Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

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BLACKTOWN CITY ART PRIZE

Now in its 22nd year, the Blacktown City Art Prize is a highly valued art prize, with cash prizes of $20,000 and acquisitive awards.

Artists are invited to submit entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

PRIZES
The winner of the Blacktown City Art Prize receives $15,000.
Three supporting prizes will be awarded:
Aboriginal Artist Prize ($2,000)
Local Artist Prize ($2,000)
People’s Choice Prize ($1,000).

Entries close Tuesday, 10 October 2017.

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FASIKA WINS

By Imelda Argel, LLB LLM

Landing as one of the top 4 Grand Finalists at this year’s “The Voice Australia”,
Fasika Azalea’s triumph is considered a major win by Filipino-
Australians being the first ever to reach this far in a stiffly contested national singing tilt.
Five of Fasika’s singles currently reigns on iTunes:
I Have Nothing, One Night Only, Young Hearts Only, When Love Takes
Over, Love The Way You Lie and Freedom,
But even before adding "The Voice Australia” as
the latest feather in her cap, she has bagged five
first prizes in various talent quests in the last two
years apart from having performed in more than
10 charity events/concerts. “My mother encouraged
me to join “The Voice”. I wanted to take up Journalism.
My parents suggested I take up Media/Law to
make my options wider”,she says.
Unknown to many, Fasika’s mother, Susan Nisperos is a true blooded Filipino. She grew up in
Baguio City. Raised as a devout Christian, she has 10 siblings, mostly living
in Melbourne, some in the Philippines. “Multiculturalism” to Fasika,
means different ethnicities and cultures living
in harmony. This is exemplified by her parents. Susan met Fasika’s father,
Dessaleyn “Des” Ayallew at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon
City. Originally from Ethiopia, he was then completing his Doctorate
in Plant Ecology/Botany, while Susan was studying
Master of Science in Marine Biology. Des migrated
to Australia in 1989 and Susan followed in 1990.
Eventually they sponsored the permanent residence of
Fasika’s grandmother, Felipa and Susan’s sister, Zenia.
Des and Susan have two Australian born children,
Dan and Fasika. A consistent top student from grade
school to high school, Dan has completed his Commerce and Law Degree
from the University of Technology and now works with Brookfield, a
global property developer. Fasika was likewise a high achiever at the Opportunity
Class Dural Public School and Hornsby Girls Selective
High School, before she started her law studies at Macquarie University.
Although there are no career singers from both sides
of the family of Fasika’s parents, Fasika says, “my
mother and grandmother, Felipa Nisperos constantly
made me sing when I was growing up.
Susan says Fasika’s performance at the Voice, was
a dream come true for Fasika’s late grandmother. Her wish was to see Fasika perform
on television. Following the coaching of Kelly Rowland at The Voice, Fasika is now ready
to launch her singing career, with confidence and an open mind. She believes
that she is meant to have a singing career and has now accepted the contract offer
from Universal Studios. This is not to say that her law studies is out of her
plans. She is aware of the value of completing a degree
and intends to complete her law degree part
time. Her goal: “Years from now, I would like to have
created good music that people love and that I am proud of.”
(The writer, Imelda Argel, now retired, was the migration solicitor
for many of Fasika’s relatives)

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PACQUIAO LOSES WBO BELT TO AUSSIE HORN

 
by Marco Selorio 
The boxing world turned upside down with a controversial
decision that crowned underdog Australian challenger Jeff Horn
with the WBO welterweight crown at the expense of global
boxing icon Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao in the “Battle of Brisbane”
recently.
The three judges unanimously picked Horn the victor. Judges
Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan both had it at 115-113 for Horn,
while third judge Waleska Roldan scored 117-111.
There was an international outcry on social media that had
many pundits and analysts in disbelief.
The punch statistics showed that Pacquiao connected significantly
more punches, as the Filipino landed 32% (182/573
punches), while Horn hit 15% (92/625 punches).
The aftermath of the fight showed Horn bruised and battered
with a busted right eye, while Pacquiao was left with only a few
cuts on his forehead.
It was a hometown decision that did not sit well with the Pacquiao
camp. A rematch is mandatory, but promoter Bob Arum
said that it’s all up to Pacquiao if he wants to fight again. Horn
on the other hand said he is willing to fight him in the Philippines
if he’s up for it.
A record-breaking 51,025 people attended the boxing event,
including boxing greats Roberto Duran, Timothy Bradley, Jeff
Fenech and Danny Green, Senator Tito Sotto and Chavit Singson.
A sea of red, blue and yellow flags filled up Suncorp Stadium
as proud Filipino fans across Australia, New Zealand and
the Philippines came out in full force to support their ageing
hero.
Both boxers had the crowd on their toes from start to finish.
The bigger and younger Horn threw everything he had from
the get-go, including a couple of head butts and a low blow
that clearly threw off Pacquiao. At 38-years old, Pacquiao still
showed strength and speed, but he was not the same fighter that
destroyed opponents in the past.
Despite the slow start, Pacquiao heated up and delivered a
barrage of combinations that had Horn on the ropes and fighting
for survival by the 9th Round. Referee Mark Nelson should
have stopped the fight but somehow allowed Horn to finish the
round.
Duco Events and Top Rank in cooperation with the Queensland
Government have been instrumental in staging this historymaking
boxing match.
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