Event: Alaxan FR pays tribute to hard-working Filipinos with "Aray Ko Galing Ko" art installation

Filipinos learned how to handle pain from working hard, toiling under the sun, teaching children in rundown classrooms and sewing hundreds of garments a day -enduring the sacrifice to achieve a goal. The Filipino quality of hardwork is often commended by overseas contract employers accomplishing ordinary tasks with extraordinary dedication which lauded Unilab's Alaxan FR, the most prescribed pain reliever to salute them with "Aray Ko Galing Ko" Art Installation today at Seaside Blvd.,SM Mall of Asia. The unveiling was in partnership with SM Mall of Asia, paying tribute to these Filipino workers, who embrace fatigue and body pain as solid proof of their commitment and passion, through various media, in a myriad of ways, and through different people, all of whom have achieved astounding successes through hard work, perseverance, and dedication..
A tribute to pain and pride
Now, the pride, pain, and hard work of the Filipino worker is literally set in stone with an exquisite art installation created by talented, award-winning Filipino artist Fred Baldemor, who himself went through his own “Aray Ko, Galing Ko” moments when creating the special installation which took months to finish.
The huge installation portrays the Philippines’ pride, simple workers who toil to provide for their families and who, without knowing it, help in the country’s development in their own way, as embodied in a nurse, a construction worker, a farmer, and a teacher. At the center is the man who sprang from their ranks to become an inspiration to all Filipinos, working his way through pain to become the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter: Manny Pacquiao. As the Global Filipino icon himself asserts: “Bawat aray ay patunay na buong galing ang aking ibinibigay. At hindi ako takot umaray, makamit lang ang paulit-ulit na tagumpay.”

The country’s top singers—including Bugoy Drilon (a former canteen janitor who sang his way into the hearts of Filipinos), Nyoy Volante, Jed Madela, and Cookie Chua—serenaded guests with a tribute to Filipino nurses, farmers, teachers and construction workers, while special numbers by XB Gensan (Showtime's Grand Champion), and the PUP Maharlika Dance Troupe interpreted the Aray Ko Galing Ko ideals onstage. Paeng Nepomuceno, himself a testament to Pinoy perseverance, gave a plaque of recognition to Reynaldo Lachica who shared his own “Aray Ko, Galing Ko” experiences. Ballet Philippines and rock band Pedicab set the stage for a stirring tribute to the world’s greatest boxer, Manny Pacquiao and for the grand unveiling of the Aray Ko Galing Ko art installation. A grand fireworks display and a tribute concert from popular band Bamboo gave a fitting ending to an exciting and monumental event.
Alaxan FR has always been the Filipino workingman’s champion, relieving them of body pain so they can continue to push their limits and accomplish even the hardest tasks. SM Mall of Asia also supports hardworking Pinoys all over the world and recognizes their accomplishments, especially through the SM Cares - SM Global Pinoy Program. Both Alaxan FR and SM give credit and gratitude to the working Filipino and their persistence, resolution and determination to set their sights on everlasting glory.
Hosted by Suzie Entrata, the unveiling of the Aray Ko Galing Ko art installation was the perfect conclusion to Alaxan FR’s innovative, year-long “Aray Ko, Galing Ko” campaign. One of the highlights of this campaign included the “Search for the Toughest Jobs, Philippines”(which I joined being a public school teacher). For three months, Alaxan FR, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment, searched for Filipinos who were the hardest and strongest workers in the world. Ten Filipino men and women were chosen as finalists, but Reynaldo “Rey” Lachica, an environmental and product chemist for Centrica Energy/British Gas Brand, proved to be the toughest of the lot.
It was amazing to feel appreciated and paid tribute being a public school teacher in the said event but I was more surprised to see familiar people like Angel of Ballet Philippines and Sheila of PUP Maharlika Dance Troupe who used to be an alumnus at Lagro High School. It was an unforgettable moment that made me feel like I'm being awarded a trophy similar to winning in the National Schools Press Conference. 

Alaxan FR does not just alleviate pain of hardworking Filipinos. They really give back and pay tribute to the silent heroes of the country - boosting their confidence to persevere even further. Be proud being a Filipino and visit the "Aray Ko Galing Ko" art installation at the Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia

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  1. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Hi Ms. Jo,

    Thanks for covering and
    writing a blog about this event.

    Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

    God Bless.

    Kind regards,

    Mr. Rey Lachica (UK)
    Alaxan FR 2010 TJP Winner

  2. Congratulations po Mr. Rey Lachica..You are truly an inspiration to all of us! Thanks also for the comment!


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