The recent International Art of Table Setting Exhibition at Centre Court, Pavilion KL, from 9 to 10 April 2014 was a big success.
The event was organised by PERWAKILAN in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2014 to promote and showcase the table arts from various nations.
Each table setting reflected the customs, traditions and styles of each nation and was laid by the spouse of the various embassy.
The embassies that participated were Austria, Belgium, China, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Korea, Myanmar, Holland, Philippines, Oman, Sudan, Turkey, USA, Turkey, Vietnam, Palestine and of course Malaysia. Dato Sri Rezza Shah showcased an eco-friendly and simplistic table setting while The Pavilion KL laid an elaborate long table inspired by Japanese culture in honour of Tokyo Street on the 6th floor,
The Guest of Honour was Prime Minister's spouse Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor and former First Lady Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali the wife of Tun Dr Mahathir mohd.
Other VIPs were Datin Rohayazam Kamaruzaman, president of PERWAKILAN, HRH Princess Nrodom Arunrasmy, Head of Diplomatic Corps, Cambodian ambassador and sister of HM The King of Cambodia, Datin Norashikin Datuk Abdul Ghani wife of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Datin Sri Siti Rubiah Datuk Abdul Samad, spouse of Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The arrival of First Lady Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor spouse of Prime Minister of Malaysia was loudly applauded by everyone. After the welcome speech by Datin Sri Rubiah Datuk Abdul Samad, Datin Paduka Sri Rosmah Mansor gave a stimulating and well received speech. She declared the exhibition opened and a fashion show followed, hosted by Dato Sri Rezza Shah.
Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor greeting her predecessor Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali
Datin Paduka Sri Rosmah the wife of current Prime Minister and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah, the wife of former Prime Minister
You can't see her face but only hair but this is Princess Dr Becky Leogardo shaking hands with First Lady Datin Paduka Sri Rosmah Mansor
Speech by Datin Sri Rubiah Datuk Abdul Samad,
Datin Sri Rubiah, wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs
Datin Paduka Sri Rosmah Mansor
The First Lady giving her speech
Datin Paduka Sri Rosmah Mansor was delighted to be guest of honour
The official ribbon cutting ceremony
Datin Sri Rubiah and Datin Paduka Sri Rosmah Mansor cutting the red ribbon
A Thank You kiss
The exhibition is opened!
Start of Malay bridal fashion show by Dato Sri Rezza Shah showcasing wedding garments from the various states of Malaysia
Modern batek by Kraftangan Malaysia
Joyce Yap, CEO of Pavilion KL, showing the VIPs around and taking them to all the table settings
This is the Pavilion table
Current and former First Ladies!
Dato Sri Rezza Shah eco-friendly table
Shirley Lenz, wife of Swiss ambassador, greeting Datin Paduka Sri Rosmah Mansor, spouse of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Shirley Lenz and Princess Dr Becky Leogardo
Joyce Yap, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah and Princess Dr Becky Leogardo
Angie Lim joins in
First Lady with Ecuador ambassador
That is Ecuador ambassador at right
Holland table had oranges to denote House of Orange Nassau the ruling royal family
First Lady reading the information on table setting
Gina Frias showing the First Lady of Malaysia
Princess Dr Becky Leogardo in Filipino national costume