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Philippine Independence Day 2017 Photos from across Europe

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Berlin

June 11 The Independence day celebration at the Heilig Geist church in Bayernallee,Berlin.

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Czech Republic

ENFiD-CZ together with Philippine embassy staff during the Independence Day Celebration, 11 June 2017, St. Thomas Church Courtyard, Mala Strana Prague CZ.

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - UK

ENFiD-UK Mass Celebration, 11 June 2017, Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Church, London, UK

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Ireland

Book Launch of “From the Philippines to Ireland: A Voyage of Discovery” by Retired Journalist Vising Kennedy, 2 June 2017, Dublin, Ireland

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Israel

National Alliance of Filipino Communities in Israel (NaFilCo Israel) Gala Dinner in Commemoration of 119th Philippine Independence, June 10, 2017 at Afecka Hall Tel Aviv, Israel

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Israel

Diplomatic Reception on the occassion of the Philippines 119th Independence Day and 60 years of Philippine-Israel Diplomatic Relation at Hilton Hotel Tel Aviv held June 15, 2017

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Italy

119th Anniversary Independence Day of the Philippines in Rome

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Italy

Celebrations for the 119th Day of Independence of Philippines with Filipino community in Rome, among faces, dances, traditional dress and friends

Here are some more pictures of the 119th Philippine Independence Day celebration from the Philippines and around the world:
Celebrations of Independence Day in various parts of the Philippines
Independence Day in pictures

Tri-nation: Solidarity Through Sports

TRI-NATION: SOLIDARITY THROUGH SPORTS

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ENFiD is happy to announce that the TRi-Nation volleyball invitational is the first ENFiD volleyball competition among France, Czech and United Kingdom. Paris will be the venue of this historical ENFiD event aptly during the Celebration of the Philippines Independence Day on 1 & 2 July 2017 at Stade de La Muette.

Dennis Mana-ay of ENFiD-France wishes to acknowledge with a big thank you their  fellow ENFiD families from U.K. and Czech Republic for their special participation in this year’s Independence Day celebration dubbed ‘Pista sa Paris’. Bringing their team to compete as part of the celebration with a three nations sport event that has not only contributed to the attraction of the celebration but has also enhanced our cooperation through sport underpinned by our ardent desire to strengthen camaraderie among the Filipino community in EU that could be replicated in the future.

ENFiD Statement: ENFiD IS AN OPEN ORGANIZATION

Download the pdf version here: ENFiD-is-an-open-organisation

 

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

 

Previous ENFID Statement on Yellow Arm

Check out our upcoming General Assembly and Conference in Germany

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[ENFiD-CZ] Badminton Tournament 2017

by Maria L. Vranova

Prague, Czechia. – The European Network of Filipino Diaspora – Czechia hosted its first Badminton Tournament last 22nd of April, 2017. This sports event was held at Badminton Arena Skalka in Prague 10. The number of turnout perfected the objective of continually connecting fellow Filipinos presently residing in Czechia.

ENFiD would like to acknowledge Sport committee heads Ariel Funa and Rachelle Escame and the volunteers for the success of this event; Also, to ENFiD-CZ chair Michelle Marquez for sponsoring the prizes. We also express honour and gratitude for the presence of the members of the Philippine Embassy, Czechia – Doris Bautista, Carlos Tienzo and Charges d’Affairs, Jed Dayang Jr. Not to mention, the audience who came to express their support.

  • 18194206_119870971907926_2705564816315398410_nLastly, we congratulate the athletes for investing their time, energy and spirit for making it an awesome set of games that only Filipinos can give – a great amount of fun!-Men doubles: 3rd placers Joey Santiago and Jerimiah Punzalan, 2nd placers Dondey Gargar and Nicasio Magtoto, Jr., and champions Ronald Jay Ventura and Joman Balagtas.
  • -Women doubles: 3rd placers Azel Balgos and April Bicera, 2nd placers Liezel Ranillo and Hazel Ranillo, and champions Grace Frias and Emie Eyas
  • -Mixed: 3rd placers Joman Balagtas and Grace Frias, 2nd placers Dondey Gargar and Nina Belmonte, and champions Joey Santiago and Emie Eyas.We hope you will join us in our next organized event. ENFiD was created to help remind Filipino expats the sense of Filipino “nationhood” away from the home country.Andito lang po kami, Kabayan! Sa uulitin!

[ENFiD-CZ] Stress Management & Mental Health, and Psychological First Aid Training

by: Marison Rodriguez Photo credits: Ariel Kitane Funa

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On March 18, the Filipino Community in Czechia indeed received excellent information/counseling training from Mgr. Petr Cagaš, psychologist and psychotherapist in Verita Diagnostics Brno and from Mr. Edwin dela Cruz, head of Faculty of Nursing in Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, London, England. ENFiD sends congratulations to all who made this event happen: to ENFiD-CZ team lead by Michelle Marquez (country representative) and Justine Lyris Bacay; to ENFiD-UK’s joint cooperation and visit to Prague with ENFiD Board Member Ricardo Gacayan ; and most specially with the full support of Charge d’affaires, Consul & First Secretary Juan Dayang Jr. and all staff of the Philippine Embassy in Prague. Heartfelt thanks to all who participated in this training program – workshop held in Philippine Embassy in Prague.

