ASEAN Committee in Madrid Holds ASEAN Family Day in Series of Commorative Events for 50th Anniversary of ASEAN

Figure 1. (L-R) H.E. Ambassador Ngo Tien Dung of Vietnam, H.E. Ambassador Rattikul Chansuriya of Thailand, H.E. Ambassador Yuli Mumpuni Widarso of Indonesia, H.E. Ambassador Zainal Abidin Bakar of Malaysia, H.E. Ambassador Philippe J. Lhuillier of the Philippines

Figure 2. Ambassadors at the kick-off of the ASEAN Family Day 2017

Figure 3. Around 200 guests, composed of officials of ASEAN Embassies in Madrid, as well as their family and friends, attended the event

Figure 4. Philippines plays against Indonesia in the classic Tug of War game

The ASEAN Committee in Madrid celebrated ASEAN Family Day on 16 September 2017 at the Residence of the Ambassador of Indonesia to Spain. Around 200 participants composed of officials of ASEAN countries with representation in Spain, as well their families and friends, attended the event.

The participants were welcomed by the Indonesian Ambassador Mrs. Yuli Mumpuni Widarso who thanked everyone for their attendance and stressing the importance of coming together in similar to strengthen the bonds of the ASEAN community in Madrid, especially as ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary.

A zumba dance routine as warm-up to the day’s activities saw the participation of all five Ambassadors and personnel, followed by a succession of outdoor parlor games for children and adults. A lunch buffet featuring classic dishes from the five ASEAN countries represented in Spain—namely, the Embassies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam—was served to guests. One of the highlights of the Family Day was the “Golden Voice” Karaoke Competition, which saw participants from Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia win first, second and third prizes, respectively.

The ACM is currently chaired by the Embassy of Malaysia. The Philippine Embassy in Madrid will assume chairmanship next year from January to June.