25 June 2018 -- The Fêtes Consulaires, an annual three-day activity in Lyon that showcases the culture of all countries with consular representations in Lyon, witnessed the best of Filipino food, music, and textile, plus the signature Filipino warmth and hospitality from 22 to 24 June 2018.
Lyon Mayor Georges Képénékian (4th from left) with Consul General Aileen Mendiola-Rau and Honorary Consul Hervé de Malliard together with members of the Filipino community listening to the violinist Joseph Felix at the Philippine Booth
Mayor Georges Képénékian of Lyon officially opened the Festival. Philippine Honorary Consul Hervé de Malliard in Lyon also graced the occasion. Consul General Aileen Mendiola-Rau represented the Philippine Embassy in Paris to show support for the event.
Consul General Aileen Mendiola-Rau and Honorary Consul Hervé de Malliard together with members of the Filipino community in Lyon
The Philippine booth was full of cheer as leaders and members of the Filipino community donning colorful Philippine textiles and elegant Filipiniana dresses manned the booth, welcomed the visitors coming from different countries with a smile, and provided information about the Philippines. Guests also had the chance to taste Filipino dishes such pancit.
Members of the Filipino Community performing during the Fêtes Consulaires
Mr. Joseph Felix, an accomplished young Filipino violinist, serenaded the guests with the Filipino classic Tanging Yaman and other lovely melodies.
Coinciding with the Fêtes Consulaires in Lyon is the Fête des Bannières du Monde 2018, which was held in Lyon on 23 June 2018. The Philippines likewise participated in this event. END.
Philippine Booth at the 2018 Fêtes Consulaires in Lyon
19 June 2018 – Paris, France. Filipina chef Myrna Segismundo explains how to make kinilaw with Philippine ingredients during the cooking demonstration at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Cordon Bleu’s Executive Chef Éric Briffard (far right) and Chef Instructor Olivier Guyon were also present.
21 June 2018, Paris, France – As part of its Cultural Diplomacy and Gender and Development programs, the Philippine Embassy in Paris arranged to have the first-ever course on Philippine cuisine taught to the students of the prestigious French culinary school Le Cordon Bleu at its headquarters in Paris on Tuesday, the 19th of June.
Paris was the second destination for the Philippine culinary promotional tour entitled “Lasap Pilipino” (Philippine Flavors) led by renowned Filipina Chef Myrna Segismundo and her culinary team. This initiative was orchestrated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in partnership with three Philippine Embassies based in European capitals, including Paris.
The audience was composed of forty students as well as the top officials, chef instructors and alumni of Le Cordon Bleu including the school’s Executive Chef Éric Briffard and Mr. Charles Cointreau. Likewise present were members of television and print media and food bloggers based in Paris.
In her remarks at the beginning of the event entitled “Saveurs des Philippines”, Philippine Ambassador to France, H.E. Maria Theresa Lazaro said, “It is the first time ever, since the establishment of Le Cordon Bleu, that Philippine cuisine will officially be introduced and taught at this school. It also the first time that we are announcing the definitive opening later this year of Le Cordon Bleu in the Philippines, in partnership with the prestigious Ateneo de Manila University. Chef Segismundo will actually be a member of the advisory board to what will be Le Cordon Bleu Philippines. This only goes to show you that we have the crème de la crème of Philippine chefs for the crème de la crème of culinary schools.”
19 June 2018 – Paris, France. H.E. Philippine Ambassador Ma. Theresa Lazaro gives her opening remarks before the cooking demonstration at Le Cordon Bleu Paris.
The Ambassador also highlighted the fact that the prime movers of this event were in fact all women, from Madame Catherine Baschet of Le Cordon Bleu to the Embassy personnel and, most especially, Chef Segismundo with her majority women culinary team.
Le Cordon Bleu Paris students taste chicken pork adobo during the Philippine cooking demonstration.
Le Cordon Bleu Paris students and guests applaud Chef Segismundo after the Philippine cooking demonstration.
