The Proclamation of the Philippine Independence from Spain led by Emilio Aguinaldo which took place at Aguinaldo House in Kawit , Cavite on 12 June 1898 will be celebrated again this year , now on its 117th year by Filipinos around the globe.
National Independence Day Celebration in the Philippines normally include a wreath laying and simultaneous raising of the National Flag and the singing of the National Anthem , Lupang Hinirang in various historical places nationwide and followed by the Presidential holiday message.
In other countries similar ceremonies are also observed. In Sydney, the Philippine Community Council of New South Wales , the peak body of Filipino community organisations is hosting the Philippine National Day Ball at Rosehill Grand Pavillion in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate Sydney . Representatives from the Federal , State and local officials are expected to attend as well as the Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis and about 500 guests .
In the this year’s commemoration , let us pause and reflect on what this celebration is really all about . Let us revisit the facts and events that took place during the 117 years of freedom that mould the Philippines for what we are now as a nation.
These are some of synopsis of facts and events that were compiled by Christine Dulnuan from the National Historical Institute in Manila, Philippines:
*The Treaty of Paris on 10 December 1898 signed between the US and Spain ceding Spanish colonies , including the Philippines to America and the Americans receiving the right to colonize the Philippines after paying $20 million;
*The capture of General Emilio Aguinaldo in Palanan, Isabela on 23 March 1901 and the American colonial government considered this the end of the Revolution;
*Inauguration of the first Philippine assembly on 16 Oct 1907;
* The creation of the University of the Philippines on 18 June 1908;
*The inauguration of Commonwealth Government on 15 November 1935 with Manuel L. Quezon and Sergio Osmena taking oath as President and Vice President;
* Japanese invasion on 8th Dec 1941;
* Liberation of Manila in 1945;
*Philippine Independence from America on 4 Jul 1946;
*Martial law on 21 Sep 1972;
*Assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino on 21 Aug 1983;
*Defection on 23 Feb 1986 by the Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and AFP Vice
Chief of Staff Fidel Ramos from Marcos Administration. People gathered at
EDSA to protect them from pro- administration soldiers;
*Return of Presidential Government in 1987
Fifteen ( 15) Presidents have served the country in the history namely
15th President -Benigno “ Noynoy” Aquino III took office on 30June 2010- term expires on 30 June 2016
First - Emilio Aguinaldo took office on 23 Jan 1899- First republic
2nd - ;Manuel L. Quezon took office on 15 November 1935 – American Commonwealth
3rd - Jose P .Laurel took office on 14 October 1943 –Second Republic
4th - Sergio Osmena took office on 1 Aug 1944 – American Commonwealth restored
5th - Manuel Roxas took office on 28th May 1946 – Third Republic
6th - Elpidio Quirino took office on 17 April 1948
7th – Ramon Magsaysay took office on 30 December 1953
8th – Carlos P. Garcia took office on 30 December 1957
9th – Diosdado Macapagal took office on 30 December 1961
10th –Ferdinand Marcos took office on 30 December 1965
11th-Corazon Aquino took office on 25 February 1986 – Fifth Republic
12th- Fidel Ramos took office on 30 June 1992
13th-Joseph Estrada took office on 30 June 1998
14th-Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took office on 20 January 2001
For Filipinos , young and old, in the Philippines and overseas , let us strive not to take this independence for granted and to make a difference in helping rebuild a better Philippines in the future that we can be proud of. Let us be inspired by the glorious deeds of our many unsung heroes , the legacies left behind by other national heroes like Rizal, Bonifacio , Mabini to name a few.
Filipinos are again going to the polls in 2016 to elect the 16th President of the Philippines. We hope that they will choose the best candidate for the President this time who will serve the best interest of the country particularly the resolution of the PORK Barrel Scam which is slowly fading in our eyes and the transparency of what happened to billions of foreign aid during the Super typhoon Yolanda for the sake of its people, promote credibility of our government to the world and build a stronger economy and restore the glory of the past.
I am a Filipino , we are all Filipinos , let’s all be united to become defender of the poor and the under privileged and catalyst for major reforms.
M A B U H A Y!!!!!.
Pacquiao and Mayweather.
