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NEWSLETTER FOR THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN GENEVA Vol. 3 No. 2 Geneva, Switzerland September 2002
At the Salle Central Madeleine
UP Singing Ambassadors in “A Glimpse of Philippine Culture in songs and dances”
The Prayer David Foster/Carol Sager arr. Ed Manguiat I Deu vos Guard R. Noguera Quell’ augellin che canta Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) Wohlauf ihr Gaste Erasmus Widmann (1572-1634) Il est bel et bon Pierre Passereau (1509-1547) Au joli jeu Clement Janequin (c. 1475-1558) Turtle Dove (English folksong) arr. R. Vaugham Williams Alleluia (fr. Exsultate Jubilate) W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) Prayer of St. Francis Allan Pote, arr. R. Delgado He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands (trad.) arr. Charles Higgins II WOW! Philippines Ilay Gandangan (an ethnic worship of the sun chant) Rodolfo Delarmente Kaming Magmamani (We, peanut farmers) arr. Lucio San Pedro Maala-ala Mo Kaya? Constancio de Guzman, arr. Ed Manguiat Galawgaw arr. Fidel Calalang Dahil Sa ‘Yo Because of you. A cause de toi. arr. Fabian Obispo Ti Ayat Ti Maysa Nga Ubing arr. Fabian Obispo Pong-pong Guinapong arr. Fabian Obispo Rosas Pandan P. Cabahas, arr. George Hernandez III Medley of Ryan Cayabyab Songs Ryan Cayabyab, arr. Graystone Ives Michelle John Lennon/Paul McCartney, arr. Ed Manguiat Sometimes You Just Know Parfois on sait, Danny Tan
The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors’ (UPSA) will be performing again in Geneva on the 14th of September 2002 at 19h00 at the Salle Central Madeleine. Dubbed as “a glimpse of Philippine Culture in songs and dances,” the show promises to be another unforgetable cultural event. UPSA’s very successful 3rd International European Tour & Competitions 2001 left a stamp in its 21-year history with memorable performances including the very emotional Ecumenical Service at the American Church in Paris as covered by the French national TV and CNN, in memory of the Sept. 11 Twin Towers tragedy in New York; the Laureate’s Concert at the historic 500-year old St. Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava, Slovakia where Hungarian and Austrian kings were crowned; and the touching outreach performance at the Hospice Pacheco, a home for the aged in Brussels, Belgium. Prestigious choral competitions in Wernigerode, Germany; Trencianske Teplice. Slovakia; Cantonigros, Spain; Arezzo. Italy and Maasmechelen. Belgium earned for UPSA two (2) Grand Prizes. eight (8) First Prizes, and eight (8) special prizes. This year, UPSA represented Arezzo and the Philippines in the EUROPEAN GRAND PRIZE FOR CHORAL SINGING held in Italy last
August, a distinct honor and privilege for winning the Premio Cittadi Arezzo, the dream prize for choirs and conductors worth their salt. Here they won second prize. The grand prize was preceeded by two First Prizes in the Mixed Choir & Folk Categories at the XLIX Concorso Polifonico Internazionale “Guido d’ Arezzo” in Arezzo, Italy, considered the “Olympics” in choral singing. The UPSA, the State University’s official Performing Group for Choreographed Choral Music, has performed all types of music from the classicals, international songs, spirituals, Filipino ethnic and kundiman, to Broadway, English and Filipino pop/jazz, gospel and inspirational songs, and even rock music. As ambassadors of Philippine culture, it includes cultural dances, costumes and traditions of the ethnic North and South as part of its international repertoire. This earned the group a nomination in the recently-concluded ALIW AWARDS. This year’s UPSA concert in Geneva is sponsored by the Steering Committee of the Filipino Community in cooperation with the Philippine Mission. Tickets are available at the following outlets: Mabuhay Asian Shop, Bahay Kubo, Video-Club Hollywood and Kakkampi or at the gates of the Salle Central Madeleine at rue de Madeleine 10, 1204 Geneva.
