poses with Filipino-Canadian entrepreneurs who exhibited and kindly provided product sampling at the event. Consular and Economic Diplomacy Assistant Jeanie-vi S. Llonora (left) visits the booth of Corinthian Distributors manned by its cofounder Vincent Uy and his son. Cultural Officer Lyra E. Ocampo (left) answers guests’ queries on Philippine tourism destinations. Consul Ma. Charmaine D. Guevara talks about the Philippine handicrafts on display at the cultural booth. Labor Attache Margarita Victorino-Marquez (2R) and Welfare Officer Lilia de Guzman (leftmost) entertain questions on hiring Filipino workers from an interested guest.