Each year, we Filipinos celebrate the Philippine Independence day every June 12. No matter where we are, this special day is already a part of us, so we will definitely celebrate it.
Even here in Kuwait, OFWs still have ways to celebrate this special Pinoy occasion. Last June 13 was the successful celebration of our 116th Independence Day in Fahad Al Ahmad Handall Complex in Daiya, Kuwait. This was attended by various Filipino community organizations in Kuwait like United Filipino Charitable Organization(UFCORG), Kuwait Triskelion Alumni Association (KTAO), and Kuwait Filipino Mothers Organization (KFMO) among many others.
The unity was evident all throughout the event. The celebration showcased skills and love for our culture as each organization performed a particular cultural presentation. Everyone really enjoyed the colorful nationalistic songs, cultural dances, and group presentations.
Of course, there were other exciting activities like the Almusal ng Bayan which started the celebration early. This was a free breakfast for everyone, so everyone had their share of a hearty meal with their kababayan. Also, who had not enjoyed the refreshing Zumba exercise which followed after breakfast? Many also participated in the parlour games, and jammed with the live band performances.
However, what made the kabayan in Kuwait really felt the essence of the Independence Day was the speech of the guest speaker, H.E. Ambassador Lamberto Monsanto. He inspired everyone to continue being strong as Filipinos for the Philippine nation despite being away from home. We are reminded that we OFWs have the responsibility to uplift the Philippine pride by always aiming for excellence wherever we are.