the 55thAnniversary of the Cuban Women Federation:
Asian flavour in Cuba
The Fashion Show and Gala Dinner organised by the Asian Ladies
Association at Hotel Riviera in Havana recently to celebrate the 55th
Anniversary of the Cuban Women Federation, marked yet another milestone
in Asia - Cuba relations.
The evening began with the lighting of the oil lamp by the Secretary
General of the Cuban Women Federation and Chief Guest, Teresa Amarelle
Boué, accompanied by dignitaries from the Cuban Government, Dean of the
Diplomatic Corps and President of Asian Ladies Association. This was
followed by a 'welcome dance' presented by a group of Sri Lankan
students to bless the audience.
the Fashion Show, lady Ambassadors and diplomatic spouses representing
25 countries around the world came on stage and presented an elegant
dress parade featuring Asian costumes, which was the first of its kind
The President of the Asian Ladies Association, Ramanika Dissanayake,
spouse of Sri Lanka Ambassador to Cuba delivering the welcome address,
emphasised the significance of 'Asia's Unity and Diversity' in the
context of the multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural
character of Asia and its peoples. While thanking the distinguished
ladies from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and
Middle East who volunteered to model Asian costumes for a worthy cause
in a spirit of unity and solidarity, the President of the Asian Ladies
Association applauded the Cuban Women Federation's services for the
socio economic emancipation of Cuban women and women around the world.
The members of the Asian Ladies Association also staged an extended
fashion show and showcased contemporary dancing acts, rhythms and
multicultural talents. The Fashion Show and Cultural Extravaganza that
continued for nearly three hours, captivated the audience of over 300
Of the models who joined the fashion show, the Sri Lankan Saree clad
- ladies became the star attraction and were the most elegantly dressed.
The finale saw a stunning magical performance by a Cuban Magician and a
group dance by all ladies and artistes to a rousing standing applause.