Doha, 17 November 2010: Mangalore Cultural Association, Doha Qatar honored Preema Pinto the runner up of Gulf Voice of Mangalore (Female category) and Rupert Lobo who was qualified for Best 3 in the finals round of GVOM (Male Category). This program was organized on Saturday the 13th November at the Hotel Ashiayana amidst the Executive and Advisory Committee members of MCA and the 12 Semifinalist of Doha GVOM and their Families.
Preema Pinto was honored on by Mr. Felix Lobo on behalf of MCA. Preema thanked all those who were instrumental in bringing her to this stage. She remembered her parents brothers Sisters and above all her Husband Navin Pinto who had always encouraged her and was also one of the contestants in the Semifinals. She also promised her full support and Cooperation for the next GVOM to be hosted by MCA in Qatar.
Rupert Lobo was honored by Mr. Jerry Pinto on behalf of MCA. Rupert spoke about his experience in GVOM and said that he was very happy to be a part of the Finals of GVOM. He thanked everyone for supporting him. Also mentioned that he had tried to give his best Performance, but the judgment is based on many criteria and he fully abides with the Judges judgement. He also mentioned that all the participants from Qatar were very cooperative and were always with each other. He thanked all of them and assured his full support for the next GVOM. Mr. Felix Lobo, Mr. Jerry Pinto, Mr. Harry Lobo and Mr. Jason Quadros were on the Dias.
The next part was the inauguration of the Gulf Voice of Mangalore – 2012 which will be hosted in Qatar by the Mangalore Cultural Association. As the first phase an Organizing Committee was formed which will be headed by Veena Rebimbus Pais. Harry Lobo President of MCA announced the names of the Organizing committee members as follows:
Veena Rebimbus Pais
Victor Allwyn D’Souza
The Advisory Committee members Felix Lobo & Jerry Pinto Symbolically handed over the GVOM Memento, to mark the beginning of the Historical event.
Mr. Felix Lobo in his address said that this is a major project and in future subcommittee members will be appointed as per the requirements. Any MCA member interested to work in this committee can give their names to Harry Lobo or Veena Pais. Mr. Lobo also said that as a preparation for this major event MCA has lot of plans to organize many training programs for the benefit of the Signers - adults as well as Youths/Children.
Veena Pais on behalf of the GVOM Organizing committee assured that they will put in their full efforts and selflessly work for the success of the Gulf Voice of Mangalore - 2012.
Mrs. Stephany Lobo conducted the Prayer and Mr. Benjamin Rebeiro gave Vote of Thanks. The program was hosted by Veena Pais. Dinner was served for all present. Some of the Semifinalist sang some beautiful numbers and entertained the gathering.
Mangalore Cultural Association invites the Talented Konkani speaking Mangaloreans residing in Qatar to be its members and actively take part in this Historic Event.