Page 20-21.indd 1
Photography by: Eugene Ramos
JOSEPH REID - COORDINATOR, FILIPINO CULTURAL GROUP He is Irish but his six years voluntary involvement with the Filipino Cultural Group is proving he is more ‘Filipino than a Filipino’. Joe is married to Filipina nurse Marylou with whom he has a son called Joshua. How did you come to organize the Filipino Cultural group? The Filipino Steering committee was the first group to host the first Filipino Day. The members were Angie Norton, Gracia Kibad, Ester O Hanlon (RIP), Eireen Asidil, Tony Hanlon, Mike Ancheta, Ringo Olavario, and Dave Aragones. The two events held at the RDS in Simmons Court, Dublin were great successes that there was a cry for more. However, after the second staging, the entire Steering Committee stepped down with Eden, Eireen and I left to pick up the pieces. Dave Aragones handed me over the files and I was entrusted with the task to establish a new committee and to keep the dream alive. This was going to be a big challenge; funding would be critical. We have to search high and low for sponsors. We renamed the group Filipino Cultural Group as we wanted not only to host the Filipino Day but to carry the Filipino flag to big cultural events such as St. Patrick’s Day, World Cultures, African Festival, the Arklow Food International festival, etc. Which qualities make you a good worker? I am passionate about my work. I was in all kinds of jobs for over 30 years - from a lounge boy to a bar man to computer man to security manager. My biggest break was working with the biggest company in the world at the time, Microsoft. They gave me free long- life training on how to adapt to different cultures, listening, learning, asking questions. Over the course of my working life, I have met people who don’t care who they step on to make a fast buck or to climb the social ladder. And I met good men who have unselfishly shared me their knowledge: Gerry O’Toole, Michael Ralph, Joseph Reid Sr, Joe Cosgrave, Roberto Samson. Education is very important; I will never stop learning until I die. What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it? Organizing the Filipino Day has been a great challenge. When I got approval to hold the event for free at the St. Anne’s Park, Raheny I met with much doubt and distrust: How shall we fund
the event? How shall we get people to come? Patience, patience, and more patience, I persuaded the team to come up with an event management plan and to talk to influential people. I used a lot of my own personal contacts to achieve our goal. I spoke with contractors and we drove out with the team to inspect the park with the City Council who gave us funding. We emailed and texted the community and invited them to come together. Five years on, we are still running the event and it has now pride and place in the calendar of the Filipino community. The secret is team work. We can not be a one man or one woman show. I am very proud to be associated with the members of the Cultural Team. They have given valuable time and energy and even money to achieve the impossible. We still have a lot more to do for the community. What has been your proudest moments? Two dates -June 21st1994 “3:06 AM was when my daughter was born and on 3rd of August 2005, 17.19 PM when my son was born. In 2008, the Cultural Team received an award from the Irish Times during the Dublin Living Award community events ceremony. In 2003, I was so happy I volunteered as Cluster Manager for the Special Olympics 2003 World Games Ireland. How do you juggle family, friends and relationships with your activities? This is a very good question. Juggling time and energy is tricky. I have learnt over the past 25 years how to make sacrifices; but if you are dedicated to a cause, you have to take the rough with the smooth. I try hard to balance my responsibilities at home and the community. My family is very supportive, however, I must admit there are times when my ‘extracurricular activities’ annoy them. I have to make sure all the time that I strike the right balance.
EDEN DE LA CRUZ - Chaplain, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin I NEVER dreamed I would be a hospital chaplain. I had wanted to be a nun or a social worker but my family did not support my desire, so I put it aside thinking it was not for me. I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and worked in an NGO and a private company in the Philippines. I was also employed as a civil servant before I travelled abroad to Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong, I did voluntary work in the church through ministering to migrants and elderly during my time-off. This helped me to explore life deeply through retreats and spiritual direction and led the path for me to join a Columban lay missionary team assigned in Ireland for three years. After my tenure, I did a one year post graduate diploma course in All Hallows College, Dublin where I also did a master’s degree in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in preparation to becoming a hospital chaplain. The course involved self-discovery and self-journey. It was an experience of being with patients and their families in their hopelessness. It was also a time to welcome them into my heart and trust God completely. I became chaplain in 2006 in Tallaght Hospital. A chaplain can be male or female, a lay person or ordained. We are appointed by the Archbishop to provide pastoral services and to promote a pastoral approach to the patients, to their relatives and to the staff as well.Among my duties are to create a safe environment for the patients, to listen with respect, and to give assurance of confidentiality. I also coordinate with other religious denominations when required. I respect the patients’ wish if they don’t want to avail of the service but it is important for them to be assured that the service is always there when they need it. When people are sick they search for meaning, value and belonging. With all their uncertainties, my role is to be present to them, to support, encourage and to give hope in this difficult and vulnerable situation. It is the time to encourage and allow people to see the loving presence of God in their circumstances. In Isaiah 49: 15-16, God confirms his love: “Does a woman forget her baby at the breast, or fail to cherish the son of her womb? Yet even if these forget, I will never forget you. See I have branded you in the palm of my hands”. This passage is very powerful to me because I always feel that God is like a mother who is always present and willing to stand beside her children. He is always there watching quietly with love, compassion and assurance.
THE RISE AND RISE OF
FILIPINO ORGANIZATIONS..... CONTINUED THE GALWAY FILIPINO-IRISH COMMUNITY The Galway Filipino- Irish Community started with a small group who saw the need to unify clusters of Filipinos scattered in Galway during the Celtic Tiger years. As with other newly arrived migrants, we were trying hard to adapt and learn about Ireland. A group of us started with a monthly Eucharistic Mass with Fr. Pat O’ Connell, Filipino Chaplain. It was in July 2004 when we held our first Mass which was open to people of all faiths and none. From then on, the same group of volunteers proceeded to formally organize one Filipino Community. As time went on, we made friends with and got married with the Irish. This led us to renaming our association as Galway Filipino-Irish Community (GFIC). The GFIC is non sectarian, non political, non profit organization which aims to support its members in cooperation with local NGO’S to promote social inclusion.
