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Compassion has always been a Filipino trait that we can be proud of. Our cover for this month features the Filipino Women?s Association-UK (FWA-UK), a group of women doing as much as they can to help save lives. In the heat of summer, they geared themselves to run in the UK Race for Life to help fund the fight against cancer through research. This month?s issue also has an

article tackling the issue of workers?rights. We also talked about Prime Minister Borris Johnson?s stand on immigration and what his plans are for the future. As one of the very many of Filipinos who are working overseas, I truly appreciate Ambassador Lagdameo?s initiative in raising the issue of the importance of workers?rights in an international forum. On a lighter note, we will also have articles featuring RoniB?s Kitchen at the Great Taste Awards, the 9 PH Films in the London LGBTQ Film festival, and the Igorot House & Granary that has made its way home after a journey in the UK. Also, don?t forget to go through Yes! Philippines UK?s Barrio Fiesta adventures last July through our photo spread.

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FWA-UK raises funds for Cancer Research UK Race for Life 5K at Hyde Park London

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By CRYSTAL DIAS

he Filipino Women’s Association-UK (FWA-UK) Team donned their custom made pink Tee-shirt with pink accessories and headed to Hyde Park the Sunday of 28th July 2019 to run the 5K Race for Life Cancer Research UK. The team was joined by their family and friends who took part in this fun event for a worthy cause.

everyone was geared for a warm up dancing to the song of Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk. Raring to go on a cloudy day with a light breeze, keen runners like Amor Bayudan, Jeannette Thomson, Micah Lee and Wilma Lone went ahead to beat their personal best while the others took time to enjoy the walk stopping for a ‘selfie’ along the way. Precisely why many people like the Race for Life as anyone can do this at their own pace.

There were 22 participants including women, men and children. The youngest participant was Nathaniel Hall who is 7 years old. He has managed to raise £530.00. He was accompanied by his parents Tina (FWA-UK member) and Jason Hall and his grandparents Nenita and Michael Garrad. Nenita Garrad is one of the Founders of FWA-UK and currently one of the Advisers of the Association.

Crystal Dias, who is the FWAUK Membership and Personal Development Committee Co-chair, showed initiative by setting up the FWA-UK Cancer Research UK Race for Life Just Giving Page where everyone can register to join the race or make a donation.

The other participants were Crystal Dias, Darcey Dias, Micah Lee, Maria Wilma Lone, Jeannette Thomson (Chairman of FWA-UK) and her husband Bill Thomson, Deputy Mayor of Borehamwood and Elstree Cynthia Barker, Arlene Morley, Raquel Scrivens, Elvira Phillips, Amor Bayudan, Jann Erel De Jesus, Sam Lawson, Elsie De Jesus, Miss Maniland Glamour Winner 2018 Chelo Valencia, Geraldine Ocina, Evangeline Berdera and Clyde Berdera. Each one had dedicated the race in memory of a loved one and those who are living with cancer. An FWA-UK member, Esther Murray, lost her battle to cancer a couple of years ago. The FWA-UK Team joined thousands of other participants who descended on the park arriving from 9am to organise themselves. At 11am,

The FWA-UK Family has managed to raise approximately £4000.00 from donations and gift aid! The Team was astounded by the response of so many people who supported this event. A job well done to all involved. “Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. Over the past 20 years, more than 8 million people have taken part in the Race for Life, raising over £547 million to fund the charity’s life-saving work. “ – from Cancer Research UK. FWA-UK is grateful to those who had taken the time to make their donations and to family and friends who turned up to show their support on the day. Indeed, every little helps!


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PH HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING THE RIGHTS AND WELFARE OF WORKERS EVERYWHERE By Stacy Alcantara-Garcia

Labor Attaché Amuerfina Reyes discusses how the Philippines has been addressing new and existing challenges in the global employment milieu. Photo courtesy of Future Talent Council

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ith the evolution of business models and significant changes in the world of work brought about by globalization and rapid technological advancement, the public sector has to do a lot of catching up in terms of putting in place more responsive regulation,” said Labor Attaché Amuerfina Reyes at the recent Future of Work, Talent, and Education Summit panel discussion in London

hosted by Future Talent Council. Reyes presented the Philippines’ efforts in adapting to new trends in the job market and the government’s role in trying to bridge the job-skills gap. During the panel discussion, Reyes highlighted how the Philippine government has been doing its part in adapting to existing trends such as the gig economy. She also emphasized the need for a multi-stakeholder approach in confronting the challenges of a rapidly evolving employment landscape.

