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