Posts Tagged ‘Filipino’
The Philippine Embassy participated in the recent 18th Ottawa Travel and Vacation show held on March 10-11, 2012 at the Ottawa Convention Centre in Canada. The participating travel services company includes Tours Hai International, Jade Tours, Handa Travel, and Royal Scenic, among others. At the show, there was palpable interest in selling more Philippine destinations as demonstrated by Uniktour, Travel Professionals International and Family Travel Scoop.
Besides tourism, the Philippine Embassy took the occasion to promote Philippine products and food. Filipino shell craft, baskets and the turon were the top drawers inviting queries and compliments from visitors. Philippine participation in the travel show was organized by the Philippine Department of Tourism office in New York represented by Ms. Mitchelle T. Dy, Deputy Director for Marketing.
Read more at Philippine Embassy Ottawa
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Filipino-American organizations are commemorating and remembering the 20 victims of the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001, twenty people who had Filipino origins. Two of those were actually on board the planes that hit the twin towers. Their biographies will be read at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Vigil for Filipino American Families on Sept. 9, 2011, from 7pm to 9pm at the Asian American Writers Workshop, 110-112 West 27th Street, Sixth Floor, New York, NY. This event is open to the public.
The sponsors of the event are as follows:
- Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Metro New York Chapter;
- Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI);
- Kalusugan Coalition, Inc.;
- Damayan Migrant Workers Association;
- Collaborative Opportunities for Raising Empowerment (CORE);
- Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE);
- UniPro, BaranGAY, NYU International Filipino Association (IFA);
- Outstanding Filipino Americans (TOFA) in New York Committee.
There was also one other Filipino-American who died in the plane crash in Pennsylvania.
The name-reading activity was suppose to be part of the upcoming memorial celebrations but Mayor Bloomberg decided to scrap this tradition. A lot of the family members were angered when this announcement was made, saying the reading should remain part of the ceremonies. Still, there are others who agree to discontinue it as a requirement.
Half-way around the world, Marie Rose Abad, a New York-born daughter from an Italian immigrant family and one of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, has her name emblazoned in a village in the Philippines called the Marie Rose Abad Village where her Philippine-born American husband, Rudy Abad, had a community of about 50 one-story houses built in 2004 in her memory. Marie Rose was a senior executive at the 89th-floor office of the investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods when the second plane slammed the building.
The 21 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who died in the World Trade Center attacks and the Pennsylvania plane crash were the following:
- Grace Alegre Cua;
- Cesar A. Alviar;
- Marlyn C. Bautista;
- Cecile M. Caguicla;
- Jayceryll M. de Chavez;
- Benilda Pascua Domingo;
- Judy Hazel Fernandez;
- Ramon Grijalvo;
- Frederick Kuo Jr.;
- Arnold A. Lim;
- Manuel L. Lopez;
- Carl Allen Peralta;
- Maria Theresa Santillan;
- Rufino Conrado (Roy) F. Santos;
- David Marc Sullins;
- Hilario (Larry) S. Sumaya;
- Hector Tamayo;
- Cynthia Betita Motus Wilson;
- Ronald Gamboa (plane crash);
- Ruben Ornedo (plane crash);
- Manolito Kaur (plane crash).
Both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama are expected to attend the Ground Zero memorial services. The 9/11 attacks claimed the lives of 2,977 people, including 246 victims on the four planes and 411 emergency workers from the FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and EMT.
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The Smithsonian Institution chose Charlotte as a stop for a traveling exhibit that tells the story of Filipinos who struggled against American colonialism and ultimately became U.S. citizens. “Singgalot: The Ties That Bind,” is coming to Charlotte Museum of History from Saturday through Oct. 16, 2011.
The 11-city exhibition made its first stop in Los Angeles last month. It will land in Kansas City, Seattle, Chicago and Philadelphia before a final stop in November in Santa Rosa, California.
The exhibit is intended to help the nation’s 2.5 million Filipino citizens trace their history and contributions in the United States through about 30 photo panels and images.
