| April 2012 | Vol. 2 No. 7
community | 19 Central Coast Fiesta Sparkles VIOLI CALVERT O
n Saturday, 24 March 2012 the sun shone brightly through clear blue skies. After a few weekends of rain, the people of the Central Coast area’s prayers for good weather were answered as the day sparkled for their 15th year fiesta. The event which was organised by the the Central Coast Ugnay Kabayan was held at the grounds at the back of the Mingara Recreation Club in Tumbi Umbi. There was no fee to enter, just the normal sign-on procedures which clubs are required by law to
The festivities started with a mass which was celebrated by Fr Thaddeus Okolo, Parish Priest of St Patrick’s in Gosford and the talk by the Consul General Hon Anne Jalando-on Louis. There would have been more than 600 people enjoying the day. Most of them were enjoying the program on centre stage while several where in queues at the stalls selling food, merchandise and services. Among the stalls was the Philippine Consulate General’s information and registration booth for overseas absentee voting.
‘ConGen’ happily conversed with people who approached her and also obliged to have photos taken with them. Later in the afternoon, the crowd was also addressed by the Member for Robertson, Hon Deborah O’Neill who also bought a copy of ~One~ Charity CD as a gesture of her support to the project aimed at helping the survivors of the Washi/ Sendong typhoon.
Bryson Gonzales who did a great job as Emcee ensured that the program of entertainment moved smoothly. The crowd was entertained by talented singers of various ages;
pabi n and palo sebo AFBWCI, from page 11
a large conglomeration of Filipinos all aiming to generate awareness, build and interlock relationships and foster lasting peace and harmony.
What is more, a concurrent Job & Business Expo will also be held with the aim of providing assistance to job seekers and business networks.
The special participation of 3 Wishez, X Factor 2011 finalist is expected to attract more people from different walks of life in this must-see event. The three members of 3 Wishez share a common goal and it’s the story behind their chosen name. “We all have one wish and each of
our wishes is to be musicians so together its three wishes,” Sophia, 21, explains.
Frederico, 18, adds: “All our individual experiences have come together to make something pretty amazing. There are three of us but all our wishes are the same which is to make it.”
The trio – rounded out by Joseph, 23 - are all students at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. While they’ve all been singing and dancing for years, they only formed the group a year ago. It was Joseph’s suggestion to merge their talents. A top 12 ‘Australian Idol’ finalist in 2006, he prefers working as part of a group than
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the Australian Handball Federation] doing the Voice Over.
With the aid of a series of slides and comprehensive notes, Josie Musa traced the history of the Filipino- Australian media – print, online, radio and television. She was followed by Jimmy Pimentel who gave the Welcome Address, which included more insight into the beginning and development of the Filipino- Australian media. He also highlighted that most of these ‘community servants’ carry out their tasks without remuneration or financial reward.
It was indeed a night
where people spoke about the role and contributions of the writers, bloggers, broadcasters, editors, publishers and all in this line of service. Other speakers [in the order in the program] included Nonoy Perdon [Editor and Publisher of Bayanihan News], Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis, Member of Parliament Kevin Conolly, Dr. Cen Amores [People of Australia Ambassador], Mr. Gerard Noonan [Chief, Media Super and supporter of International Federation of Journalists], Atoy Sayas [PCC-NSW President] and Jhun Salazar [APCO
crowd watching the program
performing solo. “On my own, I don’t feel there’s enough. It’s so much better working with other people who share your passion.”
Another highlight of this event are a long-day performance of several talents from the Filipino, Indonesian, Russian, Serbian, Samoan, Tongan and Chinese communities, etc., sale of traditional products and food of participating countries, and the selection of the winners of: Miss Wow Blacktown Beauty Pageant/Miss Wow Charity; Mr. Wow Blacktown Quest/Mr. Wow Charity; Little Miss Wow Blacktown/ Little Miss Wow Charity and Master Wow Blacktown Quest/Master Wow Charity. As a non-profit NGO,
The audience was also treated with an impressive program of entertainment. This included performances by ~One~ Charity CD artists Rie Manaloto, Maria Sitchon Lado and Oliver Gadista; the Marilag Dancers; the Mindanao Dancers and the Maharlika Dancers; an excerpt from the play “Her Son, Jose Rizal”; a skit written and directed by Jimmy Pimentel; Beck Quinn, Sidney Perez and Jay Gaerlan.
