As the much-awaited Bayanihan Festival 2017 draws near, the FilClub being the umbrella organization of all Filipino Community in Dubai and Northern Emirates, held its first General Meeting at Fiesta Pinoy on 27th September 2017. The meeting was presided by FilClub Chairman, Engr. Maria Fe “Tata” Dayot and Vice Chairman Ericson Reyes Co, with the patronage of the Philippine Consulate General graced by Vice Consul Marianne Bringas and Vice Consul Elizabeth Ramos.
The Bayanihan Festival 2017, which will be held on 15th December 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Center, is the community’s celebration of Christmas and UAE National Day.
The call for volunteerism and active participation from FilClub has been generously answered by Filipino Community Organizations, who expressed tremendous support and offered their services and expertise. The Filipino leaders that represented their respective organizations will be handling the committees and will make sure that the upcoming Bayanihan Festival 2017 event will be a great success. This act of volunteerism, we call Bayanihan, is truly alive and well among Filipinos in the UAE.
Various representatives from media, bloggers, vloggers, sponsors and members of different Filipino organizations, also came to take part and lend a hand to assist in promoting the event especially on social media.
In this meeting, the plans were laid out and discussed such as: Program Activities, Assigned Tasks to Committees and Volunteers, Target Plan and Action, Regular Meetings and Schedules, Marketing & Promotions, Sponsorship Referrals, Designs for Souvenir Magazine, Budget and other important matters.
The meeting lasted for 3 hours ending with rallying support and excitement for the upcoming event. Participants were encouraged to invite the entire Filipino Community to attend in what is planned to be the biggest and grandest event of the Filipino Community in Dubai this December. Their messages had been recorded in video and will be posted on FilClub Dubai & Northern Emirates Facebook Page.
It was truly a fruitful first general meeting with people sharing the same purpose and passion – to volunteer, contribute and serve the Filipino Community. That in itself is a positive and highly promising indication of what is yet to come.