Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

PCHN Editor in Chief Evelyn Zaragoza presenting a memorabilia to retiring ambassador Minda C. Cruz

 

From 2 July 2018, there will be a New Child Care Package. The Package will help parents with children aged 0 – 13 work, train, study and volunteer. The Package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. It will be paid directly to services.

Find out more: education.gov.au/childcare

Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit is always on the lookout for local heroes around the world, and Australian-Filipino entrepreneur Marco Selorio is just one stand-out of many. He is currently working with communities in both nations to connect talented youngsters to their various cultural Philippine identities through a mutual love of dance and music.

 

In his wildest dreams, Marco never thought organising a community dance event for his brother’s crew would turn into a worldwide phenomenon. He certainly never imagined the huge impact the event would have in connecting young Filipino dancers to others just like them from around the world.

Marco has always had a passion for business. After graduating from economics and commerce at ANU University, he handed his degree to his parents and began his first entrepreneurial venture called Hoopdreamz, coordinating basketball and community events for Filipino-Australians.

However, it was organising a life-changing urban dance event for his brother’s hip-hop crew that ignited an annual calendar of dance events, becoming a celebration for Filipino families to celebrate and connect with their youth.

“Kids loved the music and the family vibe and parents were comfortable being there with their kids,” Marco said.

“They really enjoy that atmosphere, the families and communities coming together to be entertained by the talent in the community.”

After a successful two years, Marco took his events business, known as MAS Presents, to the next level by organising the first World Supremacy Battleground dance competition in Sydney, which saw masses of Filipinos come together to support their favourite teams. This was just the beginning of the global expansion, allowing the event to reach six continents in 2015. However, Marco stills believes he has so much more to offer to the youth of the Philippines, believing this is one of the reasons why he has maintained such a strong connection to his country of birth.

“I really like going back because the environment is so different to Australia and it excites me more to do events over there,” he said.

Currently, Marco estimates the event has featured around 73,000 dancers since its inauguration in 2002, with Filipino talent having seen success both in Australia and around the world. It is now a global platform providing recognition for the dancers and musicians, and in some cases work and prize money for entertainers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“The Filipino community really get behind the dancers, they are especially loud for those from their home city and their province and some of the teams who have won gold have become TV stars and they get recognised,” Marco said.

“It gives them a lot of exposure and they get a lot of opportunities, and at the same time, it gets them out of the streets, so instead of hustling drugs, the competition keeps them focused and away from those vices.”

Marco also said money people send to the Philippines is essential in helping to break the youth out of the poverty cycle, explaining that even a small amount helps.

“What someone might earn in an hour as a salesperson here in Australia, would be what someone would earn after an entire day of work in the Philippines in the same job,” he said.

“I think a lot of Filipinos send money back home, and the ones who migrate from the provinces often tend to send more money.”

Digital money transfer company WorldRemit has realised this need to better service the Philippines and they now offer a wider reach to regional areas through instant cash pickups at local businesses such as the Palawan Pawnshops. In 2017, an estimated AUD$1.8billion of remittances were sent to the Philippines from Australia in total, and in the same year, the Southeast Asian nation was WorldRemit’s largest receive market globally.

Despite most of his family having now migrated to Australia or the USA, Marco continues to remit money home to support any of his extended family members with their education.

To continue to support people like Marco who send money overseas to their family and friends, WorldRemit has made the process of sending money even easier by offering three free digital transactions for first-time users of the money-transfer service by using promo code 3FREE.

Marco also said money people send to the Philippines is essential in helping to break the youth out of the poverty cycle, explaining that even a small amount helps.

“What someone might earn in an hour as a salesperson here in Australia, would be what someone would earn after an entire day of work in the Philippines in the same job,” he said.

“I think a lot of Filipinos send money back home, and the ones who migrate from the provinces often tend to send more money.”

Digital money transfer company WorldRemit has realised this need to better service the Philippines and they now offer a wider reach to regional areas through instant cash pickups at local businesses such as the Palawan Pawnshops. In 2017, an estimated AUD$1.8billion of remittances were sent to the Philippines from Australia in total, and in the same year, the Southeast Asian nation was WorldRemit’s largest receive market globally.

Despite most of his family having now migrated to Australia or the USA, Marco continues to remit money home to support any of his extended family members with their education.

As a result of Marco’s efforts in the Philippines, the nation has recently been sending their most talented dancers as national representatives for the international competitions, with these dancers winning a number of the divisions, demonstrating the power of the arts in the nation.

The connections and relationships these competitors form between fellow dancers helps engage the youth with cultures around the world. For the Filipino-Australian community, Marco said there is one thing the Filipino people draw from both cultures, influencing how they work and assimilate into society.

“Learning about the Australian culture, we always give it a go and we are always are on the go,” he said.

“That’s the kind of attitude I have learnt here in Australia, and it works both ways because I am able to maintain the morals and values of being a Filipino, but I get the best of both worlds being here.

“I do feel proud to be Filipino, even though Australia is my home.”

The influence of cultures has helped young dancers develop stronger connections with their Filipino cultural identity, and rather than disconnecting they are plugged back into their ancestral home.

