Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

Sunday, 16 September 2018 23:59


An invitation to Walk for Mental Health

Monday, 17 September 2018 09:48


An Invitation



Something interesting about Bangalow.  The town of Bangalow can be found in New South Wales.  It is located in the Byron Shire Council with the population of more than 2,000 in the 2016 Census.  It is North of Sydney (765 kilometres and South of Brisbane (167 kilometres) - off the Pacific Highway.  Its name was derived from an Aboriginal word "Bangalla" which means "low hill or a kind of palm tree".  It was first known as "Bangaloe" and in 1907 the spelling became modern and was changed to "Bangalow".  It is a beautiful haven for holiday makers who may want to enjoy the fun the town can bring.  There are beautiful hotels, guest houses and a home for a good brewed coffee from the local area itself and lots of other foods that anybody can enjoy.

The Billycart Derby is a great yearly event that people are always looking forward to join in or simply just to watch.  It is an old fashioned outdoor event full of fun for everyone, young and old alike.  It is for everyone.  No age limit  A man known to many who became the oldest participant in 2016 is "Bangalow Bill" at the age of 86 and still strong.  Age did not stop him from doing things that he has enjoyed for so many years.  The event had began in 1994 and has grown each year.  It is inclusive to the whole community - individuals, families, workplaces, schools, sporting clubs, seniors, among others. 

The different categories range from Celebrity, Home Grown, Novelty and Traditional.  The Billycart must be under 75 kilogram, the width must not exceed to 1,200 mm, there must be fixed seating and proper brake and steering wheels. To participate - registration forms are available from 7:00-9:00am sharp.  It can be completed in advance too.

The competition is on the main street, 20 May 2018.  It starts at 12:30 pm with all the Billycarts in line ready to go.  The Billycarts began rolling down the hills and spectators are in big and loud applause.  Everyone was excited.  The Billycarts came in all colours, shapes and sizes.  Prizes are available to the winners.  What a delight!  Above all, it is a free event.

The event coincides with the "Mad Hatter's Derby Tea Party" - a group from Bangalow Public School - considered as the biggest fundraiser.  It is on in the month of May each year.  Food stalls are busy selling foods, cakes, coffee and many more that catches the eyes of the people around.  The other fun includes the ferris wheel ride, jumping castle, merry go round and a lot more.  There are arts and crafts stalls too and clothes stalls as well.  There is something for everyone. The funds raised is given to the School and contribute towards the resources needed to promote to the learning welfare of the students. The Bangalow Public School was first built in 1884.  And in 1925, four classroom building was made out of brick materials.

The Bangalow Billy Cart Derby is an iconic event.  It is organised by the Bangalow Lions Club, sponsored by Summerland Credit Union and run by Volunteers - 100% all the way through. The money being raised go to the Bangalow Public School, Scouts, Local Community Projects, Charities the Town's Annual Christmas Street Party.

The highlight of the event is the Grand Parade  with the participation of the
local bands, vintage cars, schools, local clubs, scouts and celebrities.  It is made possible by the generous businesses, clubs and people who are always willing to give out of love.

The new project that comes this year is the billycart building courses intended for fathers and sons or mothers and daughters and is held at the Bangalow Men's Shed on Saturday mornings.  It works well for those who do not have a Do It Yourself skills or workshops.

Visit the area and see it for yourself.  Bring your family and friends.  For sure, you will have a thing to remember and may share it to others as well.  Try!  You have nothing to lose but good memories to cherish.

Thanks to all the Organisers, Sponsors and the whole Community who supported this wonderful event.

Website - http://www.bangalowbillycart.com.au

Sunday, 16 September 2018 23:43

Campbelltown City’s Kalayaan 2018


The vibrant Filipino community of the Campbelltown and Macarthur Region celebrated the 120th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence with a joint Flag Raising ceremony at the City Council Lawns followed by a cultural program and lunch at the Campbelltown Civic Centre on 16 June 2018. It’s the 12th year official celebration of Philippine National Day of the Campbelltown and Region Filipino Community Council (CRFCC) Inc. in coordination with the Campbelltown City Council and with the Philippine Consular General Sydney.

Consul Melanie Diano, representing Consul General Ma. Teresa L. Taguiang and Mayor George Brticevic jointly raised the National Australian and Philippine flags. Greg Warren MP for Campbelltown raised the Aboriginal Flag and Cr.Rey Manoto raising the Campbelltown City Council Flag. Labor Councillors Margaret Chivers, Masood Chowdhury and Ben Gilholme also graced the occasion and welcomed the attendees. CRFCC Youth Ambassador Nelwyn Dejillo sang both anthems acapella.

