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Council brings meetings to the community

Monday, 04 April 2016 01:40 Written by

Parramatta City Council will take its regular meetings to its neighbourhoods providing a chance for communities to meet their Councillors and witness democracy in action.

The next meeting will be held at the Reg Byrne Community Centre in Wentworthville on Monday 11 April when residents will have a chance to mingle with councillors and enjoy a free sausage sizzle from 5.30pm.

Caroline Chisholm and Arthur Phillip Ward Councillors will be on hand to discuss local projects and ward issues before the Council meeting commences at 6.45pm.

“I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to take our Council meetings to the neighbourhoods. At the end of last year I called for 2016 to be dedicated to ‘Our Community, The People We Serve’ and this is part of fulfilling our promise to focus on our neighbourhoods and the issues that are important to our residents,” Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Paul Garrard said.

“I encourage you to come along and meet those who serve your community, learn about what Council is doing to improve your neighbourhood, tell us what you would like to see in your suburb and ask any questions you may have about issues in your area.”

Council meetings have been held at a temporary location at Granville Town Hall since the Council Chambers building closed in December in preparation for the development of a new world-class civic and community building in Parramatta Square.

Upcoming Council meeting locations:

Monday 11 April - Reg Byrne Community Centre, Wentworthville
Tuesday 26 April - Granville Town Hall
Monday 9 May - Riverside Theatres, Lennox Theatre
Monday 23 May - Ermington Community Hall
Tuesday 14 June - Dundas Community Hall
Monday 27 June - Granville Town Hall
Monday 11 July - Granville Town Hall
Monday 25 July - Granville Town Hall

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AN OPEN INVITATION

Monday, 04 April 2016 01:33 Written by

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AN OPEN INVITATION

Monday, 04 April 2016 01:12 Written by

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NOVENA/FIESTA SCHEDULE

9 Day Novena Mass - 7 April – 15 April 2016 7:00 PM
(except Saturday 9 April 2016, novena mass is at 7:30pm)
St Aidan’s Parish

16 April 2016 – Saturday – Fiesta Day
10:30 AM – Blessing of the new St Pedro Calungsod Image
at the shrine
11:00 AM - Concelebrated Mass
12:00 NOON - Lunch / Fellowship / Entertainment

ST. AIDAN’S PARISH CHURCH
9 Adelaide St., Rooty Hill

* On the fiesta day, everyone is encouraged to wear RED as it is the colour of Martyrdom *

NOTE:

• Daily Novena is open for individual/family/group and community sponsorship.
May we also request that you prepare light refreshment for our nightly fellowship.

• On the fiesta day representatives from some of the novena sponsors may be asked to participate in the liturgy as readers and offerers.

• We also request for everyone to bring a plate to share on the Fiesta Day. Please contact any of our brothers and sisters below for food coordination.

• A programme will be held during the fiesta day lunch /fellowship so please let us know if you wish to give a presentation.

For inquiries and/or Novena / Fiesta Sponsorship:

Gideon/ Aline - 0416876912 / 0433523253
Fred / Fely - 0428266334
Manny / Chit - 0401885530 / 0422535639
Ed / Prescy - 0414412857 / 0435757830
Dong / Nida - 0411848312 / 0423204531
Boboy/Beth - 0403305978
Nati - 0424931961

NEW PM'S AWARD CELEBRATES EARLY CAREER INNOVATION SUCCESS

Friday, 18 March 2016 00:57 Written by

The commercial successes of Australia’s brightest early career innovators will be recognised in a new award added to the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science in 2016.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne said the National Innovation and Science Agenda recognised celebrating successes of Australia’s world class researchers and innovators would help to inspire young peoples’ participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based careers.

“Our National Innovation and Science Agenda focuses on collaboration between researchers and businesses, and building Australia’s talents and skills to power innovative capacity.”

“Innovation and science are critical to delivering new sources of growth, maintaining high-wage jobs and creating a new wave of economic prosperity. To encourage more of this behaviour it is important that we recognise and reward Australia’s great innovations.