It’s one of kind training and we definitely recommend this to other Filipino communities.

Feel free to email: ENFiD-Czech Republic for more info.

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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

Click here to download the statement

Tri-Nation Volleyball Invitational during Pista sa Paris on 1 & 2 July 2017

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There is no ‘I’ in sports – in both sense of the word. Even the greatest woman tennis player ever who bagged 23 singles Grand Slams will admit to this truism.

On 1 and 2 July 2017 European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD) will held its first Tri-Nation Volleyball invitational during the event organised by ENFiD-France tagged “Pista sa Paris”. The host country ENFiD-France is leading the charge to make this event happen – obviously.

ENFiD-France, ENFiD-Czech Republic and ENFiD- UK are the willing participants in this first foray as it is envisage that sports fest will become standalone annual event of ENFiD. This is not only limited to what is about to transpire inside the court but rather more importantly off the court showcasing manifestation of Filipino camaraderie, and promotion of friendship that transcend state lines and creed. A celebration of Filipino jovial, yet considerate constitution.

Excitements from participating countries starting to rise to fever pitch even at the onset. Realising the significance of this momentous historical episode of ENFiD as countries with pride wave their respective colours. It might be an exposition of the sublime to the occasionally inexplicably dreadful. Or smidgen of ability that separates the very good from the great. Teams will use chutzpah and brinksmanship (surely). Seemingly, we are about to witness an occasion akin to juggling sand – ducks and dodges and avoids questions with obfuscation, distraction and quick wit, a dizzying mix of truths, half-truths, post-truth, alternative-truth, and fallacies.

We do remember the names of first people who reach the summit mount Everest, the first man who set his foot on the moon, the first woman who fly across the English Channel, and the first woman in space. So the quest of holding the very first trophy ever to bestow to the eventual winner of the Tri-Nation is almost too much to bear for the participating teams.

Needless to say – Hurrah. Hurrah. Hurrah.

 

By: Ric Gacayan

[ENFiD-Czech Republic] Country Report from the Czech Republic: February 2017

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by Michelle Marquez

It seems like yesterday when we hosted together with the Philippine Embassy the Paskong Pilipino sa Praha attended by around 200 Filipinos and guests. Now we are getting ready for another event to drive the gloomy winter away. We are hosting a Post- Valentine’s Party which will be held on the 18th of February at the House of National Minorities. We are expecting 120 guests to have fun, showcase their talents in dancing and singing.

During the month of March we have a series of activities to celebrate Women’s Month. We start with a lecture about Women’s Rights and Family Law in Czech Republic, Personality Development and Psychological First Aid. Invitations and details of the events will follow. We will also participate in a Field trip to Cesky Budejovice to see the works of Rizal. The trip will be hosted by the Knights of Rizal and the Philippine Embassy.

Love Ynia

[ENFiD-Czech Republic] Country Report from the Czech Republic: November 2016

ENFiD Czech Republic
by Michelle Marquez

ENFiD Czech Republic is one of the smallest but enthusiastic team in the ENFiD network. The team consists of seven proactive members, with four new members who are community leaders in their own rights. The new addition to the team are: Ariel Funa, former president of the Filipino-Czech Association (FCA) and an active organiser of the Filcom Vienna-Prague annual Sportsfest; Rachel Escame, the current president of Las Damas de Rizal of Prague (LDRP) the ladies group of The Knights of Rizal; Justine Lyris Bacay, president of Child Zero a non-government organization based in Oriental Mindoro; Analyn Iszwora another former FCA officer and a founding member of LDRP, Litomerice group and; Love Ynia a refreshing addition to the team. She is a stage artist and a former member of ENFiD Romania.

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After the ENFiD General Assembly in Prague last September 16-18, 2016. The team full of inspiration and support from the Filipino community decided to embark on their first project. The Paskong Pilipino in Prague in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, it will be held on the 10th of December at the embassy grounds. This will also serve as the formal introduction of ENFiD CZ to the Filipino-Czech community.

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While the preparation for the Christmas party is in full gear a Filipino band, The Manila Acoustics was born. Mostly composed of Filipino men sharing their love for music gathered together to have fun with their guitars and beat box. Jamming with the guys is always fun, making the camaraderie even stronger and no wonder Love Ynia instantly blends in harmony with the group. Their music is known to Filipinos during events and Church gatherings but they have never tried their luck in clubs. For the first time on the 10th of December at 8pm they will launch their music and showcase their talents in The Red Room Music Club in Prague.

