OMAN – Resources on Philippine culture and history and other related books are now within the reach of Filipinos in Oman.
This, after the Sentro Rizal Library, the first-ever in the Middle East, officially opened its doors to the public.
“Maraming tumulong...ang Philippine Ladies Group of Oman, Filipino Community Social Club…nagkaroon kami ng fundraising para ma-sponsor yung pagtatayo ng mga file cabinets, book shelves,” said Philippine Ambassador Joselito Jimeno.
The inauguration was held during the celebration of the 114th Philippine Independence Day.
“Yung mga Pilipino sa Oman, heto na ang pagkakataon sa kanila para makita yung library kung saan yung istorya ng Pilipinas ay makikita dito sa Philippine Embassy,” said OFW Jun Estrada.
Established with the help of the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) and other Filipino organizations in Oman, the library aims to uplift the knowledge of Pinoys, particularly the youth, about their country’s culture, tradition and the life and works of national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
“If they want to learn about Philippine history they can come here,” said Araceli Jimeno, President of the Philippine Ladies Group.
The library also has an internet access which directly links to the archieve of the NCCA.
“Mga classic Filipino movies tulad ng Rizal, Banawe, Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang—pina-plano naming magkaroon ng essay writing contest tungkol sa buhay ni Rizal,” said Ambassador Jimeno.
Pinoys in Oman are also encouraged to donate books about the culture and tradition of Filipinos.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank yung mga tumulong sa Philippine Ladies Group in Oman to make this a reality,” added Mrs. Jimeno.
The library is open every 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Saturday to Wednesday. Rowen Soldevilla, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau