Ambassador Belinda M. Ante at the booth of the Philippine Embassy in Vientiane during the 2020 Lao Food Festival on 31 January 2020 at Chao Anouvong Park in Vientiane, Laos. The Embassy sold fashion accessories, soap and Filipino food during the event.
The Philippine Embassy in Vientiane, Laos, in cooperation with the ASEAN Women’s Circle in Vientiane (AWCV), participated in the 2020 Lao Food Festival on 31 January 2020. The Philippine Embassy was one of the participating ASEAN embassies during the Festival held from 28 to 31 January 2020 at Chao Anouvong Park in Vientiane, Laos. Aside from promoting each ASEAN embassy’s goods, the initiative by the AWCV also highlighted the diversity of ASEAN Community as a whole.
During the event, the Embassy sold Philippine-made goods, namely fashion accessories, Likas papaya soap, and Filipino food, such as kaldereta, chicken adobo, pinakbet, and pinapaitan. Several Lao and foreign nationals passed by the Embassy’s booth to sample Filipino cuisine and inspect the displayed products, and those who have visited and resided in the Philippines, praised the country’s warmth and craftsmanship.
Ambassador Ante (back row, ninth from left), ASEAN ambassadors and spouses, and the private sector show their support to the Lao Business Women’s Association and the Lao Women’s Association, which jointly organized the 2020 Lao Food Festival during the Opening Ceremony held on 28 January 2020 at Chao Anouvong Park in Vientiane.
Ambassador Ante and members of the ASEAN Women’s Circle in Vientiane (AWCV) promote ASEAN products at the AWCV booth.
The AWCV is comprised of female members of Vientiane-based ASEAN embassies and the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which aims to promote the role of women in cultural diplomacy. It also supports initiatives by female-led organizations, such as the Lao Business Women’s Association (LBWA) and the Lao Women’s Union (LWU) who jointly organized the 2020 Lao Food Festival, in order to promote women empowerment and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Laos. End