A week before December 15, I was informed that I will be hosting the program for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ladies’ Circle Coffee Morning that’s hosted by the Philippine Embassy along with one of my husband’s colleagues. Eeeep!
Though I’ve been doing hosting on the side while I was still in Manila (been doing it since I was 13 as it was a great way to earn extra money), I found myself excited and a bit nervous. Coffee mornings for ASEAN ladies are usually a great venue to promote country as a tourist destination. I’m huge advocate of promoting our islands to people especially since we’ve been getting some bad press. Some have basis while the others were written by travellers who just found themselves in the wrong places at the wrong season. So I really wanted to do well in this gig.
And two – if I mess this up, I won’t be just an embarrassment to myself but to my husband as well! It was even our Ambassador who picked me to host. So if I mumble or call someone by the wrong name or if I trip while hosting – arrrgh. I would end up beating myself up so bad. I hate disappointing people – especially those who have so much faith in me. (Thanks so much sir! :D)
In the end… It went pretty well. Whew! So all my worries disappeared by the end of that event. Thank goodness that the past 6 months that we spent in KL – where I was considered pretty idle – didn’t make me rusty. Most of the ladies even approached me after the event to tell me that I did a good job. That meant a lot to me since just days before the event, I was already having dreams wherein I mess it up because I haven’t been hosting and even reporting in front of a camera/crowd in months! Oh, and since it was my first time to do a hosting gig in Malaysia, this is really an event that I will never forget. 😀
Before I get to the rest of the event photos, here’s an #OOTD:
Wore a Barong Tagalog as a top. It’s usually guys who wear the Barong Tagalog while women wear Baro’t Saya. But as times changed, women have also started wearing the Barong Tagalog. I love wearing men’s clothes like suits and boyfriend shirts so it’s no surprise that I also love wearing the Barong Tagalog with skirts of different lengths and colours for various events. 😀
The skirt, meanwhile, is a modern take on the T’nalak, a special kind of cloth woven by the women of the T’boli tribe in South Cotabato, Philippines. The T’nalak is rather mystical as the patterns the T’bolis weave come from their dreams and they believe that the cloth they make is blessed by the spirit of the abaca. So no one can cut the cloth without saying a prayer to it cos if you do, the cloth will be cursed! Pretty interesting, right? And don’t worry. The person who sold me the T’nalak prayed to the cloth before cutting it to my desired length for a pencil skirt. I love this skirt so much, I’ve worn it a couple of times already. The first time was during the ASEAN Law Association’s gathering here in KL where we were also asked to wear something that represents our country. Instead of going for a Baro’t Saya or the terno, I opted for a simpler, modern take on a Filipiniana dress by pairing this tribal skirt with a top. It’s all about mixing and matching. 😉
Do let me know what you think of the outfit! 🙂
Ok, this post is getting pretty long again. So without further yapping from me, here are some of the photos from the event! 🙂
There was a mini bazaar just outside the event’s venue (we were at the Grand Ballroom of one of the prettiest hotels – IMHO – in KL, the Royale Chulan) where Filipino inspired accessories and decor were being sold. We also had The Entertainer during that event. Their booth was so eye-catching!
What’s a Filipino-hosted gathering without entertainment?
I’m looking forward to our next coffee morning. I love seeing the ladies and catching up. 🙂 I wonder which ASEAN country is hosting the next one. Hmmm. 🙂