PHILIPPINES: South African Embassy hosts elegant National Day Celebration
Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso and DFA Undersecretary Evan Garcia during the National Day celebration.
26 APRIL, 2013
The Embassy celebrated the 19th National Day at Makati Shangri-La, Manila, with 345 VIP guests from various walks of life, i.e. members of the Diplomatic Corps, media, business sector, government, women’s organization, universities and South Africans. The event was officiated by the Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Evan Garcia and was meant to showcase South African food, wine and music. To achieve this, the Emperors Palace was generous enough to send three of their chefs and front office manager. These four, together with authentic ingredients for the South African cuisine, such as mielie-meal, biltong, samp, SAB beer and Hildenbrand Wines were flown in prior to the event and participated in the Food and Wine week hosted by the Embassy at the same hotel, courtesy of Etihad Airways.
(L-R) Dindi Tisha Samsuya, Hayden Mulaudzi, Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso, Bing Carrion, Atet Samson and Lita Lee from DIWATA.
Additional sponsors of this event also included, South African Airways, Gold Fields Philippines, Aspen Pharmacare Philippines, Hildenbrand Wines and Olive Estate, and Orange River Cellars. It was a day of reckoning for three Emperors Chefs, namely Chef Johan van Tonder, Sous Chef Anne Tarryn Posthumus and Pastry Chef Roberta Crisp and the front office manager Dineo Magogodi. For, they had to prove that they had it in them to produce a VIP meal to suit the taste of the invitees. Indeed, they did not disappoint, as they produced the most mouth-watering cuisine using mielie-meal, biltong, samp, goat cheese and snapper fish.
Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso flanked by (L-R) Emperors Palace Chef Roberta Crisp, Front Desk Manager Ms. Dineo Magogodi, Chef Johan van Tonder and Sous Chef Tarryn Posthumus who prepared the South Africa dishes served during the National Day.
Other South African wine brands like KWV, Nederburg, Douglas Green, Table Mountain, La Capra, Tall Horse, Porcupine Ridge, and Goats Do Roam were served during the event. Gold Fields Philippines sponsored the performance of South African artist Baby M, who was directed by Pasit Foobunma, doing the gumboot dance. What was the occasion like? Journalist Carmencita Acosta of the Expat Newspaper gave the following verdict: “Back to things gastronomic: South African meals may be poetically described as a Rainbow Cuisine because of the colorful ingredients being used and also because the variety reminds one of the lovely arch in the sky after the rain has ceased.”
The above statement summarized it all. Our young professionals gave their heart and soul in the preparation and presentation of the mesmerizing cuisine. They were truly the hit of the night. Thanks to Allan Riddell for assisting the Embassy in coordinating such a fascinating event.
SA Embassy Manila, Philippines