Kalayaan Ambassador’s Cup registered 28 teams

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Abu Dhabi – A total of 28 teams have registered in the upcoming huge basketball tournament for men and women dubbed ”Kalayaan Ambassador’s Cup” that will open games on June 8.

The Ambassador’s cup is one of the highlight-events of the 120th Philippine Independence Celebration this year in Abu Dhabi, to be chaired by major organizations the Abu Dhabi Guardians Founders Council and United Women’s Ballers Association.

Each participating team represents an accredited organization under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy & member of the Bayanihan Council.

” Players who are not a member to any accredited org can still join any of the teams”, said Lau Guillen, one of the committee chairs.

Registration fee is AED700 and the champion team will win AED 2,000 cash plus trophy.

Every participating team will have a minimum of 15 players and maximum of 20 players and height is 5’9” & below but not more than 5’10”.


Contact Lau 050 164 4826 or  King 055 831 6987, for more info.


Members of the newly formed Abu Dhabi Guardians Founders Council take oath

by Laliebeth Petancio

feature 2.jpgAbu Dhabi – Founders and founding leaders of the nine different factions of Guardians Brotherhood  in Abu Dhabi formed a unified group coined Abu Dhabi Guardians Founders Council (ADGFC) whose role is to serve as a focal advisory for all Guardians organizations in capital. Oath taking ceremony of the members was held last Friday, May 18 at the Philippine Embassy, here.

Not as an organization of founders, but ADGFC is a team of founders representing a Guardians Brotherhood organization that will stand to respond, ordain and promulgate the doctrine under the constitution and by-laws of the Guardians Brotherhood.

Tfeature 6he nine factions casted the Philippines Guardians Brotherhood International Incorporated (PGBI Maharlika Inc.), Global Guardians Brotherhood Alliance Incorporated (GGBAI UAE), Guardians International Central Command Group (GICCG UAE), The Guardians Brotherhood Inc. The Original (TGBI-TO), Guardians Brotherhood Inc. True Blue-Blooded Guardians (GBI TBBGI), Ram Guardians Incorporated Alakdan (RGI ALAKDAN), Philippines Guardians Centennial Force Incorporated (PGCFCI KNIGHTS), Guardians Philippines International Inc. (GPII RAM) and Philippines Guardians Brotherhood Inc. Solid Quality United Action for Development (PGBI 7 SQUAD).

feature 5Members of the council sworn before Philippine Embassy’s Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi in the induction ceremony which was followed by the singing of the Guardians hymn while holding each other’s arms manifesting unity and strength towards a common goal.

Representing the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, Hon. Pangwi shared the message of support with the group and highlighted that the existence of the Guardians Council will further strengthen the unity and the bayanihan spirit amongst every member of all Guardians group and Filipino community in general.

Also present at the ceremony was Bayanihan Council Chairman Engr. Elmer Casao, among other invited guests.

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SOUAE celebrates 5 years, holds oath taking of new leaders

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – About hundred members of the Samahang OFW sa UAE or SOUAE celebrated its 5th founding years last May 11 at Gloria Downtown/Golden Tulip Hotel in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with the oath taking of the 2018-2019 set of officers.

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pangwi01Philippine Embassy’s Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi represented the Ambassador His Excellency Constancio R. Vingno Jr and relayed the message and commendation to the organization.

He has recalled and congratulated the group for being awarded as one of the most performing organization in 2017 recognized by the Bayanihan Council and Philippine Embassy.

The new set of officers lead by President Cielito C. Oclarit sworn before Hon. Pangwi in the induction ceremony with the board of directors of the organization. Their oath of responsibility is also geared towards fulfilling the mission that is focused on doing interest and activity of OFW welfare in an ethical manner and to draw out the integrated
enthusiasm and heroism of every OFW.


The gathering highlighted several fun activities, contests, entertainment and awards that lasted until 11:00 o’clock in the evening.


Mr. & Ms Dress of the Night was awarded to Mr. Rudy Casenello and Ms. Gemma B. Cabangbang, respectively.








Hotel flash deals extended, get as low as AED199

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi –  Extended until 30 September 2018, grab as low as AED 199/net on room rate per night inclusive of all charges (service charge, tourism fee, municipality fee, VAT) at Golden Tulip/Gloria Downtown Hotel in Abu Dhabi valid until May 15.

Complimentary breakfast for single or double occupancy is given plus complimentary use of  business centre.

Please contact Mr Philip Esteves at +971 50 679 1274 or email sm.gtdowntown@flamingohotels.org

See below poster for other details.