YOUTH FOR CHRIST by: Cres Abragan The CFC- Christ Youth Camp is the entry point to the Youth for Christ (YFC), the Young Adults Program of the Couples for Christ (CFC). It is a threeday live-in camp usually conducted during the summer or mid-term break to officially bring teenagers and/or young adults into YFC. It promises to be fun and where they form friendships with one another through sports, games and as they share ideas and experiences, and entertain one another in a wholesome environment where Christian values are talked about and are actively practice. It is the place where they will be stimulated and encouraged to develop their gifts and potentials for leadership as they are exposed to other young adults who are actively involved in serving them as speakers, facilitators, sports and games coordinators, and other services that are essential to the life of the Youth Camp. Our goal is to invite the participants into the support environment of YFC and an opportunity for them to strengthen their faith. To know more about the YFC, visit us in Facebook: YFC Ireland (CFC Global Mission)
The Filipino Community in Navan by: Jun Virtudazo For the past ten years, nurses have arrived in droves in Ireland and were assigned to different counties. There were ten nurses who arrived in Navan, Co Meath in 2001. One of them is Mrs. Annabelle who is married to Eljin Jao. They are so happy here that they settled in Beaufort Place. Since then, the Pinoy population kept on increasing in Navan with fifty families now. In 2004, Engr. Agustin Soliva proposed to unite the Filipino residents for mutual cooperation and protection. Filcom which stands for Filipino Community in Navan voted to be the official name of the organization. A Constitution was finalized and an interim set of officers were chosen The election was set and the first elected President was Engr. Soliva. Special and general meetings
were held to identify issues and problems. How to relax and unwind and get to know Ireland were needs addressed and before long we had visited tourists spots such as the BIRR Castle in Offaly, the Powerscourt Water Falls in Wicklow, the Brittas Bay, Glendalough etc. It was such a relaxing experience which strengthens the bond and camaraderie among us. The first sports festival was held in Dalgan Park. The Columban Society were very generous to lend us their sprawling place and facilities. Sports were played such as basketball, volleyball, tennis with participants from Drogheda, Dundalk, Kingscourt, and Dublin. A variety of Filipino delicacies and onthe-spot barbecues were served. We were honoured by the presence of our host - retired priests who were once assigned in the Philippines. They were delighted to taste once again the “pancit” the ‘puto’ and ‘dinuguan’. It was amazing and nostalgic to hear them speak Visayan and Tagalog so fluently. The Filcom also participated in the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day. Newly elected chairman Edwin Maralit is presently coordinating with Cultur, an Irish civic organization, whose main task is to foster awareness on the significance of multi-cultural integration. Meetings were held and attended by various concerned groups and the Navan Council thru Councilor Anton MCcabe. Issues and problems were raised, tackled and discussed during the meeting. The Filcom was represented in the recent dialogue with Transport Minister Noel Dempsey. Among the issues raised was the rigidity of the work permit requirements which somehow put the spousedependents in an uneven field in terms of job opportunities. The loneliness of being away from home is somehow mitigated by the spirit of togetherness and unity among Filipino residents in Navan. We are thankful for the selfless dedication and commitment of the Filcom Officers.
1st BATTALION AIRSOFT GAMES (1st IBAG) Sometime in June 2008, some of the guys in Blanchardstown showed their interest in airsoft games and with Arthur Principe,Jr, an avid player of airsoft games they formed a team which they named 1st Infantry Battalion Airsoft Games (1st IBAG), Blanchardstown; initially with 7 members. The team grew bigger when their friends from Blanchardstown, Tyrrelstown, Castaheany, Clonsilla, Castleknock, Ongar, Clonee, Lucan, Beaumont and Celbridge heard about it and joined their group. To date, 1st IBAG, Blanchardstown has 50 members. The officers are the following: BATTALION CMDR: ARTHUR PRINCIPE, JR. DEPUTY OFFICER: JOSEPH ALPUERTO SPOKESPERSON: ALBEN DAYAO TEAM LEADER: ALEX DATARIO TEAM LEADER: WILSON PANOPIO ADMIN. : ARLENE MARIE PRINCIPE ADMIN. : HYDEE MATILDO ADMIN. : VILMA EDADES
An Emigrant’s Fight for Justice Back Home
Editor’s Note: The Transnational Families of Filipino Nurses in Ireland in the Midst of an Emerging Philippines-Ireland Migration System is the title of a thesis by Florio O. Arguillas, Jr. a Filipino fellow of Cornell University, U.S.A., 2008. His research centers on the economic boom in the decade of the 90’s, dubbed as the Celtic Tiger. He records that the development of many social and economic structures that connect the Philippines and Ireland, all hints to Filipinos longing for home, a desire to preserve their culture and to maintain their relationships in the Philippines for an eventual permanent return in the future. They work and live in Ireland, but at the same time are performing reproductive and social work in the Philippines. They are therefore managing their lives in two settings - a transnational life. Here is a sample of transnational living, albeit, a sad plight - fighting for justice back home as one works in Ireland. FOR ROSALINDA VELARDE, life was never meant for emigrating elsewhere. She could have chosen to live in far comfortable conditions back home in Jaen, Nueva Ecija where she comes from an influential political clan in her hometown. She could have refrained from leaving the country by tending the family businesses and properties. She could have taken care of her two children at home had circumstances only turned out differently. What she first perceived to be a temporary emigration to avoid political tension in the 80’s eventually became a permanent one after the brutal assassination of her husband in the early nineties. “I was widowed quite early in life,” she reveals, “And I’ve been bearing with this lost for years. But life always has to go on.” It was amazing how the fulltime nurse, who works regularly at the Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, could talk about everything with relative ease during the entire course of our conversation. In fact, she talks openly on what she has been up to all these years abroad and the tragedy that changed her life sixteen years ago. Velarde’s migratory life began way back in 1985. Her nursing career had brought her to different parts of the world such as Libya, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia even as she also worked as a clinical instructor and healthcare lecturer at the Wesleyan University in Cabanatuan City for several years. Financial security was obviously not the issue here. It was the mounting political tension back home that she wanted to avoid, those frictions between her own family and other rival clans in Central Luzon. And working abroad was probably the best way to keep her away from ‘dirty’ political affairs at the time - or so, she thought. Everything started out well during her first years abroad after finding permanent work at the Riyadh University Hospital where she gained fluency in speaking Arabic. But it was not long when she would receive the shocking news of her husband, Ricardo, being shot dead cold-bloodedly outside their family resort during an active campaign for her father-in-law’s mayoral bid in their hometown. Husband’s Murder “Everyone tried to hide the truth from me at first, telling me that my husband died from a heart attack. But I refused to believe them, of course, and eventually found out sooner or later. So I decided to resign immediately to be with my children for four (4) months. I was worried about the safety of my two kids, for my family. I even feared for my own life. Everything came so unexpectedly, it was quite a shock for me back then”. Not long after, her father-in-law was assassinated as well. Fearing that she would come next, she thought the best option was to leave the country for good. Returning for employment in the Middle East for her was a question of life and death since she also had to sustain her children financially aside from the great fear that they would get involved in the violence had she stayed in their hometown. Her children were eventually raised by her brothers and sisters who, themselves, were nurses. All this had to be done at a high social cost: “We didn’t
by: Pietros Val R. Patricio
