On Wednesday 6th April 2016, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo led by H.E. Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez and Madame Maria Teresa L. Lopez, participated in the 40th Asia-Pacific Festival and Charity Bazaar organized by the Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society (ALFS) at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo.
The Asia Pacific Festival and Charity Bazar is an annual event of the ALFS, whose members include spouses of former ambassadors of 26 Asia Pacific countries, including the Philippines. A highly anticipated event among Japanese and international women, the event provides visitors an opportunity to check the latest fashion accessories (pearls, jewelries, wearables), special clothing and fabrics, indigenous food and crafts from Japan and various countries. As in the previous years, Her Imperial Highness Princess Hitachi graced the event. Also gracing the event, was Madame Akie Abe, spouse of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
This year, through the efforts of Madame Lopez, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Tokyo (PTIC Tokyo), the Department of Agriculture Office, and the Cultural Section of the Philippine Embassy, a wide variety of Philippine food and non-food items were sold and showcased, from culinary favorites such as adobo, chicken and pork barbeque, pancit, lumpia and turron to design-driven products from sofa throws (Ylocos Heritage Arts & Crafts), shoes (Ai-she footwear and Risque Designs) handbags, home décor like pillows (Tara Designs Philippines, Inc.), fashion accessories (La Piezza Jewelry Creations) and more, highlighting craftsmanship and sensitivities of Philippine design.Continue reading