The Indonesian Embassy celebrated it’s “bazar solidario 2013” with exotic Indonesian foods, folk dances, music, raffles, arts and crafts, etc., or, in the words of its poster, “danzas folclóricas, gastronomía, rifas con premios exóticos, mercadillo de artesanía, ¡ y mucho mas! ” The charity bazaar, which highlighted the Indonesian culture, took place at the embassy on calle Agastia 65 last June 22-23 and it was free to the public.
The “Madrid al cielo” sentiment has permanently embedded itself in the Madrileño psyche and seems to help explain why they are not succumbing to dark depression in these times of great economic hardship. A survey conducted by the Metroscopia Estudios Sociales y de Opinión and published by the national daily El País in mid-June 2013 shows that the great majority (83%) of the 3.2 million inhabitants of the capital city think they live in a pleasant place.
The 4th of July celebration of America’s Independence Day was held this year by the US Embassy in Madrid on the 24th of June. It goes without saying that it was a memorable event, more so because on this 237th birthday of the United States the Madrid embassy was also celebrat6ing the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida.
Mabuhay, the Philippine word translates to “may you live,” “cheers,” “welcome,” and all three meanings encapsulate the sentiments of the celebration of independence and the year of friendship between the former colony and Spain.