DUBAI – Families flocked together with zest for a fun-filled day – the Spring Festival 2017 – which provided multiple activities for everyone to enjoy, last Friday, at the Mega Bowl, Zabeel Park, here.
The Spring Festival 2017, organized by Filipino International Christian Network (FICN) Events, povided events for all ages, such as drum and lyre competition, fun run, street dance competition, battle of the bands, along with a job fair.
Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, Vice Consul Marianne Bringas and Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) Director of Customer Happiness Experiences Mohammed Alsuwaidi graced the event.
“Nakakatuwa yung event. We were able to not just help Pinoys but also other nationalities who turned up on Friday,” Dr. Arnold Carandang, FICN Events Business Development consultant, told Kabayan Weekly.
A total of eight companies participated in the job fair. Carandang said that Al Ansari Exchange, which was one of the sponsors of the event also decided to take part by accepting resumes and curriculum vitae (CVs) from job seekers.
He described the line for the job fair as very long, even as he thanked everyone who was involved for making the day run smoothly.
According to the Filipino, thousands of people registered to participate in the Fun Run 2017. He was happy to announce that the attendees was a mixed crowd and not just Filipinos’.
“From what I know, Mohammed Alsuwaidi of KHDA also participated in the Fun Run,” Carandang said.
In the drum and lyre competition, multiple Filipino schools in the UAE took part. Famously known for school parades in the Philippines, participants performed in creative formations to the beat of their drums.
Among the Filipino schools in the country, The Philippine School (TPS) dominated in the drum and lyre competition. Winners took home a cash prize of AED 5,000.
TPS also bagged the street dance competition at the event with AED 5,000 cash prize.
Street dance has become very popular and part of the Filipimo culture in the Philippines, home to thousands of festivals, with Sinulog as a good example.
With his melodious voice, Vincent Josh Labingisa, dominated the singing contest in battle of the bands. He took home a cash prize of AED 1,000.
“The Philippine School Drum and Lyre group, composed of 100 students, showcased their talents to attendees. The Street Dance Competition was intense with two groups participating – Ati-atihan and Maskara,” Engr. Dantes Delizo, FICN Events organizer, told Kabayan Weekly.
“It was a very successful event; the scheduled program continued despite the weather. The Fun Run was amazing and the number of attendees exceeded our expectations. The Megabowl was visibly filled with job seekers run by FilHR,” he added.
He thanked all the different restaurants that participated in the event and those who gave their support. He said Al Rawabi even provided free juices for all attendees from morning until 10:00 p.m. that day.
Engr. Delizo said that multiple gifts were also given away by Pinas Music Zone’s DJ John Luna, Charlene, and Rico Mondejar from Day to Day throughout the day.
After a performance from a local artist, Madelle Loka, a yoga session, which was conducted by Yoga Diva Gigi Zablan, took place.
“We, the FICN Event Organizer, are so happy about the turnout of the event despite the many bumps along the way. But it’s kind of fun to do the impossible. Nothing is impossible; the word itself says I’m possible,” Engr. Delizo said.
Both Delizo and Carandang hoped the event will eventually become an annual activity for everyone.
Supported by Kabayan Weekly, The Filipino Channel (TFC), Tatak Pinoy, Pinas Music Zone, and ofwzone.com, the fun-filled event was sponsored by Al Ansari Exchange, Instant Cash, Wok & Go Asian Fusion Food, Max’s Restaurant, Al Rawabi, Starlet Ladies Salon, Chicken Inasal Filipino Grill, Chinese Star Restaurant, Qiwi Technologies, and Beauty Plus Ladies Salon.