PACQUIAO VS MAYWEATHER Mega boxing fight will be held on Saturday, 2 May 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas or Sunday, 3rd May in Australia.
American Mayweather (38) has won all 47 of his fights, 26 by knockout while Pacquiao (36) has a record of 57 wins, five losses, and two draws. They are considered two of the best fighters of their generation and the bout, which has been in the pipeline for five years, is set to generate US$250 million.
Win or lose, Pacman will receive about US$80 million while Mayweather will receive about US$120 million from this highly anticipated bout.
According to the BBC Sport Boxing website on 23 April 2015, the bout was sold out within minutes after it’s opened for sale.
Only 1000 tickets were made available to the public and the remaining 15,000 seats were allocated to fighters, sponsors and promoters. The cheapest ticket for the bout cost USD 1,000, rising to USD7,500.
The contest has been set since February, but a ticket contract was only finalized recently.
PACMAN who was born on 17 Dec 1978 at Kibawe, Bukidnon to Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionesia Dapidran is the 4th of six siblings. He was married to Maria Geraldine (Jinkee) Jamora on 10 May 2010 and they have five children Emmanuel Jr., Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace, Queen Elizabeth and Israel. They reside in his hometown, General Santos City.
He completed his elementary at Saavedra Saway Elementary School but dropped out of high school due to extreme poverty. His parents separated when he was at grade six.
In spite of all these struggles and hurdles to overcome early in life, PACMAN who virtually had nothing due to poverty , and the phenomenal success he has achieved to date mostly in boxing is incredible and highly inspirational . He managed to take and passed a high school equivalency exam making him available for college education. He enrolled for a college degree in Business Management at Notre Dame Dadiangas University in General Santos. On 18 Feb 2009, he was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities by Southwestern University at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Lahug, Cebu City in recognition of his boxing achievements and humanitarian work. He turned the tide into his corner so to speak and became successful in other areas that he gets into like singing, recording and acting and business. He is a worldwide celebrity and even was a judge of the Miss Universe Pageant this year.
Will he become the President of the Philippines someday as reported that he has that aspirations after his retirement in boxing, nobody knows but it’s possible. He is only 36 years old, remember.
His first entry in politics was not as smooth sailing as in boxing. He lost to Darlene Antonino – Custodio in the 2007 Philippine House of Representatives election at South Cotabato’s 1st district. At age 32, he ran again in the congressional district of Sarangani and won and in 2013, was re-elected for a second term.
In preparation for his career as a lawmaker he enrolled in the Certificate Course in Development, Legislation and Governance at the Development Academy of the Philippines – Graduate School of Public and Development Management.
His success in boxing has been phenomenal and has been credited as the first and only eight division world champion and has received many accolades, like Fighter of the Decade amongst many in the boxing world
Everybody is guessing on what he will do next.He is a devout practicing Christian although raised as a Catholic. He needs that Divine intervention to conquer that difficult culture of Philippine politics.
We wish you all the best in your match against Mayweather. Destiny is just around the corner. You can do it. MABUHAY si PACMAN!!!!!!
(left) The Philippine Community Council of NSW Inc. newly elected officers 2015: Evelyn Beed-President; Alric Bulseco-Vice-President, External; Roberto Lastica-Vice-President, Internal, Darrell Swadling-Secretary, Noel Bernardo-Treasurer, Alex Del Prado-Auditor, Jade Cadelina-Public Relations Officer (PRO); Directors: Mercy Jones, Emily Rudd, Lilian Delos Reyes, Ethel Singson, Penny Perfecto, Cesar Bartolome, Jojo Laquian; Jose Relunia Jr.-Immediate Past President. The election was held at The Hub, Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt NSW 2770. Photo courtesy of Jade Cadelina
by Manny Diel
The Philippine Community Council of New South Wales, Inc. (PCC NSW, Inc.) the NSW Peak Body was established in 1990 for the purpose amongst others to represent a united voice and promote the interests of the Filipino community in New South Wales.
The Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 14 March 2015 at The Hub, Mount Druitt and elected as Officers and Directors were Evelyn Beed-State President, Alric Bulseco – VP External, Bobby Lastica – VP Internal, Darrell Swadling – Secretary, Noel Bernardo – Treasurer, Alex del Prado – Internal Auditor, Jade Cadelina – PRO, Ethel Singson, Emily Rudd, Mercy Jones, Lillian de los Reyes, Cesar Bartolome, Jojo Laquian and Penny Perfecto as Directors.
The Peak Body has had a couple of challenges during the 25 years existence particularly with the formation of other so-called peak bodies due to dissatisfaction of some leaders coming from within and was not a portrayal of a united Filipino community. The NSW Coordinating Council, a break away group was formed immediately after PCC was established but did not last long.
It has its ups and downs but the original peak body has withered the storms and remained stable as ever. It has organized many events with success during all these years, to name a few, the annual hosting of the Philippine National Day Ball in coordination with the Philippine Consulate in Sydney and its affiliates, its Charity Functions through the Philippine Australian Disaster Emergency Relief Program (PADER Program) PCC though has to work on getting a Deductible Gift Recipient Approval (DGR) for the Pader Donations,
PCC NSW, INC is the only peak body from New South Wales affiliated with the Filipino Community Council of Australia, Inc (FILCCA) which was established also in 1990 with affiliates from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, ACT, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. The inaugural National Conference was held at Footscray, Victoria with Ms Marina Ruivivar as the First National President.
There are many issues raised at the AGM and feedback from some affiliates that the incoming Officers and the Board of Directors have to address this year like the issue of transparency, connecting more and be more effective in its consultation with the affiliates, provide additional support to the affiliates in the area of State and Federal Grants that are available to the affiliates. There are issues as to the failure to expand and/or retain memberships to other regional and country areas other than what is in their current membership list .
Currently, affiliates are concentrated only in Metropolitan Sydney and a couple of Country Areas like Wollongong, Central Coast and Central West for many years.
We wish to congratulate the new Officers and the Board of Directors and wish them all the best in their pursuit of a united and better PCC at the Silver Anniversary Year.
The NSW State Election will be held on Saturday , 28 March and Ronaldo Villaver, a very active Filipino Community Leader is running for the Upper House and its about time that the Filipino Australian is represented in the State Parliament. We wish Ronaldo all the best.
It all started with the Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Tagle‘s personal request to visit the Philippines on the day of his inauguration as Pope and after many months of preparations, POPE FRANCIS finally landed at Villamor Air Base on 15 January and the historic and timely visit by the Catholic Pontiff in a predominantly Catholic country began and brought with him a message of high hopes and spiritual upliftment especially the poor and the underprivileged.
Pope Francis itinerary from 15-19 January included his first mass at the historic Manila Cathedral at Intramuros, Manila founded in 1571 by Padre Juan de Vivero, Mall of Asia Arena located at SM Mall of Asia, Bay City in Pasay, the University of Santo Tomas at Espana Boulevard in Manila established on 28 April 1611, Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park (formerly known as Luneta) in honour of the former President Elpidio Quirino, Malacanan Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines, Tacloban and Palo, Leyte where many Filipinos devastated by Haiyan typhoon reside.
In a letter dated on 7 July 2014, the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines announced the theme of the papal visit, “A Nation of MERCY and COMPASSION which was shortened to “MERCY and COMPASSION”.
POPE FRANCIS became the second POPE to go beyond MANILA after POPE John Paul Paul II who visited Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Legazpi, Bataan, and Baguio from 17 to 22 February, 1981
The Pontiff was welcomed at Villamor Air Base by about 1200 students and many government dignitaries and Catholic Leaders led by President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay and the Manila Archbishop, the Cardinal Luis Tagle.
Thousands of Filipinos line up the streets welcoming the Pope on his POPEMOBILE on his way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.
Other highlights included the special religious mass at the Manila Cathedral for the Bishops, Priest, meet and greet the families of the different dioceses including the poor sector as selected by Caritas Manila at Mall of Asia, the meeting with President Noynoy Aquino at Malacanang Palace, the opportunity to meet homeless children guided by the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation of the Manila Cathedral, the meeting of the victims of the Super Haiyan typhoon in Leyte and record breaking number of over six million attendees at the final mass at Quirino Grandstand.