“This new prize will recognise an exceptional early achievement in the successful commercialisation of scientific research.” Mr Pyne said.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are in their 16th year as Australia’s most prestigious and highly-regarded awards for excellence in scientific research, innovation and science teaching.

The Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation was awarded for the first time last year to recognise the successful translation of science knowledge into a commercial outcome.

The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science pays tribute to the contributions Australian scientists have made in Australia and globally, and acknowledged benefits and value of their work to the public good.

Nominations are open for this year’s awards. For details visit www.science.gov.au/pmscienceprizes

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A MEANINGFUL LENT AND HAPPY EASTER TO ALL

Friday, 18 March 2016 00:49 Written by

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TEAM LAKAY CONTENDS AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE

Thursday, 17 March 2016 04:51 Written by

Team Lakay, is a martial arts group based in Baguio, Philippines.Officially named Lakay MMA Tap Team, it is also known as Lakay Wushu or Lakay MMA.The group was founded in 2003 by MMA fighter Marquez Sangiao. Sangiao was also head coach of the Cordillera chapter in Baguio for Wushu, and a seasoned martial artist with past experience in kickboxing, taekwondo, and Jiu-Jitsu as well as a martial arts instructor at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and a coach for Wushu at the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City.

Team Lakay fighters use a distinctive style which has its roots in Wushu Sanshou. The success of fighters such as Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, Kevin Belingon, Crisanto Pitpitunge, Dave Galera and Rey Docyogen has helped the Team establish a reputation as being the top MMA team in the Philippines.

On October 26, 2011 it was announced that Team Lakay Wushu was a part of the One FC Network.

Team Lakay is the most decorated MMA Team in the Philippines!
La Trinidad,Benguet with branches in Baguio City and La Union

Team Lakay's vision is to help create a vibrant environment in the Cordilleras where martial arts can flourish. In the future, the team envisions to help establish their region THE center for martial arts up North of the Philippines.

Their code: Courage, Discipline, Respect.

Their motto : Champions are not born, they are made.

 

Sources : WikiPedia, Facebook /Team Lakay

Ylona Garcia: launches her performing career in the Philippines

Saturday, 20 February 2016 11:13 Written by

by Evelyn Zaragoza
Ylona Garcia, a young girl I have watched singing in
some local events in the Filipino-Australian community- launches her career in music and acting in television show in the Philippines.
In my interview with Ylona, this is what she says:
Who is Ylona Garcia?
Ylona Garcia is a young, simple, humble and talented artist who loves her family.
She is the daughter of Peter and Cary Garcia who have been born and raised in the provinces of Marikina and Cainta, Manila.
Ylona is currently in the beginning of year 9 in past school, Freeman Catholic College.
Ylona has been singing since she was 3 years old and only started performing at the age of 9. She has a very positive, spunky and friendly personality, in which she shows quite comfortably with her best friend Candeda. She is the middle child of 5 and is very close with each of her siblings.
In colourful Filipino costumes SHCL members participated in the festive annual Fisher’s Ghost parade in Kosigaya, Campletown on November 7 to cap its rather hectic community activity for the year.
Ylona is very happy to showcase her talent of singing to anyone who asks and also portrays other artistic skills such as, dancing and acting.

Who is Ylona Garcia (background - parents/province/what year in school/name of school).
Ylona Garcia is a young, simple, humble and talented artist who loves her family. She is the daughter of Peter and Cary Garcia who have been born and raised in the provinces of Marikina and Cainta, Manila. Ylona is currently in the beginning of year 9 in past school, Freeman Catholic College. Ylona has been singing since she was 3 years old and only started performing at the age of 9. She has a very positive, spunky and friendly personality, in which she shows quite comfortably with her best friend Candeda. She is the middle child of 5 and is very close with each of her siblings. Ylona is very happy to showcase her talent of singing to anyone who asks and also portrays other artistic skills such as, dancing and acting.

Being apart of Pinoy Big Brother 737 (PBB), was a roller coaster ride. It was very scary at first. but as the time went by, my courage slowly increased, as well as my ability to speak Tagalog. The challenges were quite hard and difficult, but what made my experience worthwhile, was meeting all the housemates who became my new friends and who I can call my family and especially the amazing food we got to share together. For those who plan to be a part of PBB; my advice is to always be positive and keep smiling because your family will always be there supporting you and don't be afraid of speaking your mind because you too can win the fight!