A live webcast of the event was undertaken by Millie Marcial-Phillips of Ang Kalatas to enable those who could not attend to watch from the comfort of their homes. In addition,
one of the impressive performances was the group a-capella rendition of “When I Fall in Love” and “Man in the Mirror”. There was also the traditional folk dance tinikling [bamboo dance] with the usual audience participation. The students of the Filipino language class also had a part in the program, where they shared what they learned in greetings and simple conversation. The highlights for the children were the palo sebo [bamboo pole climb] where prize money at the top of the pole was won by climbing the slippery pole and the pabitin [lattice of bamboo lattice] which had attached lollies being lowered and raised quickly allowing children to grab the lollies or candies. We had the chance to catch up too with a couple of “non-local” attendees - Rey Manoto and Elsa Collado of the Rizal Park Movement. They shared the news that they are in initial talks with the Central Coast Ugnay
our main objective is to raise funds earmarked for creating projects and networking activities that foster values education and cultural uplift by promoting tolerance and inter-cultural awareness and appreciation. The harmony resulting from this socio-cultural interaction breaks down barriers and brings about an atmosphere of productivity enticing investors in the tourism industry and enhancing economic progress. Our ultimate dream is to put up our very own Filipino Multipurpose Centre serving as focal point for all Filipinos in Sydney.
Having said that, last January 28, 2012, AFBWCI, spearheaded by Ms. Raquel
a copy of the webcast will be available on the website: www.kalatas.com
for their viewing at a convenient time.
In her closing remarks, Josie Musa thanked everyone for supporting the event and gave special thanks to her loving husband Gerry Musa and their daughters, Jocytte & Josanne, who helped at the event; as well as the rest of the Radio Kawayan crew Albert Prias, Jake & Cecille Lapuz and Nic Sode. There were many other people who contributed to the success of the event and not listed in this article. Their reward is the knowledge that they contributed and were a part of a historical
L-R: Delia del Rosario [FAUK], Margaret Hardy [Gosford Ci zen of the Year], Violi Calvert, Consul General Louis, Deborah O’Neill [MP], Emily Rudd [Central Coast communityh leader], Doug Eaton [Wyong Councillor]
Kabayan officers, regarding the staging in the Central Coast area the play “Her Son, Jose Rizal”.
The atmosphere was certainly typical of a happy fiesta where people happily spent the day together. They appreciated the palabas [program of entertainment] while they were enjoying
Pellero as the newly elected President and CEO, Ariel Satorre together with their dynamic and energetic board of directors successfully launch P-Noy Lounge located at level 1, 24-28 First Avenue, Blacktown NSW 2148. P-Noy Lounge is a business centre where all AFBWCI’s members has the opportunity to meet and greet, hold meetings, business presentations’ to strengthen their business networks and most of all, a best place to socialize amongst members. P-Noy Lounge is already a few steps closer to AFBWCI’s dreams. Nevertheless, Wow Blacktown Multi Fair was conceptualized as one of the core projects of AFBWCI to raise funds to seed their
and memorable event. There were also others who were not able to attend the event but provided publicity and practical support, as well as the much-needed sponsorship.
The strong support to Adhika could also be attributed to the people’s desire to contribute towards the secondary aim of the event which was to raise funds for the shipment of donated books and the fitout of a library in Bicol in the southern part of the Philippines.
After the close of
the program proper, the audience and the event organisers enjoyed dancing and socialising. It did not matter that this was cut a
various Filipino dishes and desserts. Those in the food queue took the opportunity to catch up and shared news from their local areas and the Philippines.
What an enjoyable
day! Already, everyone has expressed their desire to participating in next year’s celebration.
ongoing projects whilst promoting our values, cultures and traditions. It is time for the Filipinos to be united not to be divided. As of this, we are reaching out for your utmost support towards this endeavour and will be very delighted to see our Kababayans actively involved in this event.
Finally, please be informed that part of the proceeds will go to our designated charity organizations servicing out- of-school youth and street kids turning them into useful citizenry.
For more information and further enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact Raquel, Dory and Yolly on 0401 670 188 or email wowblacktown@ yahoo.com.au
bit short due to the need to evacuate the building due to the fire alarm being triggered off by smoke. Based on the feedback of those present, Adhika was a successful event in many levels. It achieved its objectives and provided everyone an enjoyable and memorable time. It is also an event where the Filipino- Australian community celebrated as one.
Violi Calvert is a freelance writer; Radio Sandigan Broadcaster, Media & PR of the Australian Handball Federation [www.handballaustralia. org.au
] and Media & PR of Nenad Bach Music [Australia & Asia www. nenadbachband.com
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