Berlin. Philippine Embassy Ladies led by Ambassador Mara Cleofe R. Natividad participated in the Asia-Pacific Charity Morning hosted by the Asia-Pacific Women’s Group (APW) that took place on 14 May 2013 at the residence of the Afghan Ambassador in Berlin.
The APW comprises the lady ambassadors and the spouses of the Asia-Pacific ambassadors and diplomats in Germany. The group is active in promoting the different cultures of their respective countries and is involved in various social and humanitarian projects in Germany.
Some 100 guests of the APW applauded the opening number performed by soprano Mrs. Mylah Combo-Rubio of the Philippine Embassy and her husband, tenor Mr. Jose Mari Rubio. The spouses Rubio captivated the international audience with beautiful renditions of Philippine, German, and English songs. The repertoire included “Ikaw Lang ang Aking Iibigan,” Dein ist mein ganzes Herz,” and “The Prayer.”
APW members contributed a native dish shared with German guests, most of whom were spouses of German political and economic leaders. Philippine “pancit” and “biko” were immediate favorites of the discerning audience.
Proceeds from the charity event were provided to the Trauer Zeit Foundation, a center in Northern Berlin which helps and supports children and young families who are grieving after loss of a family member.