Saturday, February 23, 2019

Aug 08 18, 9:19 am

Dubai hosts car-free day today

Dubai Municipality is urging motorists to refrain from using their cars today, February 24, and use public modes of transportation instead as part of the 10th edition of UAE Car Free Day. Residents are encouraged to walk, use bicycles, or take public transportation in...

These main highways in UAE remain closed until Feb. 24

The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) posted a public announcement on their social media account regarding a partial road closure that will be observed until today, February 24. The said road closure of Abu Dhabi - Al Ain Road (E22), E11 towards Ghweifat started...

LOOK: Rare animal spotted in Abu Dhabi for the first time in 35 years

A rare creature called Arabian Caracal was spotted in Abu Dhabi for the first time in 35 years. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) said that the Arabian Caracal (Caracal schmitzi) sighting in Jebel Hafeet National Park in Al Ain was recorded earlier this month....

LOOK: Dubai to have its version of New York’s Central Park soon

Dubai-based holding company Meraas has announced its plans to bring a slice of New York to the emirate of Dubai by creating its own version of the famous Central Park. Dubai's Central Park at City Walk, which is expected to measure 230,000 square meters, will include...

Filipino hailed as the top winner of the 5th International Competition of Arts and Culture 2018

by | Feature

Once again, the Philippines has proven its worth in the international scene as a Filipino grabbed the top prize at the recently held 5th International Competition of Arts and Culture 2018! Clem Marnel Burgos, a 4th year Mass Communication Student from Central Philippine University in Iloilo travelled all the way to Armenia to compete at the competition organized by the World Association of Performing Arts (WAPA).

From Nursing to Acting

Before Burgos got into theatre arts, he graduated with a degree in Nursing and managed to pass the Nursing Licensure exam years ago. After practicing his profession for 3 years, he had to resign in 2016 to focus on his studies for his second course. “I am a self-supporting student, working part time as an online English Tutor in order to pay for my tuition. I had an agreement with my Dad and Mom that I will graduate Masscom without them spending any cent for my tuition. Nursing was something I did for my parents but Masscom was something I did for myself,” shares Burgos.

Being exposed in stage performances as early as 14 years of age, it wasn’t until 2016 when Burgos finally began formal training with Iloilo Prima Galaw, a premier theatre group based in Iloilo. “Iloilo Prima Galaw with the joint effort of our director Sir Romie John Delariarte and my mentor Goria “Mamu” Aguiling, my talent was polished. Both taught me to keep in touch with my past for raw emotions,” said Burgos.

Journey to Armenia

Fast forward to the present, Burgos incidentally stumbled upon a post about the International Performing Arts Competition and just tried to send an application to see if he qualifies. “I sent an application form expressing my interest to join the competition. I was also asked to send videos of my previous stage performances in order for them to see what my background is. It was just a week before the competition that I have learned that I was the only delegate from the Philippines,” explains Burgos.

However, not everything was smooth sailing as he struggled mainly with finances and a mishap on the day of the event. “My barkada, close friends, batchmates and people who never stopped believing in my capacity. God sent them as my angels to allow me to “fly” to Armenia. On the day of the event, the driver took me to another venue – probably due to miscommunication. I found myself walking through the streets of Armenia looking like a beggar or a mentally ill patient because of how I looked in full make up. Good thing, God still provided me a good samaritan through an Armenian native who helped me ride a taxi and bring me to the right venue,” shares Burgos.

Worldwide Competition and Recognition

Besting 44 other competitors from 12 countries around the globe, Burgos claimed the top spot at the competition to be not only the first Filipino to compete, but also the first Filipino to ever with the top prize to date! “It was so heartwarming to receive praises from other nationalities

(judges) especially introducing what Filipino talent is. I know there are far more talented Filipinos than me but at least in my own way, I was able to embark something for our country which other nationalities embraced with open arms,” said Burgos.
Burgos’ final advice to those who wish to carve their own path was to persist and believe in themselves and God: “Never give up. Sometimes, it is not just having faith but by having conviction of that faith. Walk by faith and not by sight. No doubts. No fears. Just a child-like faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ and He will guide you and propel you to greater heights. Always be grateful to everyone and to God.” –

Jobs

Editors Choice

Mandatory SSS for OFWs

Mandatory SSS for OFWs

'Hindi siya ganung kalaki – nag e-earn tayo ng dirhams dito so mas madaling mag-contribute compared sa mga nasa Pilipinas who are earning less' DUBAI: For the first time in years, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be required to make regular payments to the...

Filipinos now included in Argentina’s easy visa access system

Filipinos now included in Argentina’s easy visa access system

The Argentine government has included the Philippines among a group of selected countries that may avail of easier access to Argentine visa, the Philippine Embassy in Buenos Aires said Wednesday. The South American nation released Resolution 33/2019 dated February 12,...

Duterte signs law creating Philippine Sports Training Center

Duterte signs law creating Philippine Sports Training Center

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law establishing a state-of-the-art and highly-scientific sports complex to be known as the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC). Republic Act No. 11214 otherwise known as Philippine Sports Training Center Act signed by...

Dubai hosts car-free day today

Dubai Municipality is urging motorists to refrain from using their cars today, February 24, and use public modes of transportation instead as part of the 10th edition of UAE Car Free Day. Residents are encouraged to walk, use bicycles, or take public transportation in...

These main highways in UAE remain closed until Feb. 24

The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) posted a public announcement on their social media account regarding a partial road closure that will be observed until today, February 24. The said road closure of Abu Dhabi - Al Ain Road (E22), E11 towards Ghweifat started...

Recent posts

We listed over 1,000,000 jobs from United Arab Emirates monthly.

Accomodation option available in the market.

Latest News
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter and never miss a thing. No spam. Only hand-picked trending news.

THE FILIPINO TIMES is the biggest and most trusted Filipino newspaper in the UAE.

It has a print run of 60,000 copies and 250,000 readership per week; bolstered by 1 million visitors to its website every month. It also has an e-newsletter sent to its 250,000 subscribers every day.

The Filipino Times is FREE and has the widest targeted circulation across the 7 emirates of the UAE.

With more than 2,500 strategic distribution spots, TFT is available where the Filipinos are - at Smart Bus Shelters, Metro Stations, restaurants, supermarkets, schools, airport lounges, Emirates and Etihad Philippine-bound flights, churches, Filipino community events and many more.

THE FILIPINO TIMES. We are where the Filipinos are.

FOLLOW US

SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER

THE FILIPINO TIMES is the biggest and most trusted Filipino newspaper in the UAE.

It has a print run of 60,000 copies and 250,000 readership per week; bolstered by 1 million visitors to its website every month. It also has an e-newsletter sent to its 250,000 subscribers every day.

The Filipino Times is FREE and has the widest targeted circulation across the 7 emirates of the UAE.

With more than 2,500 strategic distribution spots, TFT is available where the Filipinos are - at Smart Bus Shelters, Metro Stations, restaurants, supermarkets, schools, airport lounges, Emirates and Etihad Philippine-bound flights, churches, Filipino community events and many more.

THE FILIPINO TIMES. We are where the Filipinos are.

FOLLOW US

SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER

© 2018 The Filipino Times. All rights reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

More in Feature
Young OFW fulfills career dreams of working in UAE for her family
Published On  August 7, 2018
OFW in the UAE: The hardest part of coming home
Published On  August 7, 2018
Filipina shares her job-hunting experience in Dubai
Published On  August 7, 2018
Close