GEMS tops Pinoy play contest at Jeddah consulate

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Consul General Leo Tito Ausan Jr. joins community members for a souvenir picture. (Photo courtesy of Richard Nicolasora)

Al Dura GEMS International school has topped the “Likhadula” play competition among Filipino schools in Jeddah, which was held Friday at the Philippine Consulate General as part of the annual OFW Month celebration.

GEMS bested three other schools with its entry “NFA Rice,” which dealt with issues surrounding the Philippines’ controversial National Food Authority, an agency created to ensure stable rice supply in the country, but which had been accused of abetting rice smuggling and corruption.

For garnering the Best Play award, the school received a SAR5,000 cash prize plus SAR1,000 worth of vouchers with trophy from Sarawat Superstore.

Durat AI Sharq International School (DASIS) took second place for its “Medalya” (Medal) entry, followed by Bader International School (BIS) for its entry “Ang Mga Sundalo ng Pamilya at Tahanan” (Soldiers of the Family and Home) and the International Philippine School in Jeddah (IPSJ), “Buhay Saudi” (Life in Saudi Arabia).

The three other winners also received cash prizes and vouchers from Sarawat Superstore.

The following awards were likewise given out: Best Director - Ariel S. Javier, “NFA Rice”, GEMS; 2nd Best Director - Alman B. Arabain, “Medalya”, DASIS; Best Actor, Johnron Macapagal, “Medalya”, DASIS; 2nd Best Actor, Hordy C. Mojica, “NFA Rice”, GEMS; Best Actress, Madelaine I. Cruza, “NFA Rice”, GEMS; and 2nd Best Actress, Paola Reyes, “NFA Rice”, GEMS.

“Likhadula” was a one-act play festival featuring original plays written by students, revolving around the central theme, “Ang tunay na bagong bayani ay ang OFW at ang kaniyang mag-anak na hindi natitinag kahit magkalayo (The real novel hero of our time is the overseas Filipino worker and his family that never gives up even though they’re apart).”

In his remarks during Friday’s gathering attended by hundreds of members of the Filipino community in Jeddah and nearby places, Consul General Leo Tito Ausan Jr. said that aside from giving honor to Filipinos overseas, the event also aimed to instill in the minds of Filipino students in Jeddah the important role of overseas Filipinos in nation-building, not only at home but also abroad.

The awards were handed out the next day in a ceremony hosted by Mar Par of Astig OFWCC and Hana Miranda, while the FAME Filipino Artistry Migrants Ensembles provided entertainment.


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