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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

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

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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-Israel] Country Report from Israel: February 2017

A Multi-Talented Filipina Lass Ezralis Joy Ng is Making Name in Israel
as One of The Voice Israel Season 4 Semi Finalist

By Cheryl Sevegan

Together with many Filipino talents around the globe bringing pride to our country and race. Ezralis Joy Ng is the latest addition to them as she is making name in the country through Israeli National TV Channel 2 program The Voice Israel. Humbled with the support that Filipinos and Israelis swiftly giving her after hearing her voice. The 17 year old lass born in Israel with Filipino descent is now one of The Voice Israel semi finalist after being chosen by her mentor/coach Miri Mesika. Semi final round will start on saturday Feb. 4, 2017.This season’s judges are Shlomi Shabat , Aviv Gefen, AvrahamTal and Miri Mesika.

The Voice Israel is the Israeli version of the Voice Holland. It is part of the international syndication The Voice based on the relality singing competition launched in the Netherlands, created by Dutch television producer John de Mol. On its first two season , Canadian born Kathleen Reiter is the winner of the first season and Arab-Israeli Lina Makhoul is the winner os the second season. Finger crossed that this year season a Filipina born in Israel will bring home the title.

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Her story in The Voice Israel all started with the song “Strong” that catches the judges attention during the blind audition. After getting in she have chosen Miri Mesika to be her coach/mentor. Her Journey continued when she sang the song “Stay” on the first duel battle. While the song “Team” made her to be in the semi final after being chosen by her coach Miri on second duel Knock out round.

A young lad with many talents Joy is also excelling in the field of sports. She is a member of Israel National Team in Hand Ball. Her talent in sports made her to be the youngest Filipino who received her Israeli passport at the age of 16 instead of the usual procedure, receiving it after finishing the army. Together with the national team she is competing local and international.

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Ezra as very well known in the Filipino community is the youngest daughter of Mrs. Marites Caoile Ng and Gilmelito Suni. Her story is very common to many Filipino children born in Israel. Joy lives alone with her mother in Israel separated from her Father and siblings who are all in the Philippines. Despite life difficulties and challenges she strived hard to reach for the star with her God given talents. And now is her moment to shine brightly. Joy said

“People will buy my voice and not the story of my life”.

ENFiD Israel congratulates Ezralis Joy for making it to the semi final round and for all her achievements! We support and wish you good luck on your singing career. Way To Go Ezra and Mabuhay!


ENFiD Israel Youth Leader/ Representative Kertlouie Gabriel Edquilla awarded 10 MOST ( Most Outstanding Students) 2017 in Muntinlupa City
By Cheryl Sevegan

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Feeding program is one of ENFiD Israel project and so inspiring our youth to make a difference. That is why we always partner with our young leaders and youth reformers.

Upon seeing and moved by my post on Facebook of the feeding program we had in some schools in the highlands of Oriental Mindoro, Kertlouie voluntarily pledged to be our youth leader/representative in the Philippines. His job includes leading and encouraging his fellow youth to be productive by participating on worthy activities.

Last Dec. 15, 2016 he sponsored our feeding program and shared the word of God to the 120 students of Soldiers Hills Elementary School in Muntinlupa City. Elated and inspired Kerlouie wanted to do more .Together with his friends they are excited for our next feeding schedule.

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Born leader and achiever Kertlouie just turned 16 last Jan. 28 ( belated happy birthday Kert) and is a Grade 10 student at the Christ Baptist Academy. He is a consistent honor student since elementary.

In Muntinlupa, excellence in academics is a tradition being upheld. Last January 26, the city government recognizes the 10MOST (Most Outstanding Students) at Ayala Malls South Park, Alabang. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi hopes that the winners in this year’s search become an inspiration and role models to other students in the city. Congratulations to the winners!

