1 August 2019, Paris – The officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy in France along with their families celebrated the ASEAN Family Day just outside Paris at the Château Chanorier de Croissy sur Seine on 27 July 2019. Ambassadors of the ASEAN Committee in Paris (ACP) and ASEAN-UNESCO Committee officially opened the ceremony with pétanque, an outdoor game closest to French hearts, played with metallic balls. Sepak takraw, a ball game native to South East Asia, that is played with a rattan ball, plus other outdoor games for both adults and children made the event more festive. The participants were also offered the tasty native cuisines of each country.

Mr. Jean Roger-Davin, the Mayor of Croissy-sur-Seine, a city in the Yvelines department in France and First Deputy Mayor in Charge of Chanorier and Commerce Katerine Noël attended the event. Mayor Roger-Davin was also a guest in the ASEAN Family Day 2017 held in the same city during ASEAN’s 50th anniversary.

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Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro (7th from left) join other ASEAN Ambassadors, officers and guests for a photo during the celebration of ASEAN Family Day on 27 July 2019.

It is the 52nd year of continuing cooperation among ASEAN countries in 2019. Philippine Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro said “ASEAN has come a long way in promoting economic growth, social progress, and cultural development in the region and events such as the ASEAN Family Day in Paris help maintain camaraderie among ASEAN personnel based in France, that is vital in achieving common goals.”

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Ambassador Lazaro (first row, leftmost) throws the boule (metallic ball) during the pétanque game at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Family Day.

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Ambassador Lazaro and Minister Mendiola-Rau describe the Filipino dishes beef steak and chicken adobo served in the Philippine tent during the event to Mayor Jean Roger-Davin of Croissy sur Seine and First Deputy Mayor in Charge of Chanorier and Commerce Katerine Noël.

The ASEAN Family Day is an annual event to commemorate the founding date of ASEAN every 8th day of August. Traditionally held in Paris before the month of August, the event is organized and hosted by the ACP. The Philippine Embassy is an active member of the ACP, which has promoted ASEAN interests in France. END