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New ENFiD House Style

Some of you might have noticed it already– ENFiD got a new look!

In celebration of ENFiD’s 5th anniversary on September 29, the PR/IT Teams came up with a new house style for ENFiD.The theme colors, blue and yellow, are both composite of the Philippine and the EU flag; finding the midpoints between these two flags signify ENFiD as the bridge between the distinct cultures. An addition of red gives us the three main theme colors of our house style. The combination of these three colors in 2-3 tone is used in our publicity materials, following ENFiD’s theme of fostering a blending of cultures. The weave patterns incorporated in the design are meant to mimic common abaca weaving patterns in many traditional Filipino crafts like ‘bayong’ and ‘banig’, and symbolize the idea of binding diverse elements together to create a whole fabric that is stronger and more beautiful.

We also have icons which correspond with various ENFiD programs:

Environmentalism: The icon portrays land, sea and sky locked together into a single system. It also portrays four sustainable sources of energy: Solar, Geothermal, Water and Wind.


Arts, Culture, & Sports: As products of passion, drive and inner strength, a heart-and-arrow icon is used to signify these traits.


Advocacy: Due to the breadth of this category, a multiplicity of symbols were incorporated: the Libra (Justice), the equal sign (equality), the plus sign (prosperity), and the medic’s cross (health.)


Learning and Development: While essentially being an eight-rayed sun (as in the Philippine flag), the ambiguity of the icon is also meant to represent a diversity of fields: an abaca weave (the Humanities,) truncated electron orbital rings (the Sciences), spokes in a bicycle wheel (Technology), and branching networks spiraling from the middle (Business).


YENFiD: Aside from being the “Y” in YENFiD, this logo takes all four colors of the Programs Icons and renders it as a synergy of all four aspects directed towards the youth. Also reflected in this symbol is the Philippine flag, a hand held up high, and the country’s national motto: Maka-Diyos (Gold), Maka-Tao (Blue), Makakalikasan (Green) at Makabansa (Red).


By end of June, our newly revamped website will also feature these new ENFiD house style elements.

We acknowledge and thank our graphic designer Marthy Angue for these wonderful ideas!

The First Gender Training Held in Essen, Germany


The first Gender Training held in Essen, Germany 5-7 May 2017

Under the ENFID Gender and Leadership Programme

Amidst our rapidly changing world, ENFID aims to bring out the basic issues that humankind is struggling to deal with – respect and dignity. Under the leadership of ENFID Chair, Betsy Von Atzigen, the ENFID Gender and Leadership Program organized its first successful Gender Training which was participated by 25 representatives from ENFID Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.

The training session were conducted by Rohlee de Guzman and Rosalud de la Rosa last 5-7 May 2017. It was held in a beautiful and inspiring place where the upcoming General Assembly will be held at St. Alfrid Jugendhaus, Charlottenhofstrasse in Essen Germany.


Both Rohlee and Rosalud have a longstanding career and background on gender going back from their women’s rights activism days during the First Global Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995. The two-day Training Session introduced key concepts and issues of what it means to become a gender aware individual, why it is important to be gender aware for our relationships and our society, the differences between sex and gender, where our current mindset about women and men come from, the roots of our gender socialization process starting from our childhood environment, the traditional gender stereotypes and the gender meaning for men, women, girls and boys and LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The training also touched up violence in all forms, respect for sexual orientation and gender identity and gender equality. Finally, the trainors challenged participants to reflect within oneself what it means to be an empowered – first, as an individual human being, second, reflect with their relationships with those closest to them, and third, as a leader within their own communities.

Since this was the first Gender training organized by ENFID, it was a great opportunity to discuss and debate the future training module that should be developed by ENFID for all of its members. It was also a great opportunity to make recommendations on how can ENFID Gender and Leadershp Programme can have an impact to the organization itself. For those interested, a detailed report is also available from the Secretariat.