TURNING CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES
Our readers will remark that in this issue of the Buklod Kabayan, we have stories of Filipinos who have excelled and Filipinos who are reaching out to assist our kababayans. It is heart-warming to be reminded of the quest for excellence and noble aspirations that have been inculcated among the Filipinos. Certainly, our country and people are facing significant challenges. What is important is for us to continue to consider that we can turn these challenges into opportunities. When we encounter a rock on our path, it is up to us whether we will regard it as a stumbling block or a stepping stone. We need to remind ourselves that we have in us the capability to excel – as exemplified by those we have featured in this issue. We need to have the faith, the desire and take the necessary action– and excel we can, excel we will. The Steering Committee of the Filipino Community in the Geneva region seeks to promote this ideal and to encourage us Filipinos to be proud of our heritage and our characteristics, overall, as Filipinos. We have been referred to as a wonderful people. We are! And let us continue to be so. Let us be proud to be Filipinos. Mabuhay ang Filipino. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas.
A glimpse of the Manila nightlife
Krinnnnggggg!!!!! There goes my mobile again ringing on the tune of Game na Game ka na ba? theme song followed by an inundation of messages, which one read: Hoy mama, we’re here na in Glorietta, asan kaw? Glorietta, right at the heart of the Philippine business district is a Mecca of all sorts of leisure, best restaurants, hippest bars, super malls, luxurious hotels and a familiar relaxing ambiance filled with all our kababayans from different walks of life. Leaving our cars in the multiple level basement parking area, we can then take the elevator up which later opens us into a world of fun, people, food and entertainment that awaits yuppies looking for a place to unwind after a week’s hard work in the office. We started the night with a sumptuous but a quick dinner in Dusit Thani, then later caught the premier of the “Signs” by Mel Gibson. Another one of those movies, which shows our fear of the unknown. I guess Filipinos have a knack for Hollywood movies. Be it a love story like “A Walk to Remember” or a suspense thriller like the “Signs”, always expect long queues from the cinema door to Starbucks coffee. Speaking of cofee, the latter reminds me that I have not taken my iced cappuccino shot for the day. As everybody is anticipating the fantastic effects and the all digital Dolby surround that Quad IV can offer, we see a lot of familiar faces, people we know, people who knows us and people we know but don’t know us (I’m more on the last group of people). Then, you hear your name being called from the end of the line, you walk by and bump to an old friend, have a chitchat and then exchange email addresses and mobile numbers. That means some more messages to flood my mobile’s memory. After the movies, at around 11:30 pm, the night is still young and people are still coming in to these gimmick places looking so fresh and neat (as if straight from the beauty parlor). We headed to the nearest bar, just below the cinema and beside Oakwood Premier Ayala Center, into “Tequila Joe” for a drink, a night cap, chill out with some more people to meet and just listen to the latest craze in the Manila music scene. I guess the Filipino taste buds for alcohol evolved through the years, from the local lambanog, to “markang demonyo” and now Mexican tequila? I will not be surprised what they’re going to come up with next…….. a cocktail of vodka and Old Spice? Then I heard it again, Kringggggggg! There goes my mobile, but this time it’s not a familiar tune but rather an irritating and getting louder buzz of an alarm, telling me that: It’s 7:00 am, I am here in Geneva and not Makati and I need to wake up and to head for work in the UN office. Well, it was such a reminiscing dream, it feels so real, the sounds are so vivid and the sights so three dimensional. I had another Glimpse of Manila with a free airfare. Sorry na lang mga kapatid wala akong nabitbit na pasalubong……..
