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Migrante Pier captures 1st prize in online Christmas carol contest

22 December 2020

 By The SUN 

Migrante Pier cops first prize in Filcom's first online caroling contest 

Filipino migrant workers who are unable to gather for street parties or traditional merrymaking this holiday season due to coronavirus-triggered social distancing rules have found a sophisticated way to push their events – by going online. 

That was the option Filipino Migrant Workers Union took when it successfully staged its annual caroling contest last weekend.

Only four workers’ groups took part in the contest, the first to be held via the Internet, as anti-pandemic restrictions were keeping foreign domestic helpers from going to their  favorite hang-outs on their day off.

Dahil po nagka-social distancing ng dalawang katao lang, at mostly mga members ng mga organizations ay hindi na nakakalabas kaya nagkaroon ng limitasyon ang pagsali nila,” said Bing Yungco, chair of FMWU Chater Road Chapter, which staged the event.

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(“Because of social distancing and the two persons per group protocol, most organization members had been unable to go out, thus limiting the number of participants.”)

The competition was declared open on Nov 25. Contestants were required to submit videos of their Christmas caroling entries no later than Dec 13.

The winners were judged based on their video entries on Dec 18 on the following criteria: voice quality (50%), stage presence or performance (20%), costume (20%) and social media impact (10%).

The videos were emailed to the judges, Lita Licudine from Creative Eyes, Vir B. Lumicao from The Sun Hong Kong, and Rey Asis from the Asia-Pacific Mission for Migrants, who returned their judgments on Dec 18. Tess Aquino was the adjudicator.

The first place winner was Migrante Pier. The second place went to Mission Movers Hong Kong, and FMWU- City Hall was third.

In the special prizes category, Migrante Pier was adjudged best in choreography, while FMWU- City Hall and Migrante Pier shared the best in costume award.

Movers takes second place

Mission Movers HK captured the best in social media impact award, whose selection was done by supporters who voted by viewing and liking the contestants’ videos on Facebook.                                                                   .

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This Sunday, the prizes will be delivered to the winners by members of the four chapters of FMWU, said Yungco, who thanked all supporters and sponsors for the successful event.

“To the organizations that participated to make this event happen this year, we thank you. Even if we are in the midst of the pandemic, we were able to continue the Christmas tradition of FMWU- CRC that started more than a decade ago. We are truly grateful,” the 25-member group said.

Here are the links to the winning entries:


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