Ang Kalatas | Vol. 2 No. 8 | May 2012 www.kalatas.com.au
Busy sked for ‘ambassador’
People Of Australia ‘ambassador’ Cen Amores has kept a busy schedule over the last two months following her appointment by Prime Minister Julia Gillard as the only Filipino- Australian among 40 appointed ‘ambassadors’.
Dr Amores has attended community, state and federal functions as guest speaker, inducting officer, endorser of fund-raising appeal and a Filipino cookbook.
She has also responded to requests for interviews, presenting a paper at a conference and receiving awards for leadership and community services.
The People Of Australia ambassadors have been recognised for their outstanding work in building strong and cohesive local communities.
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a platform to promote their good work and share their ideas and initiatives that help inspire others. “It has provided me the opportunity to highlight and share our success stories that have made a difference in the lives of others, in celebrating and promoting the benefits of social inclusion through our active and collaborative projects with people from diverse cultural backgrounds,’’ Dr Amores said of her role as ‘ambassador’. “We Filipinos are a part of a bigger community, so it is important for us to integrate and join other communities in making Australia the best place to live in.” Among the events she attended in the role of ‘ambassador’ were the launch of ONE album of original songs by Oliver Gadista, of Artists Linked Friends In Action, to raise funds for victims of typhoon Sendong in the Philippines.
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Dr. Amores a er receiving the Women of Western Sydney award with MP Tony Issa of Parrama a, Councillor Le Lam of Auburn and Ruben Amores
She was also a guest speaker in a tribute, Adhika, to the Filipino media in Sydney, attended the Governor General’s dinner to celebrate the International
Women’s Day at Admiralty House, Kirribilli; and was a guest at the Harmony Forum organised by the Hindu Council of Australia at the Auburn Centre for the Community.
Pinoys to mark Independence Day
The Philippine Community Council NSW will celebrate the 114th anniversary of Philippine independence with a ball on Tuesday, June 12, at the grand pavilion of Rosehill Gardens, Parramatta.
This year’s theme is Iba’t Ibang Lipi, Iisang Diwa (different tribes, one spirit): Celebrating our own diversity.
Our best wishes to Oliver Gadista for his ?th birthday this month. We pray for your happiness and health so that the good Lord may con nue to use you to bless others. Lots of love – Olivia, Kristofer, Marc, Bless, Rifi e and Wally.
PCC-NSW president Atoy Sayas said: “This is our time to celebrate our unique heritage and to remind us of the sacrifices that our forefathers made to liberate us from our oppressors.”
The Philippine independence day celebrations will coincide with various flag raising ceremonies initiated by the collaborative
“If heaven isn’t better than our life here in earth, why even work at getting there?” Filipino American Fr Joseph, from Kentucky, USA, is inviting everyone to come and listen to his exposition on why we should work at getting to heaven. He will also talk about the other three important last things of our lives not usually talked about – death, judgment and hell. “Hell is not found on a map of the USA!” Fr Joseph said. Father Joseph’s account of heaven and hell will be at St. Catherine Laboure’s Catholic Churcn Gymea, 123 Gymea Bay Road, Gymea NSW 2227 for a 9:45 morning session and 7:00 pm evening session from 29 April - 3 May 2012.
In a homily during the 7.30am Sunday mass at St John Vianney’s Catholic Church, Father Joseph mentioned some valid questions that children ask of him like, “will my dog go to heaven?”, and “Will there be basketball, football and the other sports in heaven?” Will my favourite food be in heaven?”
efforts of PCC-NSW affiliates in Bathurst, Parramatta, and Blacktown, Campbelltown and Penrith.
The 2012 ball is expected to attract high-profile Australian government leaders, officials and celebrities from the entertainment circles.
A shortlist of those attending will be announced shortly
Fr Joseph was born in Los Angeles, California in 1981 and was ordained to priesthood in the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy in 2010. He founded Family Vocation Ministries designed to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Fr. Joseph will aslo be at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 22 Hamilton St., Bassendean WA 6054. Please ring 08 9279 1549 for dates and times.
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