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May 29, 2009

Pinoys mobilize to tidy up expats’ favorite gathering place in Riyadh
RONALDO CONCHA, GMANews.TV05/29/2009 09:50 PM

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Filipinos in Riyadh are mobilizing to clean up Al-Batha, a center in the Saudi capital that is a favorite gathering and shopping area for expatriates.Lowell Plameras, managing director of the project, said the cleanup drive is scheduled for June 5.

He said the idea of the drive came from his friends Alex Ignacio and Nomer Cuartero, who wanted to partake in the cleanup efforts of the Saudi government.“Masayang-masaya ang mga taga Islamic Center nang amin itong ipaalam dahil sa napakaganda ng layunin nito at sinabi din nila na ito ay kauna unahan na isinagawa ng ibang nasyonal," said Plameras drive.

[The Islamic Center was delighted after learning of our intentions. They said that no other nationalities ever attempted to do this.]Plamares invited all the Filipinos in the area to lend a hand.

“I am inviting our fellow Filipinos in Riyadh to partake in this momentous occasion. Let us help Saudi Arabia maintain its clean surroundings. As visitors in this country, it is our job to help them because we would be the ones to benefit from it in the end," he said.

The cleanup drive will be done in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, Philippine Overseas Labor Office, Filipino organizations in Riyadh, Pinoy Supermarket Bakeshop and Restaurant, the Al-Batha Islamic Center, and Western Union.

“Nakakataba ng puso dahil agad na nagbigay ng suporta ang Western Union kaya mas lalong napadali at napabilis ang aming pagsisikap na maisakatuparan ito," said Plameras.

[We are grateful to Western Union for helping us push through with the event]Officials of the Philippine Embassy led by Ambassador Antonio Villamor and Labor Attache Resty Dela Fuente, of the Islamic Center, and of the Al-Malaza Municipality in Al-Batha are also expected to attend the drive. - With Kimberly Jane Tan, GMANews.TV

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