ANKARA, 18 July 2022 – The Philippine Embassy in Ankara joined the Filipino community on Sunday, 17 July 2022, to celebrate Barrio Fiesta 2022 organized by the Pinoy in Ankara Community at the Meryem Ana Catholic Church grounds.

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Ambassador to Türkiye Maria Elena P. Algabre (center), Minister and Consul General Juan "Jed" E. Dayang, Jr. (7-L) and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Marc Theodore P. Benigno (far right) with Filipino community members in Ankara (Embassy Photo)

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Female community members perform modern dance numbers (Embassy Photo)

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Children of community members play traditional fiesta games, pukpok palayok (hit a pot) and pabitin (hanging) (Embassy Photo)

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Ambassador Algabre (3-L) and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Benigno (far left) with community members selling Filipino street food (Embassy Photo)

The event, which promoted community spirit, was attended by around 80 participants from Filipino community organizations in Ankara, with some of their Turkish friends.  The participants enjoyed Filipino song and dance numbers, drama skits, and traditional games such as pukpok palayok (hit a pot); Filipino street food including beef and chicken barbecue, lumpia (spring rolls), puto rice cakes; and refreshments such as buko pandan (coconut with pandan leaves jelly drink). ##