In a special Philippine Independence Day 2018 listing guide we've published yesterday, promotions, competitions, and mini-events are in spotlight but there were no further details provided—aside from the venue and date—regarding the official Philippine I-Day celebrations which is usually announced by the Philippine Embassy in Doha every year.
If you clicked here to know what's in stored this year, then you're in luck because ILQ has the complete details!
The Philippine Embassy in Doha, in a circular dated June 12, 2018, announced that they are partnering with the Qatar Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs for the celebration of the 120th Philippine National Independence Day on June 17, 2018 at the Al Rayyan Sports Club Multipurpose Hall, from 8AM to 2PM with the theme 'Independence Day 2018: Change We Fought For, an Offering to an Abundant Future.'
Officially called 'Hatid saya ni Pangulong Duterte para sa mga Pilipino sa Qatar' (Joy-filled day for Filipinos in Qatar brought by President Duterte), the ultimate Kabayan gathering in Qatar will kick off with a community festival parade and is set to showcase cultural presentations and a musical extravaganza featuring celebrity guest Meg Imperial, with the special participation of DOLE Secretary Silvestro H. Bello III among other other officials.
The reason for the late celebration is because June 12—the original day of the Philippines' independence from the 333-year Spanish rule—is still occupied by the Ramadan season and June 17 —which also happens to be Father's Day—is sandwiched between the Eid Holidays. The date is perfect as many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are on rest mode for that day.
Due to the limited capacity of the venue, participants are requested to register online to secure a spot for themselves on the celebration day. Once registered, Kabayans are also advised not to bring children below 15 years old.
Furthermore, the following items will not be allowed inside the venue during the event:
To facilitate the verification of your online registration, please bring the following with you:
Adding up to the stellar line-up is Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs H.E. Dr. Essa Bin Saas Al Jafali Al Nuami who will also be in attendance. Besides the cultural and talent shows, fun games and raffle draws are also set to make the Philippine I-Day celebration more exciting.
Moreover, the Philippine Embassy in Doha, as announced earlier, will be closed to public on the day of the celebration until the 19th of June for Eid Al-Fitr Holidays.
The Philippine Independence Day celebration 2018 in Doha is made possible by JC Premiere, Siomai King, and Philippine Airlines.
For ILQ's tribute to the Filipino people in the celebration of their 120th Independence Day, click here.
Where will you be spending your Eid holidays this year? Did this article convince you to participate in the Philippine Independence Day 2018 celebrations at Al Rayyan Sports Club Multipurpose Hall this coming Sunday? Drop us a line in the comments below and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!
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