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For many of us it’s unthinkable. Until it happens, and then it’s too late.

We all face emergencies: as large as a bushfire or as personal as a medical crisis. They can all be devastating, as so many people found out last year in the flooding across much of northern NSW in the aftermath of severe Cyclone Debbie.

In Emergency Preparedness Week (17-24 September 2017), Red Cross is asking you to take one easy action to make your next emergency less stressful.

These are simple and practical steps you can take to protect the people you love, your own wellbeing and the things you value most.

Easy things to help you prepare include:

  • think about being in an emergency situation and how you might react. This will help you stay calmer and respond better when an emergency happens.
  • find out where to get important disaster information, like your local radio emergency broadcaster. This means you’re better informed when an emergency happens.
  • get to know your neighbours. They’re the people who might support you and look out for you when an emergency happens.

For more easy things to do, get your Red Cross RediPlan at


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Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00 Written by


The Philippine national street dance team is coming to Sydney, Australia to try and capture Hip Hop gold at the 14th Annual World Supremacy Battlegrounds Dance Championship.

Over four hundred Filipino street dancers plus support staff and family are expected to make their way to Bankstown Sports Club on October 5-8 to compete against some of the best teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Last year, sixteen Filipino crews made the grand finals. FMD Xtreme from Marikina City bagged the only gold for the Philippines, the Open Division title, the most prestigious division in WSB.

An estimated 1,500 dancers will be fighting it out across sixteen age divisions during the four-day international meet. Superstar celebrities judging or performing at WSB include Buddha Stretch (Michael Jackson and Will Smith music video choreographer), Henry Link (Elite Force USA), Lil Pat (Philippine Allstars), Parris Goebel (Jennifer Lopez, Justin Beiber choreographer) and Royal Family of New Zealand.

Filipinos across the globe will get a chance to watch their national team online. World Supremacy Battlegrounds will be live-streamed again via Facebook. Over a million viewers were reached during the online coverage, a record-breaking achievement for organisers MAS Presents.

Tickets to come and support the Philippine national team are now on sale via For more information, visit the official website


Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00 Written by

Best in Evening Gown, Best in Filipiniana, Best in Talent, and Mrs Congeniality - No. 6 Annie Marquez, won these 4 titles but also the coveted titles of Mrs Visayas-Australia 2017 and the Mrs Charity Queen


Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00 Written by

The Turnbull Government remains resolute in its commitment to safeguard the integrity of citizenship ceremonies in Australia.

The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke, has stripped the City of Darebin of their power to hold citizenship ceremonies following the council’s passage of a political resolution cancelling Australia Day citizenship formalities.

This is the second time the Turnbull Government has acted to protect the integrity of the citizenship process.

The Government will ensure prospective citizens within Darebin and Yarra Councils are allocated to citizenship ceremonies held by neighbouring councils while the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will hold ceremonies as demand requires, including on Australia Day 2018.

Mr Hawke dismissed false claims that Greens MPs could conduct their own citizenship ceremonies, “While Senators and Members may – with the Government’s authorisation and assistance – receive pledges of commitment; they must do so in accordance with the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code (‘the Code’).

“The Greens political party will not be allowed to hijack Australia Day through a small group of Greens controlled local councils. The overwhelming majority of Australians support Australia Day remaining on January 26,” said Mr Hawke.

The Government will not permit a Senator or Member to circumvent the revocation of a council’s citizenship authority. Only ceremonies with authorisation from the Government will occur, subject to the ir compliance with the Code.

“We are committed to ensuring that citizenship is treated in the ‘non-commercial, apolitical, bipartisan and secular manner’ which the Code mandates.

“Both Darebin and Yarra Councils have had their ability to conduct citizenship ceremonies revoked. They were warned well in advance that politicising citizenship ceremonies would not be tolerated,” the Assistant Minister said.

As in the case of Yarra Council, a new instrument has been issued under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 which removes the ability of office holders at the City of Darebin Council to receive a pledge of commitment at a citizenship ceremony.

Despite Darebin Council’s talk of inclusivity, the council surveyed a mere 81 citizens from a population of nearly 150,000.

The Council also failed to consult the only Indigenous Elder listed in the council’s own multicultural directory, Wurundjeri Elder Ian Hunter.

On 3AW this morning Mr Hunter distanced himself from the council’s decision, rejecting arguments for changing the date.

Extraordinarily, Darebin Mayor, Cr Kim le Cerf, told 3AW “I didn’t say the majority of people were changing the day, I said the majority of people that have spoken to me support changing the day,” and indicated she may reconsider her position.

“I would like to thank those Melbourne councils who have made offers to include prospective citizens from Darebin and Yarra in their own ceremonies.

“The Government will be working with these neighbouring councils to minimise the disruption to ratepayers in Darebin and Yarra.

“The Government will also ensure a citizenship ceremony is held on Australia Day 2018 in Yarra and Darebin for prospective citizens,” Mr Hawke said.

UNIFICATION : More responses

Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00 Written by

PCHN is ready to print all responses as we receive them These two are the latest we received as we rush to the press which, like the originals of the above, are printed here in toto.

