Last night, I emceed the gala dinner at the Dusit Thani for the Sri Lankan Cultural Night celebrating 50 years of Philippines-Sri Lankan relations.
It was literally a full day of sarees and Sri Lanka as I was at the Department of Foreign Affairs from 930 AM to host the opening of the Sri Lanka photo exhibition in the DFA lobby, with Acting Secretary Erlinda Basilio of the DFA and the Hon. Neomal Perera, Deputy Minister for External Affairs of Sri Lanka, as special guests.
PRIVATE GALA DINNER FOR SRI LANKA
Then last night, we had the private gala dinner for the diplomatic corps and top business leaders, headed by Acting Secretary Basilio, Deputy Minister Perera and the Papal Nuncio, H.E. Giuseppe Pinto, dean of the diplomatic corps in the Philippines.
Last night's dinner was a closed event hosted by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in cooperation with Travelife Magazine. However, tomorrow, Saturday, September 24, we have organized a free special performance featuring the performers and dancers from Sri Lanka who also performed last night, and this is open to the public with prior reservations via Travelife Magazine.
AMAZING, SIMPLY AMAZING
I have to tell you that the performers are simply amazing.
First, Sri Lanka's top songstress, Deepika Priyadarshani, sang several songs and her beautiful voice filled the audience with awe. She's a national icon in Sri Lanka, and there is not one household there that does not know of her and her talent. She became an overnight singing sensation 25 years ago, and since then she has had a stellar career.
One of her songs last night, which she will also be singing tomorrow at Travelife Sri Lanka Night, is a beautiful song about love for country and patriotism. It has become almost like a second national anthem for Sri Lankans, and her rendition gave me goose bumps.
Next, we had the ten-member team from a top dance group from Kandy, the cultural heart of Sri Lanka. Their music and dances simply had all of us wide-eyed with wonder at their simply amazing and energetic performances. There were spinning tops, fantastic drum beatings, and all kinds of acrobatic dances. It was too marvelous for words.
If you like culture -- or if you want more culture in your life -- don't miss this very special and truly rare opportunity to see the best of Sri Lankan culture in Manila, for free, as brought to you by Travelife Magazine, the Philippines' leading travel & lifestyle publication, and Picar Development Inc. Come with family or friends. Bring your kids. Come alone if you can't find someone to go with. Just don't miss this.
I can guarantee you that you will probably never see a performance of Sri Lankan culture of this caliber in the Philippines again for a very long time.
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TRAVELIFE SRI LANKA NIGHT
WITH SRI LANKA'S TOP SINGER
Absolutely free, open to the public
Travelife Sri Lanka Night on Saturday, Sep 24, will be free and open to the public, but you will need prior reservations as there's limited seating. However, this will be the first and perhaps only event promoting beautiful Sri Lankan culture to the general public in the far-off future, so I hope many of you will take advantage of this free event courtesy of Travelife Magazine and Picar Development Inc. and join us.
To reserve, please call Bernice at Travelife Magazine: 8138400/ 8922620. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO RESERVE FOR TRAVELIFE SRI LANKA NIGHT:
1) Contact Bernice at Travelife Magazine with your name, contact details and number of persons you wish to bring.
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4) Get your complimentary e-tickets via email. These should be printed out and presented at the venue upon arrival at 4 PM of September 24.
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