In his address at Malacanang, Pope Francis gave a very strong message to all, in tackling the cancer of the society, corruption which has been a major issue that hampers the progress of the Philippines and addressing the plight of the poor and the disadvantaged. He urged that political leaders must adhere to “outstanding for honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good. He added that they must listen to the concerns of the poor and tackle the “glaring and indeed scandalous social inequalities” in society. He also called on all Filipinos “at all levels of society, to reject every form of corruption which diverts resources from the poor, and to make a concerted efforts to ensure the inclusion of every man and woman and child in the life of the community”. He also hailed the resiliency of the Filipinos who were affected by the Super typhoon Haiyan.
Some sectors were critical of President Aquino’s speech at Malacanang where he criticized the local church for its alleged inaction against the “abuses” by previous administrations and for lobbying against the Reproductive Health Law even before the passage as a law. He however acknowledged the major role of the local Church in opposing President Marcos and criticized undemocratic policies highlighted by Marcos’ downfull following the aftermath of the People Power Revolution. The President however failed to address the major issue of corruption stressed by the Pope Francis in his major message.
On the economic implications as reported by Wikipedia, the visit costed about 200 million pesos for security and other incidentals normally incurred for State Visits, the successful and peaceful papal visit, however will increase investor confidence to do business in the country.
Cardinal Luis Tagle and his team should be congratulated for the overall success of the Papal visit which required International and local Coordination like military and police mobilization, crowed control and security for the Papal delegations, the international guests and the Filipino people. This success gave the Philippines a very good image overseas that the Philippines is a safe country to visit and to trade with.
I am pleased to announce changes to the Ministry that I will recommend to the Governor-General.
These changes will put jobs and families at the centre of the Government’s agenda for 2015.
The Hon Scott Morrison MP will be promoted to Minister for Social Services.
Mr Morrison will devote all of his energy, policy skill and determination to this new portfolio which will have a renewed focus on families. In addition to responsibility for welfare, family support, seniors, aged care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), childcare will also be added to his portfolio.
Importantly, Mr Morrison will have carriage of the families package the Government will release next year to help ease the cost of living for Australian families by improving the affordability and accessibility of childcare.
I can think of no stronger advocate than Scott Morrison. His movement into an economic portfolio will see him join the Expenditure Review Committee of Cabinet, replacing the Hon Peter Dutton MP.
The Hon Peter Dutton MP will be appointed as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. A senior experienced minister and former police detective, the Australian people can be confident that Mr Dutton will be resolute in protecting -Australia’s borders. He will join the National Security Committee of Cabinet.
The Hon Sussan Ley MP will be promoted into Cabinet and become the Minister for Health and the Minister for Sport. I have been impressed with Minister Ley’s transition into government and her excellent policy work in the education portfolio. Based in regional NSW with a varied life before entering politics that included stints as an air-traffic controller, farmer and a career with the Australian Tax Office, Sussan is a strong addition to my Cabinet team.
Following the resignation of Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP will be appointed as Assistant Treasurer. As my Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Frydenberg has delivered around $2 billion in red tape reduction in just one year. He will be an important part of 2015 Budget preparations and will join the Expenditure Review Committee of Cabinet.
The Education portfolio will take on the added responsibility of skills and training.
The Hon Christopher Pyne MP will become Minister for Education and Training and Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham will be promoted into the position of Assistant Minister for Education and Training. Senator Birmingham will ensure that young Australians have the support they need to take on a trade career because we must have skilled workers if we want our economy to keep growing.
The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP will assume the title of Minister for Industry and Science.
I record my gratitude to Senator the Hon David Johnston who will stand down as Minister for Defence. Senator Johnston has done a fine job in restoring investment in the Australian Defence Force after six years of neglect and has effectively managed the deployment of Australian Defence Force personnel to Europe and Iraq.
The Hon Kevin Andrews MP will become the Minister for Defence. He is one of the most experienced ministers in the Government and his appointment will ensure we continue to build a safe and secure Australia in a challenging world.
I thank Senator the Hon Brett Mason for his work as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, particularly his work to establish the New Colombo Plan.
I look forward to Senator Johnston and Senator Mason’s continued service to the Government in the months and years ahead.
