Some of the international decor that was hung around the cafeteria (yes, those posters are taped to cafeteria tables tipped up on their sides...it doesn't get any classier than this).
The evening was kicked off by several of Ron's students welcoming their family and friends in their mother tongue.
After the welcome, the first item on the agenda was EATING! There were four booths set up that were overflowing with food brought by the students and their families. Europe, Asia/Pacific Islands, Latin America, and Africa were all represented last night. Delicious!
The masses heading up to the Europe booth for some frenzied feeding.
After dinner, the rest of the evening was devoted to the entertainment portion of the program. The kids started off with several performing numbers (both singing and dancing), then a balut eating contest (you know, the half-developed duck egg that is all the rage in the Philippines), a pinata, and then a fashion show. Here are several of the students performing in a multicultural break dance number. I know, I know, multicultural break dancing is a bit of a stretch, but it sure was fun to watch!
One of Ron's students invited her little sister's Korean dance troupe to come and perform two dance numbers. Here they are dancing their first one. I just wanted to wear those shiny pajama costumes that they had on--don't they look SO comfortable?!
Another group of Ron's students performed the Tinikling which is the national dance of the Philippines where two people beat and tap two, long bamboo sticks on the ground while dancers jump in and out. After a demonstration, the dancers invited a few audience members to participate in the banging bamboo fun and, somehow, Ron ended up in the thick of it. Although my camera's flash was not working well at that moment, here is a pic of my man getting in touch with his roots. Oh, how proud his mother would be...
The final portion of the evening's program consisted of a fashion show where several of the students modeled the traditional clothes from their "mother countries." Ron decided to get in on the fun this year and put himself and Lia on the list. He modeled a barong (a men's Filipino dress shirt that we recently purchased at a little shop in Seattle) while Lia sported a silk dress that I bought for her in Bangkok yeeeears ago before Ron and I were even married. Here they are as they first entered the room. Apparently, Ron has a modeling side to him after all. Is he striking a pose or what?!
The aspiring model being prematurely whisked away from the catwalk. What a shame!
What a fun and fabulous night! Well done, RWH. Now go and take a nap!