European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD)


ENFiD is an active international networking association that hopes to (a) propagate the sense of Filipino “nationhood” away from the home country; (b) inculcate a strong sense of shared destiny and aspirations; (c) act as a catalyst in promoting resolutions to issues and arising problems among Filipinos in Europe.


The name of this European non-profit association shall be European Network of Filipino Diaspora, hereafter referred to as ENFiD.

The names of country associations that will form part of ENFiD shall be European Network of Filipino Diaspora-[country] and be referred to as eg ENFiD-Belgium, ENFiD-Netherlands, ENFiD-Italy, ENFiD-UK and so on.


Our vision is –

a. A Filipino Diaspora community in Europe with a continued and sustained commitment and link to the Philippines, and at the same time fully integrated with the host country. (COMMITMENT AND FULL INTEGRATION)

b. A vibrant and empowered Filipino Diaspora operating ‘glocally’ (globally and locally), whose talent, contribution and potential are recognized and rewarded both in Europe and in the Philippines, cognizant of the future generation of Filipino descent. (PEOPLE)

c. A Filipino Diaspora in touch with its cultural origins and its best traditional values, and how it enriches the diversity of life of the host country. (IDENTITY)

2016 ENFiD Annual General Assembly in Prague

European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD) Holds Annual General Assembly in PRAGUE on 16-18 September 2016


The European Network for Filipino Diaspora will have its Annual General Assembly (AGA) on 16-18 September 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. With the theme “The Filipino community in Europe facing the challenges while maximizing the potential in the spirit of inclusiveness,” more than 100 Filipino leaders and community members from about 15 European countries and Israel are expected to converge and jointly re-examine the challenges of the past year, look on to the opportunities ahead, and ultimately reinforce the ties of cooperation among Filipinos throughout

The AGA will start with a Joint Comprehensive Assessment Meeting of ENFiD Board and Country Representatives at the Philippine Embassy in Prague, followed by two days of general assembly sessions at the Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies. The event is open to all ENFiD and non-ENFiD members, relations, friends and observers. A registration fee of €50 is required to cover the venues, lunch, a certificate of attendance and print materials. Space is limited.


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Ever wondered what it takes to be a FILIPINO LIVING IN EUROPE?


The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Have you connected to your fellowmen and learn about the community around? At ENFiD, we believe that we connect to create resolutions on arising issues and we create a stronger and united voice of Filipinos in Europe. Visit ENFiD website and follow us on Facebook !

The European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD) is an active international networking association that seeks to cultivate a sense of shared nationhood and cooperation among Overseas Filipinos in Europe. ENFiD is presently represented by correspondent Filcom Affiliates in twenty countries and is active in organizing cultural events, relief operations, focused training workshops, fora for the discussion of issues pertinent to Euro-Filipinos partnering with institutions for greater access to migration issues on culture and development.

Whether you are an individual, leading a community, or a business man, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event with new and bigger network working together to maximize the potential of facing the challenges. If you want to observe or become an ENFiD member, register now for the best weekend of your life!



8:00 am Welcome and Registration

Participants: Board of Directors and Country Representatives Only

9:00 am Review of ENFiD from 2012 to present,

5 year strategy plan,2 year action plan

Assessment flow (method and process)

Review ENFID Constitution and By-laws + Code of Standards

12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Assessment sessions
5:00 pm Closing


8:00 am Welcome and Registration
9:00 am Keynote speeches
9:45 am Open Forum
10:45 am Input from IOM Prague on Gender and Development
11:30 am Paaralan Project
11:45 am ENFiD’s role within the Filipino Communities in Europe
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm ENFiD Country Reports
2:00 pm Parallel Workshops
4:00 pm Reporting
5:00 pm Closing and Announcements



8:00 am Welcome
9:00 am Discussion and Updates of the 2-Year Action Plan
10:00 am Election of Officers
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Oath-taking of New Officers
2:00 pm Planning/Synergies of Projects and Activities
3:45 pm Closing Ceremony
4:30 pm Joint Session of New Board and Country Representatives
5:30 pm Walking Tour of Prague (optional)
8:00 pm Prague Dinner River Cruise (optional)





