THE Embassy of Malaysia in Manila organized joint festivities of Deepavali and Christmas at the Ambassador’s Residence on November 12, where more than 150 guests attended.
Dressed in colorful costumes, diplomatic corps members, government officials, heads of Malaysian companies in the Philippines, embassy officers and their families, local staff, as well as the Malaysian diaspora in the Philippines joined the merry making. They were treated to a sumptuous meal of varied dishes, then engaged in traditional exchanging of gifts, and a “best costume” contest.
Part of its corporate social responsibility of giving back to the local community, the embassy also collaborated with the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center Manila in organizing a blood-donation drive, where 25 guests participated.
The joint Deepavali and Christmas celebrations organized by the embassy manifested Malaysia’s respect for all religions and unity, as they marked the special holidays as one nation. It also signifies the country’s commitment to building a society of peace, harmony, thriving, and peace, in line with the concept of Masyarakat Malaysia Madani, or “skilled and inclusive society.”