Published by the Steering Committee of the Filipino Community in Geneva
Theresa ALMIROL, Nep CASTILLO, Rodolfo de GUZMAN, Marian Victoria HERNANDEZ, Erwin POLICAR, Ricardo ROMEA, Joseph SYCIP Layout by: Joseph SYCIP Articles, opinions, letters to the Editors, and other manuscripts should be in Pilipino or English, typed in MS Word and sent to : email@example.com The views and opinions expressed by the authors are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Steering Committee of the Filipino Community in Geneva
Philippine Cultural Centre in Geneva Opens
The Philippine Cultural Centre in Geneva spins-off with an open house on the 29th of September 2002, Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at 30A rue de la Servette. The Centre aims to promote Philippine culture as a way of life in Geneva through Philippine gastronomy in an atmosphere exuding with Filipino warmth and hospitality and characterize by furniture and products made in the Philippines. One of the feature areas of the Centre is the Reading Room. The Reading Room aims to showcase Philippine-made furnishings and decorations and serve as a library. Anyone visiting will be motivated by the eclectic surrounding of style and comfort to view audio visual materials or perhaps browse available information on what’s on in the Philippines as well as Philippine culture and heritage. The Cultural Centre aims to cater to the Filipinos and their friends living in Geneva with various socio-cultural activities. The Centre will provide classes on: ballroom dancing for those who are interested to dance in pairs or as a couple; Filipino folk dances for those who are interested to experience dances of Filipino heritage, Hawaiian Polynesian dances for those interested with dances of the islands; and aerobics specifically designed for the Filipina vigour. The Centre is also available to rent for use for private activities and events. The Philippine Cultural Centre in Geneva is spearheaded by Evelyn Hernandez-Leonor of Bahay Kubo and Dolores Macaraeg of Eurasia Trust & Securities Sarl. (mvh)
SINGLES FOR CHRIST-MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Valentine’s 2002 will never be the same for the CFC – Singles for Christ (SFC). This season of love is celebrated in many parts of the Philippines with the holding of the annual International Leader’s Conference of SFC. Singles look forward to this opportunity to spend their love-filled day with the Lord and not tempted to do other things. This year’s ILC was held in Dumaguete City from 15-17 February and was attended by some 3,600 participants. What made it different from the other past conferences? Inspired with powerful talks, vibrant singing and praising, the organizers came up with a heaven-sent idea of creating a game for everybody. A game where there will be no losers. Composed of 20-30 members each team, the goal of the game is to build houses for the poor. Provided with all the materials needed on a love-filled Saturday morning, it was a “Ready, Get set, Go!!!!!” President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo learned about this endeavor and personally flew in to Dumaguete City to witness this wonderful event. This was featured in her weekly show entitled “May Gloria ang Bukas Mo”. During the show, GMA had a dialogue with the Gawad Kalinga (GK) National Coordinators headed by Bro. Tony Meloto. Inspired by the actions of Singles in helping the poor and motivated to elevate their way of living, GMA granted P30 million to build one thousand houses for the poor. Spearheaded by Bro. Tony, the GK project have spread far and wide and finally reached Geneva. Local SFC here has adopted the GK cause with Freddie Clemente as the coordinator. Finally we can truly say that Filipinos wherever they may be can work hand in hand to make a difference.
KAKKAMPI GOES ON FISHING AND CAVE TOUR IN VALLORBE
Some 40 members of KAKKAMPI (Kapatiran para sa Karapatan at Kaunlaran ng Manggagawang Pilipino sa Ibayongdagat) went on a fishing and cave exploration tour last 18 August 2002 in Vallorbe, in the canton of Vaud. Around 20 kilos of fresh truite were fished out, grilled, and served during the lunchtime get-together discussion which focused on the upcoming plans of the group -- expanding computer classes, fund raising activities at the Fête des Paquis and plans for a big October dance party.
Photo Credit: Dennis de Guzman
KAKKAMPI members disembark from bus in Vallorbe
API BOWLING TOURNEY
On 29 September 2002, The Association Philippine International (API) is organizing a get-together bowling tournament in order to raise funds for the education of 30 underprivileged students in the Philippines. Around 12 lanes of the Bowling Meyrin Center will be reserved and open to all participants. The bowling tournament will start precisely at 9:30 a.m. up to 4 p.m. The restaurant at the Meyrin Bowling Center will be open for all participants. A 50 CHF entree fee to the tournament will be charged for five games of competition. Those interested to join the tournament can please contact Grace Baehler at 022 349 06 41 o r firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
FILIPINO ARTIST PRESENTS SECOND HARANA EXHIBIT
After a succesful exhibit at the Palais des Nations last summer, Marissa Gonzales, a Filipino artist and resident of Switzerland presents her Second collection of string instruments on tromp l’oeil background painted on Jusi from 7 September till 10 October 2002 at Biblioteque Communale of Crans-prèsCeligny. Paintings may be viewed as per the following schedule: Monday 19h30 to 21h00 Wednesday 13h30 to 15h30 Friday 14h00 to 15h30 Saturday 10h00 to 12h00 How to get there: take the lake road direction Lausanne, turn right at Celigny and follow signs to Crans. When in Crans, look for Centre Sportive.