get to experience a true family life together since I had to work abroad to give them a good life. My son and daughter were aged seven and four when I left. They’ve never really had a normal life while growing up and that’s one of the hardest things I had to bear as a mother.” Struggle for Justice True, one can only imagine how hard it was for the children to grow up without their parents during the most turbulent years of postwar history in the Philippines. It was indeed a time of transition from dictatorship to democracy when human life did not have much value at all. But the sixteen years that followed afterwards were definitely not put to waste. She has been battling in court all these years for the justice of her husband’s murder as well as that of her father-in-law in spite of recommendation from friends and relatives to give it all up. For her, she would go tit for tat just to put the criminals in jail at any cost even if that meant she had to fly in and out of the country every year. In fact, many great lawyers have already handled the case but no warrant of arrest was ever issued to the suspect masterminds, a rival political clan, since the lawyers themselves have been receiving money under the table to have the case delayed. The judges who were involved often could not come up with a final verdict since most of them have either been confronted with death threats or were bribed by unknown constituents. She was even brought in front of her husband’s murderers face to face during several press conferences and trial proceedings. But she has pardoned them through the years since it was the people behind the killings she was actually after. Up to this day, the case still remains pending in court due to the corrupt bureaucracy in the justice system which is often controlled by power play among politicians in the country. “They were all after the money;” she says, “None of them really helped or contributed anything to the case. Same goes with all the lawyers we’ve had. After many years, I realized that I’ve actually wasted an awful lot of money for nothing.” As for her two children, she remains thankful up to this day for their disciplined upbringing. Under the care of relatives, the two eventually surpassed adolescence without getting spoiled or drawn into vices as they have understood about their family status quite early in life. Celtic Tiger Miracles As prices started soaring globally and political instability began hitting the country in the late nineties, Velarde started to worry about her income. Due to the relatively low wages for Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia where racial discrimination in terms of salary still exists, she thought that is was time to try her luck elsewhere where she could earn a decent living rather than toil in a country where natives and westerners were favored for higher wages regardless of their qualifications. In 2001, a golden opportunity came along when Filipino nurses were suddenly in demand in Ireland due to lack of labor in its healthcare system. “It was indeed a very happy moment for me when I first came to Ireland since the pay was high and there was no racial bias income-wise. My salary would finally compensate for all the hard work that I did.” During the glory years of the Celtic Tiger era, Rosie toiled at her workplace to earn extra income by doing excessive overtime as much as she could possibly do so she could send some extra allowance to other relatives as well. All the hard work eventually paid off as her two children were able to finish third level education in the Philippines. Her daughter is now a nurse as well and plans to find work abroad soon. Her son finished computer science but dreams of becoming a politician someday. Not satisfied, she even paid for the tuition fees of her daughter’s classmate in college and that of the younger brother as well to help as a foster parent. “It pains me to live a comfortable life while many of my old friends and relatives back home are either living miserably or struggling to make ends meet. I cannot just consume my salary here all for myself. I also have to give something back to the people who are dear to me.” But when the recession struck in late 2008, high cuts were made in her salary accompanied by higher levies. Still, she manages to remit money and invest in land and property for she thinks it is crucial to maintain assets especially in times like these. She still feels obliged to support enterprising relatives back home who have gone bankrupt since the outbreak of the recession. Every now and then, she also makes it a habit to return to the country at least twice a year to check on her family properties and follow up with the case of her late husband. And the battle goes on… “Every time I come in and out of the country, it’s always a different scenario. From the moment I land at the airport in Manila, I have to be surrounded by guards for security reasons. It’s a far cry from my life here in Dublin where I am just an ordinary migrant worker. Everything here is laidback and far from the tensions that haunt me back home,” she points out. As far as her Irish life is concerned, she has recently been granted Irish citizenship after acquiring required residency here. She has learned to love the peaceful life in Dublin and is now actively involved with the Filipino Community at St. Peter’s Parish in Phibsborough. Rosie looks forward to retirement when she plans to open a small bakeshop and finally pursue her passion in baking cakes and pastries. We could only wish her the best of luck and God Speed in everything she does.
CLINICAL NURSE, Lucan Nursing Home I WORK as a Clinical Nurse in Lucan Lodge Nursing Home in Lucan in the last nine years. My typical day starts with a prayer and ends with a prayer. At work, I’m always on the go and in the service of our residents in the nursing home. Off work; I do the usual household chores, relax and chat with my husband and communicate in skype with our love ones- especially our children and grandchildren, who live in the Philippines. Everyday to me is special; every job I’ve had are blessings and opportunities given by God and every small job I have had along the way brought me to where I’m now. I thank God for every blessing, big and small. One important lesson life has taught me is not to trust a human being who may fail me. I trust in the Lord with all my heart. HE will never fail. I want to be remembered as a good, loving, caring, faithful friend, mother, sister, daughter and servant. The happiest moment of my life was when I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Savior. From that day on my life is never the same. I live in hope and trust in what the future would bring. “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
ORLANDO DELOS SANTOS THE SINGING NURSE
IT HAS BEEN SAID that Filipinos are born with a guitar in their hands. Orlando de los Santos, Orly for short, has been working as a nurse in Dublin since 2002, but his passion for music is and will always be his first love. He’s so proud of his singing ability that he has no qualms introducing himself to people, “Ako po yung kumkakanta sa mga events.” (I’m the one who sings in events.’) When the first Pinoy Idol competition was held in Dublin, 2004, Orly was first runner up. He is an active member of two choirs in Dublin- the Filipino choir Voce Christiana and Kathryn Smith’s Irish Choir owned by his voice teacher Kathryn Smith of Griffith College, South Circular Rd, Dublin. Orly is the only Filipino member in the Irish choir. “It was a great privilege to sing with them in a concert held in Clontarf Castle last year. In November, the choir was featured with Dermot O’Neil of the TV show, the Gardener. “I felt so lucky to be one of the top 20 hopefuls chosen in RTE’s You’re Star singing competition in 2004. As a nurse, I love doing mini concerts for the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes. The Irish patients love classical songs”. Presently, Orly is the Clinical Nurse Manager in Bellvilla Nursing Unit in South Circular Rd, Dublin 8. He is the newly elected President of Pangasinense Association Ireland or (PAI-Ulopan). He looks forward to the Launching of his first CD single, ‘You are the One’ and his First Major Concert scheduled in May 2011. As this is a fundraising project for the Pangasinenses, the major beneficiary would be St Joseph Chapel, his own barangay church in the Philippines.
Promoting Columban Missionaries I WORK with the promotion team of the Columban Missionaries in Navan, Co. Meath. We do mission appeal in different parishes in various Dioceses. The work entails going to parish churches and speaking at all masses about the work of the Columban Missionaries and requests for subscription to the Far East Magazine. On week days, I go to parish schools and talk to children about myself as a lay missionary from the Philippines and about the work of the Columban Missionaries in different countries. In a not so typical day I do get a little lie in, do my prayers, go to mass, go browse the three charity shops in Navan, go online, answer emails, go for an hour walk, watch television including Big Brother (shocking isn’t it.) My role models are the people who are trying to live their life to the full as told by our great teacher, Jesus. I do look upon those people who do well in life by sharing their goodness and giftedness to others. The work I do is in accordance with what I wish to do in my life. No matter what happens in the world, no matter how people go astray in life, nothing can change the Love of God for us. Whether I succeed or fail, I am still loved by God. His love is greater than anything or anyone in this life.
Page-Personalities 3.indd 1
Editor’s Note: Mabuhay! and warm welcome to Pierre and Dexter, two newly-arrived Filipino artists, who undoubtedly will brighten and colour our lives here in Ireland.
PIER RE F. PATRICIO Painter and Visual Artist
An Interview by: Tin Tin Villanueva I HAVE always dreamed of becoming an artist ever since I was a child. I started dabbling in visual art at the age of five. I eventually continued honing this craft on my own while growing up. I remember using the clay soil from our backyard to form different kinds of figures and white chalk to draw my sketches on vacant walls. But even long after finishing my course in Maritime Transportation and working abroad as a seaman for many years, my passion for visual art remained very much alive. Even on board and upon docking on different ports, I always had my sketch pad and pencil with me. I illustrated landscapes of places, various people and caught reflective moods of urban sceneries. Being able to do this already made me feel happy and complete. It was living with my family in Greece, where I resided for nearly eight years, when I decided to devote my life to painting. It was at this time when I also finally realized my lifelong ambition of becoming a visual artist. I started engaging in various art activities, took up short courses in sketching offered by art academies in Athens, I interacted with artists and visited exhibits quite regularly. In a short time, I was able to have my first solo exhibit. I got very favorable responses from the public and this eventually went on up to the present. …An artist is a person who celebrates the undying spirit of human creativity For me, an artist is a person who celebrates the undying spirit of human creativity. The artist is a unique individual of his own kind who docu-
ments human experience by drawing inspiration from the world around him. In my case, I was able to express my thoughts, feelings and emotions through art and inspire people. But above all, I was able to promote Philippine art and culture in my countless exhibitions abroad. It was a great joy for me to let foreigners get a glimpse of our culture and society through my artworks. While living abroad for many years, it became clear to me as a Filipino artist that I wanted to depict sceneries about the Philippines, our culture, our social norms and values as well as the lush memories of my childhood in the rural countryside. Every time I looked on my canvas, the Philippines comes back to mind. I’ve always considered myself as a Filipino artist. That has always been the focal point of my artworks ever since I started painting. Whenever I get to exhibit abroad, people always see me as a Filipino artist. I guess I have been unconsciously expressing my sense of nationalism in my works since childhood. I am currently experimenting new styles for my medium by which I can express and promote our culture further more. Being a Filipino artist in the strictest sense can vary a lot from different points of view. I still paint and sculpt figuratively with traditional subjects but my style has recently geared more towards abstractionism and cubism. In the modernist point of view, a Filipino artist will always remain a Filipino artist regardless of the style he applies in his art. (Editor’s Note: This is an edited version of the interview)
DEXTER S. SILVERIO
Graphic Designer, Digital Enhancer When did you first come to Ireland and why? I arrived in Ireland on 26 May 2010 together with my wife Chloe who assumed her duty as Consular Assistant and Attaché at the Philippine Embassy, Dublin. As her husband, I’m happy to make some sacrifices to go wherever her duties call us to go. What was your big break in life and how did you recognize it? I think my biggest break in life was when I was given the chance to handle-manage our simple Fruits & Vegetable Dealership, a simple business my brother put up in Quezon City. I was challenged to face the UPS and DOWN of facing the demands for our clients satisfaction. Just having a POSITIVE outlook in life and trust in GOD excite and inspire me to handle the business each day. As I believe, “Your SIPAG is your POWER!” Which qualities make you a good worker? My enthusiasm and flexibility to whatever tasks partnered with my equine knowledge make me an asset to a company. I’m people oriented as I can work with people from all walks of life; I’m responsible, hard-working and positive and can adjust to a new environment no matter what it takes. What has been your biggest challenge in life and how did you overcome it? My biggest challenge in life as far as I could remember was when my parents and three of my brothers migrated to the U.S. It was the time when my eldest brother and I were left behind to stay in the Philippines. It’s really very hard to face life
without your parents, without having someone to lean on when trying times come. Yet, I never lose faith and trust in God to make things work at its best. I faced several problems, trials, challenges and I was forced to solve them alone. They made me a better and stronger person. What counts with challenges, big or small, is how you handle them with joy and acceptance. What has been your proudest moment? One of my proudest moments was when I was given the chance to work with a Licensing Company in the Philippines that handled all MARVEL & DC Comic Characters, Hanna-Barbera (Flintstones) and The Simpsons. They assigned me to do the colourings and finalization of X-Men Characters to be produced as Trading Cards in the Philippines. It made me realize my potentials in graphic designing and digital enhancing. Also, I got the chance to handle my little business and was able to help my employees/workers in my own little way. How is life in Ireland so far? One thing I really liked about Ireland is the weather and the people. No more migraine attack for me here so far! People are nice, very helpful and approachable. But, I find goods so expensive here. As I’ve observed, it’s not that easy to find a job here. The challenge is how to make yourself productive and motivated, to live life each day. You have to be creative with your routine to avoid homesickness or boredom. Maybe in due time, God will grant the desires of my heart here in Ireland, in His own perfect time!
Pages 24 Ang Ating Kabataan.indd 1
EDWINE COSTELLO - GALWAY’S ICON AND INSPIRATION by: Vincent Galeon TEN YEARS ago most of us who immigrated to Galway could not imagine where life would lead us. We may have different stories but one thread would run in them-Edwine Regidor Costello known to her peers as “Ate Gaga” or simply Edwine, married to John Costello of Clarenbridge, Co. Galway and a has a son named Master Hubert Dylan, aged, nine. Edwine who hails from Tangub City, Misamis Occidental has been to us a lady icon full of life, a missionary in her own right. She has been in Ireland in the last 40 years. I have known Edwine for only a decade, and yet I have seen how herself and her husband managed to improve the lives of her family, relatives, and countless kababayans. Because of their assistance, we, from Mindanao (mainly Tangubanons and from Luzon have achieved better lives because John and Edwine found decent
jobs for us in Ireland at the height of the Celtic Tiger. Help did not stop where migration ends, for Edwine always make sure that we get all the assistance we need, from accommodation to solving our immigration issues. Helping others is innate in Edwine who is an ardent believer of the saying, “When someone is hungry, don’t just give fish, give him/her a fishnet”. Edwine and John’s main source of livelihood is their fresh oyster business which they farm in their own oyster seabed. They have also set up the now famous Christopher David Hair Saloon in Capel St. Dublin 3. Still Edwine manages to work part time in one of the local nursing homes looking after the needs of the elderly patients in her locality. At the side, she also supports the Filipino communities in Kildare and Galway. Edwine has been a friend and adviser. She is a source of inspiration not only on how she has helped us through the years but even more so on how she became a part of our lives.
FILIPINO-IRISH NUPTIAL: Photo shows newly-married couple Janette and Derek Dalton at their wedding reception held in Roganstown Hotel, Swords last summer.
Ambassador Ariel Y. Abadilla with Dun Laoghaire kids
BDO AD.indd 1
Western Union AD.indd 1
Ancient Filipinos utilized terrace farming to grow crops in the steep mountainous regions of northern Philippines
Makati City, the country’s financial center
Top Philippine Tourist Destinations
Because of its high altitude, Banaue is often described as “where land merges with the clouds to meet the heavens” with the rice terraces as “the stairway to the sky.” Banaue is a place for nature adventures and cultural immersion. Days are for indulging in such activities as strolling, biking, and trekking. Evenings are for campfire chats at a village or warm indoor cosseting at the lodges and inns. A leading tourism destination in Asia, the Banaue rice terraces start from the base of the Cordilleras and reach up to several thousand feet high. Its length, if stretched from end to end, could encircle half of the globe.
“Kadayawan sa Dabaw” is Davao City’s premier festival and showcases the natural and cultural bounty of the land. A movable feast in August, the weeklong merrymaking highlights the manifold tribal cultures of the region which are vividly expressed in traditional songs, dances, games and crafts. It is also on this occasion when a lively trade fair, capped by a flower-and-fruit float parade, takes place. Street dancing and popular entertainment complete the celebration. A major exporter of bananas, citrus, mangosteen and other tropical fruits, it is also the biggest producer of cultured flowers in the country. Its surrounding waters are rich sources for commercial fishing.
Chocolate Hills is a series of 1,268 perfectly symmetrical, haycock-shaped hills that rise some 30 meters above the ground. A National Geologic Monument, these unique, rock formations were cast after million years of evolution. Spread out in the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan, the hills are so-called because they resemble chocolate bonbons when their grass cover turns to brown at the onset of summer. Two of the hills have been developed and provided with facilities, including a viewdeck, a youth hostel and a restaurant.