The participants and organizers originally designed the Training Session to include Leadership Training, however, the timing felt short because of the constraints of flight schedules among participants. We felt that there was a dire need, if even more, for other participants to learn and hear more about leadership, and that was regretful. This shows a great interest among ENFIDers to become model leaders and gender aware! On a whole, the short two day training session achieved an important milestone for ENFID for having kick-started its Gender Training. It was a good learning process for the first ever training for the Gender and Leadership Programme of ENFID.

By the end of the Training Session, the trainers introduce an innovative tool called Gender Action Learning System (GALS) which allow each one to reflect on their own personal, family household and community objectives, how it relates to their roles and relationships at those levels. and the possibility to create and achieve their visions and dreams.

Mindful that each one of the participants and organizers dedicated their precious volunteer time and resources to make this initiative happen, it was an impressive group of dedicated 24 women and 2 men. Congratulations to all participants!

Balay Mindanaw Update on Marawi situation

Mawari fundraising

Below is the update on Marawi situation from Balay Mindanao

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Dear partners,

Sharing herewith the latest displacement data as of 18 June 2017 as of 3:00 pm. The total number of displaced is still over 300,000 in which more than 17,800 people are inside evacuation centres (83 ECs) while more than 290,000 people are outside evacuation centres.


Please note that the figures reflected herein and in the attached snapshotcame from the Virtual Operation Center of DSWD DROMIC, downloaded document also attached herewith.

Below is the brief summary of the figures.


No. of ECs



Evacuation Centre (EC)









(outside ECs)

Grand Total




Number of evacuation centre

Inside evacuation centre

Outside evacuation centre

No. of families

No. of people

No. of families

No. of people

Lanao del Sur






Lanao del Norte






Misamis Oriental












Other Provinces






Grand Total






Main City

Number of evacuation centre

Inside evacuation centre

Outside evacuation centre

No. of families

No. of people

No. of families

No. of people

Marawi City (ARMM OpCen)






Iligan City












[ENFiD News & Views] June 2017 Issue Opening Word

ENFiD in the picture!

Dear readers,

At the height of the preparation for this issue, ENFiD is again the subject of unfair and unfounded accusations of being the ‘yellow arm’ in Europe of the Liberal Party of the Philippines and of being funded by US-based philanthropist, Atty. Loida Nicolas. Both accusations are untrue. These accusations were based on the presence of the former ENFiD Chair Gene Alcantara in an anti-Duterte rally in Paris. We have already clarified that Mr. Alcantara’s presence there was not as an ENFiD member. More importantly, ENFiD did not organize that rally as opposed to what other people think.

Contributing to Development
ENFiD is composed of members who are pro-Duterte, anti-Duterte, pro-Marcos, anti-Marcos and all in-between. As a platform of Euro-Pinoy organisations, ENFiD is non-partisan. We do not prohibit our members from expressing their own political inclination, as long as they do not represent and speak on behalf of ENFiD. The problem is that Mr. Alcantara, having been a prominent community leader since the 90’s, has a high profile in Europe.

The postings of our pro-Duterte members are not as highly profiled, which is why many do not know that we have them as well. In fact, within our own Board of Directors and within the ranks of Country Representatives, we have many Duterte supporters. However, we do not feel it necessary to banner this fact simply because we have a basic agreement that personal political inclinations will be set aside as far as ENFiD is concerned.

Why? Because in ENFiD, our projects mainly deal with contributing to the development of our country, especially with helping the marginalized and less fortunate kababayans; we undertake activities which will improve the connection and cooperation among diverse Filipino organisations in Europe; we promote linkages between our member-organisations; we build up healthy exchanges of best practices and human resources; we stimulate the sense of belongingness, a sense of being ‘a nation outside our nation.’

ENFID projects: biogas digester in Miagao & school in Bohol
How do we do these? For one, ENFiD is working in refining a household level biogas digester that will make it possible for the rural poor and our indigenous kababayans to use all bio wastes as fuel for their cooking. Last year, we were successful in making the working model. Now, we are in the stage of refining and eventually reproducing these. These, to start with, will be distributed to the communities with the help of local government units (LGU’s) in Miag-ao and neighboring towns.