1. Where can I download the detailed program for the General Assembly?

Click this link to download: Program-Contents-of-AGA-Prague-20160516

2. What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Sept 16 – The Philippine Embassy in Prague is walking distance from Prague’s train main station or Jindřišská tram stop (Tram 3, 9, 14, 24, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58)

Sept 17 and 18 – The Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies is few meters away from Karlovy lázně tram stop (Tram 17, 18, 53)

Link to map and Entrance to Conference Hall

Note that Prague has one of the best transportation system in Europe. The nearest accommodation to book is in Old Town Prague or anywhere near metro or tram stop. Best guide on public transportation

3. Where can I contact the organizers with any questions?

For inquiries, please send an email to or call the following:

Rohlee de Guzman +32 43 3252059 (Netherlands)

Marison Rodriguez +420 773 591 030 (Czech Republic)


4. Is my registration/ticket transferable or refundable?

You may transfer the ticket 15 days before the event else it is considered sold. Simply send an email to for further information

No refunds will be granted within 30 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

5. How to register? 

Please click here to register.

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The European Network of Filipino Diaspora is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.

Learn how to become an event sponsor here.


ENFiD  is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.

Learn how to get involved here.




[ENFiD News & Views] Special Election Issue

Be a Filipino first before being an Ilocano or a Mindanaoan, etc.

Dear Readers,

I just mailed my voting ballot. I wouldn’t let my right of suffrage go unutilized.

I am now cramming for the opening letter for this Special Election Issue of our News&Views to beat the deadline as we want to get this circulated this weekend.

Why this Special Issue? We, the Editorial Team of N&V, think that we can also contribute in mobilizing the OF’s in Europe to go out and cast their intelligent, well-informed votes even if they are living outside our Bayang Magiliw. The campaign period is supposed to start on February 9 up to two days before the election, May 7. However, the COMELEC decided to declare an earlier start on January 10. The whole election period thus run from January 10 up to thirty days after the election. All other relevant dates, including the prohibitions concerning the election were set by the Commission on Election (COMELEC).

In the last weeks, various camps of presidential candidates have been casting to and fro nasty, hateful, and sometimes misinformed accusations to each other while campaigning or defending their presidential vet. In this issue, we are veering away from promoting or defending any particular candidate. We know that the social, written and audio-visio media are full of that already. What we want to provide here are technical information on where, how and when to vote in various countries in Europe, whether in person or through postal voting. We also provide links to websites which help voters to find their match of a presidential candidate as well as a link to the graph which shows the movements of the electoral polls. And finally, this special issue also includes useful information on prohibited acts during the election period, social media and digital campaigns, voting acts and other election highlights.

Of the more than ten million Filipinos living and working abroad, 1,376,067 registered worldwide for Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) which makes a total of 54.4 million registered voters to take part in the 2016 election. Some 1,927 of these are from Europe. According to Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, Head for the Overseas Voting of the Department of Foreign Affair, it “ is not a stretch to surmise that each Overseas Filipino (OF) can influence the vote of at least 3 family members because they are considered to be their families’ breadwinners.” I dare add that even the Filipinos with immigrant status who no longer hold a Philippine passport, and are thus illegible to cast their vote, could still be very influential to their families, friends, acquaintances and relatives not only by virtue of the financial aid they provide but also because of a certain (higher) social status accorded to them. They are listened to. In this regard, I hope they will take it upon themselves to show interest, follow and be informed of the platforms of the candidates and the kind of person the candidates are and be able to discuss and steer the relations in the Philippines to take this election seriously and vote wisely. Even if they are in Europe, the information can be easily accessed. That’s what modern information technology is all about. Moreover, their experience in Europe, which they generally use as a standard when comparing with the situation in the Philippines, claiming it to be less corrupt, more efficient and where even the poorer ones can have access to basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing, education and health benefits, could be a good starting point to objectively measure what the electoral candidates plan for the Philippines if they win.