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Flash deals on hotel rooms in Abu Dhabi- limited slot till May 15

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – Grab as low as AED 199/net on room rate per night inclusive of all charges (service charge, tourism fee, municipality fee, VAT) at Golden Tulip/Gloria Downtown Hotel in Abu Dhabi valid until May 15.

Complimentary breakfast for single or double occupancy is given plus complimentary use of  business centre.

Please contact Mr Philip Esteves at +971 50 679 1274 or email sm.gtdowntown@flamingohotels.org

See below poster for other details.

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PBC Abu Dhabi ExeCom members inducted

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The newly elected Executive Committee members of the Philippine Business Council – PBC Abu Dhabi for 2018-2020 have sworn before the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr. on May 2, Wednesday which induction ceremony was held at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce Conference Hall in capital.



The Council is led by its Chairman Ms. Deborah Gay Aragon Dayrit, a CEO of several companies in UAE.

Her message provided insights and motivation to Filipino entrepreneurs in Abu Dhabi and as well hopes for genuity of service and dedication among and by the leaders to further strengthen the Filipinos.

‘’Through commitment and genuine desire to bring positive change and innovation to council, all the members of the organizations will work together in order to ensure success of PBC’’, Ms. Dayrit quoted.

Ambassador Vingno in his speech inculcated the principles of advocacy & services and how it differs from doing business. Further, he assured of his support to the Council’s programs in cooperation with his constituents at the Philippine Embassy.

The event was also graced by Labor Attaché Atty. Ophelia Almenario & Asst. Labor Attaché Jay Jasper Javines and PBC co-founder Mr. Jose Tuaño among other guests at the ceremony.with guests and diplomatsFor other events of PBC, please like https://www.facebook.com/PBCAbuDhabi/




SOUAE turns 5 years

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The Samahang OFW sa UAE or SOUAE is turning 5 years and will celebrate anniversary this coming Friday, May 11 at Gloria Downtown/Golden Tulip Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

More than hundred of its members and invited guests will grace the event in conjunction with the Oath taking of the new set of officers for 2018-2019 to be administered by Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr.


In behalf of my fellow officers and members, I would like to thank our Philippine Ambassador  and prestigious guests and visitors for the upcoming 5th founding anniversary celebration”.

”I would like to thank my SOUAE FAMILY for an outstanding efforts, hardships, respect, creativity and their focus towards our plan and dreams as one organization in the success of this anniversary celebration. I love SOUAE”, expressed Cielito Cello Oclarit, SOUAE President.

The gathering will also highlight awarding, fun games and raffle draw.




Shades of Pink – society of Filipino cancer survivors and supporters will be launched in capital

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The Shades of Pink Society, an organization formed by Filipinos who have went through the fights and victories against cancer and also having members dedicated to support the society will be launched with Gala Night this coming Friday, April 27 at Le Meridien Hotel in capital.


A piece of its mission is to raise awareness of the risks of contracting different forms of cancer among Filipino women with the assistance of members who are doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.

Aside from providing cancer patients with moral support, spiritual guidance and uplift their will to aim for survival, the group will help instill the minds of cancer patients that the disease is curable.

Mrs. Gie Drew, an advocate for the cause, founded the organization even before her recent diagnosis of breast cancer.


Mrs Gie Drew

‘’Gusto kong maging aware ang marami that with early detection of cancer it can be prevented and can be cured before it can get worst on someone’’, Mrs Drew said.


‘’Yung may mga cancer na they don’t need to be alone. It is a great help for a cancer patient to have someone they can share with the same experiences’’, she relates her own sentiments and story being one.

At the Gala Night, inspirational messages will be shared by NMC General Manager Major Tom Louis and Consultant Surgical Oncology Dr. Balaji Balasubramanian.

The program will also highlight talks and speeches from invited cancer survivors, like Ms. Elisa Tubil diagnosed of breast cancer among others.

The group has already conducted series of community services such as feeding activity for the distressed overseas Filipinos sheltered at the Philippine Embassy and a monthly medical mission incorporated with Zumba in cooperation with the League of Healthcare Professionals in Abu Dhabi.


New Bayanihan Council Executive officers take oath of office

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The newly elected leaders of the Bayanihan Council Executive Board 2018 – 2019 took the oath of office last April 13, Friday at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi IMG_0705-3
administered by Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi and witnessed by Embassy’s officials headed by Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr.

The board is composed of Chairman Engr. Elmer O. Casao; Ronald R. Precilla (Vice Chairman); Sheryl A. Palacios-Manalo (Secretary); Emma W. Sentones (Tresurer); Engr. Alvin Ruiz Jr. (Auditor); Eldie S. Tadalan (Asst. Secretary); Engr. Analiza Binondo (Asst. Treasurer); Woderick M. Pareja (Asst. Auditor); Gerald P. Ignacio ( Sgt. At Arms) and Directors Ms. Miriam P. Sergio, Valentin T. Samonte Jr., Erick Michael A. Paguia, Albert S. Sabado, Marvin P. Espiritu & Chona Catherine S. Bernabe.

Prior to the formalities, outgoing Chairman Engr. Jeffrey Uy extended his grateful appreciation to the members of the board during his term and fast tracking the major accomplishments of the council. It has included even the recently held Constitutional review that kick-offed in December and came the election of officers and hand-over activity last month.


Outgoing chairman Engr. Jeffrey Uy

“Today, we will witness the oath taking or pledge of commitment of the new set of officers. This is not an easy task, rather it is a challenging task but let us convert this challenging task to an opportunity to grow”, expressed Engr. Uy at the gathering.

“As long as you are committed, and you work together as a team then you will succeed as
a team. Just remain focused, united and committed”, he added quoting that the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino community are always there to support.


Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr.


Hon. Constancio R. Vingno Jr., keynote speaker at the ceremony commenced his talk with acknowledging the presence and support of his constituents and recognizing the great achievements of the Bayanihan Council from 2016 to 2018.


“I have witnessed the Philippine spirit of bayanihan, the collective and collaborative spirit of almost a heroism – an element that binds us all Filipinos together”, expressed Ambassador Vingno as he was referring to the volunteerism, initiative and efforts of the leaders and members of the council by promoting the activities of all Filipino organizations.

Further he has mentioned the benefit of having the umbrella organization such that it became a channel for fostering continuous and effective communication between and amongst the Council’s leaders and members.

Moving on in relation to the oath taking, the envoy has stressed the importance of commitment and leadership.

“By hand taken that position, you have accepted the responsibilities and the mission & vision of the organization for which you cannot go astray from”, he said adding that the success of any organization will depend on how leaders subscribe to the mission and vision that they have submitted for.

Ambassador Vingno has addressed his concluding statement to all community leader by applauding their contribution in the fulfillment of the advocacy of the Philippine Embassy and the support given to kababayans in the UAE.

Also highlighted in the morning’s program apart from the oath taking ceremony was the
turnover of responsibilities by a plaque from outgoing Chairman Jeffrey Uy to current Chairman Elmer Casao that followed speech of acceptance.


Newly elected Bayanihan Council Chairman Engr. Elmer O. Casao

“There will always be challenges in reaching greater heights and success but there is nothing that we can’t surpass, accomplish and achieve if we at all times are united and work as one team”, stressed Engr. Elmer Casao with the belief and confidence that the Bayanihan Council can go a higher level in reaching out the overseas Filipinos.





Newly elected members of the Bayanihan Council Executive Committee for 2018-2019 with Ambassador Constancio R. Vingno Jr (middle); Vice Consuls Von Ryan Pangwi, Vice Consul Atty,  Anna Guerra, Labor Attache Atty. Ophelia Almenario and Asst Labor Attache Jay Jasper Javines

Joemar Licanda shines as Al Breem Videoke challenge winner

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi  – Out of the ten contenders of Al Breem Videoke singing competition held last Thursday, April 19, Joemar Licanda made it to the spot as winner and finalist of the battle which grand finals will be held May 3 at Al Nakheel Hotel Apartments in Abu Dhabi.

IMG_0626-4The 29-year old former vocalist at Muzikk Avenue band tried his luck in the competition and treated his friends a Thursday music bonding . He sang the Air Supply’s Now and Forever for the slow/mellow round and he rock with the audience on his “I Want to Break Free” by Queen garnering him the dashing score of 94.

” Di ko po inasahan na isa po ako sa napili na makaabut sa grand finals. Kaya salamat po talaga unang una kay Lord at sa buong management and staff  ng Al Breem Restaurant at sa lahat po ng sumali sa karaoke challenge good luck po saten sa grand finals”, grateful Joemar.

The singing contest was judged according to the criteria voice quality (30%; Ryhtm & tempo (25%); vocal expression (15%); Videoke score (15%) and entertainment value/audience impact (15%).

The other six (6) winners of the night’s elimination who will also join the finale are John Michael Nacalaban, Leonard ramos, Francis Saribo, Michael Saribo, Jones Adarna and Eds Buenaventura.


The finalists of the Al Breem Videoke Challenge with challenger Joemar Licanda  (3rd from left) and other six finalists with Al Nakheel Hotel Apartments General Manager Mr. Ghassan Nehme (leftmost); judge Mr. Philip Esteves Jr.  (2nd from left) host Odessa Bonifacio (rightmost).

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