“Regulations need to strike a balance between providing the industry some flexibility in their business models and ensuring the protection and welfare of workers in whatever work arrangements they are in,” Reyes said. “Our participation in a discussion on the future of work, talent, and education is important since we have more than 10 million Filipinos living, working, and studying overseas,” said Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo. The Future of Work, Talent,

and Education Summit draws hundreds of leaders and opinion shapers across a wide range of sectors ranging from government to business to education. This year’s summit focused on four key issues such as adapting to the new corporate, educational, and societal realities in light of the emergence of artificial intelligence and automation; the gig economy and the need for a more innovative and fast-moving state; the future of continuing professional development; and the future of talent development.


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oris Johnson is the new Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. Whilst campaigning to become the United Kingdom’s next Prime Minister, he announced his support for the idea of an Amnesty for illegal migrants. Mr Johnson suggested that there are around 500,000 people in London alone who have lived there for a decade or more but who were never registered and “are not able to pay taxes”. He further stated that “I don’t think it’s commonsensical to think we can deport such a large number of people. We do need to think of how to regularise their status”. Mr Johnson has supported the idea of an Amnesty for those who have lived in the United Kingdom for 15 years or more, subject to them having “played by the rules”. Mr Johnson had previously suggested the idea of an Amnesty when he was Mayor of London. He seems committed to the idea of an Amnesty and in the height of Windrush Scandal in April 2018, he suggested to the former Prime Minister, Theresa May, that an Amnesty should be granted for anyone in the United Kingdom for 10 years or more, provided that they are “squeaky clean”. Mr Johnson has been quoted as saying “what we want is a democratically controlled immigration system whereby we can continue to welcome people who can contribute to the UK economy, but done by an Australia-Style points system”. What is an ‘Amnesty’? The word Amnesty is often associated with the idea of all migrants present in the UK without permission instantly being granted lawful residence and that an Amnesty would legally declare that any individual currently in the United Kingdom without a visa is automatically granted lawful leave to stay and to live here going forward. However, the reality of how an Amnesty is likely to work in practice would probably be very different.

In the past Mr Johnson has already suggested that an Amnesty should be granted to individuals who have a clean criminal record and who are able to meet a qualifying period of residence in the United Kingdom. In 2009, he suggested a period of 5 years of residence in order to qualify. He later suggested 10-year and then 12-year periods. In his latest suggestion Mr Johnson indicated that only migrants who have lived in the United Kingdom for at least 15 years would be eligible. In fact, the idea of meeting a criterion of lengthy residence in order to qualify for leave is not new or different. We previously had the 14-year long residence rule, which was in force between 2003 and 2012. Under that rule, migrants who had spent a continuous period of 14 years residence in the United Kingdom were eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain. There are also specific provisions under the current Immigration Rules, which allow grant of limited leave to remain to those who have spent more than 20 years in the United Kingdom, to children under the age of 18 who have been in the UK over seven years and for young people aged between 18 to 24 year of age who have spent most of their lives in the UK. Mr Johnson’s

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what we want is a democratically controlled immigration system whereby we can continue to welcome people who can contribute to the UK economy...

idea is hardly new, but by calling it an Amnesty he is likely to cause concern for those who are opposed to immigrants and immigration. In any event, Mr Johnson’s proposal sound very similar to existing provisions and it therefore begs the question of why he had to make such an announcement? Those who are sceptical may suggest he simply has a much wider political agenda. Practical issues If the proposal is accepted, a 15year period of residence would of course represent an improvement for those who are currently waiting to qualify under the 20-year route. This would also reduce the documentary burden on applicants who are required to provide evidence to show that they have lived in the United Kingdom for the entire qualifying period. It is unclear, however whether these proposals could take shape as a one-off Amnesty or rather as a rolling, long residence qualification route. If the Amnesty is a one-off measure, a question mark would be left over what would happen to people who have lived in the United Kingdom for less than 15 years, say 14 or 13 years. The option of a

