by ESPIE JOHNSTON
Isabel’s 30th Birthday
The lovely Isabel turned 30 last September 15th and the birthday party was held at her close friend Cindy’s place. Isabel’s friends, workmates from Willow Day Care Centre, ex services club and her loved ones gathered to celebrate Isabel’s 30th birthday.
Around 30 people turned up including Victor’s immediate family who are wonderful and down to earth people. Although it was only a small group, it was relaxing and everyone enjoyed the drinks and the lovely food prepared by Isabel and Victor. We had a succulent roast pig cooked by Victor who is Isabel’s boyfriend. Victor had captured the wild pig from the bush where he normally goes hunting. Other ladies brought different dishes as well in which we all shared and enjoyed. After the meal the party began - we played and sang karaoke followed by dancing afterwards. It was great meeting new people and catching up with some friends. Everyone had a good time there was much laughter and talking going on as the time went by everyone seemed to get on well and had a great night. Isabel thanked her friends and love ones for their love and support. Isabel is a lovely and caring person.
Thank you very much for inviting me to your birthday party I thoroughly enjoyed it and wish you all the very best.
Isabel with her boyfriend Victor (l-r) Savanah, Angie, Eva, Glenda and Isabel
(l-r) Mrs Sharpe, Rebecca, Espie and Gordon (l-r) Tony, Isabel, Hunter and Katie
The BFAC group organized a barbecue at the park which was a great idea to catch up with the respective group members and loved ones. The group provided the food and drinks for the members and their families. It was a fun day for everyone, the kids enjoyed playing and running around in the park while the parents were busy catching up with friends while relaxing. It was glorious weather, sunny yet it was not too hot.
Well done to the BFAC members for such excellent support and generous contributions.
The birthday celebrants (l-r) Mona De Guzman, Bing BFAC Members barbeque at the park
Ybanes Soriano Willott, Vilma Tolido Fajaron and
Maribel Steban Janssen.
by NENITA LOPEZ
Filipiniana Friends Board Meeting
On 28 July at the residence of Nenita Weekes a Board Meeting was held to discuss future plans. Members Officers look forward to another productive year, maintaining the culture and raising money for good causes. The Christmas party was arranged for 2nd Dec. Members and friends of the Filipino community are cordially invited.
Philippine Airlines will increase its Australian services and operate non-stop flights from both Sydney and Melbourne under a new schedule to be introduced at the end of next month.
From October 29, Philippine Airlines will increase its flights to Manila from five to seven per week - four from Sydney and three from Melbourne. All flights will be non-stop in both directions, ending the current triangular service between the three cities.
Already offering more direct flights to Manila than any other carrier, Philippine Airlines will provide even greater capacity with its dedicated services for both Sydney and Melbourne travellers.
Flights from Sydney (PR212) will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, departing 9.45am, while flights from Melbourne (PR210) will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing 9.50am.
(l-r) Consul Marford Angeles, Philippine Consulate, Brett McDougal - General Manager, PAL, Mr. Franz Donhauser,
General Manager, Shangri-la Hotel Sydney, Consuelo G. Jones, Tourism Attache-DOT Sydney, Ambassador Belen Anota,
Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis, Janet Tius eco-GOOREE Wines, Jane Burleigh,
Lenny Gathercole Mr. Gerard Joseph Louis, Arnul Pan - Country Manager, PAL, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Bourne.
(San Miguel Beer Team - Lenny Gathercole, Jane Burleigh and Bob Bourne)
Western Union® Happy Senders program reunites 35 families and gives away cash prizes
MANILA, Philippines – Over a hundred Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) won cash prizes and the opportunity to reunite with their families with free air-travel, courtesy of Western Union’s recent global Happy Senders program.
The Western Union® Happy Senders program, launched to celebrate the generosity of OFWs, covered over 50 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and the U.S. OFWs who sent a Western Union® International Money TransferSM from any of the participating country to the Philippines between June 1 to September 15, 2012 were automatically included in an electronic raffle.
Thirty-five lucky OFWs around the world, with 6 from Australia, are able to spend face-time with their loved ones, with the free round-trip ticket either to the Philippines or to fly a loved one in the Phillipines to visit the country where they work.
MANILA, Philippines - NSCB secretary general Jose Ramon G. Albert said despite socioeconomic gains and positive growth in the gross domestic product (GDP), poverty and unemployment in the Philippines remained unchanged.
“The headcount poverty rate and other indicators of poverty have almost remained unchanged for almost a decade – poverty incidence among the Filipino population ranged between 24.9 to 26.5 percent during the period,” he said.
Albert noted that most of the other countries moved from being heavily dependent on the agriculture sector to developing the manufacturing sector, which offered better jobs, higher wages and set a decisive impact on the country’s economy. Roughly six of 10 poor underemployed belong to the agriculture, forestry and hunting business in 2009.