The Philippines Norway Business Council (PNBC) celebrated Norway’s National Day 2015 in style, held on May 16 with an evening gala at the Shangri-La Hotel Makati.
With a Norwegian Michelin guest chef flown in for the occasion the event featured Norwegian food and culture, and greetings from His Majesty the King of Norway!
The Scandinavian country’s businessmen in the Philippines were joined by their business partners and colleagues in the host country.
After the welcome cocktails at the foyer, the guests entered the event hall and was greeted by the Emcee, Ms. Jannicke Steen, VP for External Affairs of the Council, who introduced the Council President Ivar Thomasli for the welcome remarks.
The occasion was graced by the presence of officials from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila led by H.E. Ambassador Erik Forner, who delivered a speech and read a message of greetings from the King of Norway. The Ambassador also introduced the Guest of Honor, Ms. Marites Dañguilan Vitug, who gave a talk on the differences between Norway and the Philippines, from snow and ice to ethics, social indicators and global compassion.
The guests enjoyed the savory four-course dinner delicately prepared by Norwegian Chef Markus P. Dybwad of the three Michelin stars-awarded restaurant, The Fat Duck, in London, England. Chef Dybwad was Commis for Bocuse d’Or Silver Medalist Jonas Lundgren in 2008-2009. Music also pervaded the air courtesy of local 8-member soul band, Mulatto.
Great venue. Great food. Great music. Great speeches. Indeed a great way to celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day.