Cheers to the organizer of ‘Pilipinas Mayamang Kultura’ for a very successful event! Now on its third year, the celebration, held in Kristal Party Center, presented Filipino World class talents.
Mayamang Kultura is a non-profit organization founded by Irene Esquibil-Looze. Its goal is to provide an initial platform for the regular projection of Filipino society and culture in the wider Dutch public. Philippines has a very rich culture, and having said that, we Filipinos couldn’t be more proud in showing off our talents, culture and values to the rest of the world.
And here in the Netherlands Mayamang Kultura is doing just that. Held at the Kristal Party Center in Amsterdam last October 2, 2016, this years’ theme was “Talentong Pilipino Sa Mayamang Kultura”. The party hall was very beautifully transformed for a grand celebration. Meters and meters of white cloth and ribbons decorated the ceiling with tables and chairs neatly covered in white cloths. The result - very classy. The entire sphere was grandiosely festive, the guests were very eager to be entertained and the organizers were all set for the affair. I must say it gave me much pleasure to be hosting the event with a Dutch radio personality Mr. Andre Verhamme. Both of us have years of experience in radio and hosting television shows.
This years Mayamang Cultura celebration showcased world class Filipino artists like the famous jazz singer Ms. Joyce Mateo. Promoting her new album called “Daydreamin”, she just finished joining the mini tour of a sold out Tom Browne concerts in the Netherlands and London.
Another great singer who performed was the great ‘Shirley Bassey’ impersonator and a professional singer for 25 years, Ms. Ruth Galura. A mother and son team, Cebuana Mabel Regasa and her former ‘Hollands Got Talent’ finalist son, Kim Regasa performed separately. A lot of great names lined up to entertain the guests for the days MK celebration. No less than the First Secretary and Consul, Madam Shirley Banquicio, came to represent the Philippine Ambassadors office.
Mayamang Kultura on its third year was a well-organized event. Ms. Irene Esquibil has all the full support of her family and friends and she knows exactly who the right person is for every job. The very talented Jose B. Villero was the stage coordinator, while Brian Krisrok was in charge of the sound. From the lady at the entrance, to the men and women at the bar, everybody knew exactly what they need to do and they are doing it perfectly well. Most of the staff and crew were elegantly dressed in lovely Filipinianas , multi-colored Igorot attire and barong tagalog. A beautiful sight to behold.
Guests were able to enjoy the sumptuous Filipino food by EsQuisine catering. A great variety of dried goods were on sale at the Pinoy Store, and the Twin Cake booth offered mouthwatering delicacies. Other booths contained Unique Zumba Street attire, lovely paintings by JV Totanes , Moneytrans, and various brochures. A FILMIS booth displayed a variety of goods which includes T-shirts with Philippine flag as logos. Mr. Jacob Apostle, the president of FILMIS was around to support the event and see their FILMIS dancers perform.
My greatest compliment for a job very well done to Ms. Irene Esquibil -Looze, the Founder/President of Mayamang Kultura, in promoting our great culture in the Netherlands. Our values, culture and tradition is what makes us us- Filipinos. It is and will always be a part of us. And we should love, preserve, promote and teach it to the young generation.
And to this I say, thank you to the entire Mayamang Kultura officers and members, keep up the good work. Also our gratitude to everybody who supported the MK.
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