What are the good things that happened to you when you joined this show?
IN CASE there are negative things, what lesson/s did you learn to correct and/or better improved yourself.
The good things that happened to me were that I gained so many more new friends, and also the fact that I became better at speaking and understanding Tagalog. The only negative things i can think of are the challenges within the PBB house and anytime I got affected by the bashers and haters. From this experience I have become stronger and can faceany challenge that comes my way.

What are your current performances?
Currently, I am acting in a popular television series named 'On the Wings of Love', as Audrey.

How do you describe Ylona and what are your plans
What are your goals that you want to achieve in the near future?
I would describe Ylona as a positive girl with a weird personality, who is very close with her family and never stops fighting for what she believes in. My plans for the future is to never stop singing, to never stop writing songs and to always perform for my supporters. My number 1 goal is that one day, all of the songs I write, will become popular worldwide and that I will also make it big as a singer/actress, worldwide.

All the best in all your en- deavours, Ylona. God bless.

FILIPINA STAR BACK IN SYDNEY JOINING AN INTERNATIONAL STELLAR CAST by Evelyn Zaragoza with Eric C. Maliwat

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:31 Written by

MUSICAL ARTIST FROM THE PHILIPPINES JOANNA AMPIL IS THE LONE ASIAN JOINING AN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC THEATRE STELLAR CAST IN “DEFYING GRAVITY-THE SONGS OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ FROM GODSPELL TO WICKED”

Filipina musical theatre star Joanna Ampil seemed to be enjoying the Australian summer heat having a snapshot somewhere along the Sydney CBD’s George Street with co-stars Helen Dallimore and David Harris as she shared on her Instagram
“I feel like a proper #Aussie in between the beautiful and fit @dillidalli and @davidharrisoz”

Yes, the awarded musical theatre actress from the Philippines is back here down under as the lone Asian performer joining a stellar cast of internationally acclaimed musical theatre actors for the world premiere of Edna Markey’s Defying Gravity, a concert celebrating the work of acclaimed composer Stephen Schwartz. Previously, Joanna Ampil played the role of Kim in the Australian premiere in Sydney of Miss Saigon upon the invitation of Sir Cameron Mackintosh and in 2011 she performed the main role as Thanh in the showcase performance of the musical The Real Love. She has played various roles in major West End musicals including Les Miserables in London (where she played the role of Fantine until 21 June 2008), Avenue Q, Jesus Christ Superstar and Miss Saigon.

Joanna chats with PCHN publisher Evelyn Zaragoza on her musical theatre journey and performing with broadway’s celebrated artists in Defying Gravity:

Evelyn:
When did you start your career in musical theatre?

Joanna:
It all started when I got the part of Kim in Miss Saigon when i was 17 years old. I flew to London with my mum as my guardian since I was considered a minor then. It was one of those cliches things of being in the right place at the right time.

Evelyn:
What is the most challenging experience you have in your career, performing with Filipino and overseas artists?

Joanna:
Performing with fellow Filipinos has its pressures too. Every Filipino can sing really well. I always have to make sure my singing is on top form. Plus, Filipinos are very critical in the most positive sense of the word. They know a good voice and good sound when they hear it. You need to grab the attention when you have the opportunity.

There's also immense pressure working abroad because I feel that I have to prove myself why I am worthy of being on a international stage. The more I do things, the more nervous I get and that's probably because I know that the expectations will also be greater.

Evelyn:
What are you most looking forward to about “Defying Gravity”.

Joanna:
I am very much looking forward to performing with the amazing artists who are also part of the show. To experience how they work, since they are the celebrated artists of Broadway.
What advice can you give to aspiring artists who want to be part of the international stage?
To keep persevering and never giving up. And to NEVER take anything personally. Try to see each experience, may it be good or bad, as part of the training and always be kind and gracious in the process.

Catch Joanna Ampil onstage with an international musical theatre stellar cast in Defying Gravity, 12-13 February, Theater Royal, Sydney.

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