Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

FILCCA newly elected executive officers: Seated L-R : Cholly Winter  - Secretary (SA); Mena Edmondstone - VP Internal (QLD); Aida Garcia -  President (SA); Perlita Swinbank - VP External (ACT) and Vicki  Wotherspoon - PRO (WA). Standing L-R: Serna Ladia - Treasurer (NSW);  Carmelita Baltazar - VP Youth (WA) and Marisa Vedar - FILCCA  immediate past president (VIC).By MANNY G. ASUNCION


Ms Aida Garcia, one of the representatives from South Australia,  was elected as the new president of the Filipino Communities Council of  Australia

(FILCCA) in the election held at the 12th FILCCA  National Conference in Perth, Western Australia on 12-14  October 2012. 


Ms Garcia was the former  VP  external of FILCCA and the current adviser of the Filipino Settlement Coordinating Council of South Australia Inc. (FSCC). 


Other officers elected were VP External, Perlita Swinbank (ACT);  VP External,  Mena Edmonstone (QLD);  VP Youth, Carmelita Baltazar (WA); Secretary Cholly,  Winter (SA); Treasurer, Serna Ladia (NSW) and PRO, Vicki Wotherspoon (WA). The oath taking of the new officers was conducted by HE Belen F. Anota, the Philippine  Ambassador  to Australia..  


FILCAA, the  national  umbrella body of all the Filipino councils of Australia,  convenes every two years to discuss and make resolution for the benefits and welfare of the Filipino councils all over Australia.

Ms Aida Garcia, the new  president of FILCCA delivering her acceptance speech.


The conference is attended by officers and members of the Filipino community councils of the different states of Australia.


This year’s theme was “Strengthening partnerships, creating opportunities” which, according to Ms Vedar, the outgoing  FILCCA president, was envisioned to “ affirm the need for more dynamic and pro-active leadership across all community councils and members organization.”  


The conference was hosted by the Filipino Community Council of Western Australia Inc (FACCWA) under the leadership of Mr. Marino Salinas, its president.  

FILCCA was the offshoot of the first national conference held in Victoria in 1990 which envisaged  the formation of a national body that will initiate  policy changes, provision of services and program development and respond to the needs of specific target groups such as youths, children, women and elderly. 


Guests speakers have been  invited from government agencies and business sectors to address delegates and participants on the welfare and issues relevant to the Filipino Australian  communities. 


The Keynote speaker of the 12th FILCCA national conference was Hon. Donna Faragher MLC, Parliamentary secretary to the Premier of WA and member for the East Metropolitan Region, who welcomed the delegates from the different Filipino community councils of Australia.  


Other speakers were:  Hon Michelle Roberts, MLA Shadow Minister for Police;  Road Safety; Crime Prevention and Tourism who articulated the strengthening the partnership between Australian and the Filipino community and Mr Jose Maria Montelibano, journalist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer who tackled ‘How can overseas Filipinos make a difference to the Motherland.’

FILCCA delegates coming from the  different states of Victoria.


Topics discussed at the workshops were: Family and community relationship; Migration and settlements issue, Family migration’ Setting up cooperatives and Youth volunteerism  


The highlight of the conference was the FILCCA Awards night which aims to raise the profile of the Filipino-Australian community and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Filipino in Australia.   

Delegates from the Filipino Community  Council of Victoria (FCCVI). One of the largest contingents.


The Filipino-Australian of the year went to Rodolfo Gomez from South Australia. 


Filipino Australian  Achiever Award: Pablo Javier (NSW); Rodolfo Gomez (SA); Dante Maribay (WA);  Erwin Cabucos  (QLD) and Nestor Fuertes (VIC).


Leadership Award:  Carmelita Baltazar (WA); Mena Edmonstone (QLD); Perlita Swinbank (ACT); Norma Serrano (VIC) and Lourdes Kaiser (NSW).


Youth Achievement Award:  Natasha Thiele and Genevieve De La Pena (VIC) . 


Outstanding Community Award: Sto Nino de Filipinas of South Australia Inc. (SA); Philippine Cordilleras Association, NSW Inc. (NSW; Philippine Australian Medical Association (NSW); FILCOMSPORTS Club (ACT), Filipino Australian Care Trusts (QLD); Filipino  Australian Club of Perth (WA) and Philippine Fiesta of Victoria (VIC). 


The conference was formally closed by a community BBQ party tendered by FCCWA. 


CulmInating the national  conference was a community barbecue hosted by the Filipino Community Council of Western Australia Inc. (FCCWA).




  by DR. R. DANTE G.


  Philippine Honorary

  Consul General

  Adelaide, South Australia




Part 3 and end of series

Following is Part 3 of “Destined to serve, not to be served”.  Parts 1 and 2  appeared in PCHN  August and September 2012 issues. 


