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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

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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

Euro-Pinoy Youth Working Group meeting in Poppel, Belgium

Euro-Pinoy Youth Working Group meeting in Poppel, Belgium

As agreed during the Skype Conference of the Working Group (WG) of Euro-Pinoy Youth on the 9th of December 2016, a “face2face” meeting of the group was held on Easter weekend, 14-15-16 April 2017, in Poppel, a Belgian town near the northern border with the Netherlands.

Under the supervision of Rohlee de Guzman, ENFiD Executive Director, a group of eight people from different corners of Europe- the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Italy and UK- from 18 to 48 years old, gathered to discuss about the situation of the young Filipinos in Europe, but also to plan the launch of the YENFiD (Young ENFiD) with the special Youth Forum within the European Regional Conference of ENFiD in Essen on 30 September- 1 October this year.

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The first day was dedicated to the socialization of the youngsters and a round of their “expectations check” for the three-day meeting. Then there was a presentation of ENFiD (its history, aims and present status) and a general overview about the role of the Youth within the ENFiD structure. At the end of the day, representatives of ENFiD Netherlands gave a warm welcome to the WG and treated us to a sumptuous Filipino dinner.

The second day started with a levelling-off session conducted by Ms. Rohlee about the Philippine history and a presentation of the Migration Waves of the Filipinos all over the world, from the end of the 19th century until now. Then the Working Group discussed about the features of a Euro-Pinoy Youth, their interests and concerns, the issues they face in the different European countries, with consideration to the different stories behind each Euro-Pinoy. After this, we had a planning session of the activities by and dedicated to the Euro-Pinoy youth during the next ENFiD Conference and General Assembly.

In the third and last day, the WG brainstormed on ideas for a logo of YENFiD. The meeting closed with recommendations for the next Two-Year Action Plan for 2018-2019 of ENFiD which would be submitted for deliberation to the ENFiD Essen meeting. Then again the representatives of ENFiD Netherlands joined the WG and together we celebrated the gathering of these 8 youngsters and also celebrated Easter.

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In conclusion, the expectations of all the members of the WG were more than satisfied and at the end, this group was no more only a “Working Group”, but also a “Bunch of Friends”.

Allen Magsino, Italy

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-UK] Country Report from the UK: February 2017

ENFiD-UK Conducts Basic Life Support Training
by Novo-Mar Ramos

In order to equip people with knowledge on saving people’s lives especially in case of emergency, the ENFiD-UK conducted trainings on Basic Life Support and First Aid on the 29th day of January 2017 in the halls of Westminster City Hall, Westminster, London.

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An overwhelming number of trainees attended the one-day event. They underwent hours of lecture on basic and essential concepts followed by a practical application simulating a real life scenario.

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The trainers came from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Ms. Annie Redwood, Senior Resuscitation Officer, gave the training on Basic Life Support. Applying First Aid skills was demonstrated by Mr. Oliver Lynch, an IV Line Practitioner Specialist Nurse.

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Each participant received a certificate of attendance upon completion of the training, which has a validity of one year.

The activity was led by ENFiD-UK Chairperson, Edwin Dela Cruz, who is also the Head of Faculty of Nursing at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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[ENFiD] PTUK Managing Director Heads ENFiD’s Arts & Culture Committee

PTUK Managing Director is now the Steering Officer of ENFiD’s Arts & Culture Committee

It is ENFiD’s privilege to have Myla Arceno, Managing Director of Philippine Theatre UK as the Steering Officer of its Arts and Culture Committee. The Philippine Theater UK (PTUK) had its 11th production of Aswang, The Birth of Malum, in London on October 2016.

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Here is Myla’s article on the successful production of Aswang.

Aswang, The Birth of Malum was successfully shown in Theatro Technis, Camden last October 2016 with three sold out shows out of five. This multimedia show with a combination of film, graphics and live theatre acting, is the first of PTUK to date. There are 43 crew and artists ranging from 9 to 60 years old with various nationalities. It is a versatile team from different walks of life with multi talents in different areas. This is the first of the Aswang Trilogy written by PTUK’s own in house playwright Ramon Teñoso. The second book, Aswang Invictus is scheduled to show in November 2017. So, if you are in London in Autumn 2017, you know you have to watch it!

