By Roy Lie A Tjam.
The auditorium of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia was the venue for the first Colors and Flavors of ASEAN in The Hague show. The event coincided with the 24th ASEAN summit taking place in Myanmar.
The day was a colorful cultural and culinary experience, hosted by the ASEAN Ladies Circle (ALC) of The Hague. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia, formed on 8 August 1967. The member states are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The organization gathered on the occasion of the 24th ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 11 May 2014.
Participating in the day’s program were Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam. The program commenced with a welcome speech by Mr. Witjaksono, Charge d’Affaires at the Indonesian Embassy. Mme Gina Ledda, President of ASEAN Ladies Circle, delivered the welcome address. The vibrant program included an ASEAN member video presentation, dances, songs and a catwalk. One of the highlights was the performance of a Filipino soprano and the audience roared with excitement when the Ambassador of Vietnam, Nguyên Vãn Doàn, together with the Ambassador of The Philippines, Jaime Victor Badillo Ledda, and their wives, all clad in authentic traditional attire, participated in the catwalk. It was the epitome of the show.
The program concluded with an ASEAN culinary experience. Congratulations to the ALC for a wonderful day!