In addition, ENFiD-Italy built a school in Bohol in 2015 after the earthquake destroyed most of its educational establishments. Various ENFiD member-organisations continue to support schools and scholarship projects in various parts of the Philippines until today.

Bohol Classroom Bohol Classroom

Marawi fundraising
Currently, we are promoting ‘ENFiD for Marawi’ fund-raising action to contribute in supplying the needs of our displaced kababayans in Marawi in partnership with Balay Mindanaw. So far, the first donation of €585 was wired. More updates about this will be found in this issue.

Mawari fundraising

Support to Bagabo women weavers
ENFiD is also looking at the possibility of marketing the textiles produced by the Bagobo women weavers in Europe. We are discussing with WIMLER founder and director, Leila Rispens-Noel various possible ways of doing so and hope to start this project by September.

Young ENFID (= YENFID) launching in September
For Europe-based Pinoys, ENFiD held a training workshop on gender sensitivity and leadership in May in Germany and initiated the formation of Young ENFiD (YENFiD) which will be launched at the European Conference and General Assembly that will be held in Essen, Germany from September 30th to October 1st. YENFiD is now composed of a core group of young Euro-Pinoys from the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the UK. A YENFiD Teens group was also formed in the Netherlands. More information about YENFiD is also included in this issue.

ENFID sport competition
The first invitational sports competition involving ENFiD France, Czech Republic and the UK will be held during the Pista sa Paris event from July 1st to July 3rd. This friendly sports event is envisioned to be followed up with a pan-European event.


All these projects do not require one to be of any specific political conviction. What is most important for ENFiD is one’s dedication and willingness to genuinely cooperate and be part of ENFiD projects and activities that are geared to further personal and community developments.

Not a divisive instrument
At any rate, we at ENFiD, although saddened, decided not to succumb to these sinister rumor-mongering in the social media. Although it is disheartening to see that the selfless efforts of hundreds of ENFiD leaders and members are being negated only because many pro-Duterte followers unwittingly equate one ENFiD member in the person of Gene Alcantara to our whole network, we stand straight because our conscience is clear. Of course this disturbed us. Ideas were offered for pro-Duterte members to post actively their political line of supporting Duterte and show their identity as ENFiD at the same time that the other anti-Duterte members also post their own take on the matter. BUT NO. We will not be yet another instrument of division within our community. Still I want to commend our pro-Duterte members who are doing their best to explain to their pro-Duterte colleagues about ENFiD.


As a final word: we know where we stand and we are true to the principles of respect and democracy that we agreed upon and honor within ENFiD. If fact, these attacks from people who barely know us only make us stronger. Our members become even more united and determined to see to it that we will deliver. It is not for nothing that we chose “Kung sama-sama, kayang-kaya” (Together, we deliver!) as the title of our forthcoming Conference in September in Essen.

So there you go, dear readers. I hope this narrative clarifies to you what ENFiD is. Please spread the word.

Happy reading,

Rohlee de Guzman
Executive Director, ENFiD

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

60th Philippines-Switzerland Diplomatic Relations Anniversary

60th Philippines-Switzerland Diplomatic Relations Anniversary (1957-2017)
by Betsy von Atzigen, ENFiD Chair

17 June 2017, Switzerland — A festive, colourful memorable day-long celebration of the 60th Philippines-Switzerland Diplomatic Relations Anniversary welcomed a multitude of Filipino-Swiss community to Waisenhausplatz at the country’s capital Bern.

Featured were all-time popular Ati-Atihan, Sinulog, Philippine cuisine, seasonal home grown fruits, pasalubong items, handicrafts, cultural performances, and Phil-Swiss youth concert in the evening.

Swiss EU Event3

Swiss EU Event4

Swiss EU Event5

His Excellency Joselito Jimeno greeted everyone on the grounds, in the booths, on stage, after street performances, on food stalls and tirelessly posed for never ending photo ops.