singular Amnesty seems unlikely at this stage as Mr Johnson’s suggestion seems to indicate support for an ongoing right to regularise, rather than any limited one-off measure. The Future We must remember that Mr Johnson has only just taken up his office as Prime Minister. It is likely that he will be busy dealing with more imminent issues such as Brexit. Furthermore, he would no doubt face strong opposition from his own party, given their generally hostile stance on immigration, as seen in the last few years. An Amnesty of any sort sounds very appealing, but it must be borne in mind that we already have provisions in place that are very similar to the type of Amnesty that Mr Johnson has proposed. At present, it seems unlikely that an Amnesty is actually going to take place, but migrants should beware of those claiming that the Amnesty described by Mr Johnson has already been implemented into law. Any further developments in relation to an Amnesty will be reported on our website - www.douglass-simon.com.


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PH PAINTINGS FEATURED IN LONDON ART WEEK By Stacy Alcantara-Garcia Charles W. Andrews’ watercolor painting, A View of Manila from the Pasig River, no. 1, was on exhibit at Martyn Gregory on London Art Week.

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rawings and paintings of various Philippine scenes from the 19th and 20th centuries were exhibited at Martyn Gregory from 28 June to 05 July 2019 on London Art Week. The exhibit, “The Philippines and South-East Asia” cover the period from 1800 to 1950. Of the 69 artworks on display, 26 depicted scenes from the Philippines. According to the gallery, the featured works include those done by early Western artists who travelled to the East, as well as by Eastern artists who worked in the ‘Western manner’ to cater for the tastes of Westerners in the Orient. Among the artists whose works were featured are British portrait and miniature painter Charles W. Andrews, French artist Auguste Borget who is famous for his sketches of various Asian destinations, as well as Filipino artist Justiniano Asuncion, one of the leading Filipino portrait artists of the 19th century. “It is an honor for the Philippines to be featured prominently in a major

exhibition by one of the world’s most prestigious art galleries,” said Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo. “The range of artwork on display shows how the Philippines served as a wellspring of inspiration among some of the 19th century’s most talented artists and most intrepid explorers.” Martyn Gregory is one of the world’s leading authorities in topographical artwork depicting various sceneries across Asia. In addition to this, the gallery is also an authority on British painting and watercolours from the 18th and 19th centuries, handling the works of artists who have shaped British art such as Thomas Gainsborough, John Linnel, Richard Parkes Bonington, and John Sell Cotman, among others. Some of the gallery’s collections may be viewed in artistic institutions around the globe such as the National Maritime Museum, The Hong Kong Maritime Museum; The Hong Kong Museum of Art, The Guangdong Museum of Art; The Singapore Museum of Art, The Peabody Essex Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and The Yale Center for British Art.

Justiniano Asuncion’s Portrait of a Mestiza in a Red Shawl was on exhibit at Martyn Gregory on London Art Week. Asuncion was a prolific and talented portrait artist who was well known for his ‘Tipos del Pais’ illustrations depicting various inhabitants of the Philippines in their traditional attire.

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Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo visited Crystal Travel Stall at the recent 35th Barrio Fiesta sa London. (Standing from left) Chit Afuang and Minda Harrison of Crystal Travel; Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo; Crystal Travel’s Sheila Japor; Avery Adriano of Sam Travel; Sukh Kang, Finance Director-Crystal Travel; and, Ronald Sipat of Global Express. Seated is Ali Ali of AA Worldwide Travellers.


