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“As a result of the advancing technology and pervasive global competition, we, the Filipino workforce esp. here in the UAE, must have the ability and the inclination to diversify our learnings or skills in order to keep pace with the constantly changing world.

As Filipinos, and as expatriates in the foreign land, we should know the impacts of technological advancement that are happening in the world today. Without knowing or understanding of its impacts, I don’t know if we Filipinos are the workforce to reckon with. It would be a disaster for all of us since we will be losing to other nationalities in the long term.

Hence, there really is a critical need for all of us to increase the level of our skills! Only then that we can brighten and broaden our horizons!”

Trainer's Message delivered by Vic Candilanza Jr.,
on the occasion of FACE-Umm Al Quwain Graduation Ceremony
on 17 Dec. 2004, Al Bustan Restaurant, UAQ

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Visit: FACE Album ONLINE

FACE Album is now OPEN for viewing. These are bigger size photos so FACE members can freely download them for their souvenir. Cheers to our overwhelming unity!

FACE Al Ain photos are now posted in Gallery 6 of the album.


FACE Supports Embassy Fund Drive

The Filipino Association for Computer Excellence (FACE), under the auspices of the Consulate General / OWWA of the Philippines, having volunteer works by providing free computer courses for our fellow Filipinos, is extending hands through humanitarian help.

With the recent tragedy, wherein three consecutive typhoons struck the Philippines, causing severe damage to humans and properties, FACE is conducting a fund raising drive to send assistance to those people suffered by this uncontrollable natural disaster.

In lieu of this, we would like to seek everyone for your generous support for any monetary donation of any amount, as we pour in the blessings for them during this Yuletide Season.

May God Bless You and more power.

We would like to thank the following for their support:

FACE Execom - Dhs 800
Citibank - Dhs 600
Filipino Assoc. of Um Al Quwain - Dhs 178
FACE Al Ain Chapter - Dhs 270

We are also supporting the project of the Philippines Embassy in the UAE for their project on the "C-GMA - Classroom Galing sa Mamamayang Pilipino Abroad". The objective of this project is to raise fund to build a classroom in the Philippines.

Marami pong salamat.

New FACE Officers Sworn Into Office

Ambassador Inducting Officer;
143 Graduates Honored

The Ambassador

The Philippine Ambassador to UAE, His Excellency Libran Nuevas Cabactulan was the Inducting Officer and Guest Speaker during the Graduation Ceremony of the Filipino Association for Computer Excellence (FACE) held on Friday, 10 Dec. 2004 at the open-air poolside of the Jumeira Rotana Hotel in Satwa, Dubai.

Cabactulan was former Consul General of the Philippine Consulate in Sydney, Australia. At the end of his tour of duty, he then served in the Home Office and was assigned in the Office of Consular Affairs as Executive Director for 10 months, and was transferred to the Office of United Nations International Organizations (UNIO) for six months until his current assignment in Abu Dhabi, UAE as Philippine Ambassador.

During the occasion, the Ambassador remarked, "Like yourself, I’ve been a computer nerd myself before and even today. In fact, when I was with the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines years back, I used to set up the networking/programming for the whole building.

Really I was surrounded with so much computers in my office! You see even my wife joked that I have no time for her and that I’m already married to my computers!

Computer Programming really interests me and now I will be handling myself Computer Programming on Delphi in Abu Dhabi!"

He advised the graduates, “What you learn, you must use, and the skills that you have acquired must be improved! You have a long way to go, and there’ll be more rewards that will happen to you. Dedicate your excellence in the service of your fellowmen, but don’t forget FACE who gave you the knowledge, and above all don’t forget the Almighty one!”

The Ambassador also urged and requested everyone to help support and share a dirham for a typhoon-battered Philippines. He said it was recently discussed during his consultation meeting with the community leaders in Dubai.