Swiss EU Event2

Swiss EU Event1

The year-long celebration was officially launched in January 2017 in Bern, Switzerland and also in Manila,Philippines. Here’s a line up of history- making events:
17 June – Philippine Fiesta Bern
02 July – Zürich
02 Sep – Basel
23 Sep – Zürich
11 Nov – St Gallen
18 Nov – Tessin (Ticino)

Philippine Cultural Events
19 June -Schaffhausen Wreathlaying to commemorate the 156th birth anniversary of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal, who first visited venue in Switzerland

21 June – Basel Cultural event

6-7 Oct – Bern Food Festival by Chef Domingo Mille Sens Restaurant

Oct – Tessin (Ticino) Gala Charity and Food Festival

21 Nov – Prof Randy David’s lecture in Franklin University

28 Nov – Zürich Prof Randy David’s lecture on How Philippine Culture Evolved

ENFID-Swiss is actively engaged in the year-long celebration of joint PR-CH 60th anniversary.

Let us connect. Let us celebrate. Let us be grateful for 60 years of fruitful Philippine-Swiss diplomatic relations. Manuhay!

YENFiD-teen Netherlands

YENFiD-teen Netherlands
By: Kaya Bosch (18)

We had a bbq dedicated to YENFiD-teen in Maastricht, the Netherlands, last Friday 9 June 2017. This was the first informal YENFID- teen ‘meeting’. Present were 3 other Dutch-Filipinas: Mandy van ‘t Veer (16 years old), Toni Campos (15 years old) and Astrid Schenk (13 years old).



Marison Rodriquez (board member), official from ENFID Czech Republic, who now lives in France, visited the Netherlands for a meeting with Rohlee de Guzman (Executive Director). Both of them were at the meeting but they let us do our own thing which was fun. Unfortunately, Rosa (Youth Leader ENFID Europe) couldn’t join us that day but she came the next day and asked how it was.


We (the girls and I) didn’t really talk about ENFiD or YENFiD a lot because we had a lot of personal things to discuss and we hadn’t seen each other in quite some time. We know each other through our ENFID mom’s who are friends with each other.

Rohlee de Guzman gave us some information about ENFiD but mainly about the projects and activities ENFiD has done or will do just like the Sports Day in Paris, Paaralan project, the PR team weekend and YENFiD-UK. A reaction of one of the girls after Rohlee explained about ENFiD and Yenfid was “Sounds interesting. I will join,” to which the others also agreed with her.


At the end of the evening we played ‘Mens erger je niet’, in English Ludo (we were a bit loud and we got some complaints from my mum (Rohlee) and Mars who were discussing some things.

Everyone was also interested in joining YENFiD and will probably attend the Essen conference in September-October 2017. Another comment from one of the girls: “Are we going to be in our own groups only? When Rohlee told they will be mixed with the other Euro-youths from other European countries, their reaction was very happy and excited and lots of laughter.

We all looking forward to meet other Euro-Pinoys in September!

Tri-nation: Solidarity Through Sports



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.

The first implementation of the Learning and Development project of ENFiD Europe

Essen, Germany – May 2017: The first implementation of the Learning and Development project of ENFiD Europe

The ENFiD Board of Trustees, as well as members and guests from all over Europe gathered together for the Gender Awareness and Leadership Programme. The training was headed by Executive Director Rohlee de Guzman (Netherlands), Chairperson Betsy Von Atzigen (Switzerland) and Board member Rosalud de la Rosa (Italy).

The thorough and intelligent discussions regarding gender sensitivity and the sex/gender system were indeed eye-opening, aligning stereotypical perspectives with realities of modern society. In addition, participants engaged in a lively exchange of ideas, moderated by main speakers Rohlee and Rosalud.


Aside from an opportunity to discuss gender-related issues, the programme provided a practical hands-on experience of leadership. I salute Chairperson Betsy for her calm and effective way of leading ENFiD Europe, considering the many challenges posed by its diversity. As the saying goes: actions speak louder than words– Betsy exemplifies qualities of a great and effective leader through her handling of ENFiD Europe.

