Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:42


Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:39


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 redcross.org.au/prepare.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:37




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 www.trybooking.com. For more information, visit the official website www.worldsupremacybattlegrounds.com.

Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00


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


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.

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