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In this production, PTUK collaborated with other organisations including ENFID- UK , Kanlungan Filipino Consortium, Lingap, Filipino Domestic Workers Association, Pinoy Musikero , Musika Silangan , HoodJo Designs , Cyber Pinoy , Radyo Manila UK , Pinoy Radyo UK and One Philippines.

Ten percent of the ticket sales will go to our chosen charity in the Philippines. This year we will give £250 each to Paningaon Community Learning Centre, Mahagsay, Agusan del Sur through Kanlungan and Digkilaan High School in Iligan City.

What is Philippine Theatre UK?

We are the Philippine Theatre UK, a London based group that claims with pride as the only active Filipino Theatre group in Europe. Founded in 2002 by Direk Ramon Teñoso , PTUK had its share of bumpy roads but survived through it all. We are all unpaid volunteers but united with our love and passion in acting and performing. In 2014, PTUK was part of nationwide study conducted by the University of Warwick, about the evolution of Amateur dramatics in the UK . We are also producing a film “Migrants” which is to be an entry for international film festival.

Written by:
Myla Arceno
PTUK managing director
Steering Officer of ENFiD Arts and Culture Committee

Philippine Theatre UK

[ENFiD-UK] Spotted in the UK: June 2016

Lancashire Holds First Barrio Fiesta-style Celebration
11 June 2016
by Novo-Mar Ramos

An inclement weather did not dampen the spirit of the participants, guests and visitors to push through for the success of the first Barrio Fiesta-style celebration or Filipino festival in the Lancashire region of England held on the 11th day of June 2016 at the Alexandra Park in Oldham town in line with the commemoration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day.

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Mutya ng Pilipinas UK-Manchester Filipino Diaspora for Culture and Arts (Mutya-Manfid) with its Chairperson, Jassin Fuentes, and President, Ritche Lumen spearheaded the celebration, which was conceived more than a year ago. The Filipino Association of Oldham (FAO) headed by Erween Chavez played host to the event. Members of the Filipino community from Manchester, Oldham, Ashton and Bolton came in to support.

Gino Padilla, a Filipino artist and celebrity, came to entertain the crowd with his interpretation of Filipino hit songs and some medley of American songs. The audience had joined him in singing and dancing. Triple A Productions run by Al Angelo Antoni made Mr. Padilla’s presence possible.

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Another major highlight was the presentation and launching of Maeryhneilla Jence “MJ” Umayam as the official representative of the Filipino Community in the UK to the 2016 Search for Mutya ng Pilipinas grand pageant in August this year. Her crown and sash as 2016 Mutya ng Pilipinas UK were put in place and pinned by Elizabeth Senson and Novo-Mar Ramos, respectively.

Ms. Umayam was later on serenaded by Gino Padilla with his signature song, “Closer You and I” that made him known worldwide. A Filipino balladeer also rendered a heart-warming piece for the 2016 Mutya UK.

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The Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang” was solemnly sung under the conduction of Iryn Giron. Wallace Alegado led the reciting of the “Panunumpa sa Watawat at sa Saligang Batas.” Thereafter, the singing of “Ako ay Pilipino” by Pure Bagaporo rekindled more the patriotic side of the Filipinos.

The festivity continued with the traditional “Santacruzan,” parade of participants and “street dancing” accompanied by the sound from the FAO drums and bugle corps dressed up in “Ati-Atihan” costume. The officers and members of the Filipino Association of Oldham and Mutya-Manfid led the procession.

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Novo-Mar Ramos, ENFiD-UK Trustee, gave his commemorative speech and spoke on behalf of ENFiD-UK.

Musical scores and Filipino cultural dances participated in by the young and young at hearts were also showcased. The dances include “Nasudi”, “Cariñosa”, “Malong-malong”, and “Tinikling” to the tune of traditional and modern music. There was also a Church choir members who shared their ministry songs.

