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June is a very significant and busy month with activities among Filipinos, be it in the Philippines or Filipino communities around the world as they celebrate the 117th Anniversary of Philippine Independence from our Spanish colonisers. June 12, 1898 when the first president of the Philippine Republic Emilio Aguinaldo have proclaimed the Philippines independence in the balcony of his home in Kawit, Cavite. This is also the time that all Filipinos all over the world are proud of their cultural heritage of being Filipino regardless of which they have left their homeland and have live overseas for so many years. Filipinos in the United States of America, Canada, The UK, Europe. Africa and other parts of Asia, the Middle East and many more conglomerate celebrate in their adoptive homeland their cultural heritage. This of course showcase the many cultures of the Philippines, dialects, regional diversity and food culture through ethnic songs and dances and real showcase to the famous love of music of the Filipinos. The Philippines is composed of three (3) major islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with 7, 107 Islands. The Philippines was named in honour of Philip II of Spain. Ferdinand Magellan Portuguese navigator marked the beginning of Spanish colonisation in 1521. With a population of about 100 million people, the Philippines is the seventh-most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated country in the world. An additional 12 million Filipinos live overseas, comprising on of the world’s largest diaspora. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. (source: wikepedia).
Bundaberg & District Australian-Filipino Association Incorporated celebrating the 117th Philippine Independence Day & 31st BDAFAI Founding Anniversary June 20th, 2015
The Filipino-Australian community in Bundaberg, Queensland have celebrated the 31st annual anniversary and the 117th Philippine Independence Day celebration at Shamrock Room, Brothers Club.
This year 2015 will be low key celebration after the last year’s 30th Foundation anniversary which was attended by more than 300 people from all over Queensland and other states. This year 2015 in line with the tradition of the Filipino community in Bundaberg to celebrate our community on this side of Central Queensland. The theme of the celebration is the music of the 1980s and 1990s in tune when the BDAFAI association which was founded in 1984. The usual guests of honour and the support of the Bundaberg Regional Council with the Lord Mayor of Bundaberg Mal Forman, Councillors Lynne Forgan, Judy Peters and Vince Habermann, Patti Webb and Agnes Seery of Queensland Multicultural Affairs. As a Filipino Australian it is very good to feel that in spite of all the many decades that we have lived so far away from our homeland where have grown-up celebrating our cultural heritage as a community we feel we all belong as Filipino Australians be it first, second and third generation Australian with Filipino heritage on way or another. Josie Titterington the cultural officer have shared her talent in dancing teaching modern as well as folk dancing among the young children and the adults performers as well to showcase the Filipino talents in Bundaberg. The occasion is held once a year and the only time we as a Filipino community can show and share our culture to the Bundaberg community.
BDAFAI Management Committee 2015
President: Mila Cabahug Schneider
Vice President: Loreto
Secretary: Jo Ann
Treasurer: Cynthia Smith
Cultural Committee: Josie Titterington and Joy
Social Committee: Fely Hunter, Mimi Kennedy,
Lilibeth Durano, Larko Larkin and Nelia Moore
Welfare Committee: Dolores Jensen, Delyne Heidrich Glory Krt
Media Officer: Lee
Liaison Officer: Rowena Radel
Accountant: Maria Theresa Viney
Social Media Mania on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, Google global revolution
There is no doubt in this day and age of digital and online media almost everyone and everybody is online to be in tune with the rest of globalisation. Social Media can be a great tool for information. It has a lot of tremendous progress be it cultural, political, social, language anything about everything all sorts of information. It can also be dangerous if you are not on constant watch as there will be predators who will victimised vulnerable children, adults of all shapes, sizes from all parts of the world. For myself as a Filipino journalist it connects me with the rest of my media colleagues in the Philippines and other parts of the world as well. Facebook can also be a great tool to bring back your genuine identity. Let us face it, most of all moved around be it locally and internationally for this reason we can lose our own identity to be able to adapt in our current place where we are living in other parts of the world. It is bringing back our own identity and going back to your core and in the same token with our present state in life. There is that continuity of our life’s journey as we travel through our life’s destination.
New Career and new colleagues in mental health community nursing
Last March 2nd 2015 after looking for more stability in my working life and after a few years of casual work I finally landed a job as Endorsed Enrolled Nurse (EEN) working in the public sector for Queensland Health in the Mental Health community care unit in Bundaberg. Mental health is as important as our physical health. “A sound mind is a sound body” as the cliché goes. Mental health does not discriminate. It can affect all people from all walks of life regardless of cultural, language, socio-economic status, racial, political and many more. Mental health issues can be stigmatised and generally people don’t want to talk about it. It is a myth that when someone has mental issues or problem they are weak people. On the contrary, even the most educated and very well- off financially, famous people can be also struck with mental health malady. Migrants or refugees has been reported many incidences of mental health problems. It started as anxiety, panic attacks and mild depression might lead to serious mental health diagnosis if not early intervened by the qualified mental health worker in community health care.
One of my new nursing colleague as a mental health community care nurse is Rosemary “Rose” Katuruza – Chitana RN originally born in Rhodesia now Zimbabwe have lived and studied in the United Kingdom for 17 years. Rose have nurse training in England and finished her Bachelor of Science in Mental Health studies in Wolverham and Northampton University graduated with honours. Rose have 2 daughters Nicole and Chloe both primary school children in a local Primary Catholic School in Bundaberg, Queensland. Rose and her husband Caesar who works for disability services as support worker officer have been sponsored by Queensland Health to migrate to Bundaberg, Queensland as a registered nurse trained in mental health last 2012. I have asked Rosie what are the differences in England and Australia as fas as mental health is concerned. Rose mentioned that the differences in Australia and England is that mental health in Australia is still based at the hospital. Rose also added that mental health in England mental health is community based even inpatient ward. Mental Health practices in Australia compared to the United Kingdom can be backward according to Rose base on her experiences as very experienced mental health nurse in the United Kingdom. In Australia mental health is integrated with physical health while in the United Kingdom mental health is a separate entity. Mental health nurse do everything and has full autonomy of caring for their patients and if they need anything physical they have to go to the General Hospital. There is no doubt that Rose experience and exposure in the United Kingdom Mental Health practice can be applied in Australia in due time.
QUEENSLAND NEWS GLOBAL PINOZ by Lutgarda P. Espiritu Bundaberg, Coral Coast & Country
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