Thanksgiving Day celebrated with great fanfare

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Manama, Nov. 27 (BNA): A day celebrated with a festive turkey feast commemorated the sturdy thanksgiving observance by Travelers Tribe of Bahrain.


Attended by about 130 people, the celebration was launched with an opening prayer led by Don Aukshun.


According to the organization’s event coordinator, Marlon Arlanza, "the recent thanksgiving celebration was a manifestation of a time-honored tradition designed to foster harmony in our community." 


Travelers Tribe (T2) dwells in unity and showed solidarity in showcasing this important event to our families and friends, he said.


"As a member of the group, we are all depend on each other in ways large or small," Joselito C. Sarmiento, one of the pillars of the organization, said.


"That’s why we give back to those that need it most as we show thanks for this season.  For me, to make good men better is truly a thanksgiving."


Members of T2 mostly Filipino Americans posted at the US Naval Base have been hosting annual Thanksgiving celebration every November since 2013.


Each year’s success culminated their vows of making a difference in the community. 


T2 values are held in a strong principle to assist the community through charitable works in any possible way within the reach of their physical and financial capabilities.


In his speech, Orlando Fontanilla, a staunch supporter of the club, appreciated and recognized the effort of everyone for the success of the event. 


"Thanksgiving is a great time to remember and it’s also a chance to celebrate and express gratitude at work of helping the needy which is the context of existing as an organization," he said.


A plaque of recognition was awarded to Filipino American Association of Bahrain (Fil Am Bahrain) president US Navy Captain Ernan Obellos and Winnair Travel.


Joselito C. Sarmiento, Ponciano Guanlao and Serafin Pascua were also called on stage to recognize their unwavering support and commitment to the group.


T2 President Newlito Lemuel A. Diaz, together with Reynaldo Giron and Marlon Arlanza, presented a certificate of appreciation to the sponsors.


"To all our fellow tribesmen, it was a delightful evening to share with you the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving," he said. 


"Our camaraderie has always been a solid highlighted with the overflowing attendance of our families and friends in the community."


Former presidents of the group Alain Buensuceso, Fermin Garcia and Frederick Asuncion were present.