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Envoy and UFOQ Chair Affirm Stronger Ties in 2016
31 December 2015
Doha, State of Qatar
In a year-end meeting held yesterday evening (30 December) at Doubletree Hotel by Hilton in Doha, Ambassador Wilfredo C. Santos, in his short message, commended the umbrella organization – UFOQ for its collective efforts in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in developing relation with, and delivering community programs and services to Filipino migrant workers in Qatar.
“We aim to further increase such interactions.” Ambassador Santos stressed out.
The envoy also hopes to see motivations in leadership among groups, and looks forward for the best in 2016.
“As we prepare ourselves for the coming challenges and opportunities in 2016, we need your support. With patience and understanding new challenges ahead, let’s continue to work together for a more fruitful and productive 2016.”, the Ambassador added referring to UFOQ officers.
Likewise, Mr. Ed Anami, UFOQ Chairperson expressed his gratitude to UFOQ officers for the unselfish support. He inspires the officers to continually bear that passion to serve the community with dignity and transparency.
“It is our duty to become responsible and accounted for in uniting the entire Filipino community organizations and individuals in Qatar under a strong partnership and collaboration with the Philippine Embassy. We need to set ourselves as examples of true leaders.” Chairman Anami added.
The Filipino community could expect beneficial programs and events this coming year. To mention some, Leadership Training and Conferences have been set and will push through, Emergency Response and Risk Management Plan have been validated and will be updated, sports and healthy lifestyle programs, community outreach programs, advocacy programs, and the proposed week-long celebration of the 118th Philippine Independence in Qatar.
Cultural Attache of the Philippine Embassy – Mr. John Jaio, who stands as the Embassy focal person for, and adviser of UFOQ, in addition to representatives from iRemit, also graced the meeting.
The UFOQ year-end meeting was sponsored by iRemit – one of the Pay-Out partners of POEA for the BMOnline.
COMMEMORATING MARTYRDOM AND THE CENTENNIALS OF THE RE-INTERMENT OF DR.JOSE RIZAL'S REMAINS AT THE RIZAL'S PARK CELEBRATED AT THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY THIS 29th DECEMBER 2015
Today, December 30. 2015 is the 119th death anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. On December 30, 2013, we marked the the centennial of the Rizal Monument, which was built as the tomb and memorial to Jose P. Rizal and has since then served as the de facto symbol of our nationhood. http://www.gov.ph/rizal-monument/
“It is important for Filipinos to continue commemorating this special occasion because it is important for us not to forget the sacrifices of our heroes, our forebears in fighting for our liberty against oppression."
“Rizal was a man of peace. He was a man of letters. He was not really a revolutionary in the traditional sense but his ideals kept the fire for revolution, for change, for liberty and encouraged our countrymen to fight for a cause that eventually led to the establishment of the first Philippine Republic.
“So Rizal is on top of the pantheon of Filipino heroes and is remembered not only in our country but throughout the world where there are Filipinos.” according to our Ambassador during his speech last 29 December 2015 at the Philippine Embassy in Qatar.
A young Maranao named Nur Mohammad Lucman from Philippine School Doha (PSD), son of Mr. Aliman “Abu Nur” Lucman and Ms. Jundiyyah Gadong, portrayed a young Jose Rizal with an award winning performance during the said celebration.
For the Arabic translation of the excerpts of Rizal’s My Last farewell was read by Mr. Faisal Mussa, one of the staff of our Embassy.
The rites were attended by the outgoing labor attache Leopoldo de Jesus, our new labor attache David Des Dicang with Welfare Officers Ms Amy Empaynado, with the entire Philippine Embassy Staff led by our Ambassador itself with Consul Gonar Musor, VC Christina Bautista and our CA John Jiao. Mr. Ed Anami, UFOQ Overall Chairman and other Filipino Community group leaders also seen at the said occassion.
December 29, 1896 – Rizal wrote his last letter to Ferdinand Blumentritt which read: "My dear Brother, When you receive this letter, I shall be dead by then. Tomorrow at seven, I shall be shot; but I am innocent of the crime of rebellion. I am going to die with a tranquil conscience. Adieu, my best, my dearest friend, and never think ill of me! Fort Santiago, 29 December 1896 José Rizal Regards to the whole family, to Sra. Rosa, Loleng, Conradito, and Federico. I leave a book for you as my remembrance."
December 30 is the death day of Dr. Jose Rizal. The death of Jose Rizal came right after a kangaroo trial convicted him on all three charges of rebellion, sedition and conspiracy. He was guided to his cell in Fort Santiago where he spent his last 24 hours right after the conviction. At 6:00 AM of December 29, 1896, Captain Rafael Dominguez read Jose Rizal’s death sentence and declared that he will be shot at 7:00 AM of the next day in Bagumbayan.