DAIYA, Kuwait- Last June 13, the Filipino community organizations in Kuwait united for the celebration of the 116th Independence Day of the Philippines.
The said event was held in Fahad Al Ahmad Handall Complex in Daiya, Kuwait. It was attended by the embassy officials and FILCOM leaders and organizations.
The activity started with the “Almusal ng Bayan” around 6 A.M., which was a free breakfast offered to all. The blessing of the food was led by Ptr. Martin Banting of Lighthouse Church. Many kabayan also enjoyed the morning exercise which was led by the Pinoy Zumba Lovers.
For the invocation, Ptr. Guillermo Bantugan led the Christian prayer, while Datu Mohaimen Dipatuan headed the Muslim prayer.
The event was also filled with inspirational messages from Filipino leaders such as Oliver Tupaz Diong, the president of Club Ilonggo in Kuwait who was also the overall event coordinator, and Atty. Cesar Chavez Jr., who is the Labor Attache of POLO/OWWA. The guest speaker of the celebration was H.E. Ambassador Lamberto Monsanto, who was introduced by Consul General Atty. Raul Dado.
Among the Filipino organizations which attended were: Kuwait Filipino Mothers Organization (KFMO), Filipino Association of Secretaries and Employment Agencies in Kuwait (FIL- ASEAK), Cordillera Organization in Kuwait (COSK), Kuwait Triskelion Alumni Association (KTAO), OFW MOVEMENT For Peace, Justice and Progress Inc., Reformed and United Guardians Brotherhood International Inc., United Filipino Charitable Organization(UFCORG), Phil. Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME), Kapangpangan Keng Kuwait(KKK) and Kooperatiba ng mga Pinay sa Kuwait (KMPK), and Guardians Brotherhood Incorporated True Blue blooded Guardians Kuwait Falcon Chapter (GBI TBBG KFC)
The OFWs in Kuwait stayed in the company of one another throughout the day. Other highlights of the event included live band performances, cultural presentations, and parlour games.