After a short siesta, the group proceeded to explore the Vallorbe caves. Minerals, stalactites and stalagmites lay abundant inside the caves. An underground stream which flowed naturally fascinated the group. On the way back to Geneva, most of the groups’ members were exhausted, tired, yet very happy as they snored heavily while sleeping in their comfortable airconditioned tourist bus seats. GENEVA-MANILA-EXPRESS
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ANG GALING MO !
ni Tet Almirol at Nep Castillo
Noong taong 1997, isang labing-tatlong taong gulang na batang Pilipino ang natuklasan ng sa isang sikat na Swiss football team dito sa Geneva. Si Ariel R. Nucum, tubong Pampanga, pangalawa sa tatlong anak nina Ricardo at Virginia Nucum. Ang larong football ay natutunan lamang niyang laruin dahil sa isang kaibigan na nagpahiram sa kanya ng bola. Sinubukang paglaruan ang bola at ito ay kanyang madaling natutunan. Hanggang ang hilig na ito ay nauwi sa pagsali sa isang di-kilalang football team. Sa kadahilanang may kaiba siyang bilis at galing sa larong ito, napag-alaman ng namumuno ng Servette Football Club (SFC) si Ariel. Sinadya siyang puntahan ng SFC at hiniling siyang suma-ilalim sa isang linggong pagsusulit. May walong daang kabataan mula sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa Switzerland ang kasabay niya sa pagsusulit nguni’t walo lamang silang nakapasa. Sa murang edad na 13 gulang, napagpasiyahan ng SFC na magpalipas muna ng 2 taon bago siya tuluyang makapaglalaro sa grupo nila. Nguni’t makalipas lamang ang isa’t kalahating taon, 14 at kalahating gulang na si Ariel, binalikan na kaagad siya ng SFC. At dito nagsimulang lumabas ang galing niyang maglaro sa larangan ng football. Ngayong taong 2002, siya ay labing walong taong gulang na, may taas na 165 centimetros, timbang na 67 kilo at may katamtaman at malusog na pangangatawan. Ang pag-aaral niya sa pangalawang antas sa Nicolàs Beauvier annexe lissignol at ang paglalaro ng football ang tanging kanyang pinagkaka-abalahan sa kasalukuyan. Sa loob ng apat na taong paglalaro ng football, marami na siyang narating na lugar sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng daigdig. At sa lahat ng mga larong ito, ang pagiging striker ang naka-atas na posisyon sa kanya. Sa isang football team, ang striker ay ang frontliner. Siya ang dapat gumagawa ng puntos para sa team. Maliban sa pagiging frontliner, ang isang striker ay dapat maliksi at mabilis tumakbo. At dito talaga umaangat ang galing ni Ariel. Sa loob ng isang taon, mayroong halos tatlumpong laro ang kanilang nilabanan. At sa bawa’t laro ay lima o anim na puntos ang nagagawa niya. Noong nakaraang taon, dumayo ang SFC sa Malaysia at nitong taon ay sa Abu Dhabi naman. Sa parehong pagkakataon, si Ariel ay inanyayahang maging manlalaro. Sa Malaysia, inalok siyang maging Malaysian citizen nguni’t kailangan niyang manirahan doon upang makuha ang estadong ito. At sa Abu Dhabi naman, bagamat hindi niya kailangang magpalit ng Filipino-Swiss na estado, kailangan doon siya maninirahan. Pareho niya itong tinanggihan dahil mas gusto niyang makapiling ang kanyang pamilya dito sa Geneva.
Photo by: Nep Castillo
Si Ariel Nucum, Pilipino, 18 taong gulang na manlalaro ng football.
Si Ariel at ang kanyang pamilya
Sa kasalukuyan, si Ariel ay ipinahiram muna ng SFC sa isang football team na nagngangalang Club Sportif Chênois (CSC) magmula nung huling linggo ng Agosto. Ang CSC ay nag-alok ng isang magandang kontrata na hindi niya matanggihan kaya’t siya ay sa kanila muna maglalaro sa loob ng isang taon. Si Ariel ay semi-professional na at para maging isang lubusang professional, isang taon na lang ang kanyang hihintayin. At ayon kay Ariel, walang kasiguraduhan ang paglalaro niya ng football. Sa tuwing siya ay maglalaro, doble ang kanyang ingat dahil nagkaroon na siya ng tatlong operasyon sa kanyang kamay at ang kanyang kaliwang hita ay mayroon ng bakal. Ang huli ay hindi dulot ng football kundi dahil ito sa isang aksidente noong siya ay musmos pa lamang. Kaya’t sa bawa’t laro, bukod sa dobleng ingat, maraming dasal ang kanyang tanging dala. Kung sakaling hindi siya magtuloy sa football, ibig niyang pumasok sa larangan ng business dahil ang kanyang kurso ngayon ay Commerce. At sa dahilang hindi pa siya nakakatapos ng pag-aaral, napaka-aga pa para malaman kung ano talaga ang nakalaan sa kanyang kinabukasan. Kaya’t kahit na siya ay abala sa paglalaro ng football, ang pag-aaral pa rin niya ang pangunahin. Si Ariel ay naninirahan na dito sa Geneva magmula pa nung siya ay walong taong gulang pa lamang. Nguni’t ang pasasalita ng Tagalog ay patuloy pa rin niyang pinag-aaralan. Ang ‘po’ at ‘opo’ ay lagi pa ring nakakabit sa kanyang pakikipag-usap sa nakatatanda. At marunong din siyang magkapampangan. Kaya’t kapag sila’y nagbabakasyon sa Pilipinas, walang sagabal sa pakikitungo niya sa kanilang mga kamag-anak. Isang magandang halimbawa sa kabataan si Ariel, kaya’t ang kanyang payo sa tulad niyang kabataan, pag-igihin ang pagaaral, tandaan ang mga itinuturo ng mga magulang at laging magdarasal sa Diyos. At ang payo niya sa ating lahat, bagama’t tayo ay nasa dayuhang lugar na ito, taas noo pa rin tayo dahil tayo ay tunay na Pilipino.
Bahay Kubo : A Legacy of Authentic Filipino Cuisine
There are times in every Filipino expatriate’s life that we just want to drop everything we’re doing and head straight to the airport to board the next flight for Manila. Something about our country makes us look forward to our next trip home and so I pose this question: What do we really miss about our homeland aside from our love ones? Voila! Our ever reliable “super asim sinigang”, the “palabok sa kanto”, Tita’s unforgettable “adobo”, and of course having that simple feeling of just being “home”. Well guys, we’re never far from home, just a stone throw away from Geneva center, located at Rue de la Faucile, is our very own Bahay Kubo.A fine dining restaurant that highlights the authentic Filipino cuisine done in the same way from generation to generation served in the traditional Filipino hospitality of warmth and service with a smile. As we enter the restaurant, the ambiance reminds us of our native ancestral house that showcases the Filipino culture. Named after the ubiquitous dwelling made of abaca, coconut lumber, pawid and other indigenous local materials, Bahay Kubo is a symbol of the Filipino resourcefulness and close family ties, thus bestows an ambiance of the Filipino’s way of life and a heritage of good food. Never to be missed suggestion in the menu is the Lechon. A chosen suckling pig roasted to perfection making it crispy to the bite accented with that special Lechon sauce. A trip to Bahay Kubo is never complete without savoring the Lumpiang Sariwa. Spring rolls with sautéed fresh vegetables wrapped in a homemade crepe topped with peanut sauce. Truly a gastronomic pleasure that only Bahay Kubo can offer. We were fortunate to have an interview with its Food and Beverage connoisseur and a full-blooded Filipino entrepreneur, Evelyn HernandezLeonor. Gabriel: How did you stumble upon this business opportunity of bringing the best Filipino cuisine in Geneva, a known haven for gastronomic diversity? Evelyn: The making of this concept stretched for almost two years. From the mandatory feasibility studies, to the importing of all Filipino furniture and accents and to its financing as supported by a very generous friend. Gabriel: Geneva is like a melting pot where different cuisines merge, from the wellknown Mediterranean to the exotic Cambodian cuisine. How do you position our very own Filipino dishes? Evelyn: Filipino cuisine is one of the best yet not so popular in the mainstream dining. We have to focus on being different by using our innate creativity and resourcefulness. Where in Geneva will you find a hand-woven abaca basket used as a billfold? We also need to be exotic and ethnic. From our basic furniture up to our table napkin, all are fully imported from the Philippines and made by Filipinos. Gabriel: Last important question; Evelyn, before you head back to your kitchen. can I have the recipe for that mouth-watering and palate-tempting Ensalada Filipina that we just had? For reservations, call 022-733-1407 and visit our website at www20.brinkster.co/ bahaykubo
PINOY TRIVIA- DID YOU KNOW THAT....
In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not by Americans. What is the world’s 3rd largest Englishspeaking nation, next to the USA and the UK? The Philippines. The USA bought the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam from Spain in 1898. The Filipino-American Independence War from 1898 to 1902 ensued, killing 4,234 Americans and how many Filipinos? 16,000 were killed in action and 200,000 died from famine and pestilence. (The Philippines lost and was colonized until 1946.) Los Angeles, California was co-founded in 1781 by a Filipino named Antonio Miranda Rodriguez, along with 43 Latinos from Mexico sent by the Spanish government. What antibiotic did Filipino doctor Abelardo Aguilar co-discover? Hint: Brand is Ilosone, named after Iloilo. Erythromycin. The one-chip video camera was first made by Marc Loinaz, a Filipino inventor from New Jersey. The first ever international Grandmaster from Asia was Eugenio Torre who won at the Chess Olympiad in Nice, France in 1974. This son of two Filipino physicians scored over 700 on the verbal portion of the Standardized Achievement Test (SAT) before age 13 - Kiwi Danao Camara of Punahou School, Hawaii. Edward Sanchez, a Mensa member, bagged the grand prize in the first Philippine Search for Product Excellence in Information Technology. Who was the Filipino-American dancer who scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT? Joyce Monteverde of California. Who invented the fluorescent lamp? Thomas Edison discovered the electric light and the fluorescent lighting was thought up by Nikola Tesla. But the fluorescent lamp we use today was invented by Agapito Flores (a Cebu man named Benigno Flores of Bantayan Island, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer), a Filipino scientist. Americans helped then Philippine leader Ramon Magsaysay to develop it for worldwide commerce. Who was the first Asian and/or Filipino to snatch America’s Pulitzer Prize? Philippines Herald war journalist Carlos P. Romulo in 1941. (He was also the first Asian to become UN General Assembly President.)
About OFWNet Foundation & OFW International Holdings
Dear Brothers, Sisters, Friends, and all Overseas Filipinos around the globe: This is a personal invitation to you, if you would, to join us in establishing the OFW Bank and join OFWNet Foundation. The Foundation is a fleet of help and assistance to us OFW’s. Both are separate entities that go hand and hand working together for the Overseas Filipinos Worldwide (OFW). The envisioned bank is for the economic empowerment and the Foundation takes care of the political empowerment and welfare of the OFW’s. To give a brief description, there was a thought and fact that we OFW, were deprived from many of our rights, though called modern day heroes, yet we do not really feel that way. With that, few of our OFW colleagues and kababayans (that have a heart for the OFW) saw a Vision, a noble one, that one day we will be united having the economic and political empowerment for a better life and government of the Filipino. This VISION is now becoming a REALITY. We have set up the OFW International Holdings company and registered in SEC. There are now few businesses under the Holdings that are in operation or soon to be operated namely: OFW Financing, OFW Insure, OFW Travel and Tours and OFW Remit. Each one was built and design for the benefit of us OFW’s wherever you might be, even when you are thrown back to the Philippines. The aim of these businesses is to assist and serve those who will patronize the services of these businesses and later, they can even own a business of the same through the OFW Holdings. Soon to come will be the OFW Bank…The Bank of the OFW’s, by the OFW’s and for the OFW’s. OFW Bank is envisioned to become a universal bank to serve all the banking needs of overseas Filipinos and their families, as well as a source of income for OFW’s when they have returned home and have decided to stay for good. The Bank is there to motivate you, guide you and help you reach your ambitions. Fullyowned, operated and patronized by Overseas Filipinos (OF) themselves, not being controlled by a rich individual or big companies, the OFW Bank is envisaged to be the “sweetest fruit and nectar” of the sweat, sacrifices and labor of the Filipinos who ventured outside of the mother country. The only thing you need to give away is your TRUST and US$220. Before my challenge was: What if, this OFW Bank did not succeed? What have you lost? $220.00 that’s all. What if, this OFW Bank dream become a reality? What will you gain? Broaden your imagination and you’ll see for yourself. What is the probability of winning? 