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.
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.
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 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.
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.