Read more at Charlotte Observer
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The Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San Diego County is looking for girls of Filipino descent ages 13-16 for Miss Teen Fil-Am and ages 17-24 for the Miss Fil-Am Scholarship Pageant to be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 13, 2011 at Camp Pendleton.
Judging includes personality, poise, beauty, Filipina dress, talent and an impromptu question onstage. Each contestant will receive training in poise, walking, confidence, speaking ability, selection of clothing and on-stage questions. Winners will receive cash scholarships and numerous prizes.
The queens and princesses will preside at various functions sponsored by the Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San Diego County. For applications, call 760-434-3397 or 760-207-5358.
Source: North County Times
July 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2011. The World Trade Center along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. For details, go to www.affi.com.ph
Photo by gian_uy at Flickr.com
At least 200 Filipino teachers of the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in DC are in grave danger of losing their jobs following the decision of the US Department of Labor to bar it from hiring Filipino and other foreign teachers for two years.
Unless US-based Philippine Educators Network are able to find legal relief, the affected teachers have no choice but to return to the Philippines or to look for other sponsors, which is not easy.
Since the department decision still has to be approved by an administrative law judge, the Filipino educators are planning to appeal their case.
Read more at Inquirer Global Nation
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Collezione-C2 kicks off new era of fashionalism with brand ambassadors James and Phil Younghusband. Part of the Philippine national football team (fondly called ‘Azkals’), the England-born English-Filipino James and Phil are striking embodiments of Filipino passion well-lived out—something that Collezione-C2 champions.
“When the partnership with Collezione-C2 was suggested, we both had no qualms about representing the brand because we have something in common—a love for originality, creativity, Pinoy pride and living out one’s passion,” James relates. To this, Phil adds: “Like Collezione-C2, we also believe in Filipino artistry and the art of forward-thinking. These are things we both believe are relevant in this day and age for our country to stand out and make its mark in different areas of expertise.”
Read more at Smart Parenting
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Long Beach’s Filipino-American population will now be honored in October, as City Council unanimously voted to officially designate October as Filipino-American History Month last Tuesday evening.
First District Councilman Robert Garcia, the primary author of the council resolution, said approximately 20,000 Filipino-Americans live in the Long Beach area, and that number is likely to increase once 2010 U.S. Census data is tallied.
According to City Council documents, the United States Congress currently is considering legislation (H.R. 155) to grant official status to Filipino American History Month.
The Long Beach City Council declared the boundaries of the city’s Filipino Neighborhood in 1992, which are Santa Fe Avenue from 20th Street to Spring Street.
Read more at Gazettes.com
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When I encountered this foodie blog “Sugarlace,” the first thing that came to mind was having to trek Quezon to buy this one-of-a-kind delicacy from the market, packaged in a small square basket, with the rice-based sticky thingie wrapped in banana leaves with a small bottle of (still) sticky, gooey, sweet, thck sauce. It was because of my in-laws that I discovered this kind of their specialty from their province.
This is dessert in the Philippines, the only way Filipinos would die for after a scrumptous meal of meat with all the fat trimmings you can ask. Enjoy and thanks for Trisha, the 24 25 year old Filipina-Chinese from Sydney, Australia.
Please go to her blog-post to get all the ingredients and instructions on how to prepare one of the best-tasting desserts in the world.
Read more at Sugarlace
Greenbelt 5 in partnership with Ayala Museum will present “Beyond Designs,” a series of talks about interior design and architecture in the Philippines featuring Filipino interior designers and architects. Besides the talks, they will be asked to curate their own exhibits in coordination with shop merchants in Greenbelt 5.
Beyond Designs will be held in the Home Section of Greenbelt 5 located at the third floor on September 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm.
Source: Ben There Done That
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A Filipino hit-and-run victim is appealing for help to pay his medical bills that amounted to at least $200,000. Friends describe Rolando “Alan” Casajeros, 39, as active and someone who loved life. But that was before he got hit and run over by a sports utility vehicle last June 2 at 24th and Harrison Streets in San Francisco. After spending 2 weeks in the hospital, friends say they could barely recognize Casajeros. His face is now held together by bolts and screws. His jaw is wired shut and several of his teeth are missing.
