Marking Singapore’s 57th year of independence

Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines Gerard Ho hosted the Singapore National Day reception on 9 August to mark the 57th anniversary of the city state.

Grand turnout: The grand ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Manila for the Singapore National Day reception was filled to capacity.

Business leaders, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, Singapore nationals, notable names and faces in Philippine society converged at the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Manila.


Fernando Zobel de Ayala, DoTr Sec. Jaime Bautista, Anna Sobrepeña and Alfred Dy.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and husband Rey Alimurog.

Following the brief program with Ambassador Ho giving a heartfelt extemporaneous speech and Vice President Sara Duterte’s response, the guests were treated to Singaporean specialties prepared by the Grand Hyatt Manila’s chefs.

Sebastián Fernández, ABB Country Managing Director Olivier Coquerel, Monique Madsen, Ambassador Gerard Ho, IMF Ambassador Ragnar Gudmundsson and wife Virginie Gudmundsson, Xavier Btesh.
Nikki and Gilbert Teodoro with Ambassador Teresita Lazaro.

Popular street foods were served in different stations including the fantastic Show Kitchen.

Metrobank Foundation President Chito Sobrepeña with US Ambassador MaryKay Loss Carlson.
SINGAPOREAN specialties were customized
by the Grand Hytatt’s team of chefs.

People stayed beyond the usual reception hours enjoying satay, chicken rice, Peranakan nonya Laksa, bak kut teh and other favorites.

Peranakan Nonya Laksa.


TEOCHEW Bak kut teh.

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