The capital of the Philippines - its heart and soul. It sets the rhythm of life in this archipelago and is a pulsating hub that blends the Oriental with the Occidental, the quaint with the modern, the mundane with the extraordinary. Manila was born out of the ashes of a once flourishing Malay settlement by the banks of the Pasig River. In 1571, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi established the Ever Loyal City of Manila which, until 1898, was the seat of Spanish colonial rule in Asia. He built the city within walls and called it Intramuros. An anchor tourist destination, Manila is the very core of the 7,000 times more islands that make up the Philippines. It is a center for the performing arts in Asia.
The code in Boracay is strictly informal. There is an undeniable easy atmosphere in Boracay where walking barefoot than shod is the rule rather than the exception. White Beach is so, soooo fine, it feels like treading on miles of baby powder! No wonder, even swinging discos have the beach for a floor, giving dance a new twist. There are no hang-ups either in this island. At daytime, tourists having a soothing massage under the shade of a coconut tree beside the shoreline is a common sight. And from dusk to dawn, Boracay turns into one big party place where everyone is welcome to join in…But first, let’s toast that sunset cocktail!
For a long time, Palawan’s bountiful resources, abundant wildlife and extraordinary natural beauty are known only to the many ethnic communities that thrive in these islands and a few other daring settlers who wanted to live in unpolluted surroundings. The island-province first attracted foreign attention in the 1970’s when it became a United Nations Vietnamese Refugee Center. At this time, a disturbance in Kenya also saw the transport of endangered animals from its savannas to the plains of Calauit Island. However, it was only a sea accident in 1979 that eventually led to the opening of Palawan into tourism big time.
Cebu is the traveler’s fantasy of a tropical island come true - balmy weather, pristine beaches, crystalline waters, and luxurious resorts with all the frills of modern living. The island-province of Cebu was where the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted the Cross of Christianity in the name of Spain in 1521. But even before Cebu became the Occidental gateway to the Orient, it was already a popular entry point among Asian merchants. Cebu has since blossomed into a choice tourist destination, with many leisure establishments taking full advantage of its sea-valley-and-mountain location.
Vigan, with its centuries-old edifices, is a breathing reminder of what was once a royal city. One of the earliest Spanish settlements in the country, Vigan was founded in 1572 by Juan de Salcedo who patterned its design to that of Intramuros (Old Manila). It became the seat of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia and was called Ciudad Fernandina in honor of King Ferdinand. Today, Vigan retains much of the patina of 18th century Castillan architecture as seen in some 150 stone houses which stand in the town’s Mestizo District, notably Mena Crisologo Street. Many of these ancestral homes are still in good condition and some have been turned into cozy inns, museums, and souvenir shops.
News November 2010
Updated figures show Filipinos top the table for citizenship applications FILIPINOS ARE now the top nationality applying for citizenship, new figures reveal. Nearly 20,000 applications are now pending at the Department of Justice, with the average processing period at 26 months. This timeframe is up from that supplied by the department in December, when processing times were at 24 months and approximately 18,500 applications were pending. Meanwhile, Filipinos also head the list of long-term residency applicants, with a total of approximately 6,500 applications pending, and a waiting period of around 16 months. Filipinos are followed by Indians, Ukrainians, South Africans and Chinese. The current refusal rates for citizenship and long-term residency applications are at 19.9 per cent for 2009, often due to incomplete applications or applicants not having fulfilled the required residency period of five years living in Ireland. The top five nationalities seeking citizenship are Philippines, 2,818; Nigeria, 2, 516; Pakistan, 1,528; India, 1, 345; and Bangladesh, 857. Metro Eireann, 15 April 2010
Irish passports among most difficult to get in EU By Aideen Sheehan The Irish Independent, July 7, 2010
IRELAND is one of the hardest countries in Europe for foreign residents to get citizenship. The number of people who got citizenship here fell by a third to just 3,250 in 2008, and is a tiny fraction of the rate across the rest of Europe, new figures from Eurostat show. Ireland granted just six citizenships per 1,000 foreign residents -- compared with more than 50 per 1000 in Sweden and Portugal, and an average of 23 across the EU. Only the Czech Republic was less generous, bestowing citizenship on just three people per 1,000 foreign residents, while Luxembourg was on a par with Ireland. Across Europe, some 696,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU state in 2008, down slightly on the 2007 level. Most came from Africa (29pc), other European countries (22pc), Asia (19pc) and North and South America (17pc). Natives of Morocco, Turkey, Ecuador, Algeria and Iraq were the most frequent recipients of citizenship in the EU, with many following strong historical links to their new homelands, such as Algerians and Moroccans to France, Turks to Germany and Ecuadoreans to Spain. In Ireland people from Nigeria were the biggest group of new citizens, accounting for 319 new citizens -- or 10pc of the total -followed by Pakistan with 196 new citizens (6pc) and India with 163 (5pc). The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) said there were serious problems with cost, delays and lack of transparency in the naturalisation process in Ireland which is run by the Department of Justice. In particular, there were problems with the requirement to be of ‘good character’ with no guidelines as to what this meant. The justice minister had absolute discretion over whether to grant an application or not and frequently refused applications on the grounds somebody had come to the ‘adverse attention’ of the gardai, even where they had never been charged or convicted of any offence, said ICI senior solicitor Catherine Cosgrave. There were also delays of up to four years or more in processing applications.
Vol. 9, No.26
‘Applications are also refused on the grounds of having been in receipt of social welfare payments including short periods of time following redundancy,’ said Ms Cosgrave. The Department of Justice said that it expected the number of citizenships granted this year to rise to around 5,000, an increase of 28pc on 2008 levels. A number of refinements had also been introduced in the past year, including identity checking and giving feedback within a week of receipt of application. And the average processing time had been reduced from 30 to 26 months. The department was also reviewing the whole citizenship process and considering the introduction of language and integration tests -- but it stressed that citizenship was a privilege rather than an entitlement for would-be recipients.
New Immigration Bill Denies Undocumented Migrants Access to Justice MRCI says Government must not deport people without notice. The newly-published Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2010 denies access to justice to some of the most vulnerable people in the State, according to the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI). According to this Bill, the Minister for Justice and Law Reform has the power to deport a person from Ireland without any notice, or any right to present their case (1). Director of MRCI, Ms Siobhán O’Donoghue, highlighted that, “an undocumented migrant who has been exploited, or is in a situation of forced labour, would not be able take their employer to court, to claim unpaid wages for example, but instead would be put on a plane without any access to redress. This makes a mockery of all other efforts by the State to protect workers and hold rogue employers to account.” Ms O’Donoghue called for the current system to be maintained, which gives people 15 days to present their case to the Minister for Justice and Law Reform. “Any immigration system must ensure that the basic human right of access to justice is protected. This means maintaining the current minimum safeguards, and ensuring that undocumented migrants are given the opportunity to come forward and outline their circumstances.” According to MRCI the Bill fails to recognise the ad-hoc immigration system implemented over the past few decades, which has led to many people who entered the country legally becoming undocumented. Instead, the Bill further victimises undocumented people in the State, by explicitly denying them basic rights and driving already vulnerable people into destitution and marginalisation (2). In addition, it inappropriately asks employers, health workers and service providers to become immigration law enforcement agents. Ms O’Donoghue finished by outlining the hypocrisy of the State’s lobbying efforts for the rights of undocumented Irish people in the United States; “Summary deportation must be removed from this Bill if Ireland is to be taken seriously as a State concerned with upholding human rights. In addition, just as our Government is promoting a humanitarian response to undocumented migrants in the U.S., they must respond to the estimated 30,000 undocumented migrants in Ireland. A regularisation programme is one response that must be considered before the Bill is enacted.”