We, the Euro-Pinoys, have the privilege to live in a society where divorce is legally and socially accepted yet the moral fiber of the people is intact. Even as some politicians in Europe are known to have a mistress and children out of wedlock, these are not flattered around as a sign of being manly. We also live here in a society where the capital punishment of death is not (anymore) legally acceptable. Human lives are valued. The worst criminals are put to prison for life if they are found to be a threat to the society. Have you ever heard of a political candidate in Europe boasting of killing people in the verge of the society like the drug users and (petty) criminals and worst, being cheered and praised for it? God forbid. Perhaps, who knows, there is also a European political figure who’d killed someone. But to boast about it and even include the intention to kill as a way to solve a social problem is, to say the least, so scary. Ok, you know which presidential candidate I mean. And don’t tell me it’s because I am born and raised in Manila that I do not know the situation in Mindanao. My father was born in Zamboanga City and we still have family living there. What scares me, among others, is: what if people in positions of power, like the police or the military, just take it upon them to kill those whom they consider a problem in the society because it’s the president’s advocacy? When and where on earth had it been acceptable to just kill even the worst criminal without due legal process?

The Filipinos are tired of criminality and the promise of a short cut quick fix to such fundamental justice problems is attracting the voters. Euro-Pinoys should take part in urging their voting kin and friends that killing is not, and never should be, considered as an acceptable form of acquiring justice. Otherwise, how different would we be with terrorists who kill fellow humans because they believe it is their claim to justice?

Anyway, I’d like to make an appeal to all Euro-Pinoy voters to please be a Filipino first before being an Ilocano or a Mindanaoan, etc. We all want a better Philippines and so let this be our primary motivation.

For the more thorough amongst us, the links to the Fair Elections Act (Republic Act 9006) and the RA 9189 known as the Overseas Voting Act and its amended version RA 10590 signed by President Benigno Aquino III on May 27, 2013.

It is interesting to read from these documents the various rules set our for audio-visio media such as tv and radio as well as written media such as newspapers, tabloids or magazines advertisements during campaign period. Do you know for example, that for a nationally elective office, a candidate or a political party is entitled up to 120- minute television advertisement and up to 180- minute radio advertisement? This according to Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista in an interview with CNN Philippines is per candidate per station. He added that the candidates may spend ten pesos per registered voter. This means that since there are 54.4 registrants for this 2016 election, a candidate may only spend 54.4 million pesos for his/her campaign. Tja, one should really have a lot of money or a very substantial sponsor to be able to afford this.

Aside from these guidelines, a separate code of conduct is set out in a the Omnibus Election Code in the Philippines wherein prohibited acts, election offenses, penalties, prosecution and others are explained.

Personally, I think it is a pity that the potential of social media in promoting the platforms and programs of the electoral candidates is not maximized. Social media, and digital campaigns in general, are not fully maximized in educating the voters to make them more aware and knowledgeable of the issues facing the Philippines and the world and in relating these to what the candidates’ positions regarding these issues are undermined. In other words, instead of using the social media in a positive manner, it is, sad to say, mostly used in a negative and at times aggressive manner. Social media is employed mostly to sensationalize the candidates, their speeches, acts, etc. Well, it is not yet too late. We still have more than three weeks to go. I’m posing this challenge to all political campaigners, volunteers and otherwise, to make use of the social media in a more positive and enlightening way.

In the meantime, it is a sunny begin of the weekend here in the south of the Netherlands and I have nice plans to enjoy it with my family.

Best regards,

Rohlee de Guzman
ENFiD Executive Director

[ENFiD News & Views] Writer's Pool

ENFiD News & View Writers’ Pool

by Vanda Brady

We are happy to announce that we have additional contributors to the ENFiD Bi-monthly newsletter, ENFiD News & Views. The following have been very generous in sharing their writing prowess to the ENFiD community. Thank you, ladies and welcome to the ENFiD Writers Pool!

LILY C. FEN – Switzerland

Lily C. Fen is a writer of postcolonial literature and travel stories. Her works have been published by Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Hong Kong’s Asian Cha, New Asian Writing, VIEW Travel & Lifestyle, Asian Dragon, and other magazines. She holds an MA in English Language Studies from the University of the Philippines and was once an announcer for primetime radio in Manila. Lily worked extensively as an actress for film, theatre, and TV, both in the Philippines and the Czech Republic. She lived in Prague for several years, where she began writing a collection of Asian-themed short stories that she hopes will one day be a published book. She now resides in Zurich.