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Unfortunately, it was not all fun these past months. One of our kababayan, Mary Jane Balgos passed away. She will always be remembered for her cheerful smile and good heart. Her death has given us inspiration to focus our works more towards the overall health and well – being of our fellowmen. These are the core objectives of ENFiD Czech Republic.

[ENFiD] Presents Exclusive Filipino-Themed Art Exhibit in Prague this September

The European Network of Filipino Diaspora is pleased to present a uniquely Filipino art exhibition at its General Assembly on 17-18 September 2016 in Prague, The Czech Republic. Spearheaded by ENFiD Board Director and art curator Ver Cuizon, the “Filipinism”-themed exhibit will display a special selection of pieces created by renowned Filipino artists. Apart from showcasing the craft of emerging Filipino painters, the networking organisation will run a raffle draw featuring some of the artwork plus items from various ENFiD members and reputable donors.

THE THEME – Filipinism: What Makes Art Filipino

Filipinism is not a new movement in the art scene. It is a way of showing the real identity of the artist into their works as a Filipino. It is the aesthetic conceptualisation on how the Filipino artist’s ideas, heart and soul is injected in every piece. Filipinism in the art world began during the Impressionism period wherein two Filipino visual artists won at the Exposicion National Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain. In 1881 Juan Luna, the first recognized Philippine artist garnered Silver in painting for a piece titled La Muerta de Cleopatra. In 1884, his more popular work Spoliarium won the 1st Gold medal in the same competition while Felix Resureccion Hidalgo’s artwork titled Las Vigenes Cristianas al Populacho got the silver medal. Many noted Filipino artists won international acclaim in the field of visual art like Rene Robles and Rafael Cusi to name a few. The latest who is called “The Juan Luna of our generation” is Max Balatbat who won Silver in the prestigious competition Lorenzo Il Magnifico Award during the 7th Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy in 2009 besting around 3,000 entries from 80 countries.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Rene Robles
Assertionism, an art movement with the underlying principle of having the power to assert, transform and transcend, was pioneered by Rene whose work highlights challenging visual perspectives that suggest a sense of reminiscence, melancholy and displacement. His collectors are King Carlos of Spain, Bill Clinton, King Bhumibol of Thailand. One of his brilliant art works worth €1500 will be donated as a grand prize in a raffle draw at the general assembly.

Ernesto Bagtas Jr.
Considered the genius of his generation in the Philippines, Ernesto or “Aris” uses motifs and compositions that are more attuned to Philippine cultural sensibilities. His works are distinctively Filipino which inspire to create a country where family values, traits and traditions are not forgotten. Aris is donating a painting worth €1000 as a grand prize for General Assembly Raffle Draw.

Sherwin Paul Gonzales
Celebrated Filipino artist Sherwin is the originator of “Tareptepism” from the old Tagalog word tareptep, which means “ripple of water”. It outlines the Filipino art style which aims to convert the ripple of Filipino art into waves in the national and global art scene. Sherwin has won 3 consecutive national and international competitions in 2015.

Vincent Christopher Gonzales
Self-taught visual artist Vincent, like his brother Sherwin, are advocates of truly indigenous Filipino art style. Vincent hypothesised that the illusion of motion is what gives worthy paintings impact and created with Sherwin “Tareptepism” based on this principle.

Emmanuel Nim
Emmanuel Nim is a prolific artist whose portraiture echoes his love for the human figure and deep concerns for Mother Nature. He is also known for his portraits, human figurative and landscape paintings that usually carries a message that humans are the stewards of mother earth.

Ronna Manansala
Ronna picks female themes of mother and child, grieving Virgin Mary, and gossiping women and stayed close to into the intentional breaking down of subject into near abstract form. She uses subjects of ordinary rural Filipino folks in various activities and projects the raw and pure character of a strong woman, depicting her grandma, mother and herself.

Fred Ramirez
Hardcore abstractionist and feel-good artist Fred Ramirez uses internal landscapes to evoke mental states and emotions. Applying bright splashes of paint and even generous impasto on his canvas, with occasional contrasting blobs for accent – the gifted Leyte-born artist emerges strongly, even defiantly – from the group of realists and surrealists.

Anna Yacat Bader
Anna Yacat Bader is a Filipina living in Vienna whose profession is an art painter. A self-taught gifted artist, she renders using acrylic or watercolor and is inspired by the beautiful sceneries in Austria such as fields, the alps and old buildings. Anna’s work is very much appreciated in Austria and internationally. She started sharing her fascinating work since she moved to Austria over a year ago.

Filipinism: An Art Exhibit that is Truly Filipino
Opening on Saturday 17 September 2016
Exhibition continues until Sunday 18 September 2016
Gallery hours are 9am to 5pm
Venue: Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies (CSVTS) Novotného lávka 5, 116 68 Prague 1