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Posted on Monday the 09th of October 2017

"Today, we shall take pride in celebrating our 25 years of long wait to have a permanent school building which used to be a dream but now a reality. Such reality turned into a sturdy and grand edifice whose flaming torch of knowledge is driven by the passion of our forbearers-our pioneer parents, some of whom are here today to serve in their sincere commitment to keeping a promise to be the vanguards of our school," the words uttered by Dr. Alexander S. Acosta, Philippine School Doha, during the much anticipated celebration of PSD's 25th founding anniversary. He further elicited the trials the school met and recognized everyone who assisted to realize its dream of having its own building. Philippine School Doha (PSD) is beholding to mark the 25th year of its existence giving its best service to all its stakeholders and to Filipino immigrants in Qatar. PSD has showcased its impressive week-long silver founding anniversary celebrations with a vibrant field demonstration featuring a variety of presentations in all levels held at Al Rayyan Sports Club.
Clothed in elegant outfits, the students awestruck thousands in the spectators with spectacular routines during the whole day event. Children as young as three enchanted the audience with their charming get-ups and moves bestowing dance items enthused by movie and environment. The much awaited event in the school's roaster of activities, the field demonstration has bowed into a competition which involves much preparation from concept to choreography to costumes. The Primary Department contended in harmonized dance with cultural performance of traditional dances from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Synchronized dance contest for Intermediate students spun on the theme of 'Unity in diversity' in family, community and the world. 'Service and excellence' was the theme of the creative dance competition for the Junior High School as well as the cheer dance contest for Senior High School Department.
"The use of the new school campus starting this school year represents its considerable step forward not only for the institution but also for the Filipino community in Qatar. To be able to call the new campus as our own instills a strong sense of pride in us as Filipinos in Qatar and reminds us that with our indomitable spirit in quest for excellence, anything is possible," said Philippine Ambassador Alan L. Timbayan in his message read by Consul General Roussel R. Reyes during the event. Philippine School Doha, being the first Philippine school established in Qatar, marks its 25th founding anniversary with the official inauguration of its own building in Abu Hamour. "I congratulate PSD on the occasion of its foundation and it is on this note that I exhort its officials, faculty and staff to not rest on their laurels and to stay focused on the challenges that lie ahead," added Timbayan.
In the same vein, Gerardo P Macasa, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT), said, "We should not be complacent of what we have achieved now, instead we should remain intact and united in all our endeavours." Acknowledging the presence of founding parents and past BOT members some of whom travelled to Qatar just to attend the event, Macasa said, "I am indeed overwhelmed by your presence today. We are just continuing what you have started. I wish to extend my vote of thanks to all of you my PSD family for joining us through thick and thin." He expressed optimism of the school "will continue to stand proudly as long as Filipino community in Qatar exists."
PSD will remain to mount high as it continually adheres to grow in service as it cultivates in excellence. PSD which is a non-stock, non-profit school was established in October 1992 to serve the educational needs of the children of the Filipino community in the State of Qatar. PSD is a major learning institution in Qatar as far as providing basic education for the Filipino is concerned. PSD is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students as it aims to be the "First Philippine Science School in the Middle East" that will best serve the Filipinos and the humanity in the 21st century. PSD sworn to uphold the tradition of providing quality education to every student following the philosophy of service and excellence.
The Field demonstration for the intramurals and foundation day celebration promotes the strength of a PSDian's competitiveness and persevering nature. Not only does PSD encourage its students to be mentally smart but physically sharp as well. This 25th founding anniversary is another great leap to another year of the school. PSD never forgets its humble beginnings and this makes its stride to a legacy of service and excellence all the more relentless.