OFWs in Japan hold unity march for BBM-Sara UniTeam

1 March 2022

HUNDREDS of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Japan on Sunday held a unity parade to express their solid support for the BBM-SARA UniTeam in the upcoming May 9, 2022 national elections.

A video uploaded on the Facebook page of Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) showed a large contingent of OFWs openly voicing their support for the candidacy of presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. and his running-mate Inday Sara Duterte.

Nearly five hundred Filipinos from various cities such as Osaka and Ibaraki Prefecture participated in the activity dubbed BBM-Sara Parade We Unite As One in Tokyo.

According to the SMNI staff who took the video, the BBM-Sara UniTeam supporters walked for more than a kilometer while the songs “Bagong Lipunan,” “Umagang kay Ganda,” and “Ako ay Pilipino” played in the background.

The group also intermittently stopped to perform their choreographed dance moves, much to the delight of Japanese people who smiled and nodded at the group who chanced upon them along the busy thoroughfare as a sign of support and approval.

The official colors of the UniTeam, which were red and green, also dominated the participants' attire.  Some also wore Terno, a traditional Filipino dress known to be a favorite of former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos.

The parade also turned out to be another successful event organized by several Japan-based OFW groups who responded to the UniTeam’s call for unity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event organizers made sure that participants strictly observed the Japanese government's health protocols.  An ambulance was also on standby to assist those who would require urgent medical attention when needed.  All participants wore their facemasks and did not remove them throughout the event.

Although the parade reached almost noon as it slowly passed through the Hibiya Ward in Tokyo City, the participants still had the energy to spare as they chanted Marcos’ name during a short gathering at a designated area before dispersing peacefully.

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FILIPINO VERSION

OFWs SA JAPAN SWAK SA BBM-SARA UNITEAM

Daan-daang mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) na nagtatrabaho sa bansang Japan ang nagsagawa ng isang parada upang ihayag ang kanilang solidong pagsuporta sa BBM-SARA UniTeam sa darating na Mayo 9, 2022 national elections.

Kitang-kita sa video na ini-upload sa Facebook page ng Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) nitong Sabado, na maraming OFWs ang sumusuporta sa kandidatura nina presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. at kanyang running-mate na si Inday Sara Duterte.

Nagmula sa iba’t-ibang siyudad gaya ng Osaka at Ibaraki Prefecture ang halos limandaang indibidwal na nakilahok sa parada na tinaguriang “BBM-SARA Parade We Unite As One” sa Lungsod ng Tokyo. 

Ayon pa sa taga SMNI na kumuha ng video, mahigit isang kilometro ang nilakad ng mga tagasuporta ng BBM-Sara UniTeam habang salitan sa pagtugtog sa background ang mga kantang “Bagong Lipunan,” “Umagang kay Ganda,” at “Ako ay Pilipino.” 

Paminsan-minsan ay humihinto rin ang grupo upang sabayang sumayaw at umindak sa mga nasabing tugtugin.  Maging ang mga Hapon na nakakasalubong ng grupo ay ngiti ang tugon sa mga BBM-Sara UniTeam supporters dahil sa positibong vibes na hatid nila.

Kapansin-pansin ang pagdomina ng kulay pula at berdeng kasuotan ng mga BBM-Sara UniTeam supporters at maging ng ilan na nagsuot ng terno na kilalang paboritong kasuotan ni dating First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos.

Naging maayos ang paradang inorganisa ng iba’t-ibang Japan-based OFW groups na tumugon sa panawagan ng pagkakaisa ng BBM-Sara UniTeam. 

Maliban sa pagkakaroon ng isang ambulansiya na aalalay sa mga naglalakad sa initan, tumatalima rin ang karamihan ng nakilahok sa social distancing at pagsusuot ng face masks upang makaiwas sa COVID-19.

Inabot man ng halos tanghali ang parada sa pagbaybay nito sa Hibiya Ward sa Lungsod ng Tokyo, nakangiti at masayang umuwi ang mga nakilahok matapos magtipon-tipon ng sandali sa isang designated area ng mga awtoridad.

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