“I start from the premise that the Philippine Community Council of NSW is the original umbrella organisation of Filipino community groups in NSW, and that needs to be recognised at the outset. I raise the following issues/ matters, hoping that if and when resolved, then ‘Unity’ may hopefully be reached.Firstly,What exactly is the mission/ goal of the PCC NSW?When one says Philippine Community Council of NSW, one would assume that PCC NSW advocates for issues/matters that relate to the Filipino community in NSW.
YET – what PCC NSW seems to have projected – after all these years in existence – is to involve itself in matters to do with the Philippines 4,435kms away, e.g., raise funds in times of natural disasters. Worthy activities these may be, but is that PCC NSW’s main reason for being? What about the ‘NSW’ component in PCC NSW?I was there when PCC NSW began.
From my understanding, PCC NSW, as the umbrella organisation, would be a policy-making body on behalf of the Filipino community in New South Wales in general, and for its affiliate organisations in particular.
PCC NSW would make a stand on issues/ matters that affect the Filipino community in New South Wales.
PCC NSW would put forward policies that would advance the Filipino cause/ presence in NSW, cognisant that the Filipino community contributes to the social, economic and political fabric of NSW.
PCC NSW would be the consultative body of mainstream New South Wales as it deals with the Filipino community.In the 25 years since its establishment, with due respect, PCC NSW seems to have had only two regular activities of note – holding the Philippine Independence Day Ball and preparing for the Philippine Independence Day Ball. Check the Treasurer’s Reports at each annual general meeting if this is not so. Other activities seem to be those of its affiliates, with PCC NSW basking in their creation/completion.Has PCC NSW ever made a stand on/ given a voice to issues/ matters that affect the Filipino community in New South Wales?
Has PCC NSW ever put forward policies to advance the Filipino cause/ presence in NSW?Has PCC NSW ever been a consultative body of mainstream New South Wales as it deals with the Filipino community?Many of PCC NSW’s so-called leaders seem to have reneged on what PCC NSW had been mandated to do, putting its worthy goals/ mission in the ‘too hard’ basket. With due respect, many seem to have sat through their terms doing ‘nothing’, basking in their official ‘titles’ through photo opps with politicians, diplomats and celebrities, and hiding behind the ‘volunteer’ aspect of their roles for not doing ‘anything’. After all these years, PCC NSW still has to have a permanent physical address. Missed opportunities would be an understatement. Secondly,
Attitudes need to change.Those in positions of leadership need to show the best in Filipino traits, values, behaviour, e.g., respect, courtesy, sensitivity.
It’s fabulous to be ‘sikat’ but not ‘pasikat’.During debates/discussions/disagreements, stay hard on the issues; easy on the persons.Not everyone elected to a position in PCC NSW is equipped for leadership. Being popular does not translate to leadership – more so as PCC NSW depends on volunteers, and volunteerism requires commitment, sacrifice, purpose.What next?
Hope springs eternal. If we are discussing this, things can only get better.The past cannot be undone but we can work on the present and hopefully, a better future.
Revisit PCC NSW’s core objectives; focus; apply.
Have credible selection criteria for those who aspire to lead.Consolidate the skills within our talented, intelligent, knowledgeable community.
Each individual who sits on the PCC NSW Board must be prepared to undertake leadership training, to profess commitment to PCC NSW’s goals/mission, and to follow these through.Protect the brand. God bless us all. (Evelyn Opilas)


Ang mga Pilipino sa diaspora saan man sa mundo ay kilala sa indibidwal na sipag, tiyaga, husay sa gawain at pagmamalasakit. Pero hindi sa pagkakaisa. The Filipino people's soul is not whole. This is what we exude behind our proficiency in English which we also speak with pride as our second language, apparently because it equalises our inefficiencies in using another region's language (eg Bisaya vs Tagalog, etc) Pero kahit English na nga ang ginagamit at hindi ang kanya-kanyang dialekto, nakikita pa rin na wala tayong matatag na pagkakabuklod. I am just one of the many with well-meaning opinions here. And mine is NOT FOR UNIFORMITY. I support and I do my best to advocate through my broadcasts, preachings and publications the beauty of our regional distinctions and tongues. But they all must come within and to fortify a UNIFIED SOUL of the Filipino, characterised by acceptance, empathy, self-sacrifice and love for a unified whole. When we nurture our common soul and keep it whole, then there is true unity above all our diversity. Hopefully, we are on our way to realise this during our lifetime.Mainam maging maliit na bato na bahagi ng iisang bantayog ng ating lahi (napi picturan at isinasali pa sa selfie ng mga tao) kaysa isa sa maraming nakakalat bato na may kanya kanyang pangalan na nakikita sa mga libingan, dinadaan lang kahit nung nabubuhay pa siya ay maraming nagawa at napatunayan.
Jesus said, "And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand" Mark 3:25, ESV . I appreciate the effort of Evelyn Zaragoza in starting the conversation about unification within the Filipino-Australian community. The stalwart community leader wishes to see the realisation of a common aspiration dating back to the heroes of our mother land's history - a community being seen as one despite it's diversity within.What are the fruits of our labour?The Filipino diaspora is a tale of love, sacrifice, resilience and hard work. The efforts of our older generation of community leaders in NSW are invaluable! But how are we leaving these traits as a legacy to the next generation of Australians? Let us build an enduring, united monument enshrined in the hearts of the now and the next generation rather than Individual mini totem poles that may just be buried in the sands of time.
(Eric C. Maliwat, book author, broadcaster, pastor)