One of Folkorama's new ambassadors was practically born for the role and another is taking up the ambassador title for a second time.
On Friday, Folklorama announced its lastest youth and adult ambassadors. Three out of the four new Folklorma youth and adult ambassadors are coming from the same pavilion. The ambassadors are excited to enjoy this summer's Folklorama in person.
High school student Sudan Parke, and university student Nicholas Tamayo make up the two youth ambassadors. They both are with the Pearl of the Orient Philippines Pavilion.
“I’m looking forward to going to Pavilions, trying all the food, meeting people, and the V.I.P. treatment," Tamayo says. "I look forward to meeting people from different backgrounds, joining youth council, and volunteering in the community with Team Folklorama.”
Tamayo's mother has been performing at Folkormana before he was born, dancing at the Philippines Pavilion while she was pregnant with Tamayo.
Parke has been dancing at the Philippines Pavilion since she was seven. She is of Filipino and Jamaican heritage. She is looking forward "to watch a performance live and see the performers right in front of you, to have the smell of food freshly cooked– I know these things aren’t much, but after all this time isolated from the world – it’s the little things that matter.”
Sarahdelle Galera, Pearl of the Orient Philippines Pavilion, and Karman Sidhu, Punjab Pavilion are the adult ambassadors. This is Sidhu's second time as an ambassador, as he was the 2014 Youth Male Ambassador.
“The Ambassador General Program embodies Folklorama’s mission of celebrating diversity and promoting cultural understanding”, Executive Director Teresa Cotroneo says in the Friday statement. “The program provides networking opportunities, work experience and instills a sense of pride in celebrating heritage and a respect for other cultures.”
The ambassador program will have the four volunteering in communities, talking about the importance of celebrating cultural diversity.