MANILA – The US Embassy in Manila is promising a one-stop shop of information and entertainment during a two-day roadshow in Pasay City.
"We want to bring the embassy to the people. We go to malls all around the Philippines and we bring our embassy officials and we have great performances and presentations on all kinds of programs and services that we offer and everything is for free," said Elizabeth Meza, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer of the embassy.
Dubbed as "America in 3D: A Roadshow in Diplomacy, Development, and Defense", the event will happen on March 1 and 2 at the Mall of Asia.
"It's our signature outreach. We take the embassy on the road. We recognize that it kind of look like a fortress behind this big wall, and most people may associate the embassy maybe once or every 10 years when they apply for a visa. And we are so much more than that," said Meza.
The embassy will set up booths and a main stage and will play host to a variety of performances featuring local artists like Jed Madela, Luke Mijares, Razorback and the Flippin SOUL Stompers among others.
"On top of that, we have great interactive presentations about visas and how to study in the United States, and other programs of interests. We'll have interaction points where embassy officials will be on hand to just talk to people and have conversations," Meza said.
They will also have activities for children, a car show, a cooking demo, and Chalk Art Festival. They will also introduce something new to the roadshow like the green screen photo booth.
"I think what's interesting is our green screen photobooth so groups could come and take a picture in front of a green screen and then we'll put it on our Facebook page within behind an iconic US landmark," she said.
Another extra something for the event is "Uncle Sam" and "Lady Liberty" wandering around the mall as part of the embassy's Instagram program.
Meza said part of the roadshow is to also highlight the current city hosting the event.
"We try and improve and we also try and highlight the city that we're in. Because we're in Pasay City, this time in Mall of Asia, we've invited some local performance from the city so people will kind of have the chance to experience a little bit of what the Philippines has to offer and what the local city has to offer," she said. With ANC