Pinoys, Saudi employers feted on Migrants' Day celebration
posted 2012-06-19 08:50:52

Filipinos in Saudi Arabia held for the first time a two-day celebration to mark Migrant Workers' Day last June 7 and 8, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a news release posted on its website Monday afternoon, the DFA said the Filipino workers based in Riyadh joined the celebration at the Philippine Embassy grounds.

"It was the first time in Riyadh that different but related activities were held one after the other within two days to celebrate Migrant Workers' Day," Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzedin Tago said.

On June 7, a recognition night was held to honor 10 outstanding employers of Filipino workers in Riyadh:
Prince Sultan Cardiac Center and Dr. Ahmed Abanamy Hospital (health care) El Seif Engineering Construction Co. and ABV Rock (construction) Jarir Bookstore and Saudi Arabia Company for Hardware (wholesale/retail trade) Almarai Company (food manufacturing) Al Babtain Company (power generation) Ibralin Company (restaurant business), and Al Hamrani Company (diversified business).
Filipino workers in these companies were also feted:
Jovenid Marcelo and Melvin Castillo of El Seif Engineering Construction Co. Reynaldo Payo and Alejandrino Monis of ABV Rock Group Ltd. Honorio Zoleta and Danilo Quijano of Al Babtain Company Danilo Cachola and Sonny Magno of Almarai Company Oliza Intal Anigan and Danilo Mangilaya of Dr. Ahmed Abanamy Hospital Sheiron Jimeno and Maharlika Alindayu of Prince Sultan Cardiac Center Francis Gatpatan and Virilio Lavidia of Jarir Bookstore Ronald Ales and Waleed Salazar of Saudi Arabia Company for Hardware (SACO) Fedelito Reyes and Febie Estorque of Ibralin Company, and Salmineo Espinosa of Al Hamrani Company.

A six-member joint committee, led by First Secretary and Consul Noordin Lomondot, was organized to select the outstanding employers.

The committee members were Second Secretary and Consul Roussel Reyes, Labor Attaché Albert Valenciano, and Filipino community leaders Rolando Nicolas of the Philippine Professional Organization in Riyadh, Roberto Barretto of Manggagawang Kapit-Bisig and Faisal Sharque of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Congress.

The Filipinos took part in a "Palarong Pinoy" sportsfest, health awareness program, migrant workers' forum and the First Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago Cup in table tennis.

Eighteen teams from registered Filipino community associations in Riyadh, including a contingent from the Philippine Embassy, gathered at the Liwasang Bonifacio multi-purpose court for the friendly matches.

The games featured traditional Filipino games such as luksong sako, sipa, hilahang lubid, hulihang buntot, tao sa kahon, and kadang-kadang.

A sports committee composed of officers of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh and Physical Education teachers from Palm Crest International School and Elite International School managed the games.

The Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers in Riyadh emerged as the overall winner. Filipino Athletes and Performers Society and Alpha Phi Omega Riyadh Alumni Association placed second and third, respectively.

"This is the first time that these traditional Filipino games are played by Filipino workers within Embassy premises who really enjoyed each other's company," Labor Attaché Valenciano said. - VVP, GMA News

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