The Filipino National Conference held at City Golf Club, Toowoomba, Queensland on Oct 28-30 elected their new President from Western Australia Dante C. Maribbay.
Others elected were: VP internal affairs- Serna Ladia (NSW) VP External Affairs - Cecille Wheare (Vic)VP for Youth Affairs - Mark Cecil (Qld) Secretary - Bobby Lastica ( NSW) Treasurer - Mark Gideon Feliciano- (Vic) and PRO - Cecilia Flores - (ACT) Outgoing President Aida Garcia (SA)
State Leaders gathered for the Leaders Forum headed by Florence Parker which tackled various issues in the community.
An official welcome of 200 delegates was done late in the afternoon. Deputy City Mayor Cr Carol Taylor and Philippine Honorary Consul to Qld Mrs Margaret Grummitt welcomed the delegates from various states. Hon Trevor Watts MP, Toowoomba North spoke of Regional Voices, We Hear you Loud and Clear" On the Second Day - Aida Garcia - FILCCA President and Mena Edmondstone, FCCQ president made their warm welcome. Her Excellency Hon Minda Calaguian Cruz Philippine Ambassador to Australia delivered her Keynite Address in the topic: 120+ years of Filipino Settlement in Austria and 70 years of Philippine Australian Diplomatic Relationship. In her message "I welcome this opportunity to engage with you on a wide range of issues concerning the Filipino community in Australia and to work with you in Promoting the intetests of the Filipino people. With more than 300,000 Filipinos all over Australia tiday, we work in unity tobcontribute to nation building back home and to uplift the lives of our fellow Filipinos.
In the Plenary sessions the topics were discussed: Romancing the Media- a PublicRelations Initiative, Youth Leadership, Elderly Filipinos in the Fast Changing Digital World and Aged Care Reforms, Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence and Family Violence Experiences with the National Strategy for the prevention of DFV, Filipino /Australian Businesses and Enterpreneurs. Special Presentation on Australian Dream- Building your home for Zero deposit Homes. AES is part of the Access Community Services in Toowoomba.
A Gala night was held at night with Qld winning the FILCCA got talent. Third Day - an appreciation and Farewell Lunch was hosted by Western Union and FCCQ held at Cobb and Co. Museum. This was also the oppirtunity to meet and greet Her Excellency Ambassador Minda Calaguian Cruz and Launching of the book by Erwin Cabucos- entitled Does it Matter What the Dead Think? Some delegates already left before the Farewell lunch and Aida Garcia delivered her inspirational speech before the lunch served at 1:30 pm.
Highlights of the Gala Night is the Awarding of Filipino Australian of the year which went to Jason Day, The Filipino-Australian Achiever and Leadership Awards in each States. 120 Medals were also awarded to the Silent Community Achieves with recognition to the Colombo Plan Scholars where HE Ambassador Minda Calaguian Cruz is one of the recipients.