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By Stacy Alcantara-Garcia

ine Philippine films screened in this year’s Queer Asia Film Festival at various locations in London from 17 June to 22 July 2019. These films provided a glimpse of the life, culture, and challenges of the LGBTQI+ community in the Philippines and are aimed at contributing significantly to discussions on identity, inclusivity, and representation. “Cinema is an illustration of the realities of the LGBT community. It becomes a visual conduit or a portal where people can immerse in our long struggles and aspirations as Filipinos,” said film maker Rhadem Morados, whose film, Lupa Sug (The Land of the Brave), screened at the British Museum on 13 July. Morados is an openly gay Muslim whose advocacy centers promoting inclusivity, understanding, tolerance, and peace. “Cinema is an important and influential medium in raising awareness and promoting understanding,” said Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo. “Philippine representation in one of London’s major film festivals is a testament not only of Philippine excellence in film but more importantly, in the ability of Filipino filmmakers to spark important conversations on some of today’s most pressing issues.” The range of Philippine films that screened represented a wide spectrum of LGBTQI+ experiences in the country. Below is a complete list of films that screened during the film festival: 17 June 2019, 5pm – 7pm A0.23, The Social Sciences Building, University of Warwick, CV4 7AL A Letter To The Person I Have Met On Tinder Dir. James Allen Fajardo [Running time: 4.33] The film is about the film maker’s experience in meeting a stranger he was matched with on Tinder.

The film explores the idea of how we find love in this modern time.

Ronaldo S. Vivo, Jr. and Ronnel S. Vivo’s film, Ashen River of Remembrance is set against the backdrop of the early years of Spanish colonization in the Philippines.

13 July 2019, 10am – 5pm Stevenson Lecture Theatre, The British Museum, WC1B 3DG Ashen River of Remembrance Dir. Ronaldo S. Vivo, Jr., Ronnel S. Vivo \the Philippines is in its infancy. Townsfolk believe Pinang has been possessed by an evil spirit. Pinang’s parents have unwavering faith that Father Vacion’s rituals will cure their daughter. Soleng, Pinang’s dear friend, thought otherwise. My Name was January Dir: Elina Gress, Lenee Son [Running time: 25.45] When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered, a community reacts and her friends and other trans women of colour come to share and voice their issues, concerns, and challenges. This film brings justice to January and to the many trans women who have lost their lives. (CW:Trauma, violence) The Land of the Brave Dir. Rhadem Morados Philippines [Running time: 29:00] Lupag Sug translates to ‘land of the brave’ in Tausug, a language used by a major ethnic group hailing from Mindanao, the southernmost island of the Philippines. This documentary narrates firsthand accounts of the struggle for safe space and acceptance.

What I Would Have Told My Daughter If I Knew What To Say Back Then, a film by Cha Roque, gathers more than 13 years of home video footage in order to create an imaginary conversation with her daughter about her identity.

recalls his childhood before his mother left him to work abroad, and all the things he wished he could have told her about his burgeoning sexuality. 14 July 2019, 10am – 5pm Stevenson Lecture Theatre, The British Museum, WC1B 3DG 2015 Dir. Eluna Cepeda [Running time: 14.00] Unmoored from the chaos & prejudice of the outside world, we are left with a gentle, bittersweet snapshot of a loving couple savoring every moment together before an inevitable conclusion.

Aren’t We Here For Each Other Dir. Gilb Baldoza Romance endures violence as a couple celebrates their anniversary against the backdrop of the crackdown on drugs.

What I Would Have Told My Daughter If I Knew What To Say Back Then Dir. Cha Roque [Running time: 12:31] This film features over 13 years of home video footage. The filmmaker deploys this private archive to engage in an imagined conversation with her daughter as a child, revealing a big secret about her identity.

Things I Would Say To My Mom If Only I Were Brave Enough Dir. James Allen Fajardo Filmmaker James Allen Fajardo

The Boy Who Bleeds in the Middle of the Sea Dir. James Allen Fajardo [Running Time: 15.00] Simon, a teenage boy,

menstruates in the middle of fishing. Simultaneously, his father, Nestor, an activist leader in their community, organizes and mobilizes the fisherfolks to continue to fight for their community, which faces impending demolition. Queer Asia is a London-based network and platform aimed at sparking collaborations and inspiring research on LGBTQI+ issues in Asia. The collective regularly brings together artists, academics, activists, and film-makers from various parts of Asia to discuss developments on LGBTQI+ rights and culture in the region.