Catherine Lourdes Dy is a doctoral research fellow under the umbrella of the Erasmus Mundus GEM Joint Doctorate Program. She is currently completing her PhD in cooperation with the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels and the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS) in Rome. She was an Australian Leadership Award Scholar at The Australian National University from which she graduated with a MA International Relations and Master of Diplomacy in 2012. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a faculty member at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her research interests lie within the realm of postcolonial studies, namely in examining issues in the periphery of political science and international relations. Her areas of specialization include human rights and democracy: in particular, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and the theoretical dimensions of the quality of democracy, particularly in unrecognized and marginalized States. She is also affiliated with the University of the Philippines’ Third World Studies Center and the Norges forskningsråd’s Research School of Peace and Conflict. “She is currently living in Brussels with her fiancé and their dugong.”


Cecile Herbing is a AB Secretarial Science graduate of St. Paul College of the Philippines and an MA Prep Studies graduate of UP. remarried to Paul Herbing and now currently residing on the Isle of Wight. She was a project officer/placement assistant at the Ateneo de Manila University for 20 years She lived in the USA for five years and is now residing on the Isle of Wight with her husband. She has self-published two books with proceeds given to Ateneo Human Rights Centre and UP Women Crisis Centre- My Journey Thorough Life with God (2012) and 365 Days on the Isle of Wight (2013) and has another two books in the making. She earned the Promising Writer of the Year of the IOW Writer’s Circle Group in the UK in 2015. She has a Qualification on Equality & Diversity from Broadlands College in the UK and had training in Grant Writing and Fundraising from Mt. Mary’s college in the USA. She is currently volunteering at Cancer Research Volunteer after working as the PA at the Diocese of Portsmouth.


Marilou Price graduated from West Visayas State University with Social Science degree in Iloilo City and has hotel management experience. She is currently working in the National Health Service. She has an article published in Red magazine (Hearst Publishing, UK) which appeared in its July 2015 edition, and won letter/e-mail of the month. With no formal journalistic training but aced her Journalism course, she is interested in reading and in lifestyle, creative, and social awareness writing.

[ENFiD Couple] That Thing Called Love

By Lily C. Fen

It was years ago since I had met Marison Rodriguez, when the Filipino Czech Association had been founded.

I even had the pleasure of meeting Calin Ionescu, her Romanian sweetheart, while caught in the flurry of conducting our Filipino-European events.

I managed to kidnap Marison for a few hours during the ENFID-Swiss general assembly in Zurich recently, and I was able to pick her brain about that thing called love, and what had brought her to Europe in the first place.

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Dining before watching the Eiffel Tower fireworks in Paris, France (2012)


A rare female in the male-dominated realm of information technology, Marison had managed several other working adventures in various parts of Asia before finally landing in Europe. She has worked in IT departments in China, Taiwan, and Malaysia, for example.

When her agreement with the latter was coming to an end, she had heard wind of several jobs at IBM on a global scale, and thought of looking it up.

She saw a job that was listed for the Czech Republic, a place she had not heard much about.

But she thought, “Why not?”

What kind of great, unknown adventure would Europe be?

She sent in her resume, and the rest was history.

Within a week, she was hired.

But how did a Filipina end up with a Romanian partner somewhere in the heart of Central Europe?

Marison and her Filipino roommate were looking to vacate their living space, and had put up an advertisement on their company intranet for the apartment.

The colleagues who answered the ad were two Romanians. They happened to show up when her roommate was not available.
Marison remembered that one of them seemed “really nice.”

That was Calin.

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Supporting the ENFID registration in Valetta, Malta (2013)


He started communicating with her regularly to ask about the flat after that initial meeting.

Online conversations about apartment rental slowly turned into several friendly meet-ups. There was even an isolated incident that involved Calin convincing Marison to go clubbing with him, as the famed Muzejni noc (annual Museum Night in Czech Republic where museums stay open all night, entry free of charge) came to a close in the wee hours of the morning.

