Brazil, Brazil

I love Brazil for so many different reasons. I have been to Rio de Janeiro thrice on different occasions. Once I was invited to a familiarization tour..

Destination Brazil and every time I bring back happy memories. In the late 80’s while in Paris I learned the latest dance craze that time based on an advertisement of an orange drink. When I came back to the Philippines I introduced the Sexy dance Lambada and eventually was tagged the Lambada Queen.

I was asked to appear on television and did a big show in a hotel in Cebu. A few years after I had my own television dance show. I also brought in the early 2000 the Carnival in Rio champion samba school the Salgueiro group for a big show, parade and masquerade ball at that time at the Westin Hotel. I also helped the Embassy organize a trade mission of top Brazilian businessmen to the Philippines.

A few years later, another samba group of 32 dancers came for a show in Manila and Cebu. Those were the days when I had very close relationship with the Embassy of Brazil. That’s why I was happy when Brazilian Ambassador Rodrigo Amaral de Souza invited me to their National Day at the Raffles Hotel recently. They were playing Brazilian music and local dancers dancing to the beat of the samba wearing colorful carnival costumes.

In his speech last September 7 at the Raffles Hotel for the National Day of Brazil Ambassador Rodrigo emphasized the close relationship between the Philippines and Brazil. He emphasized that despite the geographical distance that separates the two countries, they are united by common values and historical ties. He congratulated the Philippine government for the excellent job as Chairman of Asean which has reached its 50th anniversary.

He added that in the Philippines there is a large and attractive market for food products from Brazil be it vegetable commodities like soya bean or corn plus beef, poultry and pork meat. He was proud to mention the recent qualification of Embraer in the Philippine Air force bid for the purchase of 6 new aircrafts under the Close Air Support Acquisition Program.

Last year Brazil and the Philippines celebrated the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. He ended his speech in Portuguese for his countrymen who were present followed by a toast to everlasting friendship between Brazil and the Philippines. Viva o Brazil!

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