Philippine culture took centerstage at the second La NavideAa Feria Internacional de las Culturas at the Matadero in Madrid from December 17-23.
This year's fair featured an array of performances, workshop, and concerts from several cultural organizations in Spain. With 75 booths this year, the 2016 Feria Internacional de las Culturas is touted to be bigger than last year's event.
The Philippines' booth showcased an array of Christmas decorations made of capiz shells and sinamay, hand-wovan inabel table linens from La Union, and placemats woven in Basey, Samar. In addition to Philippine-made textiles and home accessories, Philippine food products such as lambanog, mango, coffee, and calamansi liqueur were also on display.
Favorite Filipino dishes such as adobo, ginataang kalabasa at sitaw, pancit, Filipino-style barbecue, mango cake, turon, and bibingka were served during the fair.
The Philippines was well-represented in various activities throughout the fair. Among the activities highlighting Filipino art and culture are the rendition by the Kudyapi Choir of Filipino Christmas songs; a story-telling session that featured Jose Rizals Ang Pagong at ang Matsing; a cooking demonstration featuring the quintissential Filipino dish, adobo; a parol-making workshop; an acoustic concert by Filipina-Spanish singer Alexandra Masangkay; and a kali-arnis tapado demonstration and workshop. END
Source: Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs