Book Launch of Under Coconut Skies by Yasmin Newman

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Women advocates for Filipino cuisine joined a discussion facilitated by The Entree.Pinays represented by Ms. Grace Guinto with panellists Philippine Ambassador De La Vega, author Yasmin Newman, Philippine Special Trade Representative Alma Argayoso, and Kylie Javier-Ashton at the book launch of Under Coconut Skies on 31 March 2022 at the Official Residence of the Philippine Ambassador.

H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, hosted the book launch of “Under Coconut Skies” by FilAussie food and travel writer Yasmin Newman on 31 March 2022 at the Official Residence of the Philippine Ambassador. The book launch celebrates Filipinas in cuisine, culture and community to cap off the celebration of National Women’s Month.

In her welcome remarks, Ambassador De La Vega said, “Food in the Philippines is a way of life -- a cultural expression and a community undertaking. Filipino cuisine is typically described as fiesta style -- a fusion of east-west flavors that vividly depicts our history, prepared by the entire family, to be shared with the rest of the community.” The Ambassador welcomed Yasmin’s book as a significant contribution to bringing Filipino cuisine to the forefront in Australia.

Women advocates for Filipino cuisine joined a discussion facilitated by The Entree.Pinays represented by Ms. Grace Guinto with panellists Ambassador De La Vega, Yasmin Newman, Philippine Special Trade Representative Alma Argayoso, and Kylie Javier-Ashton. They discussed women leadership and experiences in #breakingthebias in their respective fields.

Canberra-based restaurant Lolo and Lola catered a meryenda inspired by recipes from Under Coconut Skies.

The event was supported by the Philippines’ Department of Tourism based in Sydney.

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