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ENFiD Statement: ENFiD IS AN OPEN ORGANIZATION

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ENFiD  IS AN OPEN ORGANISATION

 

ENFiD is non-political, non-sectarian and not-for-profit network. It comprises members from different sectors of the society, including all political leanings. ENFiD’s foundations are formulated in its Constitution. It provides a forum for regional and global interaction between and among Filipino individuals and organisations within the European Community, with Philippines and with the rest of the world. It inspires and initiates non-partisan dialogues and discussions on relevant topics and participates in the international dialogue on ethical, cultural and political issues with a view to alleviate global poverty.

Let it be known that members of ENFiD are a mixture of supporters and non-supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte. As ENFiD, we believe that individual members have the freedom to express their (political) opinion on a personal level. However, let this be clear to all that these individual positions of various ENFiD members are NOT THE POSITION OF ENFID.

The Board of Directors of ENFiD deplores the current malicious, unfounded attacks to ENFiD in social media where ENFiD is accused of being the European arm of the Liberal Party (the yellowist) and of being funded by US-based Filipino philanthropist, Attorney Loida Nicolas. Both are not true. These accusations were based on the attendance of Mr. Gene Alcantara, the former Chair of ENFiD, at a protest rally organized by anti-Duterte groups in Paris. Mr. Alcantara was there as a journalist-correspondent of ABS-CBN and not as an ENFiD representative. ENFiD was not represented in that rally.

ENFiD is an open organization. It welcomes all Euro-Pinoys from all political colors, from any religion, from all background, as long as one adheres to principles of democracy and respect for one another.

Within ENFiD, reflecting the diversity of the Filipino society at large, different positions exist which have led to spontaneous partisan positions in public, which do not necessarily represent the official position of ENFiD.

ENFiD core values and principles: As mentioned in ENFiD Constitution, our network aims to bring different communities of the OF’s and OFW’s in Europe together, to function as a platform for exchange across European borders and to promote joint action for the cause of Filipinos in Europe, but also in support of the development of our home country.

As OF’s/OFWs in Europe, and our exposure to European society, we have benefitted from the core values and principles on which European democratic societies are built, such as the respect for the rule of law, solidarity and basic humanitarian principles. Europe’s development over the past decades cannot be delinked from these fundamental political and societal foundations which we subscribe to.

Signed:

 

The Board of Directors of ENFiD

13 June 2017

 

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ENFiD Statement: On Yellow Arm

ENFiD Statement

Concerning the posting “’ENFiD: European Network of Filipino Diaspora’ is the YELLOW ARM here in Europe” posted on 28 April 2017 on the Facebook Wall “For the Motherland,” the ENFiD Board states the following:

The posting refers to a shared Facebook post of the ENFiD Country Representative of Iceland. This posting does not reflect the official position of the ENFiD Board and was not mandated by the same Board.

ENFiD is non-political, non-religious and not-for-profit network. It comprises members from different sectors of the society, including all political leanings. ENFiD’s foundations are formulated in its Constitution. It provides a forum for regional and global interaction between and among Filipino individuals and organisations within the European Community, with Philippines and with the rest of the world. It inspires and initiates non-partisan dialogues and discussions on relevant topics and participates in the international dialogue on ethical, cultural and political issues with a view to alleviate global poverty.

Concerning the content of the shared posting of the ENFiD-Iceland Representative regarding the war on drugs, ENFiD’s Board states the following:

“Since entering into office of the Duterte Government, the issue of alleged Extrajudicial Killings (EJK) became a highly contested topic within the Philippines and within the community of OF’s/OFW’s. At the international level, many eyes have turned towards the Philippines commenting with surprise and disapproval on these alleged EJK.

Also within ENFiD, reflecting the diversity of the Filipino society at large, different positions exist which have led to spontaneous partisan positions in public, which do not necessarily represent the official position of ENFiD.

ENFiD core values and principles: As mentioned in ENFiD Constitution, our network aims to bring different communities of the OF’s and OFW’s in Europe together, to function as a platform for exchange across European borders and to promote joint action for the cause of Filipinos in Europe, but also in support of the development of our home country.

As OF’s/OFWs in Europe, and our exposure to European society, we have benefitted from the core values and principles on which European democratic societies are built, such as the respect for the rule of law, solidarity and basic humanitarian principles. Europe’s development over the past decades cannot be delinked from these fundamental political and societal foundations.

