Philippine Ambassador Isaias F Begonia hailed the Overseas Filipino Workers as major players in ensuring the vibrancy of the Philippine economy and urged every Filipino in Qatar to work together to further support the country’s (Qatar) development, in his message during the celebration of the 110th Independence Day of the Philippines at the Embassy premises yesterday.
Hundreds of community members comprising embassy officials, teachers, community leaders, media persons and guests attended the simple but meaningful event. The celebrations started with the raising of the flag led by Ambassador Begonia followed by interdenominational prayer.
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s message was delivered by Ambassador Begonia highlighting the nation's achievements, underscoring its economic growth which is the strongest in 30 years and the government’s focus on the three E’s namely economy, environment and education which she said is “central to lifting our nation up and getting ready for the next generation of leaders.”
President Arroyo also encouraged solidarity among Filipinos around the world. She said, “In this march to our collective tomorrow, I ask all of you to join as one - for our motherland, for our families, and for the generations to come.”
Consul General Rosario P Lemque read the message of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G Romulo centering on the celebrations’ theme ‘Republic Service: Tungo sa Ganap na Kalayaan at Kaunlaran' (Republic Service: Towards complete freedom and development) which Romulo has seen as a clarion call towards nation building, social transformation and economic development.
Romulo also reminded Filipinos of the country's greatest lesson in history that whenever they act with common purpose and vision, they are able to achieve great things.
Department of Labour and Employment Secretary Marianito D Roque recognized the OFWs’ gaining the respect of others through their strong character and excellent performance, in his message relayed by Labour Attaché Vivo V Vidal.
A nationalistic song titled 'Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi, Isang Musika' (One Blood, One Race, One Song) was sung by Marvin Herrera. The programme ended with the ceremonial releasing of balloons which was followed by 'Almusal ng Bayan' (Community Breakfast).
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