This might seem ordinary to anyone, apart from the fact that Marison is a constructive bumblebee, even on the weekends. Her time away from work was a joy to her for various areas of personal or physical development, such as dragon boat racing, hiking, going on Christian fellowships or Filipino gatherings, or simply catching up with household chores.

Marison said yes at the time, despite the fact that she was not really into dance clubs. After that, they parted ways, and she did not think much about the matter again. She figured that in these parts of the world, that was how friendships were built.

But then one day, Calin showed up for one of their casual meetings with flowers.

That was when she knew that Calin’s intentions were of the romantic kind.

By the time the apartment Marison was leaving was finally let out to Calin and his fellow Romanian, she had been invited to the housewarming party.

That was when it happened.
A kiss was shared, and sparks flew.

Marison, being lost in that place between two cultures had to ask: was this something for real that could go forward, or just an anomaly–a result of the festivities?

More than half a decade later, Calin and Marison have a partnership that would be envied by most. Theirs is a democratic relationship, where doing the dishes and preparing meals are chores equally shared by both, depending on the day, the mood, and what is being prepared.

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Experiencing the heights in Mt. Pilatus in Luzern, Switzerland (2014)


“I sort the laundry and load the washing machine,” Marison quips as an example, adding that Calin hangs up the load to dry once the cycle is done.

The division of labor in their household seems to be organic: “When one is washing the dishes,” she says, the other one throws out the garbage.

But Calin confides, “the only thing I constantly try to run from is washing the dishes… that is the one thing that I use all my skills and charm on Mars in order to avoid doing.”

They seem to follow an informal guideline that a lot of things in life can be taken care of by one of them, depending on their realm of expertise. For instance, Asian dishes tend to be cooked by Marison, while Western meals tend to be prepared by Calin.

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Strengthening ENFID-Romania in Bucharest (2014)


If they are in the mood for getting social, Calin does the inviting if they are willing to see European friends. Marison does the organizing if they are in the mood to spend time with other Filipinos.

Marison laughed when she said that it was Calin who commanded the remote control. But it turned out it was also because Marison did not watch a lot of television, anyway.

Some things that they love to keep in mind as they continue their partnership: “give and take,” Marison shares, is their top priority, together with making “happiness a primary goal in the relationship.” Another wise reminder for them is to “listen and be open-minded when someone is angry or confused,” and even being affectionate and remembering to say “I love you,” sustains them both.

“The relationship between me and Calin grew…because we have to look after each other,” Marison explained, thinking of times when one of them would fall ill.

“It is always hard being away from friends and family,” Calin echoes his partner’s thoughts on having each other, both being foreign to the Czech Republic. “It’s difficult to find people to rely on, so I would say it’s a blessing finding each other.”

It looks like their relationship rests on strong foundations. They have managed to cross cultural boundaries–even spiritual and societal norms from both their places of origin–in order to meet and build a relationship that is based on open-mindedness, acceptance, and teamwork.

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Recent Philippine vacation in Puerto Prinsesa (2015)


[ENFiD News & Views] On a Lighter Side: February 2016

The Difference Between Men and Women in a Conversation

A little story that shows the essential differences between a man and a woman:

Let’s say a guy named Roger is attracted to a woman named Elaine. He asks her out to a movie; she accepts; they have a pretty good time. A few nights later he asks her out to dinner, and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and after a while neither one of them is seeing anybody else.

And then, one evening when they’re driving home, a thought occurs to Elaine, and, without really thinking, she says it aloud: “Do you realize that, as of tonight, we’ve been seeing each other for exactly six months?”

And then there is silence in the car. To Elaine, it seems like a very loud silence. She thinks to herself: Geez, I wonder if it bothers him that I said that. Maybe he’s been feeling confined by our relationship; maybe he thinks I’m trying to push him into some kind of obligation that he doesn’t want, or isn’t sure of.

And Roger is thinking: Gosh. Six months.

