i helped decorate the philippine booth..now, strike a pose!
Small World is the biggest charity event in Lagos, Nigeria. It is spearhead by a british womenâ€™s group (pardon my cluelessness to the official name of the group). Since 2006, the Philippines participated in this event and the proceeds of this charity goes to the pet project of the Filipino Community which is the Kiri Kiri Project. It is a school for local residents of Kiri Kiri, somewhere in Apapa, Nigeria. The Filipino community through the initiative of Philippine Barangay Society in Nigeria was able to build a building/classroom for the school.
This was my second Small World event, but there is a huge difference now than my participation last year.
Last year, I was more of a spectator, now I am part of the people behind the scene. I was part of the decoration committee for the Philippine booth as well as in charge of serving the food to our international guests. All participating countries are given a booth because you have to showcase the food of your country. For us, we offered the famous lechon (roasted pig), adobong manok (our â€˜almostâ€™ national dish, heheh), yema and other kakanins ( sticky rice cakes) People flocked to the booth because they were curios of the lechon, and would come for second and even 3rd helping after tasting it. The venue for the Small World is the British International School at Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria and was held last February 21, 2009.
The Philippines also had a dance presentation entitled â€˜Arayâ€™ literally meaning Ouch! It is just a pity that since I was the one disbursing the food at the Philippine booth I was not able to take pictures of them dancing to a very large crowd.
The Small World is a fun event because you get to meet nationalities from all over the world. You also had the chance to see the different rich cultural heritage of each country albeit in small doses through the free food they present in their booth, the cultural presentation they choose for the night and the show case of national costume parades. Indeed, it is a Small World after all.