Against this background, ENFiD was created with a spirit of openness, respect for the other and willingness to include all different OF/OFW communities. This spirit does not align with the manner how the drug problems are being dealt with in the Philippines. The current practices go against the rule of law and against basic humanitarian principles as written in international agreements which also the Philippines has adhered to.

ENFiD’s position with regard to the Philippine war on drugs is informed by six aspects:

  • Recognition that drugs is a serious problem in the Philippines and that the Government needs to address it with vigor;
  • Disapproval of the practice of EJK as it goes against the rule of law and human rights principles
  • Killings of humans, whether by drug gangs, other criminals or the police, is categorically unacceptable and should be condemned;
  • Drugs problems need to be attended to by means of specific Government programs to help drug dependent person and families and setting up rehabilitation centers;
  • Drug problems, and the related criminal practice of users, cannot be looked at in isolation; they need to be seen as a product of poverty, inequality, social problems and economic exclusion which the Government’s policies and actions should be focused on;
  • Corruption within Government institutions, which have allowed criminal and drug-related illegal practices to proliferate need to be targeted and fought against.

What ENFiD does: ENFiD promotes towards our network, our members and our relations to support alternative approaches in dealing with the drug problems. This comprises support to rehabilitation projects, specific programs to help drug dependent person and their families, anti-drug public awareness campaigns, the setting up of rehabilitation facilities, utilisation of judicial system and non-violent initiatives to combat drug use.”

 

Signed

 

ENFiD-Europe

28 April 2017

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[ENFiD-Austria] Country Report from Austria: February 2017

Into the new year

Gosh, January 2017 came and went, and here we are in February!

It’s the month of hearts, expression of love, thanks to St. Valentine, and picked up by the flower, cards, and chocolate industries to boost the economy. So, allow me to send you my personal greetings for this occasion of love – may you have your share of flowers, cards, and/or chocolates. You can be sure I will have mine, even if I have to send it to myself.

Before I can go on to this new year, I would like to turn back the clock a couple of months to the end of 2016. I believe that this bit of story has paid honor to the good of what we received for the past year, and has put us on the right path for the new year.

December 2016 was the usual month of holiday celebrations with charity fund-raising through sales of goodies crafted all year, and baked goods that came out of ovens the night before.

One major annual event that happens in Vienna is the “UNWG International Bazaar”. This is an entry-free day-long event that is organized by the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG), as a fund-raiser for the children’s charities that they have supported for many years. All of the embassies and international organizations put in their various contributions of crafts and cultural goods representing their countries, as well as well-visited booths that hold their respective delicious cuisines. And, through the visual and olfactory trip around the world, there is entertainment to be had, each country performing their song and dance best representing their cultures and traditions.

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The Filipino booth for the cuisine is well-visited annually, organized by the Vienna International Center Club Filipino (VICCF). All the goodies are donated by cash or in kind, which means that of the menu provided, the members and their friends contribute a dish each, so that the supply is continuously replenished throughout the day. And, it does go very fast. I managed to catch the last serving of chicken adobo just before the closing time of 5 pm. I must say, if that was not the dish I contributed, whoever did, certainly did a great job of this Filipino classic.

At the final count, it was confirmed that this booth reached a generous amount from fans of our Filipino cooking! Indeed, an undertaking like this in one day could not have taken place without the voluntary support of those who took the task of decorating the stall with love, care and creativity, those who sacrificed their time and concentration of administering the sales and accounting, those who provided their own cars, time, petrol, driving, those who pulled out from their own kitchens the cooking paraphernalia needed (buckets, rice cooker, water cookers, dish warmers) stall keepers and servers dressed in colorful national costumes.

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In her own words, the current VICCF President,
“It was a joy to watch you and your enthusiasm and good team spirit. We have had good remarks starting from the decoration of our stall, the food on sale, the beautifully dressed volunteers and their untiring assistance with a smile. cultural dance performers, photographers, and last, but by no means least, spouses, children and extended family members.
Thank you all in making this event a big success and reached our objective to help the children in poverty around the world.
Let me also take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!”

In Vienna, January usually is the time when groups meet to plan for their activities of the coming year. I had a peep on some of them, and I can promise you that there will definitely be lots of wonderful activities that will be shared in this newsletter as each month unfolds.

