Latin American nationals rush to the Philippine booth to buy polvoron, pastillas de leche, yema balls and other traditional sweets and delicacies. (Santiago PE photo)

MALLOCO 31 October 2018 — The Philippine booth and its live demonstration of the ancient Filipino martial art of Kali were crowd favorites and main touristic draws during the recently held on 12 – 15 October 2018 at Fiesta de las Naciones (Festival of Nations) in Malloco, Chile.

Chargé d’affaires A Marcos A.S. Punsalang (center) toasts next to Governor Andrés Llorente of Talagante during the official opening ceremony. (Santiago PE photo)

The Fiesta de las Naciones is a four-day event featuring country booths, cultural performances, gastronomic feasts, tourism stalls and artisanal products from around the world.

Philippine Embassy personnel pose in Filipiniana attire alongside other participating countries during the parade of country colors and national costumes. (Santiago PE photo)

More than 120 foreign embassies, restaurants, local wineries, tourism agencies, artisanal companies and distributors from across Chile participated in this year’s event.  An estimated 8,000 Chileans and foreign guests attended the four-day activity.

The Philippine booth featuring native products such as the barong, handwoven bags, seashell products, pearl earrings, and other examples of Filipino craftsmanship. (Santiago PE photo)

The Philippine booth featured traditional products such as handwoven sinamay and tinalak bags, seashell products, pearl earrings, Filipiniana fabric and other samples of native craftsmanship.  The booth’s bestsellers were classic Filipino sweets and delicacies such as polvoron, pastillas de leche, yema balls and panutsa.

Philippine Embassy personnel also distributed tourism materials promoting the country’s best touristic attractions and handed out trade brochures, including catalogues of Sr. Masala—the local distributor of Filipino mixes and flavors icon Mama Sita’s.

Chilean practitioners of the ancient Filipino martial art of Kali pose following a successful live demonstration at the Fiesta de las Naciones mainstage. (Santiago PE photo)

Instructors and students of Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK-SMH) Santiago, a prestigious self-defense academy in Chile, performed a live demonstration of Kali on the festival’s centerstage as well as in front of the Philippine’s country booth.

This is the Embassy’s fourth participation in the Fiesta de las Naciones since the yearly event started in 2010.

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For more information, visit www.santiagope.dfa.gov.ph or https://www.facebook.com/PHinChile.

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