PHL Embassy in KL Marks Independence Day with Diplomatic Reception, Musical Concert

19 May 2017—Music and dancing highlighted the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur's diplomatic reception in commemoration of the 119th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on May 15 at the Mayang Sari Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriot.

Malaysian Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili was the reception's guest of honor.

Ambassador Charles Jose and Madame Maria Victoria Jose played host to around 300 guests, composed of members of the diplomatic corps, Malaysian government officials, the business community and select members of the Filipino community.

Trademark of Philippine Embassy events, the diplomatic reception featured a concert of Malaysia-based Filipino musicians, composed of pianists Will Rebaño and Lipraxedes Jumawan, guitarist Charles Ponce de Leon, trumpeter Conrado Soliano, saxophonist Razak Rahman, drummer Yacob Medon and singers Gina Panizales, Maria Rebaño and Jennifer Alferez.

The musicians performed a collection of Filipino hits and dance music which encouraged the guests to take on the dance floor, provided just for the occasion.

Diplomats and other guests were seen taking on the dance floor, as the band shifted from swing to cha-cha and then to line dancing, where the floor was almost filled to capacity. This is also the first time that the Embassy had dancing in its events.

Guests stayed on until after the show, commenting of tired feet but enjoyed the show, the food and the great company.

Filipino fare served during the reception included beef kaldereta (Filipino beef stew), chicken adobo, lechon manok (roast chicken), lumpiang prito (fried spring rolls) and turon (fried banana spring rolls), prepared by JW Marriot chefs and washed it down with San Miguel Beer, flown in just for the occasion. END