Mae Cayir
Vienna, Austria

[ENFiD-Austria] Country Report from Austria: November 2016

ENFiD-Austria

On the road to discovery
By Mae Cayir, Country Representative

One of the fascinating discoveries as an ENFID Country Representative is the opportunity to meet our compatriots on a one-on-one basis. On the road for me to acquaint myself with the Filipino community here in Austria, it is heartening to know that our core values and beliefs continue to thrive in this European context at a time when global politics keep throwing us into confusion and division.

Currently, one of the Filipino artists whom I have come to know is Tommy Aquino. He hails originally from Manila, and has been a resident of Vienna for 17 years. His interest in art was established when he was about 10 years old, at a time when he had the freedom to enjoy drawing. At the age of 25, he started establishing himself as an artist within the Metro Manila area, and was fascinated by landscapes, as well as scenery taking in fauna and flora, In Austria, he has his fill from fields of sunflowers and red poppies. Over the years, he has collected quite a number of paintings, most of which have been given away to admiring friends and family, as well as sold to add to his family’s domestic budget. An artist of humble beginnings, with no significant sponsors, can only continue with his art as his spirit takes him. And, through this humility, he has never forgotten to share with those who are in need. Charity is one of the values ingrained in him, and his siblings, by their mother.

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Of late, now in mid-life, he is fascinated by modern abstract art. Picasso has caught his eye, and his friends tease him that they may just call him, “Tommy Picasso” one day. Today, in Vienna, he is exhibiting his collections of Modern Abstract Paintings, “The Celebrity” Series..and the “Blond Hair Woman” Picasso Style. This is his third Exhibition in a local gallery, Gallery Steiner.

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In his own words, “My passion is in my inner soul. I create images with no intention nor direction, but only from my pure feelings with respect and discipline. As a self-taught Artist, I am always learning from my experience, discovering new techniques to enhance my style of painting. I believe that my Art is a revelation of undiscovered harmony, beauty and unity.”

In the meantime, he is completing his studies in art, courses provided by the city of Vienna, because a true artist at heart never ceases to hone his craft and master his skills. The field of art is endless, and when it comes to abstract art, the possibilities are infinite. I am excited to see how this emerges from his heart and soul, and look forward to his future exhibits, one of which will find its way through an ENFID event.

I would like to introduce a very shy poet, whose art was kept in a box of treasures, until I walked into her life, Lovelyn A. We met last summer, and after exploring with her the stuff of which her poetry is made, I finally coaxed her out of the shadows and got her pen running across pages of her notebook. It was with an audience of some Austrian ladies, students of a local communications service, “TalkShop”, that we gathered on a Saturday summer afternoon for a barbecue hosted by one charming and handsome Austrian gentleman. It was here where I asked her to recite her poems. As the sun set, and the candles lit up across the branches of the tree under which she stood, we listened in awe, holding our breath, as she took us with her on every word that she expressed, touching our hearts, our souls, and raising goosebumps on our skin. That shy poet I had met was a whole different persona that had me thinking of MacBeth come alive.

Team Austria

Team Austria

Autumn started to roll into our Austrian climate, when I asked her to write poetry based on a collection of portraits that Tommy Aquino was playing around with. I felt that she had potential to explore outside of her comfort zone of writing, and this was going to bring her to another level. As it turned out, the collaboration was worthy. See for yourself, how combining two art forms into one harmonizes exemplary . These are now on exhibit through a Facebook page titled, “Abstract Soul”. I see the potential for a coffee-table book one day.

I prefer not to look,
For my eyes will betray me,
And will show me sadness.
I prefer to feel,
For my heart is a chamber of love,
And will show you goodness.
I am a woman,
Graceful, feminine and soft.
But I could be a man,
When the world requires me
To be tough.
-Poem by Lovelyn A.

Team Austria

Celebrity Abstract Portrait by Tommy Aquino, Vienna 2016

A third artist whom I stumbled upon during this season of change, autumn in Vienna, is Anna Bader. In fact, she was one of the artists featured at the exhibition curated by Virgilio Cuizon for the ENFID General Assembly that was held in Prague September 2016. It was unfortunate that Anna and I didn’t meet in Prague, but missed opportunities hold a promise worth pursuit. So, I made contact with her here in Vienna, and we finally met in person. Fortuitously, this was at a time when she was moving her artwork from canvas to vintage bags. Together with the owner of “Street Look” boutique, Ma’am Marialen Dimailig, a Filipina of extended residence here in Vienna, we are launching a series of such artful vintage bags for a select group of clients who are avid followers of her collection of women’s apparel, that she personally curates on a regular basis from Paris. Marialen is herself an artist in her own right because her choice of women’s fashion is lead by a keen eye that is intuitively that of an artist. In this, I consider her the fourth artist of this group I am introducing to our ENFID members.

