Filipino expats gearing up to mark 109th Independence Day
The Filipino community in Kuwait, in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy laid the groundwork for the observance of Philippines’ 109th Independence Day anniversary on June 12, 2007 in a meeting held Monday at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Jabriya. The first part of the celebration will hold a a Family Day event on Friday, June 8, 2007 scheduled from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Kazma gym in Adailiya.
Deliberations focused on the activities that will involve the participation of everyone – men, women and children from parlor games and other events distinctly Filipino in nature like: “Pabitin;” “Balagtasan” (oratorical contest) based on the theme “Kalayaan” or freedom; stand-up comedy Filipino style; and skits (both serious and comical).
There will also be a sportsfest involving chess, darts, table tennis, lawn tennis, scrabble and volleyball but it was suggested these should be held in different venues by the concerned organizations before the June 8 event during which time the winners will be awarded their prizes.
It was also suggested to hold a ladies basketball game with participants to be picked at random or from those interested, during the June 8 event, which will be for five or ten minutes duration only. In keeping with the spirit of “bayanihan” or cooperation, the different committees formed to undertake various aspects of the preparations for the June 8 event will be manned by organizations who volunteered their services.
The Filipino Cultural Club (FCC) will handle Parlor Games; the Association of secretaries of Employment Agencies in Kuwait (ASEAK), Table Tennis Association of the Philippines-Kuwait (TATAP-K), Migrante, and Concerned Filipinos in Kuwait (CFK) will be in charge of the Food Committee.