In more specific terms, my duty as Honorary Consul General for the Philippines in South Australia may be divided into 3 areas: Consular, Community-Cultural, and Public Relations.  

Consular functions include – 

issue visa to Australians and holders of foreign passports wanting to gain entry into the Philippines.; 

extend the validity of passport (green passports) of Philippine nationals up to 2 years but not beyond 31 October 2015 when ePassports are used in accordance with ICAO standards; 

Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:06

Cravings and eating out like a local in Manila

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  The crispy skin and meat of lechon straight out of the roast. The tasty peanut sauce of kare-kare matched with bagoong. The smell of chicken adobo on hot steamed rice. Is your mouth watering yet? 

   This month its all about glorious food! The recent Crave Sydney International Food Festival has stirred much excitement (and hungry tummies) for Filipino foods this October. As part of the festival, Philippine Food Week became a platform for the celebration of Philippine cuisine. It was held at Cafe Mix at the Shangri-La Hotel The Rocks and showcased a buffet of Filipino delicacies by chefs from Makati Shangri-La (Manila, Philippines).

   Some of the well-loved dishes they served were lechon, palabok, kare-kare, inihaw, chicken adobo, sisig and pinakbet. This was matched with the popular San Miguel beer and was finished off with desserts like brazo ni Mercedes, turon and halo-halo.

   But this is only a preview of what Philippine cuisine and the authentic Filipino food experience can offer. It’s certainly reminds you of all the wonderful food you can’t quite get in Australia.

Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:00

Seafood Cookery




  Anthocyanins are the pigments that give some of our neglected vegetables, such as beetroot, eggplant, red cabbage, radish and radicchio, their deep red and purple colours. Found also in berries, grapes, plums, red apples, red pears and rhubarbs. These plant chemicals are hard workers, acting as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and antibacterials against a range of common diseases.  


 One good effect is to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by helping to control clot formation and high blood pressure. CSIRO researches at Food Science Australia have extracted natural food colouring from purple sweet potato with the potential to not only to replace synthetic colouring, but to add extra health benefits to foods too. It is common to hear the expression “eat your greens and orange vegetables” but seldom reds and purples don’t get the same inducement. Studies suggest that cranberry juice has an anti-bacterial effect that helps reduce urinary tract infections by keeping E. coli. off the bladder wall. There is also evidence that sour cherries may have an anti-inflammatory effect that helps arthritis sufferers. Anthocyanins may have the ability to reverse some of the effects of ageing on the brain, thought to be caused by free radicals. A test to measure a food’s antioxidant ability to fight free radicals, blueberries ranked the highest, with prunes, raisins, blackberries and strawberries close behind. There is also some evidence that blueberries may improve balance and coordination, while both blueberries and strawberries may improve memory. Raspberries and strawberries also contain ellagic acid which boost the effectiveness of some of the body’s detoxifying enzymes. Tomatoes, like pink fruits such as watermelon, pink grapefruit and guava are high in lycopene, the antioxidant that may protect against prostrate, breast, lung and cervical cancer, as well as helping prevent “bad” LDL cholesterol oxidising and sticking to artery walls. Lycopene  in cooked tomatoes and tomato based products (paste etc) is better absorbed if it is cooked especially with olive oil.


Some ways to increase intake:

1. Stock up with berries (frozen are fine) for fast dessert.

2. Roast thin slices of purple sweet potato, drizzled with olive oil. Toss in salads.

3. Shred red cabbage and toss with cider vinegar, olive oil and black pepper.

4. Add thin slices of baby eggplant to a stir-fry.

5. Use red onions instead of brown.

6. Snack on raisins and prunes- dried red grapes and plums contain concentrated antioxidants.

7. Stir blueberries or raspberries into warm porridge or add to breakfast cereal.

LINDA GERONIMOnewcolonline 



  Solicitor NSW & WA

  Migration Agent





As part of Australian border protection, the government has laws which prohibit certain types of goods from being brought into Australia. The reasons are legitimate.  For example, certain plants, fruits and vegetables are prohibited from entry into Australia; reason being overseas grown products may affect the local produce adversely, and thus may cause damage to the produce industry.



Subject to the approved licence of a commercial trader/business person, certain products, things, items, even foodstuff may be brought into Australia, but these products must comply to quarantine laws of the country.  Thus there is a thriving industry in imported goods, be it items of clothing, food items, etc.  


Saturday, 24 November 2012 05:43

Food for Thought

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Change Your Thinking,  Change Your Thoughts


We all have the right to choose our thoughts.  Whether we like it or not, our thoughts shape our destiny and our future.  It also shapes our behavior and our response to events, circumstances and people.  


Everyday of our lives, we are given the freedom to select our thoughts and our way of thinking affects us physically, mentally and spiritually.  


When we focus on the negative, “we get  exactly what we think about.”  When we focus on fear -  we become afraid to take challenges, we become indecisive and we become scared to take risks.