In the Front Line of Integration:
Young people managing migration to Ireland Trinity Immigration Initiative Children, Youth and Community Relations Project & Integrating Ireland
The young people we spoke to faced many challenges dealing with differences between life in Ireland and the life they had known prior to migration. These differences existed in many areas such as how older and younger generations are expected to relate, rules and expectations for students in school and how people interact with one another socially. Each young person had to find their own way, day in day out, of adjusting to these challenges.
• The participants generally placed a high value on education. They were highly motivated and ambitious. Typically they had strong support from their families for their studies. • Many of the participants came from cultures that greatly valued deference to authority at home, in school or elsewhere. They found a less deferential attitude to authority among young people here in Ireland. For some of them encountering this difference was quite a shock and a challenge. • Throughout the research and across a wide range of issues we gained a strong sense of the maturity and breadth of horizon of the participants. They were very pro-active in trying to meet the challenges that migration has brought into their lives. He came into the school…on lunchtime one day we were talking and he was like, he doesn’t like this school. We were asking him why and there was no respect in the school, and we were laughing because we already knew, we were used to it, we were like “you have got a long way to go”.
But here I have to be more independent because my parents are more constricted in their work and you have to stand up on your own. - Female, Sub-Saharan Africa
- Male, Sub-Saharan Africa
SCHOOLS IN IRELAND:
• Many participants came from educational systems that placed a high value on traditional models of learning, discipline and authority. The more relaxed atmosphere they perceived in Irish schools surprised them. • Many participants felt that school was ‘easier’ in Ireland than in their country of origin. This perception cannot be definitively explained in the context of this research but it may be related to different educational styles in Ireland and their country of origin (which other participants noted and embraced). It may also be due to young migrants finding themselves in schools and classes where norms of achievement were different to those in schools they had attended previously. • The system of streaming classes and examinations in Ireland was a source of frustration to some young migrants who were unfamiliar with such a system. Some also believed that they had been put into streams below their ability level.
RESEARCH BRIEFING December 2009 • This research aimed to find out what life is like for young people aged 15 to 18 who have migrated to Ireland. • 169 migrant young people from sites purposefully selected across the county took part in open-ended focus group discussions. • The results give us a flavour of the views that may be found among migrant youth living in Ireland today. • It is the first national study of its kind. • Many migrant young people are unfamiliar with the ‘slagging’ (mostly friendly trading in insults) which is common currency among local Irish young people and some struggle to understand and adjust to it. ‘Slagging’ is often harmless, but at times it can be a vehicle for more genuine hostility. …when you have Irish friends, you just get to know the language much better…you stop being afraid to talk to people... - Female, Unassigned
• Word of mouth was believed to be by far the most effective way to get a job. • Perceived barriers to finding work were discrimination, limited opportunities in rural areas and visa restrictions. If you have a connection you have a possibility of getting a job, if you don’t have any connection it’s really impossible. - Female, Sub-Saharan Africa
• Racism emerged spontaneously as an issue in almost all of the focus groups. Many participants talked about how they encountered racism on the street from strangers (including adults), peers in school, at work and in the search for work. LIVING CONDITIONS AND LEISURE TIME: • From classmates there were some overtly racist re• Most participants reported being happy with their housing conditions, but many marks but more commonly misunderstandings and reported living in what they regarded as ‘rough’ neighbourhoods. misrepresentations which caused annoyance and • Leisure activities outside of school were reported to be limited, especially in rural frustration. areas and for girls. • The reactions of some school teachers to racism were raised. In some cases young people thought that There’s no places to go here, nothing actually. That’s why all the people head out into the pubs some teachers may misunderstand or fail to deal with and drink...because there’s nothing to do in this place. - Female, Europe and Central Asia racism. Occasionally teachers could create awkward situations through ill-judged attempts to help.
• Friendships with local Irish young people were valued. These were also a useful means of acquiring language and accent. However experiences were mixed with some finding it easy to make friends locally, others finding it difficult and others not particularly wanting it. • Barriers to friendships with local Irish young people included perceived differences in cultural background, language and accent, differences in educational and life experience, racism and differences in attitude towards education, authority, religion and alcohol.
Page-Young People to Ireland.indd 1
A guy actually got out of his car and said “nigger” and got back into the car and ran away. - Male, Sub-Saharan Africa …they pick on you for anything really. If you’re smart they’ll pick on you, if you’re quiet they’ll pick on you, if you’re mad or really sound, they’ll pick on you. You won’t even do anything and they’ll just pick on you anyway. Just pick on her because she’s black – just have a laugh, just pick on her. - Female, Sub-Saharan Africa
In the Front Line of Integration:
Young people managing migration to Ireland ..... continued
