On Friday 17th of May 2013, 220 guests gathered at The Peninsula – Manila to celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day.
The event began with mingling and welcome cocktails at the Upper Lobby, followed by the program proper and grand dinner at the Rigodon Ballroom.
The ballroom was beautifully decorated with flowers, Norwegian flags, colorfully lighted with rice lights and candles. On the screens, there were footages of the Children’s Parade in Oslo, Norway, to give everyone, and especially our Filipino friends a cultural impression of how Norwegians celebrate the Constitution Day.
PNBC’s Vice President Ms. Jannicke Steen acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
The President of PNBC, Capt. Ivar Thomasli gave the welcome remarks, and touched upon the great collaboration between Norway and the Philippines. He talked about Norwegian seafood in particular, one of Norway’s greatest export articles, and the main ingredients for the dinner.
Ambassador Knut Solem also gave a message during the dinner, and conveyed the greetings from His Majesty King Harald V. Ambassador Solem talked warmly about the good relations between the two countries, and about the various projects and future possibilities.
Norwegian Star Chef Adrian Løvold, who came all the way from Trondheim, Norway, to prepare the excellent four course dinner – truly, an exhibit of Norway’s food traditions.
Chef Løvold had prior to the Constitution Day Dinner been a guest chef at I’m Angus Steakhouse in Makati City, preparing Norwegian gastronomic delights.
During the evening the guests listed to background music by various Norwegian artists, and were entertained by live performances by Climax. The first musical set was a classical inspired one, to fit with the dining experience, while the second set brought on the party and the guests to the dance floor.
The celebration of Norway’s constitution day was most certainly a great success, where the guests enjoyed the delicious savory food, the company and the entertainment!