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20th Freedom Day Celebrations in the Philippines

24-26 APRIL 2014


The 20th Freedom Day Celebrations were a combination of trade and tourism activities on 24 April; food, wine and dance at Shangri-La Makati on the 25 April 2014 which culminated on the 26 with the Namjive performance at the Robinsons Magnolia Mall on 26 April 2014. 

The success of the event is attributed to the support and sponsorship received from the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DETC) for sponsoring the Namjive Traditional dancers and two Kimberly diamonds for raffling; b) South African Airways for two return tickets from Hong Kong for the raffle; c) Gold Fields Philippines for sponsoring Baby-M’s performance; d) Aspen Pharma-care Philippines for the Valda Pastilles; e) Philippine Wine Merchants for discounted wines; f) Federated Distributers for the Ceres and g) Premier Wines and Spirits for Amarula; and h) the Orange River Cellars for their wine brands.


(L-R): Brunei Ambassador Malai Haji Yussof, Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso and DFA Undersecretary Evan Garcia

The main celebration was held on 25 April 2014 at Makati Shangri-La Rizal Ballroom. In attendance were members of the diplomatic community, South Africans, members of the African Diaspora, media, business people and various organisations. There was excitement when both the Namjive traditional dancers and Baby M dancers taught guests how to dance.
 


 
Baby M showing some dance moves to some of the guests


The two dance groups showed the diversity of cultures and dance that characterizes our country. This was also the first time that the Freedom Day in Manila was graced by traditional dancers from South Africa and Kimberly diamonds were raffled. Both these activities took the celebrations to a different level of excitement. All guests went home with South African goodies to remind them of our wonderful country.


 
Namjive teaching guests some moves


Besides the dancing and the ticket raffles, another highlight of the evening was the Kimberly diamonds’ raffle.  It is only by chance that the diamonds, dubbed the ‘woman’s best friend’ were won by women.


 
(L-R): Leila Custodio, Ambassador Delia Albert and Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso shocked at the size of the Kimberly diamond won by Mary Grace Gerundio during the 20th Freedom Day Celebrations.


As a continuation of the celebrations, the Namjive dancers also performed at the Robinsons Magnolia Mall on 26 April 2014 much to the delight of weekend shoppers. This was a perfect ending to the Embassy’s 3-day 20th Freedom Day Celebrations.

SA Embassy Manila, Philippines

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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