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Christmas celebration for Filipinos will be held in Taoyuan this coming Sunday

This coming Sunday (Dec.8)- The Philippine representative office will host a Christmas celebration in Taoyuan.  It was made to spread the good vibes for Filipinos in Taiwan.  There will be a raffle and prizes given, cultural presentations, and a performance of one special and popular guest thatnwill be present from the Philippines.

Sabrina Aaron, director of the assistance to nationals section and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office  said that the event was titled "2019 Filipino Christmas: The Spirit of Christmas" held at Taoyuan City government square with the aim of sharing the joy of Christmas on which it is an important festival for Filipinos.

With more than 1500 people expected to attend the celebration, one of its highlights is the battle of the most beautiful star known in the Philippines as the Parol.  From the 50 entries that filed their parole work last Nov.  22, ten of them will be selected by the judges.

According to Aaron, their office found it difficult to select ten works of lanterns because they were all so beautiful and wonderful.  She added that the lantern is one of the most popular cultural presentations and decorations in the Philippines, as it symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem who guided the three mago king to see the place and visit the birth of Jesus.

According to the CNA report, it is said that before september the Philippines has already decorated its Christmas tree and is beginning to countdown before Christmas day.  It is such a joy to celebrate Christmas.

According to Aaron, most Filipinos are Christians, 80% of whom are identified as Catholics.

Another highlight of the event was the presentation of famous Filipino singer and songwriter Daryl Ong who met after taking part in a reality singing competition The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 last Oct.  26, 2014 and ended March 1, 2015. Ong will be performed as a special celebrity guest for Filipino workers working in Taiwan.

Aaron told the CNA that the event was intended to provide fun and recreation to hardworking Filipino workers.  And they also want to ease the feeling of the workers when they feel homesick and mainly make Filipino workers feel like they are celebrating Christmas in the Philippines as well.

According to statistics released by the Ministry of Labor which is still valid until October, there are 157,030 Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan.  They make up the third largest group of migrant workers in the country after Vietnam and Indonesia.

There will also be raffles to be held at the Christmas celebration, this is according to the event's promotional materials.


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