ANKARA 23 December 2019 — The Philippine Embassy in Ankara successfully participated in the annual charity bazaar organized by the Spouses Solidarity Association of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey (DMEDD) on 01 December 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center in Ankara.
Madame Maria Ana A. Hernandez, the spouse of Philippine Ambassador to Turkey Raul S. Hernandez, led the country’s participation to the DMEDD bazaar in coordination with Cultural Officer and Attache Sheila H. Solas and supported by the Embassy team and family members.
For the country’s fifth participation, the booth showcased Philippine freshwater pearls, native wear, and decor while members of the Filipino community groups in Ankara promoted native Filipino delicacies. The country’s participation at the bazaar once again drew big crowds among the visitors that included the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials who came especially for the Philippine pearls.
The bazaar also featured the country’s traditional Filipino folk dance “Tinikling” performed by selected members of the Filipino community in Ankara. The performance generated great interest from the audience, a number of whom willingly participated to dance with the performers.
Since its founding in 1981, DMEDD has been helping Turkey through various charity projects, notably its annual Bazaar which is already considered a landmark event in Ankara that attracts a great number of visitors each year. Proceeds from the Bazaar will be donated to DMEDD’s charity works and projects. Last year, DMEDD donated proceeds for the renovation and improvements of seven Special Education pre-schools in Ankara.