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Qabayan Radio Holds Its First Virtual Poster-Making Competition

The Philippines celebrated its 122nd Independence Day last Friday, June 12, and in celebration of this, Qabayan Radio 94.3 – the first and only Filipino radio station in Qatar – organized its first ever virtual poster-making contest, sponsored by Vodafone Qatar.

This year's commemoration of this historic event for Filipinos may be quite different from the usual tradition and practices, but Qabayan Radio wanted to make sure that despite the pandemic that the world has been facing, they still keep the spirit of unity, nationalism, and freedom by 1) continuing to ignite the spirit of Philippine Independence among the Filipino residents in Qatar even with the coronavirus-related restrictions at present, 2) providing an art skills-enhancement platform for Filipino students in the country and to showcase the talents of the Filipino youth in general, and 3) expressing the nationalism of Filipinos through art and waving the Philippine flag in online platforms. Moreover, the theme of the contest was "Philippine Independence: Virtues to Emulate Amidst the Pandemic," therefore, the artworks revolved around the Filipinos' idea of the true meaning and value of independence and how it can be radiated amidst the challenges brought about by COVID-19.

The Board of Judges consisted of Labor Attache David Des Dicang from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; Ms. Con Festin from Vodafone Qatar; and Mr. Michael Conjusta, a Filipino Visual Artist in Qatar who draws using different mediums like charcoal, pastel, water color, oil, acrylic, coffee, and many others. The criteria that the panel followed was based on 50% appearance and 50% message or content.

The Philippine Independence Day Poster-Making Competition was held through Zoom and was broadcasted live on Qabayan Radio's official Facebook account, and was taken part by 26 Filipino student contestants in Qatar who were passionate about art. Parents, guardians, and even online spectators were also very supportive of the children. Generally, this initiative garnered positive responses from the participants and the audiences.

In the end, Kevin Christian Coquilla from Philippine School Doha placed third and won QR500; Marian Love Francia from Philippine International School Qatar emerged as the second placer with QR1000; and Rogsh Emmanuel Garcia from Philippine School Doha won first place with QR1500.

Qabayan Radio congratulates all winners and participants, and extends its heartfelt gratitude to all the contestants and their parents, as well as to the judges, supporters, and its generous sponsor, Vodafone Qatar.


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