The Philippine Embassy in Israel Begins the Christmas Season with its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Philippine Embassy in Israel Begins the Christmas Season with its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

 

 04 December 2016, Tel Aviv, State of Israel – The Philippine Embassy in Israel begins the Christmas Season with its annual Christmas tree ceremony held at the Terra Sancta School in Tel Aviv-Jaffa on 03 December 2016.

 

 Ambassador Neal Imperial gave his remarks before a crowd of 200 members of the Filipino community, members of the clergy including Filipino nuns and priests from different congregations, Israeli guests, and friends of the Embassy who gathered for such joyful celebration. Fr. Michael Grospe, Director of the Our Lady Woman of Valor Pastoral Center, delivered his Christmas message.

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(R-L): Ambassador Neal Imperial leads the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, together with Fr. Carlos Santos,

Ms. Grace Cardenas and Mr. Winston Santos, Filipino community leaders in Israel

 


The lighting of the Christmas tree was followed by a choral group competition wherein 4 groups showcased popular Christmas carols. The Jerusalem Angels Choir of the Good Shepherd Filipino Catholic Community bagged the top prize, followed by the St. Francis Choir (1st runner-up), and the Singing Food Committee (2nd runner up) . The parol-making contest, which highlighted Filipinos’ ingenuity and creativity through the recycled materials used by the contestants, had nine (9) from various Filipino organizations. The Association of Igorot Migrant Workers in Israel won 1st prize, followed by the Israel OFW Association for the 2nd prize and Samahang Ilocano Kabagis Holyland for the 3rd prize.

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The Jerusalem Angels Choir of the Good Shepherd Filipino Catholic Community (top) and the Association of Igorot Migrant Workers in Israel(bottom) win the choral group competition and the Parol-making contest respectively

 

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E-FORCE kids during their performance at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony