FILCOS celebrates birthday of Blessed Mother 

New FILCOS  communities formed
Bernard & Evelyn Liwag, Lorenzo & Helen Liwag, Charlie & Nimfa Ilagan and Rudy & Marivic dela Cruz.

A publication of FILCOS Blacktown-Northwest
Christian communities have been established recently as part of the revitalisation strategy for FILCOS, in the thrust to strengthen its religious, social and cultural foundations. Part of this revival strategy was the renaming of FILCOS Blacktown to FILCOS Blacktown - Northwest and the widening of its geographical scope to include areas in the Northwest sector of Sydney. This move is to recognise the fact that FILCOS member families have been quite mobile and that their new places of residence now include suburbs to the north of the Blacktown local government area e.g. Kellyville, Baulkham Hills and Castle Hill. The newly created Christian communities are – • Divina Pastora Community (Rooty Hill) - The coordinators are

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St Nicholas Community (Glenwood 1) – The coordinators are Ditas Banez, Gloria Lorenzo and Bot & Vangie Mejia.

FILCOS Blacktown-Northwest has organized the celebration of the feast of the nativity of the Blessed Mother Mary on Saturday, 8th of September 2007. This will be held at the Our Lady of Czestochowa Church (Polish Catholic Church), 116 Quakers Rd. Marayong, starting at 2.00pm. A procession of statues and images of our Mother Mary will be held, followed by the holy mass. There will be refreshments and fellowship after the mass. Filipino Chaplain Fr. Raning Creta will be the principal celebrant of the mass which will focus on the theme “Celebrating the love of the Father, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, together with Mary our Mother”. FILCOS members and devotees of the Blessed Mother Mary are invited to this celebration and to bring their images or statues of the Mother and participate in the procession before the mass. This celebration is now intended as one of the yearly activities of the newly revitalized FILCOS Blacktown Northwest to coincide with the celebration of the FILCOS anniversary and fiesta.

Sta. Rita Community (Glenwood 2) - The coordinators are Primo & Lyn Pangilinan and Perlita Kingsford.

San Pedro Community (Castle Hill) - The coordinators are Jay & Leah Bonifacio. FILCOS supplied to these new communities Our Lady of Fatima statues which were then enthroned in the name of their chosen saint and venerated during the novena. FILCOS coordinator Lito Yunon expressed his thanks to the coordinators of these communities for answering the call of the Lord to do this service for HIM.

Fr. Nards, FILCOS officers & St. Nicholas community members



Blessed Mother for the Block Rosary so that newly-established communities can have their own statue for their Fatima novenas.

First Kapamilya sa Australia to be held in November
Kapamilya sa Australia 2007 will be held for the first time this year to bring Filipino Australian community members and families together in a day-long festival of music, food, information, entertainment, sport, games and rides. Special guest stars John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo are flying in from the Philippines for this event. Kapamilya sa Australia 2007, under the joint sponsorship of ABS-CBN Global, Philippine Airlines, Blacktown City Council and the Philippine Australian Community Foundation, will seek to engage members of the Filipino community in an event that supports the Filipino Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC) project.

Coordinator’s  and On behalf of the officers members of FILCOS Blacktown – Message thank you for joining North West, I

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ and my fellow devotees to the Blessed Virgin Mary, greetings!

us in this joyous By LITO YUNON occasion to celebrate the feast of the nativity of our Blessed Mother Mary. We are blessed that this day has become a reality, a day of thanksgiving for all the prayers that our Blessed Mother has done for all of us and for FILCOS being an instrument for this celebration. We are grateful for all our generous donors who have supported this celebration. We know the prayers of our mother Mary will be upon you and will grant you answers to all your prayers in accordance with the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. FILCOS intends to make this celebration a yearly event that will coincide with both the FILCOS anniversary and the FILCOS fiesta. I would also like to thank everyone for their continuing support throughout the whole year. With your support, FILCOS has been able to create five more Christian communities which have been entrusted with Fatima statues for their own block rosary. FILCOS has also been regularly supporting community, religious, social and fundraising activities and events. We have also shown our humanitarian concern for our kababayans in the Philippines by sending goods in aid of typhoon victims. We hope and pray that in the years to come FILCOS will be able to continue making significant contributions to the Filipino community. Once again, congratulations to everyone on this joyous occasion and happy birthday mother Mary! God bless us all.

FILCOS forthcoming  activities
Coordinator Lito Yunon announced that FILCOS will organize a program of praise and worship, liturgy reading and reflection and recollection that “will strengthen our spirituality and bring us closer to God”. In addition, FILCOS will continue to support MPC activities including the annual Carols by Candlelight. A social dance will be held on Friday, 15 February 2008, 7.00pm at Bowman Hall, Blacktown. In keeping with its Valentine’s Day theme, the motif for the night will be anything red. It promises to be a fun event for anyone who loves to dance and have a night out with friends. The dance is a fundraising activity of FILCOS with funds going to the support of various projects planned for the year. This includes plans to purchase more statues of our

This exciting event will be held on Saturday, 24 November 2007 at the Blacktown Olympic Park, a world class sports and leisure venue, located in Rooty Hill. Tickets purchased prior to the event at $10/$5 are eligible to go into the draw for the lucky door prize of two return airfare tickets to Manila. For more information, contact Luz Tiqui (9831 1013) or Gerald Oblea (0404 042 024).

MPC Pageant  underway
The 2007 MPC Pageant will have an exciting culmination when the candidates will be judged during a lavishly choreographed show and the winners proclaimed on Sunday, 18th November 2007 at the Tivoli Showroom at the Rooty Hill RSL Club. Titles at stake are MPC Miss Teen Philippines Australia 2007 and MPC Charity Queen 2007.

For details about tickets and the MPC Pageant, contact Gerald Oblea on 0404 042 024.

Calendar of Activities
September 2007 – February 2008 8 September 2007 – 2.00pm Celebration of the feast of the nativity of Mother Mary Polish Catholic Church, Marayong 8 December 2007 MPC Feast of the Immaculate Conception Procession and Mass and Carols by Candlelight 15 February 2008 - 7.00pm FILCOS Social Dance Bowman Hall, Blacktown

Who can I contact if I  have any suggestion or  enquiry about  FILCOS?
The contact persons listed below would be happy to provide information & receive any feedback:


9837 3234 9837 1188

MINERVA SANTOS Writer & Editor