It was on a bright Sunday morning on the 3rd of April when the Bayanihan Walk 2016 was held. Volunteers from different Filipino and Singaporean organizations gave their support and joined in this charity walk for the benefit of the Bayanihan Center and for other beneficiaries selected. Ambassador Morales and the full staff of the Philippine Embassy came to attend the event as well.
SAMA has been taking part in this event since the first walk in 2015. Same as last year, SAMA took part by handling the event’s registration.
Below are the event highlights in photos. You can click the photos to see it in larger format.
We were quite busy during the registration itself. First line for buying the tickets or claiming group tickets. This was taken care of by the Bayanihan Center staff. Then the next three lines were for registration on disclaimer forms and claiming of shirts (for ticket holders) and water bottle.
Before the walk started, the participants did a few minutes warm-up to condition the body for the walk-ercise. The warm-up moves were led by the Filipino Dragons Singapore (FDS).
With the warm-up done and all their gears ready and armed with water bottle/s, the walk started at approximately 0930h.
After the walk, the participants who are ticket holders also were given a goodie (string) bag with lots of goodies inside from the different event sponsors. We also found some biscuits and cookies in there to replenish the energy after the walk.
The event didn’t end after the walk. The participants, visitors and volunteers were treated to a variety of shows hosted by the talents of Morpheus Hub Events and Productions (MHEP). For the ticket holders, a raffle was also held in between presentations of the talents.
Our own Mr. Rico won a portable and rechargeable mini-fridge. (Photo courtesy of MHEP)
The show ended around 2pm after all the sponsors and volunteers were acknowledged and were given respective certificates. All in all, it was a great event and time well spent in the weekend.
Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) 2016 starts today in Singapore. The Philippine Embassy has opened it’s doors to registered overseas Filipino voters from today until 9th May to cast their votes for the Philippine elections. The Philippines will elect her President, Vice President, 12 Senators and a Party List Representative.
About one month before the event, the embassy informed the various FilCom organizations for their interest to be accredited as volunteers for COMELEC for this event. SAMA submitted a number of volunteers from our ranks and was eventually granted accreditation after the review.
Today, the right to vote has officially started with a simple opening ceremony in the Philippine Embassy led by Ambassador Morales.
Check here if you have registered and is eligible to vote via OAV in SG. If you are, here is a “Voting 101” guide for you. Here is also a short video on how to vote using the Voting Counting Machine (VCM).
The facebook page of the Philippine Embassy posted this photo to show the simple steps to follow when you cast your vote.
More information can be gathered from the embassy’s website.
A couple of our SAMA representatives are there today to cast their own votes and to see how the process works (and share with the rest of our volunteers).
SAMA will be volunteering every Sunday starting 10th April. Look out for us in our signature SAMA shirts. See you there!
Be part of history. Go out and vote!
SAMA has completed its first seminar series for 2016: Goal Setting this 2nd of April. Our guest speaker was Pastor Ramon Alingalan. It was attended by a number of our alumni with their friends and families. The seminar was held in AIA Alexandra building which was arranged by our Sec-Rochelle. We were also graced by our partner sponsors SMDC-Team KMAC represented by Ms. Kaye herself and BDO representative Mr. Lucas.
The program arrangement and hosting was done by our IVP-Vhines and welcoming talk and introduction of our guest speaker by our EVP-Shaun.
Our guest speaker, Pastor Ramon Alingalan.
Guest speaker Paster Ramon Alingalan
Some of the presentation slides worth noting…
A GOAL without a PLAN is just a WISH
Make S.M.A.R.T. goals
After the workshop, SAMA awarded Pr. Alingalan a Plaque of Appreciation for his time and effort in doing the workshop with us.
Plaque of Appreciation
Reading the inscriptions…
Handed by Pres-Edwin
Group pictures were taken which drew the seminar to a close…
Thank you for coming and we hope to see more of you in our next seminar series this 2016.