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Igorot Granary Completes 20-Year Journey from UK By Stacy Alcantara-Garcia

The Igorot house and granary was displayed during the 1996 British Museum exhibition on rice culture in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Averil Pooten Watan

Richard Pooten and his children and grandchildren take pride in being the current custodians of the Igorot house and granary. Photo courtesy of Stacy Garcia Consul General Senen T. Mangalile and former Igorot UK president Richard Pooten receive a box of photographs and VHS tapes from Horniman Museum’s Head of Archives, Sarah Miller. The photographs and VHS tapes are among the materials that were featured during the British Museum exhibition. Photo courtesy of Stacy Garcia

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fter more than 20 years, the journey of Igorot house and granary from the Philippines to the United Kingdom and back to the Philippines has officially come full circle after its symbolic turnover from the Horniman Museum to the Philippines through the Philippine Embassy and the Pooten family. “The Embassy has taken it as a serious duty to promote Philippine culture in this country not only for the benefit of the British and other nationalities living here, but for the benefit of second and third generation Filipinos born and raised in the UK who know very little about their rich cultural heritage,” said Consul General Senen T. Mangalile, who represented the Embassy during the ceremony. Consul General Mangalile emphasized the Embassy’s efforts to collaborate with the Filipino community in promoting Philippine culture in the UK and in cultivating a deep understanding and appreciation of the tapestry of cultures that exist in the archipelago of more than 7,100 islands. “When I was a little boy, growing

up in the Philippines, I read storybooks in our school library. The Episcopalian missionaries, who were our teachers at the time, handed these books to the library. These books had images of faraway lands, the statue of Liberty in the United States of America, the pyramids of Egypt, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace in the U.K. One of these images that I will never forget – was the picture of the Rosetta Stone, which I read was held in the British Museum,” said Richard Pooten, former president of Igorot UK and current custodian of the house and granary. “So for me, a migrant from the Philippines, to have been a part of an exhibit that was showcased in the British Museum amongst the backdrop of humanity’s greatest finds was a huge honour and a great privilege. I am so proud to have been a part of that history and to be here thanking the museum, and the Philippine Embassy for their coordination and consideration selecting our Cordillera culture to be featured as an exhibit.” Following his speech, Pooten delivered an oggayam—an Igorot prayer—as an expression of gratitude to all those who made the British Museum exhibition a reality and for the safe journey of the Igorot house and granary back to the Philippines.

Nick Merriman, the Executive Director of the Horniman Museum together with Sarah Miller, the museum’s Head of Archives, also turned over to the Pooten family photographs and a set of VHS tapes that were displayed during the exhibit. A Brief History of the Igorot House and Granary According to Pooten, the Igorot house and granary was originally built solely as a granary in the 1920s by a certain Timmikpaw Bantullay, who was known as an influential figure in the Cordilleras. Bantullay was a mumbaki or Ifugao spiritual leader. The house and granary was one of several built by Bantullay, which was handed down to succeeding generations in his family.

The Journey of the Igorot House and Granary The Igorot house and granary was the pièce de résistance of the 1996 Philippine Embassy and British Museum exhibition on Philippine rice culture called, ‘Stairways to the Sky: Rice and Life in the Philippines.’ It was considered a fine example of Philippine indigenous architecture and provided a valuable glimpse of an important part of daily life in the Philippines’ Cordillera region. The exhibition was formally opened by the Duke of Gloucester on 25 April 1996 and its run was extended for one more year as it drew crowds of diplomats, Filipinos, scholars, and culture enthusiasts from all over the United Kingdom.

In World War II, the house and granary was used as a home for American soldier who had fled Japanese captivity in Bataan. After the war, it was converted into a house with a fireplace and a rear shelf.

Following the conclusion of the exhibit, the Igorot house and granary was changed hands from the British Museum to the Horniman Museum because of the lack of archival space to properly store the piece. It was then kept in storage until 2003 when Ambassador Edgardo B. Espiritu thought of featuring the piece at the grounds of the Philippine Embassy in Kensington Gardens for people to view and appreciate. However, when the Philippine Embassy moved its chancery to Suffolk Street in 2007, the lack of an ample space to feature the granary led to the decision to turn it over to the family of Richard Pooten, who then served as the President of Igorot UK.

“As you can see, the Igorot granary has both a colourful and rich history,” said Pooten, “It was of functional and practical use, but was also significant in that it served as a conduit shelter for soldiers during the Second World War”

In order to protect the Igorot house and granary from the ravages of the fickle British weather, the Pooten family decided to finally bring the Igorot house and granary home where it currently stands as a key feature in the family’s resort in the Cordilleras.


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Scholars, Artists, Researchers gather in London for Mindanao History, Culture, and Identity Conversation By Stacy Alcantara-Garcia

Cultural anthropologist Cherubim Quizon discusses the botanical practices related to indigenous textile production in Mindanao. Photo by Stacy Garcia

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he Philippine Embassy proudly supported the annual Philippine Studies Conference at SOAS University of London from 05-06 July 2019. The conference gathered scholars, artists, policymakers, cultural workers, and researchers for a series of talks, exhibits, and performances on the theme, Mindanao: Cartographies of History, Identity, and Representation. The annual two-day conference explored many of the region’s complex and dense issues, including the coexistence among its diverse ethnolinguistic communities, its complicated history, and the interactions among the different societies staking out claims on cultural capital, resources, territory, and opportunity. “Mindanao is an important crossroads of Philippine and Southeast Asian culture,” said Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo. “The region is rife with opportunities but in order to seize these opportunities, there is a need to first understand the people, the history, and the culture that have shaped

what has often been referred to as the ‘Land of Promise’.”

Dr. Cristina Martinez-Juan, Executive Director of the Philippine Studies Programme at SOAS (right).

The conference concluded with a series of cultural performances featuring the traditional dances of Mindanao’s different indigenous and ethnolinguistic communities. “We want to have a space where we can have dialogue, where we can be open to ideas, to critique, to discussion,” said Dr. Cristina Martinez-Juan, Executive Director of the Philippine Studies Programme at SOAS. “For the academics from the Philippines, we hope we were able to provide you with a space to share your knowledge and expertise on a global platform.” According to Martinez-Juan, next year’s conference will focus on the Visayas. The conference theme and the call for abstracts will be announced at https://www.soas. ac.uk/philippine-studies/ events.

Daniel Ceeline Ramonal, a graduate student in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage, performs a Manobo ritual dance during the closing ceremony of the conference. Photo by Stacy Garcia


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ATLANTA DE GUZMAN 22 years old LONDON Education: University of Westminster Graduate - Fashion Marketing and Promotion with First Class Honours. Continuing masters at Royal College of Art (No.1 Art & Design School in the world) taking MA Digital Direction Ambition in life: To be a creative director and create things that break stereotypes that inspire and interest others. aims to stand out from the crowd and build my own business in the future.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Filipino-British food company, RoniB's Kitchen wins a 1-star rating at the Great Taste Awards 2019

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reat Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Roni B’s Kitchen Ltd, Waltonon-Thames, UK was awarded a 1-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour for its Black Bean Chilli Oil. ‘Judges felt this would work well in a wide variety of cooking, because the umami is pitched very well. Very easy to eat - all the flavours work nicely in balance with a background chilli warmth.’

excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2or 3-star award.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 208 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges. These esteemed palates have together tasted and rejudged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2019 Supreme Champion.

Roni, founder of Roni B’s Kitchen, explains: “What an honour and privilege to be given this stamp of approval! This is our first time to enter the Great Taste Awards with the hope that our product, Black Bean Chilli Oil, which is based on Philippine flavours, will get further recognition. We are over the moon! We will be opening this special bottle of wine tonight which I’ve been saving for a special occasion. After that, it’s back to business, making products and finding more suppliers,” Recognised as a stamp of

Great Taste 2019 will reach its exciting finale on Sunday 1 September, when the world of fine food gathers at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London to find out the Great Taste Golden Fork trophy winners for each region, with the final applause reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2019.