And Elaine is thinking: But, hey, I’m not so sure I want this kind of relationship, either. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space, so I’d have time to think about whether I really want us to keep going the way we are, moving steadily toward . . . I mean, where are we going? Are we just going to keep seeing each other at this level of intimacy? Are we heading toward marriage? Toward children? Toward a lifetime together? Am I ready for that level of commitment? Do I really even know this person?

And Roger is thinking: . . . so that means it was . . . let’s see . . February when we started going out, which was right after I had the car at the dealer’s, which means . . . lemme check the odometer . . . Whoa! I am way overdue for an oil change here.

And Elaine is thinking: He’s upset. I can see it on his face. Maybe I’m reading this completely wrong. Maybe he wants more from our relationship, more intimacy, more commitment; maybe he has sensed — even before I sensed it — that I was feeling some reservations. Yes, I bet that’s it. That’s why he’s so reluctant to say anything about his own feelings. He’s afraid of being rejected.

And Roger is thinking: And I’m gonna have them look at the transmission again. I don’t care what those morons say, it’s still not shifting right. And they better not try to blame it on the cold weather this time. What cold weather? It’s 87 degrees out, and this thing is shifting like a garbage truck, and I paid those incompetent thieves $600.

And Elaine is thinking: He’s angry. And I don’t blame him. I’d be angry, too. I feel so guilty, putting him through this, but I can’t help the way I feel. I’m just not sure.

And Roger is thinking: They’ll probably say it’s only a 90- day warranty. That’s exactly what they’re gonna say, the scumballs.

And Elaine is thinking: maybe I’m just too idealistic, waiting for a knight to come riding up on his white horse, when I’m sitting right next to a perfectly good person, a person I enjoy being with, a person I truly do care about, a person who seems to truly care about me. A person who is in pain because of my self-centered, schoolgirl romantic fantasy.

And Roger is thinking: Warranty? They want a warranty? I’ll give them a warranty. I’ll take their warranty and stick it right up their ……

“Roger,” Elaine says aloud.

“What?” says Roger, startled.

“Please don’t torture yourself like this,” she says, her eyes beginning to brim with tears. “Maybe I should never have . . Oh, I feel so……”

(She breaks down, sobbing.)

“What?” says Roger.

“I’m such a fool,” Elaine sobs. “I mean, I know there’s no knight. I really know that. It’s silly. There’s no knight, and there’s no horse.”

“There’s no horse?” says Roger.

“You think I’m a fool, don’t you?” Elaine says.

“No!” says Roger, glad to finally know the correct answer.

“It’s just that . . . It’s that I . . . I need some time,” Elaine says.

(There is a 15-second pause while Roger, thinking as fast as he can, tries to come up with a safe response. Finally he comes up with one that he thinks might work.)

“Yes,” he says.

(Elaine, deeply moved, touches his hand.)

“Oh, Roger, do you really feel that way?” she says.

“What way?” says Roger.

“That way about time,” says Elaine.

“Oh,” says Roger. “Yes.”

(Elaine turns to face him and gazes deeply into his eyes, causing him to become very nervous about what she might say next, especially if it involves a horse. At last she speaks.)

“Thank you, Roger,” she says.

“Thank you,” says Roger.

Then he takes her home, and she lies on her bed, a conflicted, tortured soul, and weeps until dawn, whereas when Roger gets back to his place, he opens a bag of Doritos, turns on the TV, and immediately becomes deeply involved in a rerun of a tennis match between two Czechoslovakians he never heard of. A tiny voice in the far recesses of his mind tells him that something major was going on back there in the car, but he is pretty sure there is no way he would ever understand what, and so he figures it’s better if he doesn’t think about it.

The next day Elaine will call her closest friend, or perhaps two of them, and they will talk about this situation for six straight hours. In painstaking detail, they will analyze everything she said and everything he said, going over it time and time again, exploring every word, expression, and gesture for nuances of meaning, considering every possible ramification. They will continue to discuss this subject, off and on, for weeks, maybe months, never reaching any definite conclusions, but never getting bored with it, either.

Meanwhile, Roger, while playing racquetball one day with a mutual friend of his and Elaine’s, will pause just before serving, frown, and say:

“Jeff, did Elaine ever own a horse?”

Dave Barry

Maalaala mo pa ba ang Harana?

