GMA HOSTS 'VIN D'HONNEUR' FOR DIPLOMATIC CORPS
Independence Day, southern style
Breaking off from the traditional festivities at Malacañang, Mrs. Arroyo hosted the traditional reception for the diplomatic corps on board the refurbished presidential yacht, BRP Ang Pangulo, docked at the Majini port of the Southern Command (Southcom) Naval forces’ facility in Zamboanga City.
There, as she and her guests were serenaded by Badjao tribes people who accompanied their native songs with traditional dances, Mrs. Arroyo showed the diplomatic community why Mindanao is the Philippines’ "land of promise" as she proudly presented them with a showcase of the rich culture and natural resources of Mindanao.
The diplomats so enjoyed the Badjao music and dancing that they took out their cameras for their own photo opportunities.
Docked alongside the BRP Ang Pangulo were vintas, sleek seacraft topped with wide, boldly colored sails that, along with the multicolored malong and the music of the kulintang (Mindanao gongs), have come to be known as the cultural icons of Mindanao.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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