These global connections are also supported by companies such as WorldRemit, who are constantly looking for ways to strengthen relationships among Filipino communities across the world. Their service provides an easy way for Filipinos to send money to their family and friends living abroad by using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

WorldRemit is also proud to offer three fee-free transactions to first-time customers who use the promo code 3FREE to help the Filipino community continue to support their family and friends living overseas. For further information, click on the banner below:

Friday, 15 June 2018 12:49

ACTORS WANTED

AUDITIONS

Peach Productions and Sydney Fringe 2018 present

WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA: STORIES OF COURAGE

A COLLECTION OF NEW SHORT PLAYS BY WOMEN

All roles open. Actors from minority groups and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Each play is approximately 10 minutes long.
Actors may take roles in two plays. Roles are unpaid.

ROLES:
FEMALE: 18 - 25yrs 2 roles
25 – 35 5 roles
35 – 45 7 roles
45 – 55 3 roles

MALE: 18 – 25 2 roles
25 – 35 1 role
35 – 45 2 roles
AUDITIONS:

DAY 1 Sunday 17 June 11.00–3.00pm 107 Redfern St Redfern
5 mins walk from Redfern Station Accessible Venue

DAY 2 Saturday 23 June 12.00–4.00pm 46 Edward St Summer Hill
10 mins walk from Summer Hill and Lewisham Stations
5 mins to Light Rail Free onstreet parking in Weston St
This Venue is upstairs and NonAccessible

For audition requirements and an audition time:
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
by 13 June for DAY 1 and by June 20 for DAY 2
and include your bio and photo

Rehearsals: July and August

Production dates: September 11- 22
Venue: 288 Pitt St, Central Sydney

 

New laws that would see big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter liable for harm caused by cyber bullying and violence are urgently needed to ensure social media platforms have a strong financial incentive to stamp out harmful behaviour online, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will tell a Senate inquiry on cyber bullying.
Maurice Blackburn Principal Josh Bornstein, who will tomorrow appear at the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee inquiry into cyber bullying, said that for too long social media platforms have helped to enable cyberbullying, without ever being held to account for the harm caused, including injury and death.
 
“Politicians should approach the need to make cyberspace safe much in the same way that our current laws require workplaces to be safe - by imposing a duty of care on the big tech companies and by allowing individuals to sue when that duty is breached,” Mr Bornstein said.
 
“Groups like Facebook and Twitter are often quick to distance themselves from instances of cyber bullying, when what they should be doing is taking decisive action to minimise such behaviour on their platforms and in making sure people are protected.
 
“While we welcome comments today from Minister Kelly O’Dwyer warning Facebook and Twitter to lift their standards, governments have typically taken a timid approach to regulation in this area – even criminal acts in cyber space are rarely prosecuted.
 
“Europe is leading the charge on regulating the internet but Australian legislators are lagging behind. New Zealand introduced its own anti cyber-bullying legislation in 2015.
 
“That’s why we believe regulatory responsibility is urgently needed to prompt greater action from social media platforms to act on cyber bullying and violence - if victims had the tools to take on groups like Facebook and Twitter then those companies would be compelled to commit serious resources to clean up their platforms.
 
“We also want to see enforceable sanctions against employers who fail to protect against cyber bullying in workplaces.
 
“In today’s world there is an increasing expectation for staff to be actively engaged with social media for their work, in industries such as the media in particular, yet many employers are not taking steps to protect their staff from the obvious risks that can come with this,” he said.
 

Sunday, 10 June 2018 13:40

TAP ON FOR FREE PARKING

 

 
The convenience of the Opal card is now coming to the train station carpark, with public transport customers set to “tap on” for up to 18 hours free parking.
 
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced that a successful trial of Opal carparks will soon be extended to Ashfield, before expanding to several other stations across the network.
 
“We want to make it easier for customers to access public transport and this trial aims to ensure that carparks provided by the NSW Government for commuters are used by the people they are intended for,” Ms Berejiklian said.
 
“Research shows up to 46 per cent of people in some areas who use commuter carparks did not intend to catch public transport and this trial has been designed to ensure that it is genuine customers who benefit from these facilities.”
 
Opal Park & Ride will provide customers with up to 18 hours free parking each day if they use public transport. Customers need to complete a journey by tapping on and off using their Opal card, then use their Opal card when they exit the carpark.
 
Customers who do not catch public transport within 18 hours from the time of entry will be charged at a daily rate in line with the commercial rates for the local area. 
 
“The Opal Park & Ride trial started on the Northern Beaches in January at the B-Line commuter carpark in Dee Why. The system will now be installed at the remaining B-Line commuter carparks throughout the year,” Mr Constance said.
 
“Customers at Ashfield Station will be the first train customers to experience the system when it begins around the middle of the year. We are investigating which other train stations could be included in the trial.”
 
Ashfield commuter carpark was upgraded under the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, an initiative to deliver safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure across the state.
 
“The upgrade of this multi-storey carpark means an extra 96 car spaces, and 235 in total, for customers who want to park their car at the station before continuing their journey on public transport,” said Mr Constance said.
 
“It includes a new lift to assist our less mobile customers, as well as the latest CCTV technology and lighting to improve security.”
 
The NSW Government has invested more than $1 billion in the Transport Access Program since 2011, with over 400 projects completed across the state, including the delivery of more than 6,000 commuter car spaces.

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