Harana was a traditional form of courtship in the Philippines wherein men introduced themselves and/or wooed women by singing underneath her window at night. It was widely practiced in old Philippines with a set of protocols, a code of conduct and a specific style of music. Here’s a self-trace of the roots of Harana or serenade in the Philippines using different sources.

Watch “In Memory of Harana”, a profoundly moving film for Cinemanila by Adrian Calumpang where old widows sing for their long-lost loved ones in this profoundly moving film for Cinemanila directed by Adrian Calumpang who, incidentally, is the nephew of ENFiD Executive Director Rohlee De Guzman. Adrian was born in the Philippines but he spent his younger years abroad. He grew up in Saudi Arabia and Singapore until he decided to move to the United Kingdom in 1996. In London, he studied at Central Saint Martin’s where he completed a degree in BA (Hons) Art and Design. He has been directing since 2004. His works include TV commercials of popular brands. Here are some of his brilliant work.

[ENFiD News & Views] Migration and Sustainable Development News & Trends: February 2016

Conference: Searching for Solidarity in EU Asylum and Border Policies
26-27 February, 2016 
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels

The Odysseus Academic Network coordinated by the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), in cooperation with the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) of the European University Institute (EUI), will hold a conference on “Solidarity between Member States in the EU policies on Asylum and Borders” in Brussels on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February 2016.

Conference structure:

  • Session 1 on solidarity in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice in comparison with other EU policies as well as with the situation in third countries such as Turkey.
  • Session 2 on EU Asylum Policy, the delicate issue of the relocation of asylum seekers between Member States, and establishing the right balance between solidarity and responsibility in relation to the upcoming revision of the Dublin Regulation.
  • Session 3 on the extent to which the current EU institutional framework and the status of the relevant agencies (Frontex and EASO), foster solidarity. The Commission proposals to strengthen Frontex will be critically analysed, as well as the need to revise the mandate and structure of EASO. It will also address the functioning of “Hotspots”.

For more information on the programme and how to register, please see the Odysseus website.

Symposium: Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe: Towards Better Social Cohesion and Tolerance in Times of Austerity
NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe, Brussels
Tuesday 16th February 2016

The European Parliament and the European Commission are committed to foster upward social convergence towards the EU 2020 strategy, which aims to lift 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion.

This timely international symposium will examine the current state of the Europe 2020 strategy to reduce poverty and social exclusion and evaluate the need to adopt and develop newer strategies to stimulate inclusiveness through education and employment. It will also offer a vital platform to discuss the need to reform the current social protection systems in the EU and explore how all stakeholders must coordinate and cooperate in order to build a more inclusive society. Click here for the event brochure or to book

Domestic work voice and representation through organizing

Despite improved labour protections in countries around the world, domestic workers in many places still struggle to claim these rights. Even where laws are in place, the unequal bargaining position of domestic workers in the employment relationship and conditions of poverty compel them to accept unfair labour practices, including unduly low wages, late payments, underpayment or non- payment of wages, extremely long hours, and sometimes more extreme forms of abuse and exploitation. These unacceptable forms of work are perpetuated by conditions that are particular to the sector: domestic workers work in isolation, behind closed doors, and their unequal bargaining position in the home disables them from claiming rights that may be provided by law, bargaining for better conditions, and, worse, unable to refuse exploitative work. Domestic workers are also the subject of multiple discriminations, which further reduces their bargaining power and confidence to realize their rights: 83% of them are women, often from socially marginalized communities, and often with low levels of education and literacy. While recognizing that advocacy campaigns for more effective labour protections has been a widespread means of action, this policy brief focuses on illustrating the specific measures taken by domestic workers’ organizations to successfully address unacceptable forms of work in the sector through innovative approaches to unionization, collective bargaining, and other forms of negotiation. Read the Policy Brief.

WAIT AND SEE FOR ALL YE IF WE ARE STILL ALIVE BY 2030: New ILO figures show 150 million migrants in the global workforce

Decision makers will now have this present data gathered on which to base policies with regards to migration workers across continents. This data analysis can represent significantly in time for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Find out more.