Ugnayang Bayan

16 November 2007

Address: c/o Philippine Mission, 47 Ave. Blanc, 1202 Geneva

Nos. 2&3 Vol.2

PURPOSE OF UGNAYANG BAYAN (Art.I Sec.2 UB Statutes) The Ugnayang Bayan was formed to serve as an independent alliance, or a central body uniting the various Filipino groups, formal organizations, and individuals in the cantons of Geneva and Vaud, Switzerland.
The Filipino communities of Geneva and Vaud welcome Ambassador Erlinda F. Basilio, in her new assigment at the Philippine Mission as Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and other International Organizations. A product of the University of the Philippines with M.A. in Asian studies, the current Ambassador is a true career diplomat with training courses gathered from all over the world. She was a professor of the following colleges and universities: Oasis, Baguio Tech., Trinity, Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila, Lyceum of the Phils., and the U.P. She has been with the DFA since 1970 and had been assigned to Tokyo, Havana, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. She is a member of Couples for Christ and the GK.

The 109th Philippine Independence Day (PID) celebrations -

Inside this issue: They came to visit... 2

Ambassador Enrique Manalo and ConGen Grace Princesa at the 109th P.I.D. Has become the centrum of the Filipino communities of Geneva and Lausanne for the second and third quarters of 2007. In fact the whole month of June was devoted to having community games and

events during weekends. The PID celebrations were held at Cepta last 16 June from 10 am till 10 pm. Our guest speakers and active participants were Ambassador Enrique Manalo and ConGen Grace Princesa. During the program, leaders of different organizations took turns to thank both as they were reassigned. It was a fiesta bonanza affair as there were a lot of stalls of food, dry goods, handicrafts, gift items, and new products from Philippines.

FCCG’s fund raising occasion known as the “Barrio Fiesta” was held the next day. The proceeds were divided between Pope John XXIII parish, the WCW Sisters, and the needs of the organization.

Boyfriends’ revival-

concert last October 26 enthralled the audience. The milestone event was in cooperation of the U.B., FCCG, and the SMI.

New API and FILSVA officers The Foursome


The Modern Day Heroes - The three new Ugnayang Bayan Directors

CTJ joins Reform Celebration Two Memorable Events 2006 Review



Ms. Rose Steiner represents both the API and the Christian Church Fellowship International. She brings with her experience in humanitarian works and in finance.

Mr. Pio Bulang comes from AFLEM, one of the biggest organizations of the UB.

4 Mr. Raymund Flores is a young blood to the UB. Currently a functionnaire at the UNOG, he is also involved with some ministries of CTJ.

Puka King Story


UB Poster


Ugnayang Bayan

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They came to visit the community…….
During the second and third quarters of 2007, the twin communities of Geneva and Vaud were privy and gifted with the flurry of visitors who came, communicated, and also touched the souls of many. Foremost among the list was Ambassador Hilario Davide. Davide Despite his heavy schedule with conferences at Palais des Nations, the Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations took time to talk to the officers of the community last 8 July 2007 at Pope John XXIII Parish at Petit Saconnex. The event was organized by Consul Jesus Domingo. Almost at the same time, Deputy Ambassador Leslie Gatan also based in New York flew in after Ambassador Hilario Davide to continue the ECOSOC meeting at the United Nations Office in Geneva. Ambassador “Leslie” as he is fondly called and having had the chance to be assigned in Geneva a few years back graced the Ugnayang Bayan General Assembly Meeting and talked about “Interfaith Dialogue for Peace”. (Photo top left) At the 19 July 2007 UB General Assembly meeting, it is worth to note that the tandem of Ferdie Littaua and Nep Castillo presented ABS-CBN’s exposé, a grand and positive presentation of Filipino “heroes”. It is in fact entitled “Filipino Success Story”. The two films were: A. Floating School and B. Volunteer “Pikit” Doctor.

Ms Tracy Kramer, the President of : Filipino-Swiss Association (FILSVA) Board of Directors 2007-2008 President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Auditor Cultural Events Social Welfare Theological GROLIMUND Tracy KRAMER Cecilia LUTZ Palmyra AELLEN Ernestine TOME Fe GARBARINO Marichu BLUM Emma DELADA Dionesia

API Executive Committee for 2007-2009
The hard working Ms. Dell Graezer has updated the community on the new officers of API. The list has come out from their General Assembly meeting held last 15 June. President Ida Laarni Buser VP, Fundraising Wilma Gamboa-Guez VP, Project Rachel Harrison Treasurer Edna George Secretary Dell Graezer Officer - Membership Alicia Monachon Officer - Cultural Tess Castaneda Officer - Sports Grace Baehler Public Relations Officer Violy Tanner Editor Loida Billanes-Gentina The international nature of API propels charity oriented activities. The recent bowling tournament last 15 September was for GK. Incidentally, the winner of the tournament for men was Mr.David Truevy who scored a total of 970 and followed by Joshua Landicho and Dindo Quero. For the ladies Ms. Rhida Faller came out as champion followed by Eva and Fernanda Truevy. A Majong for a cause is slated soon! E-mail : Contact nos. 079 793 0811 079 408 3260 079 796 8105 079 567 1179

Reaching out to the community
West (R) . Both have been very eager to listen to matters related to the Filcom. Kudos to the new ConGen of Geneva as her hands will definitely be full during the coming months. Reaching out to the others: Elmer Pagdilao, GK Swiss volunteer poses with with S. Elizabeth Ramos, wife of the Kapitbahayan president Gerardo. The other photo shows houses built by GK Swiss in RP

Rome was not built in one day!

The new team from the Philippine Mission of Geneva that takes care of community affairs is composed of Ms. Gigi Abad (L) and the new Consul General Ms.Junever Mahilum

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The Foursome - they bring the good news !
First to the top left at picture to the right is the indefatigable Sister Merlyn of the congregation Workers of Christ the Worker. She is the titular head of the Philippine Mission Catholic in Switzerland taking care of all Filipino migrants and is also the president of FCCG. She is based in Fribourg and travels regularly to the Filipino flocks of Lausanne, Geneva as well as the Swiss German areas. The sisters also have a residence in Geneva as the FCCG, one of the pillars of the Ugnayang Bayan is bustling with activities in religion, culture, and charity. Ms. Tina Monson Palma is a byword in the broadcasting industry. She is the CEO of Bantay Bata 163 of ABS-CBN and was in Europe during the period 2—12 of August. During this time, she renewed acquaintances and strengthened the bond that was created during her first visit two years ago. The Filipino organizations she has talked to were very generous. She also had time to visit the Philippine Embassy in Berne where Ambassador Minerva Falcon introduced her to the Filcom of Berne. Tina and Jenny Lee had a chance to watch the famous Geneva fireworks before flying home. Fr. Bulusan is a diocesan priest from Pangasinan who came to visit the Filcom of Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, and Bern. He deftly filled the gap in providing the spiritual needs of the Filipinos longing to have a Filipino priest in the French speaking region of Switzerland. The culminating point of his pastoral visit was the Holy Retreat he gave to the Filipino community at the Focolare, in Fribourg. Mila D. Aguilar is no stranger to the community. She was here last year on the famous cultural and historical “Birthing Lupang Hinirang”. This year she stayed longer and was able to visit more groups and provided them with the elements of “Entrepreneurship”.

L-R Sr. Merlyn, Tina Monson Palma, Fr. Bulusan, and Mila D. Aguilar

The UB would like to welcome the Samahang Bikol Association. CFC-Youth for Christ (YFC) Switzerland hosted its annual YFC European Conference this summer, 27 to 29 July 2007, at the Geneva Palexpo

CTJ joins the Reform Celebration May 18-20
The group of CTJ, Come to Jesus Fellowship actively participated in Reform Celebration last May 18-20. Their choir performed on May 19 at Temple de Madeleine. also from the beginning of the year 2007 until the end of the celebration this month of May. The collection will be divided by 3 countries which are Philippines, Mexico and Uganda. For the Philippines, the or« A very important collection ganizer of this has been organized Reform Celebration will send the money directly to the Ecumenical Council of the Philippines and the contact is Ms. Sharon Rose Joy Ruiz-Duremdes who is the Secretary-General. This will be in favour of victims of oil spill in Guimaras. » ( A total of CHF 8,000 was given to the Philippines) -by Raymund Flores

Efren Reyes, President of AFLEM and ConGen Grace Princesa at the swearing of officers.
Wedding photo of Harry Lacsamana and Ritze Reyes at CTJ Fellowship

Two memorable tournaments
totally dominated his opponent from the beginning and winning the first 4 frames. Dias won the 5th frame, but Menguita put the icing on the cake by taking the last frame…. Again, the PBC-Geneva would like to thank Consul Jesus S. Domingo, who took time out to grace the occasion by doing the inaugural break and for supporting us by donating the trophies. » Photos

Church 23 September 2007. Below-

On the left is Jimmy Menguita, the champion of the recently held Autumn 9 balls tournament. To the right is Joseph Sycip, the winner of the Ambassador’s Cup 9 balls held during the Philippine Independence Day Sportfest.

« Jimmy Menguita blasted Josh Dias 5-1 to capture the Autumn 2007 All Filipino 9-Ball Tournament. It was a lopsided battle as Menguita


and text « » from PBC Genève website.

Review of the 2006 Community Christmas Party:

2007 Promises to be more!
« A room at the inn for all! (Luke 2:1-20): Integration: Bridging cultures toward an open and multicultural Swiss society. »

Rudolf must have been happy to see his color red all over CEPTA last year.

The “Puka King” Story:
“Hernando Vitas, the man who earned his riches from the puka craze of the ‘70s writes his autobiography, tracing his roots from a shoe shine boy to a tower builder. By writing his story, Vitas hopes to inspire the youth to be self employed instead of just seeking employment.” PDI 4.27.2007 The gentleman was here briefly last 11 October 2007. The title of the book is Be Your Own Boss. He gave two copies, one with the UB care of Tess Baarde and the other with the Philippine Mission. Mr. H. Vitas did not come here to sell his books. He came here to sell the idea and the mechanics of entrepreneurship. There was no time available as the father and son tandem had to go to other parts of Europe. His message to the community is “be your own boss”. Other details are available at, Photo below: Sheila and Tess sharing pleasantries with Mr. H. Vitas (extreme right) and son. The community can borrow the book from the PM or the UB. You may also contact Mr. Hernando Vitas at theproviMr. Hernando Vitas makes

a point while Consul General Junever Mahilum West and UB Vice President Nena Marco listen attentively.

We are at:

UB Christmas Party at CEPTA
1 December 2007, Saturday Gates will open at 1800 hours and will close at 2300 hours Chemin Gerard de Ternier 18 CH 1213, Petit Lancy Bus 10 Arret CEPTA Entrance is Free ! l’entrée est gratuite

For more information, please contact the following: Tess Baarde, Chairperson +41793496824 Sheila Droze, Cultural Committee +41792796902