Asean Ladies Circle Phils Highlights Christmas in Afternoon Tea


11 December 2017 – Patrons and members of the ASEAN Ladies Circle (ALC) in Kuala Lumpur experienced Filipino Christmas as ALC Philippines, led by Madame Maria Victoria Jose, ALC Philippines Patron and wife of Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose, hosted an afternoon tea entitled "Christmas in the Philippines" at the Mayang Sari Ballroom of the JW Marriot Hotel last December 4.

Datin Seri Siti Rubiah Datuk Abdul Samad, ALC-Kuala Lumpur Patron and wife of Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, was the event's Guest of Honor. Around 100 ALC members were also present during the event.

"Today, the ASEAN Ladies Circle Philippines or ALC Philippines, wishes to share with you a December tradition that we Filipinos hold dear in our hearts and that is CHRISTMAS. The Philippines is known to have the longest Christmas season in the world. The celebrations actually begin in September. As early as this time of the year, we start playing Christmas carols, we start preparing Christmas decorations to put up in our homes and we start our Christmas shopping to buy gifts for our loved ones. Streets all over the Philippines will be lined with glittering lights from the colorful Philippine lanterns or what we call "parol," as we all anticipate Christmas day on December 25," Madame Jose said in her opening remarks.

For her part, Datin Seri Siti Rubiah congratulated the ALC Philippines for bringing the Filipino Christmas to Kuala Lumpur, and hoped for more activities that will highlight the rich ASEAN culture.

ALC members entered a venue decorated in line with the Christmas season, and were treated to a program featuring the Bulaklakan dance from the Philippine Ladies of Kuala Lumpur, song numbers from Ms Elna Yang and Datin Alma Nair, and musical numbers from the Kingdom Children's Rondalla and the Soul Beat Band.

Madame Jose also rendered a number of familiar Filipino Christmas tunes ("Pasko na Sinta Ko" and "Kumukutikutitap"), backed up by Ms Gladys Gulapa on the piano and the ladies of the Philippine Embassy on vocals.

ALC Philippines also showcased native Filipino Christmas food for all guests to sample, as two pondohan stalls featured Filipino delicacies such as sapin sapin, espasol, puto, biko, cassava bibingka, tsokolate-eh and the iconic puto bumbong. Malaysia-based Filipino chef and entrepreneur Arlene Diego also did a demonstration on how puto bumbong is cooked.

There was also a fun game for the exchange gift portion among the ALC ladies, where participants passed their gifts around following a Christmas story.

A Christmas bazaar showcasing Filipino products was set up outside the ballroom, where guests were able to buy malongs, pearl jewelries, native bags, capiz items and food products. A cultural display of Filipino fabrics, costumes and accessories welcomed participants as they registered for the event.

The ladies also went home with gift bags containing pearl brooches, food products, and accessories. END