Â‡7KH DELOLW\ RI \RXQJ SHRSOH WR KROG RQ WR WKHLU FXOWXUDO KHULWDJH ZKHQ WKH\ PLJUDWH LV WKRXJKW WR KDYH VLJQLÂ¿FDQW LPSOLFDWLRQV IRU WKHLUPHQWDOZHOOEHLQJ0RVWRIRXUSDUWLFLSDQWVDSSHDUHGWRDWWDFK JUHDWLPSRUWDQFHWRWKHFXOWXUDOKHULWDJHRIWKHLUFRXQWU\RIRULJLQ Â‡0RVWSDUWLFLSDQWVIRXQGZD\VWRPDLQWDLQOLQNVZLWKWKHLUFXOWXUDO KHULWDJHZKLFKVXLWHGWKHPLQGLYLGXDOO\<HWWKH\ZHUHDOVRRSHQWR LQÃ€XHQFHVIURP,ULVKVRFLHW\ Â‡0DQ\SDUWLFLSDQWVHDJHUO\ZDWFKHG79IURPWKHLUFRXQWU\RIRULJLQ YLDVDWHOOLWHWKRXJKVRPHKDGORVWLQWHUHVWDQGIHOWWKH\ZDWFKHGEHFDXVHWKHLUSDUHQWVGLG Â‡$OWKRXJK PRVW SDUWLFLSDQWV DWWDFKHG LPSRUWDQFH WR WKHLU FXOWXUDO KHULWDJHDQGIRXQGZD\VWRVWD\LQFRQWDFWZLWKLWDUHFXUULQJFRQFHUQZDVDVHQVHRIÂµVOLSSDJHÂ¶DIHHOLQJWKDWODQJXDJHFXOWXUHDQG FRQQHFWLRQWRIULHQGVDQGIDPLO\FRXOGEHORVWWKURXJKSUHRFFXSDWLRQ ZLWKRWKHUWKLQJVHYHQEHIRUHRQHUHDOLVHGLW
Â‡ 7R UHFRJQLVH DQG KDUQHVV WKH HQRUPRXV SRWHQWLDO ZKLFK PDQ\ \RXQJPLJUDQWVSRVVHVV Â‡7REHUHVSRQVLYHWRWKHGLIÂ¿FXOWLHVWKDWVRPH\RXQJSHRSOHKDYHLQ DGMXVWLQJWRWKHGHPDQGVRIWKH,ULVKHGXFDWLRQV\VWHP Â‡ 7R DVVLVW PLJUDQW \RXQJ SHRSOH LQ DFFHVVLQJ DSSURSULDWH OHLVXUH DFWLYLWLHV Â‡7RGHYHORSPRUHHIIHFWLYHHYLGHQFHEDVHGVWUDWHJLHVIRUFRXQWHULQJUDFLVPDQGSURPRWLQJGLYHUVLW\LQVFKRROVZRUNSODFHVDQGFRPPXQLWLHV Â‡7RGHYHORSVSHFLÂ¿FVXSSRUWVWRDVVLVWWKRVHZKRDUULYHDWODWHUDJHV LQDGMXVWLQJWRWKHSDUWLFXODUFKDOOHQJHVWKH\IDFH
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RESEARCH
- Itâ€™s very important. - Yeah so you can pass it onto your children. - It is part of who you are. - Itâ€™s your identity. - Participants from various countries
7KLVUHVHDUFKZDVFDUULHGRXWWKURXJKDSDUWQHUVKLSEHWZHHQ ,QWHJUDWLQJ ,UHODQG DQG WKH &KLOGUHQ <RXWK DQG &RPPXQLW\5HODWLRQVVWUDQGRIWKH7ULQLW\,PPLJUDWLRQ ,ZDVWDONLQJUHFHQWO\RQ6N\SHZLWKP\QHLJKERXUIRUWKHÂ¿UVWWLPHLQIRXU ,QLWLDWLYHDW7ULQLW\&ROOHJH'XEOLQ7KHIXOOWH[WRIWKH years, and I found it so hard to speak to him, I was like youâ€™re going to have UHSRUW Âµ,Q WKH )URQW /LQH RI ,QWHJUDWLRQ <RXQJ SHRSOH to excuse me but I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on! I thought I still remember it but actually no, I forgot so many things. PDQDJLQJ PLJUDWLRQ WR ,UHODQGÂ¶ E\ 5REELH *LOOLJDQ - Female, Europe and Central Asia 3KLOLS &XUU\ -XG\ 0F*UDWK 'HUHN 0XUSK\ 0XLUHDQQ 1t5DJKDOODLJK0DUJDUHW5RJHUV-HQQLIHU-HDQ6FKROW] FAMILY: Â‡0RVWPLJUDQW\RXQJSHRSOHFDPHWRVKDUHWKHÂµIDPLO\PLVVLRQÂ¶RI DQG$RLIH*LOOLJDQ4XLQQFDQEHGRZQORDGHGDW ZLVKLQJWRLPSURYHWKHIDPLO\Â¶VFLUFXPVWDQFHV7KH\ZHUHV\PSDWKHWLFWRWKHFKDOOHQJHVWKHLUSDUHQWVIDFHLQPLJUDWLQJ Â‡<RXQJPLJUDQWVZHUHRIWHQDVNHGWRWUDQVODWHDQGLQWHUSUHWIRUWKHLU IDPLOLHVDUROHZKLFKWKH\VRPHWLPHVIRXQGYHU\EXUGHQVRPH Â‡3DUHQWVZHUHRIWHQVHHQWREHWRRVWULFWDQGRYHUSURWHFWLYHHVSHFLDOO\WRZDUGVJLUOVDQGWKRVHZKRDUULYHGLQ,UHODQGDWDODWHUDJH
[Young people born in Ireland...] ask permission, but itâ€™s like, hey mom, Iâ€™m going out, see you! - Female, South Asia
AGE OF ARRIVAL: Â‡<RXQJSHRSOHZKRPLJUDWHGWR,UHODQGDWDQROGHUDJHWHQGHGWR IDFHDQXPEHURIFKDOOHQJHVZKLFKWKRVHZKRKDYHDUULYHGHDUOLHU GRQRW Â‡7KH\WHQGHGWRKDYHPRUHGLIÂ¿FXOW\OHDUQLQJWKHODQJXDJHDQGDFFHQW KDYH SDUHQWV ZKR ZHUH OHVV FRPIRUWDEOH LQ ,ULVK VRFLHW\ DQG ZHUHWKHUHIRUHPRUHFRQWUROOLQJDQGKDYHIHZHUIULHQGVDVDUHVXOW RIPLVVLQJRXWRQWKHPRUHVWDEOHDQGIULHQGO\H[SHULHQFHRI3ULPDU\ VFKRRO
7KLVSURMHFWLV FRÂ¿QDQFHGE\ WKH(XURSHDQ )XQGIRUWKH ,QWHJUDWLRQRI 7KLUG&RXQWU\ 1DWLRQDOV
Well itâ€™s kind of hard, because like the people like in the secondary, they have known their class mates since primaryâ€¦ )HPDOH(DVW$VLDDQG3DFLÂ¿F
Mga Padaplis Hanggang Lumipis Roberto Angeles Samson AN ANCIENT proverb says: “The falling tree in the forest makes more noise than the growth of the forest.” Indeed, we Filipinos thrive on third- rated news like gossips and scandals of celebrities. Worst even is we glory gossiping on people whom we know in our own community and forgetting important issues which could help us become better persons. Noises of falling trees are the easiest to hear as they all seemed to be around us and yet if we really listen closely, we can also discover the invisible - the growth of the forest has very harmonious sound. There are many of us who do positive things in the service to humanity, if we only look and listen. Filipinos are great in making other people happy. We have the culture of pakikisama, wherein we do everything to please those who are around us and yet I always feel something is missing and that this way of doing things is very superficial. If we turn pakikisama to pakikiisa, then a real revolution happens; we would truly learn how to have compassion and to empathise. We would discover how to be at one with the other and understanding what he/ she needs to go ahead in life. We can then become a caring presence. Much more, we would not need any “face-saving” gimmicks like showing off to others about our accomplishments or bragging about a new car or a new boy friend or girlfriend? “Give me 5 man!!!” goes the greeting followed by slapping palms. This is a fad among young people introduced by Black American rappers. It makes our traditional ‘mano po’ weird especially if we do it in public. Let us not forget, there’s nothing better than giving respect to elders and giving respect to others and to ourselves! Migrant workers face a lot of problems nowadays in Ireland. Bullying is one. Filipinos are not exempted from this but you seldom find any Filipino filing complaints about this, or if they do, they simply disappear during court appearances. Why? ‘Nakakahiya po sir’, is the sole reply. They don’t want to answer back as they feel ashamed. Yet they don’t care if they shout instead of sing karaoke to disturb the whole neighborhood.. There is no sensitivity among several of us who i pollute apartments every time we fry tuyo. “We’re just partying. We’re socializing, we’re not doing harm to anyone.” “Did you notice how fantastic Merly’s Pinoy association has all kinds of departments to represent their members?” The most common answer would be: “Opo sir, but we can do better as the way I see it, kulang po sila ng…” and the list never ends. Typical crab mentality, isn’t it? We never would like to join any association if not the best or whatever we think is best that could belittle or beat the other existing ones. The saddest thing is that we continue to re-invent the wheel, wasting resources, time and talents. We could have strengthen and make that association great with our presence or with whatever contribution we could give. We like to establish our own to show others that we can run a show. I laugh when small boys do a pissing contest but it’s really appalling to see when Filipino adults do it, male and female alike. If only Filipinos would learn more to unite rather than divide. Only God knows when this will happen.
I admire the generosity of a store owner who takes time to cellotape every Filipino Forum magazine to stop clients from getting a free read. That person is a great supporter of the Filipino community in Ireland. The so called “tangkilikin ang sariling atin”, seemed to have disappeared donkey years in Ireland as many would say: “Ay, one euro pala, I thought the Filipino Forum is free.” Besides being a voice of Filipinos in Ireland, Filipino Forum provides updates on Irish Government’s legislations on Migration, Justice, Enterprise and Trade. It tries its best to report on us Filipinos - our experiences and happening. We seems to have lost our sense of living-up to this saying from our national hero himself who said, “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, di makararatíng sa paroroonan. Before the arrival of an embassy here, most Filipinos I met would moan, “Sana po magkaroon naman tayo ng Embassy rito…” Then finally, now that we got one, we hear but complaints about it! “Sala sa init, sala sa lamig,”says it all. My fellow Pinoys, our Philippine Embassy is not here only for your consular needs; they’re here specifically to represent the Philippine Government in Ireland. The prime function of any Embassy is to service the interests of its government. A secondary function is to serve the interests of its citizens. Embassies answer queries; provide documents, passports, visas for travelers, with preferences given to Filipino citizens. Once you are on Philippine- Embassy ground, Philippine sovereignty applies, not of the foreign country where it resides.. “Mag hunos dili po tayong lahat!” Not all the problems we have are problems of the Philippine Embassy in Ireland. The Embassy can’t solve all our problems. We carry around the mentality back home that if the politicians we voted for win, they would have to solve our problems. Let’s not make other people become our “savior” .We need to collaborate and do our part then entrust ourselves to God. Let’s not point our fingers to the Philippine Embassy in Ireland without awareness of our own three fingers pointing against us. People who do not trust that they can solve their own problems often have a difficult time believing that GOD loves them. WE hope that you’re not one of them.
QUALIFIES IN RTE TV TALENT SHOW Out of a thousand hopefuls, SG Extreme of Sining at Galaw Dance Group passed the auditions and made it as one of 16 acts to battle it out to the live Finals on RTE1 early next year. Please be ready to vote and support our group of contestants.
Overview of useful websites:
• www.citizensinformation.ie • www.employmentrights.ie • www.entemp.ie • www.justice.ie • www.inis.gov.ie • www.revenue.ie • www.welfare.ie • www.equality.ie • www.iccl.ie • www.immigrantcouncil.ie • www.migrantproject.ie
Useful Contact Details: Citizens Information Website www.citizensinformation.ie Citizens Information Centres (CICs) For full list contact Citizens Information Call Centre, Lo Call, 1890 777 121, www.cidb.ie Comhairle Tel. 01- 605 9000, www.comhairle.ie/ www.oasis.gov.ie Crisis Pregnancy Agency Tel. 01-814 6292, www.crisispregnancy.ie Dept. of Education Tel. 01-889 6400, www.education.ie Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Lo-Call 1890 220 222, www.entemp.ie Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Tel. 478 0822, www.foreignaffairs.gov.ie Dept. of Justice, Equality & Law Reform, Immigration and Citizenship, Lo-Call 1890 551 500, www.justice.ie Dept. of Social and Family Affairs, Tel. 704 3000 (general information & enquiries), Lo-Call 1890 202 325 (to order leaflets), www.welfare.ie Equality Authority, Lo-Call 1890 245 545, www.equality.ie Equality Tribunal, Lo-Call 1890 344 424, www.equalitytribunal.ie FÁS - There are FÁS offices throughout the country. For a full list of offices: Tel. 01-607 0500, www.fas.ie Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC), Tel. 01-874 5690, www.flac.ie Garda Racial and Intercultural Unit, Tel. 01-666 3150, www.garda.ie Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), Tel. 01-6669193
Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), Tel. 01-889 7777, www.ictu.ie
DETE, Lo-Call 1890 201 616, www.entemp.ie
Irish Council for Overseas Students (ICOS), Tel. 01-660 5233/620 5313 www.icosirl.ie
A full list of Government departments and agencies is available in the telephone directory in the green pages section.
Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA), Tel. 01-806 9444, www.ifpa.ie Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority (IFSRA) Lo-Call 1890 777 777, www.ifsra.ie Labour Court, Tel. 01-613 6666, www.labourcourt.ie Legal Aid Board, Tel. 066-947 100 (HQ, Kerry), 01-477 6200 (Dublin) www.legalaidboard.ie Local Employment Service, see FÁS National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) Lo-call 1890 80 80 90, www.employmentrights.ie National Recruitment Federation, Tel. 01-867 3369, www.nrf.ie
Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) Migrant Rights Centre Ireland 55 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 Tel: (01) 889 7570 Fax: (01) 889 7579 Email: email@example.com Crosscare Migrant Project, Tel. 01-873 2844, www.migrantproject.ie Immigrant Council of Ireland, Tel. 01-674 0200, www.immigrantcouncil.ie Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Tel. 01-8783137, www.iccl.ie Irish Refugee Council, Tel. 01-873 0042, www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie
Rape Crisis Centre, free phone 1800 77 88 88, www.drcc.ie Reception & integration Agency, Tel. 01-418 3200, www.ria.gov.ie Revenue Commissioner, Lo-Call 1890 60 50 90 (PAYE enquiries), Lo-Call 1890 30 67 06 (Forms and Leaflets) www.revenue.ie Rights Commissioner, Lo-Call 1890 201 615 Simon Communities of Ireland, Tel. 01-475 9357, www.dubsimon.ie/ zzwww.galsimon.ie Social Welfare Appeals Office, LoCall 1890 747 434 firstname.lastname@example.org Threshold, Housing Needs Tel. 01-678 6098, www.threshold.ie
Health & Safety Authority, Tel. 01-614 7000, www.hsa.ie
VIVAS health insurance, Tel. 1850 717 717, www.vivashealth.ie
Health Services Executive, Tel. 045 880 400, www.hse.ie
Voluntary Health Insurance (VHI) Tel. Call Save 1850 444 444 www.vhi.ie
Homeless Persons Unit, Health Boards Tel. 1800 724 724 to get information if you are outside Dublin. For Dublin, contact No Fixed Abode Unit (part of Asylum Seekers Unit), Tel. 01-858 5100
Well Woman Centre, Tel. 01-874 9243, www.wellwomancentre.ie Women’s Aid, Free phone 1800 341 900, www.womensaid.ie
International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Tel. 01-878 7900, www.iomdublin.org
Work Permit Call Centre, Tel. 01-631 3333 Work Permits Section,
OTHER MIGRANT AND HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen. --Reinhold Niebuhr In loving memory of Fr Bertram Griffin -- 1932-2000 Requiescat in Pace
F.PACANA STREET LABANGON CEBU CITY
www.jandhapartments.com FULLY FURNISHED AIR-CONDITIONED 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS FOR SHORT AND LONG TERM RENTING
Free internet access, cable TV with DVD player Free local calls Pick-up & drop off from the airport Arrange tours “NORTH or SOUTH” beaches Rooms cleaned with bed and bath linen changed Hot &cold shower 24-security and CCTV cameras with secure parking For security we have fire alarm and fire escape
(+63 32)5122287/+63 9262896727 IRELAND CONTACT NUMBERS: (087) 6296346/(087)2924057
CEBU CONTACT NUMBERS:
Use the following Bank account for lodgment PHISH AD.indd 1
Bank of Ireland
Branch: O’Connel St. Acct Name: Phish Int’l Sort Code: 900033 Acct Number: 13407-344
Branch: College Green Acct Name: Phish Int’l Sort Code: 985010 Acct Number: 72726-268
Branch: Westmoreland St. Acct Name: Phil-Irish Int Ltd Sort Code: 933384 Acct Number: 31659-095 27/10/2010 13:49:23