Guest singer Al Pa Bet wowed everybody with his rapping ability. Jhason Sta. Maria, former Side A Band member who now lives in Wales, was the final act of the day with his own version of songs like “Manila” and other popular Original Pilipino Music (OPM).


Santacruzan Livens Up the Streets in Woolwich
May 28, 2016
by Ricardo Gacayan, Jr.

The Greenwich Filipino Community (GCF) once again conducted its annual “Santacruzan” as part of the “Flores De Mayo” festivity on May 28, 2016 along the main thoroughfares of Woolwich in Greenwich, London.

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Moises Espanola, GCF head together with the other officers led the ceremonies. Mr. Espanola was recently elected as one of the new members of the Board of Trustees of ENFiD-UK.

A mass was celebrated beforehand at St. Peter’s Church. Later, a procession started therefrom with the different Reynas (Queens) of the Santacruzan led by Reyna Elena (Queen Helena) accompanied by their escorts as well as other revelers.

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A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was also carried around while the people prayed in chorus. A “salu-salo” or get-together party followed the parade where the people partook of some foods and drinks.

Edwin Dela Cruz, incumbent Chairperson of ENFiD-UK, was present and joined in the procession of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the “royal entourage” of the Santacruzan. He said, “It was wonderful to experience the community spirit, the hospitality, warmth and the Filipino tradition kept alive in London.”

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Flores de Mayo (Spanish for “May flowers”) is one of the most popular festivals held in the Philippines. It is a devotion on the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary and lasts for the entire month.

The Santacruzan (Spanish for “sacred cross”) is the ritual pageant held on the last day of Flores de Mayo. This honours the finding of the true cross by Helena of Constantinople (known as Reyna Elena) and Constantine the Great. This tradition is now a popular celebration amongst Filipinos in the United Kingdom.


Replica of First Philippine Independence Day Flag Unfurled and Raised Up in London
11 June 2016
by Renato Lucero

In an unprecedented move by the Caviteños UK, history was made when a replica of the Philippine flag, which was raised up by the Philippine revolution leader and First President, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite was first unfurled and raised up in London on the 11th day of June 2016.

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This was part of the commemoration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day when on the 12th day of June 1898, the Philippines won its freedom from the shadows of the Spanish colonisers. Such ceremony is considered as the first to have happened on a foreign land.

Caviteños UK, presently chaired by Yvette Remojo Ramos, was instrumental in organizing the event held at the Holiday Inn in Gloucester Road, London. The theme of the celebration was “Pagdiriwang ng ika-118th Araw ng Kalayaan.”

It was a very well attended event, with so many officers and members of other Filipino Associations present led by the officers of ENFiD-UK. Ms. Ramos is also holding office as one of the members of the Board of Trustees of ENFiD-UK.

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The First Secretary of the Philippine Embassy in London, Consul Kristine Salle, represented the new Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St James, His Excellency Evan Garcia as the Guest Speaker.

The food was good, specially the yummy chocolate cake dessert but the nonstop dancing made the night really sweaty.

The greatgrandson of Emilio Aguinaldo, Emil, who was supposed to bring the replica flag to London, unfortunately did not make it to the celebration in person but appeared and greeted all the party guests through an online video link.

The event’s host and hostess were Peps Villanueva and Carol Panday with the latter wearing a very colourful Muslim attire. Dress-wise, the theme was very patriotic. Men paraded their finest Barong Tagalogs while the women glistened the evening in their Filipiniana/Maria Clara inspired Ternos.

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Another highlight of the occasion was the rendition of the popular song “Ako ay Pilipino” by a budding Filipino Artist born and raised up in London. Her name is Tamara Jade Canda.

Truly, it was a night full of fun. A night every Filipino could look back to and feel proud of their identity and cultural heritage.

Mabuhay and CAVITEÑEOS UK! Mabuhay ang PILIPINAS!