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MISS TRANSBEAUTY 2019 A Pageant with a story and a heart

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iss TransBeauty 2019 is originally named “Miss Transformation” and was conceptualised in late 2016. It was briefly advertised after Starvision’s Mister and Miss Body Beautiful in 2017. However, it did not materialise due to several challenges. It was only this year, that it finally came out. This pageant is to bring transwomen/ people together who are facing similar issues and be able to share their experiences; to bring awareness and better understanding on the lives and challenges a transwomen/ gender has to face; to give the trans-women/genders voices to express themselves without being judged and to promote equality to transpeople by recognising their values as citizens of the society. The Miss TransBeauty 2019 has

successfully concluded last July 27, 2019 at Baden Powell South Kensington. Akiko Obillo had succeeded in bringing the crown home, as the first Miss TransBeauty 2019. Also, she bagged most of the minor and special awards such as Best in Casual Wear, Best in Swimwear, Best in Evening Gown, Princess of the Crowd and Best in Talent. Meanwhile, Cassandra Concepcion bagged the First Runner Up plus minor and special awards, Miss Elegance and Best in Fantasy Wear . Lastly, Paw Cadalzo who won as the Miss TB-Online Sensation with 16,000 votes and the Face of Starvision landed as the Second Runner Up. Candidate Maria Ara was voted by her co-candidates as Miss Congeniality. Consolation prizes were given to Mikaella Ferreira, Kloey Gonzales and Elys Matillano. On the other hand, local artists, Nikki Dela Fuente, Kate Malabanan, Janice

Suarez, Jahna Lucero, Dave Cabuso, Acoustic Live and A’GEM entertained the audience by rendering their their songs and dances. Congratulations to all the winners and to StarVision Events for pulling this pageant off despite of the challenges that came along the way. Ela Hidalgo, Founder of Starvision and the over-all organiser with Joker Diva - Randy Silverio, Choreographer /Creative Director created a very prestigious pageant with high calibre judges, Model/Actor Steven St. Catherine, Miss Africa Director Dele Onabowu, Miss Paragon International Emma Jay Baker, Miss Africa Leila Samati, London Runway Magazine Editor in Chief, Rihannon 'D Avec and the GMA Actress /Singer, Glaiza De Castro. Also , Thank you so much to everyone who helped and supported this pageant; to the energetic audience, adjuncticators , Grace Quinto, Jo Taag, Jay Tseng and Terry

Santos, usherettes, Janice Suarez and Chelo Valencia; to the runner Ashley Cedie Santos, and door committe; Chit Sarmiento, Fely Estacio and Christie Anne. Lastly . Thank you to all the sponsors and donor, Ali Hajj of AA World Travellers and Tours. Jay Tseng, Jecca Blac, London Organic Beauty. Vanessa Horca Amor Boat, Wing Wing, Coco’s Lounge, Julie Cana of True Care Massage, Mindy Tizon, Ogie Villedo, Geralyn Luengo, Charles Kelly, AJ SadSad of IN Recruitment, Leo SUnponco of SMDC, Wynchu Travel and Padala, Sampaguita Tours, BM Express, Asian Online Shopping, FreeBee and IRemit, most especially those who came and watch the show. This is a pageant that tells you the candidates' stories and with a heart, as it is for the benefit of the underpriviledged kids of Upper Pao and Abot San Fernando City La Union Philippines.


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FRIGGA FORECAST For the month of AUGUST

PHILIPPINE FENG SHUI QUEEN

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DRAGON

MONKEY

Let troubles remain in the past and slowly get back in the swing of things. Career promotion may be in sight. If you are in a relationship, focus on your partner. If you are single, get out there and have some fun.

You are experiencing growth in your career and you may be open to new tasks or a higher position. Take this opportunity before someone else does. Try to improve your relationships by reconnecting with friends and family.

You may have to contend with low energy and illness risks this month. Unresolved issues in your relationships could arise. Sort out your differences if you want to save your romance or move on if things don’t feel right anymore.

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HORSE

DOG

With luck on your side, you will have excellent opportunities to push for your dreams and plans. Your love prospects are good, too. Use this time to make memories that you will cherish for a long time.

Be thankful to people who stood by you during tough times. This month you are surrounded by positive energy, so make sure you capitalize on this good fortune by enhancing them using the proper charms. New interests at work could be fruitful.

SHEEP

BOAR

Ignore that tiny doubting voice inside you and prove to everyone that you are capable of doing great things. New doors will open for you both in your personal and professional life. Singles will have good prospects for romance.

TIGER Be wary of difficult situations at work; avoid drama and gossip. Your energy is not what you always want it to be, so try to connect with those who can assist you in your professional life. This is a good time for social engagements.

