Paseo de Roxas in Makati City came alive Saturday morning with the vibrant colors, flavors, and cultural richness of Malaysia as the much-anticipated Malaysia Week 2023 kicked off on September 16, 2023.
Themed ‘Endless Discoveries: This is Malaysia’, the 10am to 10pm event will run for two days i.e. on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, promising an immersive experience into the heart of Malaysia’s diverse culture, showcasing its traditions, cuisine, products, and more.
The event’s Opening Ceremony began with the resonating notes of Malaysia’s national anthem, ‘Negaraku’, setting the stage for a day filled with excitement and cultural extravaganza.
Mr. Suhaimi Abu Hassan Shari, Deputy Director of International Promotions- ASEAN, opened the program and shared insights into the rich tapestry of Malaysian tourism. This was followed by the welcome address by His Excellency Dato’ Ambassador Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino Anthony, the Malaysian Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines, reinforcing the strong bonds between the two nations.
Ms. Shereen Gail C. Yu-Pamintuan, Undersecretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT), on the other hand, shared the significance of cultural exchange events like Malaysia Week 2023.
The opening ceremony also featured a captivating performance of a multi-cultural dance by Seri Cindai Tari and Cindai Cilik Tari, an in-house cultural dance group, followed by a tour of the event site.
Malaysia Week’s Programme is packed with exciting activities for visitors to experience throughout the day. Apart from the usual offerings of delicious Malaysian food, patrons can also find various authentic Malaysian products offered by numerous booths in the venue.
Attendees will have the chance to witness the art of making Teh Tarik, a Malaysian ‘special-tea’, through a live demo by staff from Berjaya Hotel Makati. Lucky visitors can win special prizes in the Ultimate Teh Tarik Challenge.
The afternoon will bring more excitement with fun games and culinary demonstrations, including making the ever-popular Roti Canai. A fashion show will spotlight the elegance of Malaysian attire, followed by a unique Batik Sarong Styling competition.
In the evening, visitors can take part in fun quizzes, and cultural dance showcases, and participate in the Just Dance – Cultural Dance Challenge.
Malaysia Week 2023 is an opportunity for everyone to explore and experience the essence of Malaysia, its traditions, and its people. With a captivating blend of culinary offerings, entertainment, interactive activities, and cultural performances, the fun-filled event promises to be a memorable occasion for visitors of all ages.