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SPOTLIGHT ON FILIPINO CULTURE AT SENGKANG GENERAL HOSPITAL’S “YOU SPARKLE! AWARDS 2022”

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(05 August 2022, Singapore) – The Philippine Embassy in Singapore collaborated with Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) for its annual “You Sparkle! Awards 2022” – an annual service recognition ceremony celebrating outstanding SKH staff and departments who had demonstrated service excellence in the course of their work in serving patients.  The event was held on 27 July 2022 at the SKH Auditorium.

 

Every year, as part of its initiative to cultivate good service mindsets and standards among its staff, SKH collaborates with various organizations and institutions in Singapore.  SKH uses the event as an opportunity to share their rich culture by showcasing their music, dances, and  cuisine, through booth activities and interactive engagements. SKH’s annual ceremony and the festivities surrounding it are themed on a particular country, and are geared towards providing an opportunity for the hospital staff  to experience that country’s culture.  

 

For this year’s ceremony, SKH partnered with the Philippine Embassy in Singapore to experience Philippine culture and the warm hospitality that Filipinos are famous all over the world for. Colorful banderitas (pennants) and Pahiyas kipings adorned the hospital auditorium lobby. Hospital staff and other participants also took the opportunity to learn more about the Philippines and its culture through the Filipino booth, a photobooth, and an interactive dance workshop featuring Move with Malong – an online cultural workshop of the Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with National Commission of the Culture and Arts and the Bayanihan Dance Company. They were also treated to Filipino cuisines such as adobo, chop suey, lumpiang shanghai, and leche flan and a rendition of popular classic Filipino love song  “Dahil Sa’yo” by hospital executives and department heads who were donned in Filipiniana attire. 

Chargé d’affaires Emmanuel R. Fernandez graced the event and expressed his appreciation to SKH executives for inviting the Embassy to the ceremony. He also congratulated the awardees, including the 40 Filipino hospital staff who received recognition.  

SKH has more than 3,700 employees, of which 11% are Filipino nurses and service workers. (END)

Hospital executives and department heads dressed in Filipiniana and Barong Tagalog as they serenaded the participants with their rendition of the Filipino love song “Dahil Sa’yo” (photo credit to SKH)
Hospital staff join the interactive dance workshop featuring Move with Malong - an online cultural workshop of the Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with National Commission of the Culture and Arts in cooperation with the Bayanihan Dance Company (photo credit to SKH)
Filipino staff and nurses at the SKH showing their warm and beautiful smiles, a characteristic that Filipinos are known all over the world for. (photo credit to SKH)
CDA Emmanuel R. Fernandez (5th from left), Cultural Section Head Vice Consul Joy Anne B. Lai (2nd from left), and Cultural Officer Rosellie L. Bantay (rightmost) pose for a photograph with SKH Department heads (image courtesy of SKH)