Last June 12 (or something?), the Philippine consulate here in Guangzhou invited the Filipino community and the international consulate community to an afternoon celebration of Philippine independence. Seriously, I wasn’t aware about the event until a day before it, and after being invited by the consulate to lunch for the same event last year, I wasn’t expecting an invitation for this year. God truly has a way of surprising people, though, and to make the long story short, I got to go. 🙂 Weeee.
This year was even fancier than last year’s, with a photo memory below:
The party was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Guangzhou, which meant we really had to dress up. In spite of my growing wardrobe, I realized I don’t have something formal slash fancy enough for the event. My junior (and this event’s photographer!) Jam let me try her maxi dress, which I was horrified to wear as I’m not used to maxis. My initial thought was preggo, but friends make you feel okay about anything, so with a few accessories and borrowed shoes, we were all good to go!
Enough talking, now for the photos! There’s a loooot (I think even more than my post about our Palawan trip), so let’s organize. Event location + outfit shots first!
OHHH by the way. More than half of these shots are Jam’s and not mine, so I didn’t watermark those photos. Some, however, I did edit a little, so there’s a little watermark on those photos! Little watermark = hers, edited; normal watermark = mine. Let’s gooo!
This was the day when I realized that hair can change a lot of things! Being a no-fuss girl when it comes to hair, I was pleasantly surprised when my beloved Date (who is amazing with hair, by the way) helped me do a waterfall braid, or is that what it’s called? Anyway, it was so prettyyy! I couldn’t stop touching my hair 😀 which messed it up, but well. PRETTY HAIR!!! ❤
So what were we there to do, really? Well, my partner-for-the-day Sheila and I were assigned to this table where we were supposed to promote Philippine mangoes to the people attending. Not much of a job, I should say! After all, who can resist Philippine mangoes? 🙂 Imported straight from the Philippines, day!
To be honest, we were worried that being in a corner table, we would miss out on all the fun and socializing and food and whatnot. Turns out, we didn’t need to worry! 🙂 People kept coming in, and the consulate officials were gracious enough to let us eat together with them. THAT’S PHILIPPINE HOSPITALITY FOR YOU!
The hardworking officials from the Philippine consulate, all dressed up in their ternos and barong! I love how young our consul general looks. :p Eeep haha. I mean, I love how fun all of them are! Serious when it comes to business, but never forgetting the fun – especially vice consul! That’s the average Pinoy for you!
Now for the PARTY SHOTS! There wasn’t supposed to be a party, but the last program of the night was a two-person Pinoy band who played all these rocking songs. Being classic Pinoy, some got up to dance right at the center. You can tell that my friends and I were hooked, and joined in the fun!
See the tall dude on the two photos above? That’s actually the Chilean embassy’s trade director, Nicolás. But before we knew that, he was just this bibbo guy who went along with all of our silly dances and antics! Definitely pasado in the Pinoy’s book! He invited me to dance to “Dancing Queen” at a time where I went barefoot and took off my heels because an hour or so of dancing nonstop can be too much. Hence, he super-dwarfed me! Haha! He gave me his card after, which I doubt I’ll be using soon, but it made me think: I WANT A BUSINESS CARD OF MY OWN TOO! 😀 Haha!
Before going on full photo-op vanity with friends, we had the lovely opportunity to take pictures with our consul general and vice consul! So blessed to have people as nice and down-to-earth as them as our officials! 🙂
THERE WE GO! 55 photos, that’s not so much compared to other people’s standards, but it’s definitely a record for me. This is primarily why I decided to start blogging – not to show off stuff or whine and moan, but to be my second memory for everything awesome God has blessed me with – like this night. He reminded me that a simple night of music, clean fun, and laughter with friends can be one of the happiest blessings in the world. 🙂