Newly Inducted FACE Officers

Sworn into office by the Ambassador are the following new FACE Officers (2005-2006):

President – Engr. Edmundo L. Ferrer
VP 1 – Nestor T. Pagdanganan
VP 2 – Romualdo G. Balilo
Secretary 1 – Ester L. Marciano
Secretary 2 – Nora G. Real
Treasurer – Olympia R. Pineda
Asst. Treasurer –Lucenda M. Jaring
Auditor – Lucio C. Alfonso
Membership & Discipline – Eduardo M. De Castro
Training & Workshop – Reynaldo S. Villanueva
Hardware & Software – Jimmy L. Morales
Property & Logistics – Isagani L. Castillo
Special Projects – Bogie P. Real
Organizational Affairs – Pedro B. Arde
Media & Public Relations – Vic G. Candilanza Jr.
Programs & Activities – Sylvia M. Balucanag & Benjamin L. Estimada
Social & Sports – Santos C. Villamar

Meanwhile, a total of 143 OFW-graduates in various tuition-free skills-upgrading courses namely, PC Assembly Batch 18, PC Networking Batch 12, Graphic Design Batch 5 and Visual Basic Advance Batch 1 were honored during the program.

Engr. Roel Lubo

Engr. Roel Lubo, a Filipino IT Supervisor connected with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Ibn Rashid Al Maktoom Engineers’ Office, was the Resource Speaker during the night.

In his remarks to the graduates, he said, “I salute you for your vision, sacrifices and motivations for you had chosen to spend time in earning knowledge. But you have to continually enhance your skill in this very competitive world. Perseverance combine with the right tool can bring the difference. FACE has got that tool to help you enhance your technological skills.”

Engr. Lubo further inspired the graduates by saying, “In the global field, no doubt we are getting a greater piece of IT works and recognition! For example a very dear and common friend of mine, Ms. Arlene Bogal has bagged the prestigious IT Manager of the Year Award by besting all the IT Managers in the gulf hoteliers category. One highlight is that, she was the only lady and a Filipina, working alone in her department considering the 24x7 nature of job!

Here’s the complete list of Outstanding Graduates:

PC Assembly Best Students
    PC Assembly Batch 18
  • Best In Actual Exam - Franz Lester Cabutihan
  • Best In Written - Minnie Firaza
  • Ten Outstanding Graduates:
    1. Minnie Firaza
    2. Romulo Gutierrez Jr
    3. Rodellen Cruz
    4. Romeo Cruz
    5. Andres Butel Jr.
    6. Franz Lester Cabutihan
    7. Ronaldo Padua
    8. Joseph Claveria
    9. Rey Santos
    10. Keizer Besino
  • Best Group - Group 1
      Group Members
    • Emelita Manipon
    • Bryan Balagtas
    • Keizer Besino
    • Marlene Bondoc
    • Joseph Claveria
    • Romulo Gutierrez
    • Aireen Luzon
    • Lily Maralit
    • Bienvenido Papasin
PC Assembly Best Students
    Graphic Design Batch 5
  • Best in Advertisement - Group 7
      Group Members:
    • Danilo R. Gallarin
    • Kevin L. Gallarin
  • Best Image Manipulation - Model & Group Picture: Group 6
      Group Members
    • Benjelou L. Go-Hing
    • Marianne R. Arroyo
    • Amelia C. Dio
    • Zishan C. Shaffi
    PC Networking Batch 12
  • Top 6 Students
    1. Manuel Lumbres
    2. Nathaniel Mendoza
    3. Fernando de la Cruz
    4. Francisco Almayda
    5. Cesar Panganiban
    6. Alfredo Obregon
    Visual Basic - Advance
  • Special Awardees
    • Chona Basal
    • Ester Marciano
    • Nestor Pagdanganan

Verbally honored during the occasion were at least three (3) students in PC Networking who have successfully documented the process of making "PC Networking Made Easy" - a handbook made understandable for beginners. They were the following: Francisco Almayda, Alfredo Obregon and Fernando dela Cruz.

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