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PICE Qatar 16th Foundation Day: A Day of Memories, Fun, and Exciting Games

By: Engr. Dave G. Sanchez

(Seating on the chair from L-R) Philippine Embassy Doha Cultural Officer Camille Christine Joy Manlapaz, Vice Consul Jeffrey Batac, Hon. Ambassador Lillibeth Pono, PICE Qatar President Elvin Fajutagana, PICE Qatar Founding President Roy Baquiran, Philippine Professional Organization Qatar Chairperson Marvin Tejada together with PICE Qatar Officers and members.

Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar came alive with the vibrant celebrations of PICE Qatar's 16th Foundation Day on May 26, 2023. The event, which brought together PICE Qatar members, officers, and their families, was a delightful blend of nostalgia, camaraderie, and exciting games.

The foundation day celebration served as a memorable occasion for PICE Qatar to reflect on its journey over the past 16 years. The organization has been instrumental in bringing together Filipino civil engineers in Qatar, fostering professional development, and contributing to the development of the engineering industry in both Qatar and the Philippines.

In his opening remarks, PICE Qatar's President Engr. Elvin Fajutagana extended a hearty welcome. He emphasized the work of the Chapters' Founding Members and Presidents for staying with the Organization to this day. They taught us that we should all be united; after 16 years of mutual understanding and respect for one another, we stayed bonded and understood that we are all the same in this organization as PICE Qatar members. Another message from PICE Qatar Chapter President Engr. Roy Baquiran reflects on the Chapter's formation, which began in 2007 on the rooftop of his house with 25 founding members.

The highlight of the celebration was the presence of two esteemed guests who graced the occasion with their wisdom and words of encouragement. Ms. Cherry Rhose Cureg, representing the Department of Migrant Workers, shared her insights on the vital role that overseas Filipino worker, particularly engineers, play in Qatar's development. She emphasized the importance of unity, brotherhood and support within the Filipino community, especially in times of challenges and uncertainties.

Her Excellency Ambassador Lillibeth Pono from the Philippine Embassy to Doha also delivered a heartfelt message, acknowledging the dedication and hard work of PICE Qatar in promoting the interests of Filipino engineers in Qatar. She commended the organization for its continuous efforts in upholding professionalism, excellence, and camaraderie among its members.

The event further captivated the attendees with an array of fun-filled activities and exciting games. The Qatar Bowling Center provided the perfect setting for friendly competitions among the participants. Laughter and cheers echoed through the lanes as PICE Qatar members, officers, and their families enthusiastically showcased their sportsmanship skills. It was an opportunity for everyone to bond, create new memories, and strengthen the already close-knit PICE Qatar community.

As the day progressed, participants engaged in various games and challenges that further added to the excitement and camaraderie. From thrilling table tennis games to focused minded billiards & darts, brain teasing Chess & extra speed hands for table football, the event fostered a spirit of friendly competition and teamwork.

The 16th Foundation Day celebration not only served as a platform for reflection and enjoyment but also as an avenue for PICE Qatar to express its gratitude to its members and officers for their unwavering support. Through their commitment and dedication, PICE Qatar has been able to achieve significant milestones and make a positive impact in the lives of Filipino civil engineers in Qatar.

The event concluded with a closing ceremony that included expressions of appreciation for everyone who contributed to the success of the celebration.

PICE Qatar's 16th Foundation Day celebration at Qatar Bowling Center Doha marked a significant milestone in the organization's journey. It was a day filled with cherished memories, laughter, and exciting games, all contributing to the strengthening of the bond among PICE Qatar members, officers, and their families. The presence of esteemed guests added further significance, reminding everyone of the vital role that Filipino engineers play in Qatar's development and the importance of unity within the community.

As PICE Qatar looks to the future, this foundation day celebration serves as a reminder of its commitment to excellence, professionalism, and camaraderie. With each passing year, the organization continues to evolve, creating more opportunities for its members and contributing to the growth of the engineering industry in Qatar and the Philippines.

PICE Qatar Chapter members and officers together with Department of Migrant Workers Office Representative Ms. Cherry Rhose Cureg (seating in the middle on yellow dress)



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