Traditional music, cloth and Cuisine Amuse Guests at Indonesian diplomatic Reception in Havana


The 1930 Reception Room at the National Hotel was decorated in Red and White as Indonesian Ambassador Teiseran Foun Cornelis hosted the Diplomatic Reception as part of the celebration of the 67th Anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day on September 12th, 2012.

The event started at 7:30 and was concluded at 9:00 pm local time. Around 400 invitees, who come from diplomatic corps in Havana, members of the Parliament, the mass media (radio, television and the press agencies) and several institutions and specialized centers, including  the guest of honor the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment, H.E Mrs. Elba Rosa Perez Montoya and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs , H.E Mrs. Ana Teresita González Fraga.

The Ambassador Teiseran Foun Cornelis on this occasion expressed his appreciation to the guests attending the reception. He also conveyed his willingness to enhance the bilateral cooperation and to further strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and solidarity between the two developing countries.

Accompanied by the Indonesian traditional music Angklung, played by the "Republic of Indonesia" Elementary School and "Jose Maria White" Angklung Orchestra, guests were spoiled with various culinary delights prepared by Dharma Wanita Persatuan.Sate Ayam(Chicken Sate), Rempeyek(Rice Flour Crackers with Peanuts) and Dadar Gulung(Pancakes filled with sweet grated coconut) and various other dishes were all finished before the end of the event.

Angklung is an Indonesian musical instrument, which is closely related to traditional customs, arts and cultural identity in Indonesia, and promotes cooperation and mutual respect among the players, along with discipline, responsibility, concentration, development of imagination and memory, as well as artistic and musical feelings.

The guests were also impressed with the musicians, the Indonesian ladies, as well as the staff of the Indonesian Embassy, wearing traditional Indonesian cloths from East Nusa Tenggara Province.

The textiles from East Nusa Tenggara, which is one of the 33 provinces of Indonesia, have a ritual significance that far exceeds utilitarian need and play a vital role in maintaining harmony and balance between spirits and humanity.