Vietnam martial arts captivates Mexican fairgoers

(VOV) – Vietnamese martial arts performances by mbbers of the Mexico Vovinam Federation and ASEAN mbber states on Novbber 22 took centre stage at a bazaar and art fair held in Mexico City.

Marta Gonzalez, on staff at the Banorte bank, said mbbers of her family were fascinated by the performances and have plans to get more active in the sport by participating in training programmes now being offered in Mexico.

At the event, the Vietnam bbassy touted traditional lacquer paintings, conical hats, and Ao dai (traditional dress)in pavilions and provided large numbers of fairgoers the opportunity to taste traditional cuisine such as spring rolls.

Vietnam Ambassador to Mexico Le Linh Lan and other ambassadors from ASEAN mbber states also made the rounds to every participating pavilion at the event.

Malaysian Ambassador to Mexico Jamalyah Cinti Mohamed Yosof in turn said the fair was of great significance in the context when ASEAN countries are preparing for the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015.

Vietnamese trade councillor in Mexico Hoang Tuan Viet said the Vietnam-Mexico two-way trade turnover has been forecast to surpass US$1.6 billion this year.

The annual event aimed to strengthen the cultural exchange and mutual understanding, tighten the friendship and all-round cooperation to elevate the image of ASEAN mbber nations.

The event attracted a large gathering of representatives from the regional grouping including Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.