Filipino students snatch spotlight in cultural show in Thailand


PATHUM THANI, Thailand – Filipino students at Asian Institute of Technology in Pathum Thani, Thailand have continued to make a remarkable presence in their bi-annual cultural show by besting other countries in the different contest categories on Friday, September 13, 2019.

The group of students snatched away the championship trophies and the crown for the drama, fashion show, and Mr. AIT beauty pageant respectively. Meanwhile, the group bagged the 1st Runner-Up titles for both group singing and spoken poetry. The Philippine’ representative for Miss AIT beauty pageant clinched the Best in National Costume award.

For the past two semesters, the AIT Filipino Students Association (AFSA) comprising 25 students from the Philippines, was named Over-all Champion in the same event. There was no declaration of over-all winners this term.

Following their recent victory, AFSA took to Facebook to thank Philippine Embassy in Bangkok, WDL Structural Engineering Consultancy and Post-Tensioning Services, AIT Alumni Association, AIT Filipino Community (FILA), Krungsri Western Union, the Student Union Culture and Gender Committee, their family and friends for their assistance.

“The participation in this event will not be possible without the sponsors who wholeheartedly helped along the journey,” the post said.

In an online interview, Miss Camella Anne Arellano, the current association president, said winning was a product of a solid team effort.

“We only prepared for roughly two weeks this term which is too short compared to the usual one month preparation, but it’s the group’s commitment to give our best to be able to raise our flag the best way we could is our ticket to victory,” Ms. Arellano told Pinoy Legacy.

“Our strong faith in God, as we always invoke His guidance in everything that we do, also makes a big difference,” she added.

The Filipino dream team bested the students  coming from Thailand, Nepal, China, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the Pacific Islands.

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Lorenzo is a full time English Language Teacher to high school students in Phitsanulok. He reads and travels for self-enrichment. He also writes at where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.