by GLORIA GRACE
BSE, MA (U.P.), Ph.D.
SPRING CLEAN YOURSELF
Perhaps you had had many “winters of discontent”
Therefore this is the time to uproot the rabid weeds
Several thistles and thorns to obscure the deeds
That once made up your life of righteous intent.
ni RICHIE VALENCIA
ITO’Y PANATA KO
(“This I Promise You” ng NSync)
kapag bawat makita’y
may hatid na lungkot
at buo mong paligid
ay huwad at tago
ako’ng iyong lakas
tiwala’y ibabalik ko
tawagin mo lang,
palaging alalay sa iyo…
ni ATE BETTY
Dito sa Australia, karaniwang pagbati pag may nakasalubong kang kaibigan o kahit kakilala lang, “How are you?” Ang mga Pilipino naman ay nagbabalitaan ng “Kumusta ka? Ang sagot ay laging “Good” o “Mabuti sa Pilipino. Pero iyon namang iba, dati pa ring gawin na pag makasalubong, “Saan ka pupunta?” o “Saan ka galing?” Umpisa na iyan ng mahabang usapan. Kung sa doktor galing, marami ng pag-uusapan. Ang iba pa ngang Pilipino, “Hoy hindi ka nagbabago!” Wala namang masama pero kung iisipin ang ibang pagbati ay maaaring makalungkot sa iba tulad ng, “Hoy! Ang payat mo. May sakit ka ba?” “Naku balita ko pupunta ka sa Europe. Makaya mo pa kaya? Mga ganuon bang bati na sa halip na sumigla ka, dahil nakita mo ang kaibigan mong matagal na ‘di nakikita, minsan sasabihin mo, “Mabuti pa ‘di ko na siya nakita.” Opo, ano ang masasabi ninyo?
by LETTY R. STEVENS
The Queensland Filipino-Australian Women Achievement Awards (QFAWAA) 2013: Media Launch
Background of QFAWAA Series of Events : The 5-yearly event of the Queensland Filipino Women Achievement Awards (QFAWAA) quest is now on in its 3rd Series for QFAWAA 2013 Nominees/Award Recipients. The QFAWAA Series of Events was initiated in 1999 by then incumbent Philippine Ambassador to Australia, H. E. Delia Domingo Albert, inspired by her concern about the negative image of women of Filipino background in Australia, mainly due to unfavourable treatment in the media. Her concern was shared by a group of women at a meeting in June 1999 who decided to form themselves as a Taskforce responsible for the implementation of the Ambassador’s idea. The successful awards project in Queensland became a Model which later on was adopted in some Australian States. The QFAWAA Series is in cooperation with the Office of the Philippine Consulate General of Queensland under the Auspices of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) Ltd.
by CHARLIE BULOS
Solicitor, in Victoria
Misconduct and performance issues are widely held grounds for dismissal.
These misconduct and performance issues are significantly high in the agenda or in the context of dismissal or termination of employment in our workplace. The issues of misconduct and poor performance can easily be manufactured or distorted to suit ones need.
by Atty. Jalilo Dela Torre
Labour Attache II
WHY HIRE FROM THE PHILIPPINES?
The brains and brawn of this Southeast Asian nation of more than 90 million people have built the physical and infrastructure of many Middle Eastern and Asian countries, and have earned their keep and kept the Philippine economy bouncing for the last 40 years. At the last reckoning, our foreign exchange remittances from our 10 million workers abroad amount to $20 billion dollars, nearly 10% of our Gross Domestic Product. Our skilled workers and professionals are some of the most productive in the world, and employers of overseas Filipino workers generally rehire them year in and year out because they are “competent, industrious, productive, resourceful, honest, disciplined, creative and innovative”.