At the start of the demonstration proper, Chef Segismundo emphasized to the class the significance of vinegar in cooking Philippine dishes, pointing out that this ingredient does not figure as prominently in the other cuisines of the world as it does in Filipino cooking.
In keeping with the French practice, Chef Segismundo prepared a Filipino entrée (appetizer), plat (main dish) and dessert for the cooking demonstration, specifically kinilaw, chicken pork adobo and turron con tsokolate eh!, respectively. She had presented a number of Philippine ingredients and shared to the class that the key to preparing authentic Philippine cuisine is the use of Philippine produce and other Philippine ingredients.
The cooking demonstration and tasting were well-received, especially by the students and the chefs, who found the featured dishes to be outstanding and the presentation interesting and very informative. As part of their studies, the students are scheduled to have a practical class afterwards to replicate the Filipino dishes that were showcased.
DFA Assistant Secretary Leo Herrera-Lim hands over to Le Cordon Bleu’s Charles Cointreau a bottle of Philippine Don Papa Rum and Manille Calamansi Liqueur.
Le Cordon Bleu officials give Chef Myrna Segismundo a certificate of appreciation in the presence of Ambassador Lazaro, Assistant Secretary Leo Herrera-Lim and Filipina Le Cordon Bleu student Gemilyn Guina.
As an apt conclusion to a successful event, Mr. Leo Herrera-Lim, Assistant Secretary of the DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for International Economic Relations had donated an assortment of Philippine spirits and liquors to Le Cordon Bleu for use in the school’s wine and spirits courses to share with the world the Philippines’ best. For more information, visit the Embassy’s website and Facebook page. END
17 June 2018, Paris: The 120th Year of the Declaration of Philippine Independence was celebrated in the Philippine Embassy in Paris, together with over 200 members of the Filipino Community at the Embassy grounds, on June 17, 2018.
Members of the Filipino Community in Paris cheer after the flag raising ceremony during the celebration of the 120th year of the declaration of Philippine independence on 17 June 2018.
A celebratory mass, led by Monsignor Don Vito Pavilando started the day, followed by a flag raising ceremony and the reading of the Independence Day Messages of Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano, to the audience.
During the occasion, Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro welcomed the Filipino community and acknowledged the leadership of the Comite General des Association des Philippines en France (CGAPF), the umbrella organization of FilCom. Relaying her most important message, Ambassador Lazaro said, “As we celebrate the occasion of the 120th year of Philippine Independence, let us recall the many milestones we have achieved as a nation. Let us uphold the good values we have as Filipinos. For the Embassy’s part, we reiterate our commitment to supporting you, our fellow Kababayans, as you endeavor to reach your dreams in Paris, your home away from home.”
The Philippine Embassy officers and personnel share a light moment with the Filipino community during the celebration of the 120th Year of Philippine Independence.
The air was festive in the Philippine Embassy’s conference room, as the Filipino Community and Embassy personnel shared Pinoy food for brunch, as well as pleasant conversations, during the celebration of the 120th Year of Philippine Independence.
Ambassador Lazaro also announced the lineup of activities for the Filipino Community that includes the Financial Literacy Seminar for OFWs on 30 June, the Pista sa Paris Program on 1 July, and the free legal assistance program for OFWs called “Itanong kay Attorney,” which will be conducted in the last quarter of 2018.
Adding festivity to the occasion was the sharing of Pinoy brunch salu-salo of sinangag, daing na bangus, beef tapa, longganisa, red egg with tomatoes, puto and kutsinta, together with mainit na kape of the Filipino Community and the Philippine Embassy group. END.
12 June 2018, Paris: The Philippine Embassy in Paris led by Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro celebrated the 120th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence at the Embassy grounds on 12 June 2018.
12 June 2018, Paris: The Philippine Embassy in Paris celebrated the 120th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence on 12 June 2018. The event was led by Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro and attended by the Embassy officers and personnel, the Philippine Delegation to Eurosatory 2018 headed by Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna, and some guests from the French Ministry of Defense.
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