Those who want to help Casajeros pay his medical bills may donate through a special account set up for him at Wells Fargo. Donations could be made directly to account #7734751691. Checks must be made payable to Rolando Casajeros and his attorney, Claude Wyle.
Read more at Balitang America
A panel of Purdue students and scholars on July 8 will discuss the challenges and rewards of bridging cultural differences and building on similarities between the U.S. and the Philippines on Purdue’s campus. This session, sponsored by the Diversity Resource Office, is free and open to the public. The event is part of the “One Campus, Many Voices” series, which seeks to bridge cultural diversity at Purdue, Indiana.
Read more at Purdue Today
Filipino countrymen Antonio Lining and Francisco Bustamante are two of the four men left from 128 participants who began the week in the World 9-ball Championship being held at Doha, Qatar. Bustamante and Lining will face one another on July 5th and so one of them will be in the finals and one will finish in a tie for third place.
Read more at Inside Pool
‘We’re Not Going to Squeal on You,’ RP Labor Official Assures Undocumented Filipinos
By Romeo P. Marquez, Editor, Philippine Village Voice, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Volume 4, Issue no.19, June 21, 2010
TORONTO — A Philippine labor official assured dozens of Filipino caregivers attending a local forum here not to fear being reported to Canadian authorities even if they did not have the documentation to work or stay legally in Canada.
“Ang konsulado hindi po nagsusuplong ng mga kababayan. Ayaw natin mangyari yun — na ma-deport kayo sa Pilipinas,” (The consulate does not report on illegals. We don’t want them deported to the Philippines) declared Eric Parungao, Welfare Officer of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office here.
He was addressing the whole-day Newcomers Orientation Conference on Saturday (June 19, 2010) where an estimated 150 Filipino workers and newly-arrived jobseekers were in attendance at the Lady of Assumption Church in Toronto’s North York region.
Read more at Currents & Breaking News
The Ironman 70.3 Philippines triathlon competition, which is open to Filipino and international triathletes, will be held on August 22, 2010 in the scenic province of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of Luzon island.
The event is a physically intense, 70.3-mile triathlon race where competitors swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles around a demanding course in Camarines Sur, which has gained worldwide attention as the newest sports tourism capital of the Philippines.
The race starts at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC), which boasts of the largest wakeboard park in the world, where the athletes dive into the freshwater lagoon and tackle the swim leg.
They then get on their bicycles and pedal through the national highway, where a spectacular view of Mount Isarog awaits them.
After completing the cycling leg, they run a lung-busting half-marathon through several towns towards the provincial capital Naga City, before finishing back at the CWC.
The competition is open to men and women aged at least 18 years from across the globe. Participants compete individually or as part of a relay team comprising three athletes regardless of gender or nationality under a corporate or collegiate set-up.
Source: Positive News Media
St Peter Julian’s Church is a eucharistic shrine in the pastoral care of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown at 641 George Street, Haymarket.
The church is named after the Congregation’s founder St Peter Julian Eymard, who was canonised in 1962.
A Filipino mass is held at 1:00pm every first Sunday of each month.
Source: St. Peter Julian’s Church Website.
Heart 2 Heart
May 14, 2010, 7:30pm
Ticket prices: $145, $120, $110, $100, $80, $70, $55
Presenting Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid with Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera as special guests. For ticket information, please call Neneng (647-401-5818 or 905-472-5818), Rene (647-401-7363) or Elvie (416-656-8269).
June 11, 2010, 7:30pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Hall A, North Building
Ticket prices: $125, $100, $85, $50
Presenting Sarah Geronimo with special guests Erik Santos, Charlie Green, Jimmy Marquez and John Prats. For ticket information, please call Ruth (416-720-2602), Lito (416-564-8734) or Sani (647-408-6949).
Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) says half of OFW families are saving more money remitted to them, rising 50 percent more than usual, while remittances allocated to investments decreased.
There are approximately 11 million Filipinos working in other countries or 11 percent of the population of the Philippines. In January, remittances from overseas Filipinos amounted to $1.4 billion, posting a year-on-year growth of 8.5 percent.
Read more at Manila Bulletin
The summary writes, “We are building a life competence center that provides 600 street youth alternative learning, life skills, tutorial and income generation that bring them back to formal schooling.”
The project addresses poverty, illiteracy and the impact of exploitation on the lives of 600 street children in southern Philippines. The life competence center provides free alternative learning, tutorial and life skills that give them better chances of being transitioned to formal schooling. They also avail voluntary HIV and health screening while opportunities for entrepreneurial activities that make them earn and mobilise life savings to secure own future is afforded.
- $10 – funds one street child/youth’s enrollment and daily subsistence for 1 month
- $30 – funds one street child/youth’s drug and HIV screening and annual health check up for 1 year
- $60 – support 5-30 Filipino street youth peer-group to open a lifetime group savings account
- $90 – bring back 1 Filipino street child to school and a summer mentoring for 1 year
Read more at GlobalGiving.com
I saw this blog that brought my mind back to the Christmas tradition of the Philippines. Much like the Spaghetti ala Makati Supermarket’s famous meal, look into this recipe from “Pinoy Food | Free Filipino Food Recipe” and savor the taste that’s truly Filipino.
By the way, this blog has a Kindle version, in case some of you are “Kindlers.”
- 4 eggs, well-beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups rice flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups coconut milk (2nd or more presses; see separate recipe)
- 1/4 cup melted margarine
- 2 tbsps. baking powder
- 1/4 cup coco cream (first press)
- 1/4 cup sugar for topping
1. Add sugar to beaten eggs.
2. Combine salt and rice flour; add to egg mixture.
3. Add melted margarine and baking powder.
4. Pour into banana-leaf lined mold.
My sister’s note: Tita Mimi assumes we know that the banana leaves have to be wilted, that is, passed over an open flame on the stove top.
5. Bake in 375 degree Fahrenheit oven.
6. Brush top with coco cream and sugar; bake until golden crust is formed.
note: Tita Mimi doesn’t say when to take out the bibingka to brush the top with the coco cream and sugar. I would assume that this is done when the bibingka is 3/4’s done (so the batter doesn’t flop). We would have to experiment on time frames.
7. Makes 3 large bibingkas.
Hundreds of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) marched to Mendiola Bridge Friday to demand that the Arroyo government exhort all efforts to reunite more than 300 stranded OFWs with their families this Christmas season. “Today marks the ninth year of the United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers and Their Families. While President Arroyo signed this convention, in reality, the plight of Filipino migrant workers did not improve and in fact worsened under the government’s relentless labor export program. Nine years under the Arroyo regime saw the unprecedented rise in human rights violations of OFWs,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson.
Migrante International’s records show that in almost all of the cases of stranded OFWs, Philippine consulate and overseas labor officials neglected the plight of OFWs, and were even the ones defending abusive employers and companies.
Read more at Radio 1812
Juana Tejada sought an exemption to taking a second medical test as a pre-requisite to becoming a permanent resident here in Canada and was recently vindicated for her passionate advocacy of the so-called “Juan Tejada” law which the federal government of Canada recently made changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) by removing a second medical test for caregivers to qualify as permanent residents. Another change states that caregivers need 3,900 work hours to qualify as a permanent resident as opposed to the old law of two years of work within the span of 36 months.
Tejada failed the second medical exam for caregivers when she was diagnosed with cancer, a condition she developed while working as a caregiver.
The province of Ontario previously passed a law with some features that favor the Filipino community:
- Recruiters are prohibited from charging fees to caregivers
- Prohibiting confiscation of caregiver’s personal documents like work permit and passports
- Many others…
Read more at Balita-Filipino Canadia Community Newspaper