Phitsanulok, Thailand – As the break of dawn slowly manifested itself in the morning of June 11, members of P’lok Pinoyz, the Filipino community in Phitsanulok and neighboring provinces, headed straight to Chaloem Phra Kiat Garden to commemorate the 119th Philippine Independence Day with a theme “Run for fun, Run for health, Run for peace.”
The event kicked off at 6 a.m. with an opening prayer led by former P’lok Pinoyz president Lorenzo Caballes, followed by Ms. Fe Doysabas-Mamba who delivered her own version of the Philippine national anthem. After which, current President of P’lok Pinoyz Art Lunaria greeted and welcomed all the participants.
Not only Filipinos in Phitsanulok, Phichit, Sukothai and a representative from Bangkok celebrated the fun. Norwegian national Olaug Hauge Norheim, the only non-Filipino who joined the event, even won the gold in the female category of 5k fun run.
“It was such a joyous, smooth and well-organized moment, Saint Nicholas Church Foreign Community representative Shareen Barlomento told Pinoy Legacy. “Those who participated showed sportsmanship. Needless to say it was a success,” Barlomento added
New comer to Thailand Jerome Gabas also appreciated the event. “It was fun and enjoyable. Everyone was competitive but the sportsmanship was never lost,” he said.
While others were busy stretching and flexing their muscles, some of the community members prepared breakfast such as arozcaldo, ginataan, puto and other Pinoy favorites for everyone to enjoy.
“We invited people to sell something so they can earn something on the side,” said P’lok Pinoyz treasurer Baby Jane Talagtag.
Members of the community had also nothing but good words for the officers who organized the event. “Congratulations to the officers who did everything they could to make the event even more successful,” said Reuben Granada Galon, a teacher in Bangkok.
‘Kudos to the president, officers as well as to Miss Letty Comeros! You guys did an amazing job,” quipped former P’lok Pinoyz president Leah Doysabas.
Before the event concluded, Don Imbon, Vice President of the Filipino community in Phitsanulok, thanked all participants who attended despite their busy schedules.
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