Diplomatic community holds virtual ‘Paskong Pinoy’ in DC
INQUIRER.NET U.S. Bureau
December 3, 2020 at 10:42 am

WASHINGTON – A virtual “Paskong Pinoy” (Filipino Christmas) celebration on Dec. 1 was hosted by the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW), according to the Philippine Embassy’s Sentro Rizal.

Entitled “Christmas Celebrations Around the World,” the virtual program featured the Christmas traditions of the Philippines, Czech Republic, Mexico, Slovak Republic, and the Holy Land.

Joanna Owen of AAFS and Darell Artates of the Philippine Embassy discuss how Christmas is observed in the Philippines. SCREENSHOT

Joanna Owen of AAFS and Darell Artates of the Philippine Embassy discuss how Christmas is observed in the Philippines. SCREENSHOT

“This is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. No matter which part of the world you are, this is a season full of joy, happiness and festivities. Families get together building memories that will last forever”, said AAFSW Program Chair Sheila Switzer as she opened the event.

In a video recorded message, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, highlighted the importance of this year’s celebration, focusing on “the Filipino spirit that represents hope, goodwill, and resilience as we come together as a nation to celebrate the Yuletide season in the new normal.”

Participants also engaged presenters in a Q&A after the event.

Established in 1960, the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide is a membership-based association within the American Foreign Affairs Community, including Foreign Service and Civil Service employees, spouses, partners, household members, and retirees.  AAFSW promotes the goals and serves the needs of the community through Advocacy, Outreach, Awards, Scholarships, Services and Networking events.

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