Diplomats from countries in the Asia-Pacific (AsPac) visited Pampanga on March 8, 2014 as part of their Central Luzon trip to witness the showcase of the region’s culture, custom, art and economic opportunities.
Thirty-nine ambassadors and diplomats from neighboring countries joined the cultural and economic familiarization tour, initiated by the Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
AsPac representatives had a sight of the world-class facilities in Clark Freeport Zone and were also impressed with products from Betis Crafts Incorporated, a well-known furniture manufacturer in Guagua.
The economic familiarization was conducted at Molave-Acacia Ballroom, Holiday Inn. Prior to this event, the delegates have already visited the other parts of Luzon.
“More or less in the coming months meron tayong iba-ibang grupo na mag-vi-visit pati rito sa Clark. Maybe next month meron ulit or two months from now but ‘yung purpose talaga nito is to screen the service, the food, the venues na pupuntahan,” said June Cruz, Executive Director of Angeles Tourism Council.
Upon arrival to Nayong Pilipino, a warm welcome was led by the Mutya ning Angeles title holders, together with a number of city officials including city Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
Traditional customs like courting and other unique Filipino traits were re-enacted by the cultural performers. Replica of the historical buildings were also emphasized during the walking tour.
Visitors also enjoyed popular Filipino food like sorbetes, bibingka, puto bumbong and halo-halo. “It was a joyful and very interesting tour coupled with a very warm hospitality, the food is also delicious” said Cambodian Ambassador Tuot Panha.
The other Asia Pacific ambassadors include Bangladesh Ambassador John Gomez; Brunei Darussalam Ambassador Datin Malai Halimah Yussof; China Ambassador Designate Zhao Jianjua; Laos Ambassador Malayvieng Sakonhninhom; Pakistan Ambassador Safdar Hayat; South Korea Ambassador Lee Hyuk; Thailand Ambassador Prasas Parasasvinitchai; Timor-Leste Ambassador Juvencio De Jesus Martins; Stacey Green, Australian Aid (Recovery and Reconstruction Coordinator, Typhoon Yolanda); Tetsuro Amano, Japan Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General; Malaysia Charge d’Affaires Zahid Rastam; Myanmar Minister Sein New Aye; New Zealand Deputy Head of Mission Justin Allen; Palau Charge d’Affaires Ngeriki Baules; Singapore 2nd Political Secretary Hana Suri; and Sri Lanka Charge d’Affaires Wijeratne Mendis.