The Hon Steven Ciobo MP will be promoted to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In recognition of his work on Australia’s recent G20 in Brisbane, he will also take on the dual appointment as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment to build on the Government’s achievement of three free trade agreements.
The Hon Bob Baldwin MP will become Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and provide a strong focus on the Green Army programme.
I welcome three new appointments to my frontbench.
The Hon Christian Porter MP will be appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. With a distinguished career as a former Treasurer and Attorney-General in the State Government of Western Australia, his intellect and drive will continue the work already undertaken in deregulation.
Ms Kelly O’Dwyer MP will be appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer in recognition of her work as Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics.
Mrs Karen Andrews MP, a former engineer, will take on the role of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science. She has brought real life experience to her recent role as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Public Works and I look forward to her contribution to science policy.
The Philippine Tourism slogan “ It’s More Fun in the Philippines” lived up to expectations with the A/D Cards and Shipping Manifests reporting that International tourist receipts from January to October 2014 grew 7.14% in real terms to reach US$3.895 Billion. For the Month of October alone, it improved by 8.02% with US$333.10 million compared to US$308.38 million the previous year.
Korean accounted 28% of all international tourism receipts with Php 48.622 Billion; followed by the United States, Php 33.61 Billion, Australia, Php 11.04 billion, Japan, Php 8.98 Billion, and China, Php 7.55 Billion completing the upper half of top spending markets
Amongst the draw cards aside from the world renown hospitality of the Filipino people are the year long of Philippine Festivals like MASSKARA Festival held in third week of October (Bacolod City), PAHIYAS Festival (15th of May – Lucban, Quezon, Dinagyang Festival in January (Iloilo), Ati-Atihan Festival (16th to 22 January in Kalibo, Aklan, Sinulog Festival during 3rd week of January (Cebu City) and the Feast of Black Nazarene - 9 January, a procession from the devotees from the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park to Quiapo Church, to name a few.
In the field of entertainment, the most notable worldwide successes are ROSE FOSTANES, the caregiver who won the inaugural X FACTOR ISRAEL and the toast of the Filipinos in Australia, the 15 year old MARLISA PUNZALAN, winner of the 2014 X-Factor Australia who is making waves in Australia and the Philippines.
In the political scene, we have SENATOR GRACE POE ranked number one in the Senatorial Candidates in the last election, the daughter of the Movie Queen Susan Roces and the late King of the Philippine Movies, FERNANDO POE JR. Senator POE authored Senate Bill No. 1733 or People’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act of 2013 passed in the Senate on 10 March 2014. Prior to the approval of the bill on the final reading, the Bill has been filed 44 times in 7 Congresses without success.
While some politicians, including POE and DUTERTE, Mayor of Davao are making a good name of themselves, well known politicians like Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla are under investigation and/ or jailed for their alleged involvement of the Billion Pesos PORK BARREL SCAM, Vice President Jejomar Binay and son face plunder charges for alleged overpriced building construction of the New Makati City Parking Building in 2007 amounting to about Php 1.314 billion. Vice President was the Mayor of Makati while his son, a City Councillor at that time.
CEBU PACIFIC AIR started flying to Australia in September which paved for the battle of cheap fares from Australia and the Philippines. The new air travel development was marred by a couple of Air Travel tragedy like Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which was attacked and crashed near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine where 3 of its 283 passengers were Filipinos. On 28 December. Air ASIA Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore carrying 162 passengers and crew crashed in Java Sea and the number of survivors are unknown at this early stage.
Other highlights in 2014 was the visit by President Obama to the Philippines on 28-29 April 2014 where bilateral and defence issues between the two countries were discussed. The City of Vigan was chosen as one of the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World on 7 December at Dubai; the win by Boxing Icon Manny Pacquiao against the American Chris Algieri in Macau; AZKALS reaching the Final of the AFC Challenge Cup against Palestine; Harriet Denny, a staff of the LINDT CAFÉ and whose mother is from the Philippines survived the Siege in Martin Place, Sydney by the gunman Man Haros Monis and the death of 25 year old Test Cricket Phillip Hughes in a freak accident at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Finally, President Benigno Aquino III signed the Php 2.606 Trillion National Budget for 2015.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!