We started developing the training programme weeks ahead, from the time we received the information. During preparation, we were reminded of the importance of communication as a two-way process. Replies to all forms of communication, including emails and text messages, were needed for the training program to come together. (So, take note everyone– please reply to messages as soon as you can!)

The programme had also shown what organised and great leaders we have in ENFiD. From the moment we arrived in Dusseldorf Airport, we were greeted with a warm welcome and driven to the Essen Consulate for a courtesy call. We were also treated to lunch at a posh resto before heading off to the venue at St. Alfrid. What a fantastic way of starting the weekend– Thank you ENFiD Deutschland! Danke!

On another note, the pairing of roommates from different ENFiD member countries proved to be a great idea. I had the loveable Manay Tess and, the German Chairperson herself, Emmalyn as my roomies . All participants had the chance to participate in late night group meetings to brainstorm future ENFiD Projects and to get to know each other better over a bottle of special brew. We were able to produce lots of creative ideas for future projects, so make sure to watch out for them!

Of course, the programme would not have been complete without the talent portion on ENFiD night. We have all agreed in ENFiD that Europe we will never be short and lacking of talent. We smashed it! The talent show was spectacular! See it for yourself when the next one comes.

To end the programme, a holy mass was celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Zaldy Abong. A special prayer was offered to all leaders in church, in politics and in ENFiD.

Greenery, fresh air , environmentally friendly technology, on time activities, intellectual and practical discussions, well priced hydration, ambiance and camaraderie … The very diverse programme of the weekend provided a glimpse of what we have upcoming for the Annual General Meeting in Germany. You have done so well ENFiD Germany– see you at the AGM!

By Myla Arceno
ENFiD UK, Secretary
Coordinator, Arts and Culture

Remit for free

social remittance

About a million Filipinos today live across the European continent prompted by a variety of
reasons: education, economics, experience, relationships, ‘improvement of the specie,’
career, adventure and so on. The experience of being away from home almost automatically
provides a channel to send back to the home country what has been earned, mainly the
euro (synonymous with financial remittance) and the PADALA of the DAY – social

The two most valuable acquisitions of Filipino migrants today, given positive conditions of
migration, are no doubt , financial and social.
Majority of Euro-Filipinos may not be too aware that the term social remittance evolved
over a decade ago to mean that apart from the hard-earned euro, pound or franc, migrants
also earn creative ideas, admirable habits, ideal practices, cumulative skills and consciously
or not, pack these up and ship them home in Balikbayan boxes or cargo them up during
home visits.

Visualize a Filipino nurse who has dramatically picked up punctuality in the hospital, as
opposed to ‘late na naman’ just because the European standard is arriving at a designated
schedule on time. Listen to a Filipino speak with courtesy and respect, even in the face of
opposition, because generally that is how communication flows at work, in the social,
organisational and political arenas.

Social remittance. Here is one definite area where Euro-Filipinos may contribute immensely
to the growth of family, community and society back home, in Europe or anywhere else.

  1. The Filipino can remit the skill of listening even to opposing views.
  2. The Filipino can remit critical thinking on current issues or beliefs.
  3. The Filipino can remit respect when writing comments or sharing videos on social media.
  4. The Filipino can remit restraint when using foul, manipulative or abusive language in public.
  5. The Filipino can remit moderation in zeal or enthusiasm over political issues and identities.
  6. The Filipino can remit self-respect when accepting a weakness and be able to find a solution.
  7. The Filipino can remit an individual, moral stand and not flow with the crowd.
  8. The Filipino can remit agreement in the face of disagreement.
  9. The Filipino can remit values learned for family and community building.
  10. The Filipino can remit a sense of nationhood in every aspect of life at home or abroad.

Filipinos have more to earn while making the above remittances. Investment now open for a
brisk Euro-Filipino social remittance. Remit for free. Padala na.

Betsy von Atzigen, ENFiD- Chair