1:1 Afraid of losing $220 which might be a fortune for you and your family someday. In game of chance. 1:100 or 1:1000, or maybe 1:10000000000000 and yet, many subscribe to game of chance. Diyan tayo mahilig, ang gustong maging instant milyonaryo di ba? My challenge now is this: It’s not too late, come and join us, be one of the forces who struggle to make this vision come true, because this vision is for us all, OFW’s. In joining, you will become one of the owners/stockholders of OFW Bank. And in patronizing the bank and being one of its stockholders,, you not just only get the help you need, but at the same time you earn thru profit dividends. So I would like to share this as a challenge to all of you. You can forward this message to all friends you know, they might support the idea and the vision. For further info visit http://www.ofwnet.org, or http://www.ofwbank.info If you would like to learn more about the OFW-Bank group, please visit: <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OFW-Bank> For more information you can send e-mail to the following person and addresses: 1) Mr. Norman Gacula <email@example.com> – our beloved COO ( without him, we haven’t reached this far ) 2) Ms. Chee Garcia <firstname.lastname@example.org> - is the Iron Lady with a soft heart for the OFW’s and is in charge of the Foundation 3) Mr. Jimmy Leonida <email@example.com> - Jeddah area Lead Promoter- one of the visionaries of “OFW Bank” 4) Mr. Alan Exevea <firstname.lastname@example.org> - our Project Spokesperson 5) Ms. Lani Fe Lagdamat <email@example.com> - your Area Lead Promoter/Coordinator for Geneva, Switzerland. Mobile phone nos. 0763859813 & 078-8891256. Simply send her SMS or give her a ring, she’ll be happy to help you. The Philippine address of both the OFWNet Foundation and OFW International Holdings is at Suite 100, Ground Floor, National Tobacco Administration (NTA) Building, Scout Reyes corner Panay Avenue, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines with Telephone Number (632) 416-9024 and Fax Number 416-9023.
Place your FREE ADS at www.buklodkabayan.ch
You may have had received an email from the firstname.lastname@example.org! This email comes from the website of the Steering Committee of the Filipino Community in Geneva at www.buklodkabayan.ch. The website is still under development and being used initially to disseminate information (of relevance) to the Filipino community in Geneva. The developers are now in the process of exploring possible means of connecting every individual Filipino living in Geneva through the internet. And one viable way of connecting all Filipinos is putting together a Consumer Guide of Filipino Services in Geneva in the website.This site will be similar to the ad page of the daily newspaper and will advertise “special” services rendered by compatriots to the Filipino community and friends. These services are named as “special” because they are distinctly Filipino that only our compatriots can provide the best quality service. Such services are those we all need on a day-to-day basis. They are: Pinoy haircut, Pinoy manicure/pedicure, Pinoy na mang-hihilot. Or Pinoy housekeeping services, Pinoy cuisiner wanted, gardening services. Or catering services of Bicolano food for example. Or special Filipino food items such as siopao, longanisa, special ube cake and alike. We would like to invite all Filipinos rendering “special” services to put an ad in the website. Your Ad is FREE! And your ad will be dealt with maximum discretion by the editorial staff of Buklod Kabayan. Just send us a one-liner info on the “special” service you offer and your telephone or mobile number at email@example.com. We will consolidate and classify your ads according to expertise; we will inform you in advance when to access the Consumer Guide of Filipino Services in Geneva at www.buklodkabayan.ch. Remember your AD is FREE!