Team Austria

Team Austria

So, it goes, from one artist to the next, there are many gems hidden amongst the Filipino community here in Austria. If I manage to pry them lose out of their hiding places, you can be sure that they will make their debut here on these newsletters.

[ENFiD] What is Wrong with Overseas Filipinos

Presented by Gene Alcantara, ENFID Chairman on the 2nd Filipino European Overseas Conference in Malta v.20150801 (latest)

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Presented by Gene Alcantara, ENFID Chairman in the 3rd Global Summit in Manila, Philippines v.20150224

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[ENFiD] and ENFiD-UK presents Appellation of Origin in London. September 10.

Appellation of Origin: The Philippines is organised to celebrate the Philippine artistry and imagination in the form of crafts unique to Philippine culture.

Appellation of Origin: the Philippines is a project of WELL (Work, Environment & Lifelong Learning) Trust; Ajos Trust; ENFiD: European Network of Filipino Diaspora and ENFID UK.

Please BOOK your tickets now:

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[ENFiD] The 1st ENFiD Essay Writing Contest Winners

Article written by Rachel Hansen
Photos courtesy of JJ Formento

 

The 1st ENFiD Essay Writing Contest was launched to coincide with the 2nd European Regional Overseas Filipino Conference in Malta held last July 31-August 3.

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An overwhelming number of entries from 44 Euro-Pinoys were submitted and the first three essays which garnered the highest points were proclaimed the winners. The announcement and the prize-giving ceremony took place at the ENFiD Cultural Evening held at the Catholic Institute Auditorium in Floriana, Malta last August 1st 2015.

The purpose of the Contest was to engage as many Euro-Pinoys as possible in ENFiD objectives as well as to examine their roles in Europe’s multicultural environment. The essayists were asked to provide an entry on the following topics:

1 My cultural life before and after being an Overseas Filipino
2 My profession, work habits/ethics before and after working in Europe
3 How much do I know about Europe (or my adopted country)?
4 Am I am better individual as Euro-Pinoy (i.e. living, studying and working in Europe)?

Four judges were handpicked meticulously to choose the winners based on a selection criteria such as Creativity, Structure, Adherence to Topic, Grammar, Length and “Wow!” factor.

The top 10 essays that received the highest points were subjected to a second reading, and the judges engaged in a measured discussion of the essays content and value, before finally voting on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winning entries. It was a tough task for the judges to say the least.

The 1st prize went to Jaye de la Cruz-Bekema from the Netherlands, the 2nd prize to Marj Akil of the United Kingdom and the 3rd prize to Richelle A. Craw from the Czech Republic.

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Rohlee de Guzman, ENFID-NL, receives the award in behalf of the 1st place ENFiD Essay Writing Contest winner: Jaye Dela Cruz-Bekema

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Amelia Alado, ENFiD-UK, receives the award in behalf of the 2nd place ENFiD Essay Writing Contest winner: Marj Akil

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Richelle Anne Craw, 3rd place winner of the 1st ENFiD Essay Writing Contest receives her award with Ambassador Lecaros, 1st Secretary and Consul General Jed Dayang, and Marison Rodriguez (ENFiD-CZ)

The 1st prize winner received 700 EUR cash, one week stay in Tagaytay Condo for 2 and weekend stay in a 5-star hotel for 2 in Manila with breakfast.

The 2nd prize winner received 500 EUR cash, weekend stay in Tagaytay Condo for 2 and weekend stay in hotel for 2 in Manila with breakfast

The 3rd prize winner received 300 EUR cash, weekend stay in hotel for 2 in Manila with breakfast.

ENFiD is planning to hold an Essay Writing Contest annually on different themes.

 

[ENFiD] Visit irehistro.info

“Sharing a site that contains everything that absentee voters, overseas workers, seafarers, expatriates, Pinoys with dual citizenship, Pinoys who have re-acquired or retained Filipino citizenship under RA 9225 need to know to be able to vote in the May 2016 national elections.

The deadline for registration is October 31, 2015.  Time is of the essence.

Please share with your friends and groups.

http://irehistro.info

 

Comprehensive info for Filipino overseas workers and expats about how to register and vote in May 2016 national elections.”

Moreover, here’s a video about overseas absentee voting: http://enfid.org/overseas-absentee-voting-information-campaign/