Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

Monday, 26 November 2012 16:06

Community Activities in W.A.


FACPI Fiesta 2012 Perth A Success!


As the chairman for this year’s Filipino Fiesta, I would like to thank everyone for the effort and vibrancy that they brought to this year’s fiesta event.


To Rev. Father  Armando Carandang for the mass celebration for Filipino Saint. San Lorenzo Ruiz and for all the FACPI working committees, PEPSCI Aussports Club Sportsfest team and all participating Filipino Organizations, volunteers, friends, family, food sellers, entertainers, choir members, dignitaries, sponsors, basketball and volleyball team from Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Maddington, Gingin, Bunbury, Mandurah, without you, the Filipino Fiesta would not have been possible.


It was a true and sincere endeavor to affirm our Filipino values and cultures – Mabuhay!

The awardee Dante Maribbay with
wife Elsa and children Dante Jr. and Jopet Maribbay


Dante Maribbay Sr, FILCCA - (Filipino Australia Achiever of the Year Award WA 2012). 12th National Conference Western Australia


Monday, 26 November 2012 15:58





Blessed with a perfect spring weather, Father Francis Montero of the Diocese of Port Pirie celebrated his 5th Sacerdotal Anniversary at the home of Alice Greig in Port Pirie on Saturday, 15th of September 2012 with guests from Port Pirie and the Copper Coast.


A buffet potluck lunch was shared by fifty guests who enjoyed the variety of main dishes, “sinful” desserts and the Pinoy’s favourite - halo-halo (mix-mix) prepared by Alice Greig, Ruby & Justine Sacramento, Robey Nacor and  Thirdy Ladra.

Monday, 26 November 2012 15:41

What's been up in Adelaide



It’s springtime and Adelaide is rising to the occasion of cheer and sunshine.


FILIPINO MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE: Joel Ramintas courtesy of ANB Australia’s Photos Facebook wall.

May I take this opportunity to express my delight and my looking forward to a fruitful

working and professional relationship with my eleven other colleagues who are my co-

members in the 12-man team comprising the Filipino Ministerial Consultative Committee

of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship under the stewardship of Chris Bowen

MP.  They are:  Ruben Amores, Carmelita Baltazar, Lina Cabaero, Benjie de Ubago,

Roberto Lastica, Melba de Guzman Marginson, Jose Relunai, Jr., Emilly Rudd, Arturo

Sayas, Marco Selorio and Marina Vedar.



The Honorary Consul General of SA,  ConGen Dr. Reynaldo Dante G. Juanta, OAM along

with his ever gracious wife Mrs. Cora Juanta visited Whyalla on the 6th of October to

attend the full-day festival organized and staged by the  Filipino Cultural Association of

Whyalla for its 30th anniversary.   The growing number of Filipinos in Whyalla has been

impressing a positively commendable image of the Filipino culture in the area.  Conching

Sultrin, an ‘old timer’ resident and community leader in the area has also recently

established  her Conching’s Cottage industry where she  developed products such as  fruit

wines, fruit drinks, jams, jellies, chutneys and sauces from seasonal harvests.

The current officers of the Filipino Cultural Association of Whyalla are:  Joy Penman –

President; Carmela Hoffman-Vice President; Lydia May – Secretary; Jeanne Osborne –

Treasurer and Norma Hottwagner- Public Officer. 


by LOUIE TROCIOcalungsod 01


Adelaide, South Australia - Hundreds of Filipino Catholics, from all walks of life in

this part of the Australian state, trooped to the parish church of Mater Christi Sunday (21 October) to join the Corpus Christianum in the canonization of the Philippine’s

second saint, Pedro Calungsod. Families and individuals from north to south of

Adelaide gathered together with a joyful spirit in a Mass officiated by Rev Fr Michele

Cagna CS, member of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St Charles (also known

as Scalabrinian Missionaries), who is currently the chaplain of the Filipino migrants in

the Archdiocese of Adelaide.


“I believe in miracle!”, cried Fr Cagna as he opened his homily before a jam-packed

church of mostly Filipinos. He then continued to mention some of the virtues and                    Icon of St. Pedro Calungsod beside

courage of the young Calungsod who, among six others, was venerated into sainthood             the altar of Mater Christi church

during that day at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City lead by Pope Benedict XVI

before an estimated 80,000 pilgrims. The clear message, according to the Italian missionary,

is to follow the exemplary life of Calungsod who suffered persecution at a very young age to defend his Catholic faith.


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               Florence Parker and Marie Palencia with Philippine                                   Florence Parker with newly elected FilCCA

         Ambassador to Australia Her Excellency Belen F. Anota                                   President, Atty Aida Garcia from South             



Monday, 26 November 2012 15:21

Seniors celebrate 25th anniversary




The Sydney Australian Filipino Seniors Inc. (SAFSI) celebrated their 25th

Anniversary at Blacktown Workers Club, Diamond Auditorium on Sunday the

21st of October 2012.


SAFSI is one of the largest Filipino-Australian seniors groups. As Rod Dingle

mentioned: “SAFSI was initially founded in 1985 and officially inaugurated in

1987”. During the past 25 years of service in the community, the organization has

never failed to accommodate the needs and well being of its member to promote

and provide education, entertainment, ethnic and communal services.


Many Filipino and Australian guests, their family, community leaders and

distinguished guests attended: They included Consul General Anne Jalando-on

Louis of Philippine Consulate, Federal Members of Parliament Ed Husic ad

Michelle Rowland, Councilors of Blacktown Charlie Lowes and Jess Diaz, Arturo

(Atoy) Sayas, President of Philippine Community Council and members of the

media namely Evelyn Zaragosa of Philippine Community Herald newspaper.