Rosshlein Marian Yangson (Rank 1, Muntinlupa Science HS)
Leovigildo Ramon de Castro (Rank 2, PAREF Southridge School)
Mark Ian Papa (Rank 3, Muntinlupa Business HS – Main)
Nicole Therese Morada (Rank 4, PAREF Woodrose School)
Kyla Czarina Cello (Rank 5, Muntinlupa National HS Main)

Kertlouie Gabriel Edquila (Rank 6, Christ Baptist Academy)

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Dexter Calago (Rank 7, Pedro E. Diaz HS)
Ariel Palabrica (Rank 8, MNHS-NHA Annex)
Edgar Desher Empeño (Rank 9, De La Salle Sanitago Zobel)
Steven Lloyd Lecitivo (Rank 10, MNHS-Tunasan Annex).

ENFiD Israel is very proud and congratulates Kertlouie for the award and his many achievements. We are happy to be work and be part of your meaningful journey. Way To Go Kert! God bless!

[ENFiD-Israel] Spotted in Israel: February 2016

ENFiD Israel Distributes Relief Gods to Typhoon Nona Victims in Oriental Mindoro
By Cheryl G. Sevegan

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On December 14, 2015, before the holidays and 2015 ended, Typhoon Nona hit the Philippines that left thousands of families homeless and in distress killing 42 people, destroying more than 98,000 homes and damaging 279,000 homes in Oriental Mindoro alone where it took direct hits from the eye of the typhoon. It also made its 5th landfall in Pinamalayan where 39, 470 homes were destroyed. It was reported as the worst typhoon to hit the island in 22 years.

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As a quick response to the call of help, ENFiD Israel through its Board Director and Country Representative Ms. Cheryl G. Sevegan, along with the Filipino Israeli Community headed by Fil-Israeli second generation leaders Ms. Sunshine Perez Levy and Mary Amor Unkham Bena, initiated the fund raising campaign.

With the spirit of solidarity as one Filipino family in Israel, the following organizations, institutions and individuals, without hesitation, shared their blessings and generously extended help to those in need back home.

• San Lorenzo Ruiz Community in Jerusalem through its coordinator Mr. Rodel Tandayu
• St. Therese of the Child Jesus Community in Rehovot through its coordinator Ms. Maribel Arenga
• Ilonggo Tribe Israel through its President Ms. Elsie Sustiel
• JessaMhel Store in Jerusalem owned by Mr and Mrs. Rommel Dasco for putting a donation box on their store.
• 011 and World Com Finance for the donation boxes through the effort of Ms. Marriane Dimatulac
• Ms. Maribel Pua
• Ms. Maela de Luna
• Ms. Myrna Castro
• Ms. Lhanda Dionisio
• Ms. Mary Magen
• Mr. Freddie Ozaeta
• Ms. Neth Gaurino
• Ms. Ma. Teresa Ney Par
• Ms. Laura Dabu
• Mr. Joem David of Pinoywebz.com
• Ms. Zheny Gajisan
• Ms. Rovelyn Magbanua
• Ms. Sally Macalandia
• Ms. Lilet Gregorio

We want to express our highest appreciation to ENFiD Malta through its Country Representative Ms. Crissy Magsino and officers Ms.Ysa de Jesus and Mr. Jaime Bernal for their generosity and exceptional effort in support to this project.

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A huge thank you also to the youth volunteers and Sevegan family of Roxas Oriental Mindoro for executing the packaging and distribution of goods last January 3, 2016 in coordination with the local government officials of Bansud town. A total of 700 relief bags containing rice, meatloaf, sardines and noodles were successfully distributed in Barangay Narra, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro, benefiting at least 500 families.

ENFiD Israel is also in the process of teaming up with the Young Professional Volunteers of Oriental Mindoro for its feeding program to other affected areas next month.

This project is a prelude to ENFiD Israel launching soon.

Happiness is only real when shared…

[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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Please click the photo above for the latest presentation.

 

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

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Please click the photo above for the presentation in 3GS.

 

[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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Like AoOP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Appellation-of-Origin-The-Philippines/382529201949980?sk=timeline

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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.

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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/