Yours truly, CRFCC President warmly welcomed all attendees who braved the chilly winter morning reiterated Consul Melanie Diano’s highlight on the Kalayaan 2018 Theme of “Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan translated: Change We Fought For, An Offering for an Abundant Future. The proud Filipino Campbelltown community had envisioned it for years that by working together we can achieve the shared goals of growth, prosperity and harmony in our birth country the Philippines and our adopted country Australia most especially in our City of Campbelltown.

Showcasing the culture with songs and dances followed with performers Ms Gilda Pagaduan acclaimed Filipino vocalist, Mr. Yves Personnel President of the Combined Churches of Macarthur with his Latino songs and a touch of Elvis Presley and the colourful dancing of the Muslim dance ‘BILAAN’ and ‘SALAKOT’ performed by AUS Min Dancers Annie Benitez and Vi Espejo Loveliness

Greg Warren MP State Member for Campbelltown presented a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the 120th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence to the Philippine Consular General and the Campbelltown and Region Filipino Community Council.
Consul Melanie Diano accepted the Certificate on behalf of the Hon Consul General Ma.Teresa L.Taguiang and Lourdes Kaiser President of the Campbelltown and Region Filipino Community Council Inc


Greg Warren MP and Consul Melanie Diano proudly led the Toast for Australia and the Philippines respectively.

Yours truly warmly welcomed and thanked the Councillors who stayed on for the Cultural Program in Councillors Margaret Chivers, Rey Manoto, Masood Chowdhury and Ben Gilholme, Gerald Kenneally Director of Kenneallys Funerals Campbelltown and all Suburbs, major Sponsor of CFRCC’s events, Shefali Pali Proprietor of Alkalizer Cafe and Restaurant donor of the delicious Morning Tea, PCC- NSW President Serna Ladia and Board, the wonderful performers Gild Pasadena, Yves Peronecc, Annie Benitez and Vi Espejo Loveliness for showcasing the cultural Muslim Dance “BILAAN” and the “Salakot”, to Mr Graeme Chivers Campbelltown Labors Councillors camera man who covered the whole proceedings.

A heartfelt thanks was extended to the wonderful CRFCC Team for its dedication, commitment and professionalism in Renee Estrella CRFCC Secretary and gracious Master of Ceremonies, Connie Ramsey CRFCC VP . Pikes Garcia, Cora Michel, Elsa Collado, Marie Zawadka, Diane Vedala, Wilma Donney, Lita Smith, Cirila Freeman, Ellen and Manny Padilla
and to the Filipino community

The proud and vibrant Campbelltown Filipino community has once again displayed a marvelous celebration of community and culture.

A sumptuous Lunch followed with plenty of selfies!


Happy Independence Day! MABUHAY!

Photos : Courtesy of Mr. Graeme Chivers.


Sydney, 29 August 2018 – Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney celebrates the vibrant flavours of Filipino cuisine at the Philippine Food Festival, returning for its sixth year at Café Mix from 20 to 30 September 2018.

Flown in especially for the occasion, guest chefs from Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Manila will showcase a diverse array of Filipino dishes for guests and food enthusiasts alike to savour.

Sydney-siders will feast their senses on an authentic selection of dishes, such as Sisig, Lechon (Pork Belly), Chicken Inasal and Adobong, to name but a few on the curated Filipino menu.

Delivering the sweetest of finales, the dessert station will feature traditional Filipino treats, as well as a live Halo-Halo station and a colourful display of Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou’s desserts.

Filipino food is an intricate pattern of Spanish, Western, Chinese, Japanese and Pacific Islander flavours that serve as living proof of the country’s rich cultural history. Consisting of 7,000 islands, the Philippines has a tropical and humid climate, resulting in a rich and fertile soil that cultivates an abundance of fresh produce and herbs.

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney’s Executive Chef Hemant Dadlani is excited to celebrate the hotel’s sixth Philippine Food Festival at Café Mix.

“Continuously attracting the interest of the Filipino community and food aficionados, our guest chefs from Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Manila will deliver tantalising dishes that capture the uniqueness of Filipino culture,” Chef Dadlani said.

The Philippine Food Festival is presented in partnership with Philippine Airlines and the Philippine Department of Tourism.

Café Mix has fast become known as a home for international food festivals and a sumptuous seafood selection. The Philippine Food Festival is available from Monday to Thursday during the buffet lunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. at $65 per person and during the buffet dinner from 6.00 to 10:00 p.m. The seafood buffet dinner is available from Friday to Saturday from 6.00 to 10:00 p.m. at $85 per person. For bookings, call 02 9250 6000 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com/sydney.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 18:08


Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz

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