Several events lined up for PIDC 2017 celebrations

 20 May 2017 - 23:35

Several events lined up for PIDC 2017 celebrations
The candidates for the Lakan at Lakambini 2017, one of the highlights of this year's Philippine Independence Day Celebrations.

By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula

The Philippine Independence Day Celebration (PIDC) - the biggest gathering of the Filipino community in Qatar - will witness three days of tourism-themed festivities featuring regional festival street dancing competition, search for Lakan at Lakambini ng Kalayaan 2017, trade fair and live performances.

To be held from June 26 to 28 at City Center Rotana Doha, this year’s PIDC, which marks the 119th anniversary of declaration of Philippine independence, is set to be a unique celebration with a host of exciting new features.

“The PIDC 2017 will be the biggest and brightest event that we will have this year. The community will be able to witness a different approach in the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day. There will be a balance of entertainment and community services during the three-day event,” said PIDC 2017 Chairperson and United Filipino Organisations of Qatar (UFOQ) Vice-Chairman Dr Alvin Abainza.

A first in PIDC, the search for Lakan at Lakambini ng Kalayaan 2017 will see candidates representing 11 organisations vie for the title wearing traditional Filipino costumes inspired by Filipino festivals and designed by well-known members of the Filipino Fashion Designers of Qatar (FFDQ).

Famous festivals from various regions in the Philippines will be celebrated in Qatar through the street dance competition in which members of accredited UFOQ organizations will perform street dances garbed in colourful costumes.

“This year’s PIDC will bring regional and provincial festivities in one place, so somehow, our compatriots and other nationals will have an idea and interest to see and visit the regions or provinces in the Philippines where these festivals are held. We should not miss this event as a way of supporting Philippine tourism,” said UFOQ Chairman Ressie Fos.

Another fresh addition to the celebration is the “AFJQ Gawad Parangal Para sa Natatanging Overseas Pinoy” which will honour outstanding Filipinos in various sectors including academe, business, media and journalism, household service and construction and engineering. The award is presented by the Alliance of Filipino Journalists in Qatar which will also host a seminar on journalism with Mike Acebedo Lopez.

A trade fair offering authentic Filipino cuisine and souvenir items as well as live performances of bands, schools and other groups will be among the other highlights of the celebration.

“We will ensure that all community partners and organizations will be fully engaged during the celebration. Filipino families and other nationalities will be able to enjoy the tourism-themed gathering,’” said Abainza adding, consular services, medical missions, and relevant lectures will also be provided at the venue.

The event is being organized by UFOQ in partnership with Kulinarya Qatar and supported by the Philippine Embassy.

"We are honored and delighted to be part of the PIDC this year. Our collaboration with UFOQ executive team is a milestone as it brings together a stronger team to make this year's celebration a unique experience. "Beautiful Philippines" is this year's concept which primarily focuses on Filipino character and is a reflection of the beautiful sights and sounds of the Philippines," said Layla Bernal, Chairperson of Kulinarya Qatar.

The events and activities will be based on the four pillars of “Beautiful Philippines" which are Kaugalian (character), Kasipagan (industriousness), Kagandahan (beauty) Bayanihan (cooperation), added Bernal.