An Interview with Mother Olive
After 8 years of service as pastoral assistant to the Mission Catholique Philippine (the Filipino Chaplaincy in Switzerland), Sister Olive Racinez, WCW or Mother Olive as she will now be known will be going back to the Philippines to serve as Superior General of the Workers of Christ the Worker Religious Congregation. Despite her very busy schedule of bible studies, recollections, home visitations, counselling and adult cathecism, she has been an active member of the Steering Committee. In 2000, she was given the Banaag Award, a presidential award given to deserving Filipinos abroad who by their exemplary work have contributed to the well-being of Overseas Filipinos. Last Sunday, 1 September, a few days before Mother Olive’s departure, a Buklod Kabayan team went to the Pope John XXIII parish to get some insights on her work. Buklod Kabayan: Mother Olive, your work here in Switzerland has somehow exposed you to the plight of overseas Filipino workers. You have among your constituency, a large number of domestic workers. You have heard, seen, and in some ways felt the anguish and pain of these so called “new heroes”. Can you say that this has made an impact in your life both personally and theologically? Mother Olive: Knowing the problems, anxieties, difficulties of our coFilipinos made me to support them morally and spiritually. I tried to inculcate in them the love of God and neighbor (to love all, be the first to love, to be helpful, understanding, patient) that they be one. I tried to create an atmosphere of family, a supernatural family, since we are all children of our heavenly Father. Providentially, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II chose the Philippines to be the place for the great jubilee celebration of the families in 2003. Buklod Kabayan: In Catholic Social Teachings, papal encyclicals* from Pope Leo XXIII’s Rerum Novarum, the Vatican II documents, up to the present clearly reaffirm the dignity of workers and their right to just renumeration. Unfortunately, some of us who work as household workers are not paid the right minimum wage as provided for by Swiss law. Worst, even our own compatriots, our own fellow Catholics have condoned such practice. Doesn’t our faith clearly and explicitly impel us to do otherwise ? Mother Olive: Yes, God gave us intelligence and free will. We can do good and avoid evil. The church has oftentimes reminded us of these but it is up to each one to do what is right, to follow and obey. Many do not obey this because of selfishness, greed, and pride. We are told to give what is due to a person but many chose not to do so. If we love one another and we share then no one would be lacking in anything . Being Christians we should be perfect examples of Christ Himself who is not only just but compassionate. We see this in the parable of the workers in the vineyard from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 20: 1-16, where the last worker to arrive was paid the same wage as the first one who arrived. Buklod Kabayan: You will be moving on to a new task as a Superior General. Aren’t you too young to be a Superior General? Are you not going to miss being around people, doing Bible studies and recollections, home visitations, counselling, teaching adult cathecism and giving advice to OFW’s? Mother Olive: Though many tell me that I am too young to be Superior General, I am not really that young. I believe that everything I do is the will of God for me, so from one will of God, I go to another will of God. When I did all these things for the Filipino migrants, I did all out of love for God and my co-Filipinos. I only want to do the will of God every present moment of my life. I am happy and I will remember all those enthrusted to my care in my prayers. I am sure they will do so also for me. We pray for one another.
“We are told to give what is due to a person but many chose not to do so. If we love one another and we share then no one would be lacking in anything”.
Buklod Kabayan: During the last Steering Committee meeting, you showed us a picture of your Motherhouse Convent chapel that was destroyed by termites. Some of our readers might somehow be able to help you in rebuilding this chapel. How can we help? Where can we send contributions? Mother Olive: You can send your contributions to our bank account in the Philippines. It is at Equitable PCIBank, Makati Avenue, Makati, Metro Manila, Savings Account No. 1463-18695-9 in the name of the Workers of Christ the Worker. Buklod Kabayan: What are your parting words for the Filipino community in Geneva? Mother Olive: My parting words are these: please continue to love one another as Christ has loved us, to help one another, to support one another, to be united, so that we can build this supernatural family of God. Remember that where two or three are gathered in the name of Jesus, He is there in the midst of you. I assure you of great joy and peace in your families. I wish to thank each one for all your love and unity. God bless you. Greetings from all my sisters especially our Foundress, Rev. Mother Deolindis Luza, WCW. *****************************
* ”In the first place, the worker must be paid a wage sufficient to support him and his family”. Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno “We must consequently continue to study the situation of the worker. There is a need for solidarity movements among and with the workers. The church is firmly committed to this cause, in fidelity to Christ, and to be truly the `church of the poor”. Pope John Paul II in Laborem Exercens “Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; Who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages”. Jeremiah 22:13
Mother Olive’s Farewell Recollection
1 September 2002 at the Pope John XXIII Centre
Photo Credit: Nep Castillo
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