Thailand Festival 2014
March 24, 2014
The highly anticipated Thailand Festival opened last Thursday. Organized by the Royal Thai Embassy, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and the Glorietta Mall, the annual three-day event aims to promote Thailand as a top holiday destination for local travelers. This year’s highlights include stage performances by Thai sensation Petjaratsang, one of the 12 finalists of Thailand Got Talent 2013, as well as 12 high-powered performances, which include War Drums, Lanna, Thai Self-Defence, Umbrella Painting, and Hulu Silicate. All of the performances showcased Thailand’s rich cultural artistry and its glorious heritage.
My favorite part, however, was savoring an assortment of Thai delicacies and dishes prepared by international Thai brand the Blue Elephant such as the Northern Thai specialty thom som-o (pomelo salad) and Phad Thai. The Blue Elephant, founded by chef Nooror Somany Steppe in 1980, is considered the unofficial ambassador of Thai cuisine. The restaurant has branches in London, Paris, Copenhagen, Dubai, Brussels, as well as in Bangkok and Phuket. Aside from food, there was also a selection of Thai products, accessories and gift items for sale.
Visitors who spent a minimum of P200 at the fair got the chance to win a roundtrip ticket from Manila to Chiang Mai (courtesy of Thai Airways International) and a roundtrip ticket from Manila to Phuket (courtesy of Cebu Pacific Air).
Among the Thai VIPs present were Thai Ambassador Prasas Prasasvinitchai, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Director for the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia Kanokkittia Kritwutikon, Thai Airways GM Sern Chupikulchai and officials of the Thai Embassy and Thai Airways.
Indie, Pop, and Electro
A night dedicated to the victims of super Typhoon Yolanda and to the Israelis, who came to assist them, International singer-songwriter Paula Valstein, along with Filipino musician Bamboo Mañalac performed last night at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. The event was organized by the Embassy of Israel in Manila.
Paula entranced the crowd with her indie-pop music as she played her hit singles “Play with Me” and “Two Stars.” Bamboo mesmerized the audience by playing songs from his new album as well as singing “214.” The event was attended by over 300 guests with the special attendance of foreign dignitaries such as Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco and Mexican Ambassador Julio Villaseñor.
It truly was a memorable evening.
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