News from the Filipino Community in Bathurst and Central West
by Nenita Lopez
The Filipiniana Friends of Bathurst and Central West “Christmas for A Cause”
celebration helping Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda survivors
Filipiniana Friends: Christmas for a Cause Help Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Survivors.
My sincerest gratitude to all who attended helped with and donated to, the Filipiniana Friends Typhoon Haiyan Fund Raising on 8th December at the Parish Center Bathurst.
The Hon. Paul Toole MP draw the first prize raffle “Vintage Oil Painting”
with winner James Li and Lily Li.
Attending from Lithgow: Rebeca, Neng, Mary and Grace
We were there: Fr Abilgos and Michael at Christmas for a Cause party
Attending the Filipiniana Christmas for A Cause in Bathurst:
(l-r) Mila, Marilyn, Robert, Candy, Cale, Vilma and Neo
Merry Christmas with Jo, Marie and Tita Brown
With Noel, Nelia and Cressy
Images of the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasting Council Conference (NEMBC)
As you can see Filipinos were well represented and had a great time at the Brisbane Conference. They have numerous Filipino and multicultural Programs, broadcast throughout the country on Community Radio. You can get local programs on FM and ones further afield can be listened to on your computer.
Special thanks to our State MP Paul Toole for his support and generosity. Paul is truly a man of the people and a constant supporter of the Filipino Community in the Central West. We are lucky to have him as our representative and look forward to his continued efforts which mean so much to those who have settled in the area.
Thanks also to the ladies and gentlemen who performed in the event. (Grace Brennan, Marilyn Walpole, Anna and Ivan from Bathurst Salsa, Vivian McKinnon,), and the helpers (Robert Huppatz, who work from the start to finish, Nelia who offered her expertise in decorating the hall with the help of Crissy and Norrie. And to all of you who helped in purchasing our raffle tickets and made generous donations thank you.
Thank you to all who brought and share their cooking on the day, we have abundance of food and to those who travelled from far and wide, including: Rosalie and Claire, and Fr Line and a friend, Vivien & Menchie, Mila and family, Peter and Katherine and family, David and Reychelle and family. Rolly and Marie Tandang for providing the sound system and Father Xmas who delighted our dear children. You are all special people God Bless your dear hearts.
The group raised over $1000 worth of cash and goods, including a consignment of food, clothes, blankets, baby items and even Teddy bears, which will bring joy to the hearts of the little ones who have lost everything, which will be distributed shortly to the needy survivors of the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda disaster.
We were able to celebrate Christmas knowing our compassion and generosity will never be forgotten. You have shown true compassion and Christian Spirit. People can think up many reasons for not giving: we can’t afford it, it’s too much trouble, our contribution is too small or some of the aid will get stolen. We put such ideas out of our heads and remembered every little bit counts. If everyone thought negatively, there would be an ongoing pattern of disease, disaster and despair, and this is what we are hopefully helping to prevent.
With Rene Staines and Menchie March
We were there: (l-r) Marie, Rosalie, Rolly, Claire, Marilyn and Nenita.
Yours truly with Governor Singson (Chavit) in Bathurst
Meeting with former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson
At ‘Bathurst, I caught up with ex- Governor Chavit. He is a man of great wealth and exotic tastes, being a hunter and owner of a private zoo, with free public access. He was very impressed with Bathurst, the School and the countryside, indicating an interest in obtaining a property here sometime. Governor Chavit recently visited Tacloban and was shocked and saddened by the devastation and loss of human life, and anticipated a long recovery time despite generous overseas aid.
Philippine Community Council Ugnayan and Christmas Party
I travelled to Mt Druitt with two companions from Bathurst, to join an Ugnayan, where Affiliates could discuss current issues and needs with the PCC Board and later enjoy some seasonal congeniality. There was considerable dissent and heated argument about PADER and the Senior Committee, and the event eventually concluded with a photo session, with compliments of the season to everyone.
Philippine Community Council Ugnayan and Christmas party at Mount Druitt
Carols by Candlelight
As usual Bathurst put on a charming carols evening in beautiful Machattie Park, with excellent performers on the heritage listed
Rotunda entertaining a crowd with a good number of Filipinos, who sat beneath the ancient trees that grace the park, who sat in
Bathurst Carols by Candle lights with Anne and her daughter