RABBIT Arguments are possible, so keep a low profile and hold your tongue. Old obstacles that you thought you had overcome will return to haunt you. New ones may even crop up. Get some help from your allies and friends.

Your projects seem to be coming together naturally. Your communication skills and ability to work well under pressure are getting noticed. Your superiors may want to give you opportunities to do more. Jump at this chance before somebody else does.

Remain positive and banish any negative thoughts. Try to be on the same page with work colleagues to avoid further miscommunications. Rough patches ahead but there are still positive prospects to explore.

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Shield yourself from deceptive people. You might find it hard to turn down someone who seeks assistance. At work, you could be the object of envy and manipulation. Think twice about a business opportunity that may come up.

You may experience a lot of positivities this month. Your professional life could see growth that was unimaginable previously. New endeavors and interests could be profitable. Your upbeat energy will rub off on others.


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FAVOURITE FILIPINO RESTAURANT TO SHOWCASE VIBRANT NEW LOOK

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ack in 2014, frustrated that Filipino cuisine was Asia’s best kept culinary secret, Rowena Romulo decided to do something about it. The result was Romulo Café. Opened in Kensington High Street in March 2016, it was an overnight sensation, seducing the capital with its food – and its ambience. Some three years and countless awards later, Rowena and managing partner Chris Joseph have decided that rather than sit on their laurels, it was time for their creation to undergo a subtle reinvention. Officially reopening its doors on the evening of Friday 26th July, and henceforth known as Romulo Café & Restaurant to further emphasise its fine Filipino dining credentials, guests here will discover a revitalised offering that still keeps the heart and soul of the original. The interiors have been refined by the design team at award-winning agency Cada (Fortnum & Mason, The Dorchester, The Shard). The first thing guests will see on entering is a reconfigured layout. The front and back sections of the restaurant are now a cohesive whole, while the striking new bar, with its brushed satin champagne nickel edge and skirting, has been moved, allowing for tables to be positioned in the window. Taking as their starting point the restaurant’s heritage, but ensuring classic elements are used alongside the contemporary, the designers have further reinvigorated the space with geometric black and white wallpaper panels which form a spiritual link between London and the Philippines, as this is the

signature style of the three Romulo restaurants in Manila. A palette of greys, whites and light blues with strong accents of lime green, new lighting and reupholstered banquettes - also in lime green - are offset by beautifully reframed historic photos and documents featuring Rowena’s Pulitzer Prize-winning grandfather, the late General Carlos P. Romulo, who was the inspiration for all of the family’s restaurants. Externally, the restaurant façade comes to vibrant life too with its canopy, signage and balustrades, all in the same striking lime green. Complementing the interiors is a new menu that keeps all the existing favourites and signature creations but in a more pared down form. In addition, Romulo Café & Restaurant is delighted to announce the launch of its new prix fixe lunchtime menu from Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm. Featuring two courses for just £12.95 or three for £15.75 – and dishes of the calibre of Ilocos-style miki noodle soup, grilled pork belly barbecue and mango float ice cream – this is not only a great value ‘express’ offering for time-pressed diners, but a fantastic introduction to Filipino cooking for those unfamiliar with the cuisine. Created by executive chef Jeremy Villanueva, all dishes continue to be made with the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from such renowned local suppliers as Dingley Dell Pork. A carefully curated selection of Old and New World wines and Romulo’s celebrated collection of Filipinoinspired cocktails will continue to complement the dining experience.


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AUGUST 2019 Francis “Bong” Ronquillo (London) and Allan Turaray (Stoke) vs Noel Galeno (Nottingham). They all did their best throw of darts that excites everybody watching but it is Marco Aldaba vs Noel Galeno will meet on the most awaited final match. It was a game on 501 single best of 5 games where these two DP UK darters battled until the last deciding set on the fifth game. But there will be only one winner to lift the single champion trophy and that is the player of the host team, from Stoke on Trent its Marco

SPORTS

Aldaba was crowned DP UK STOKE ON TRENT 2019 “MALONG SUMMER DART”. Extra trophies for special awards were awarded to the following players: Most 180’s made by Michael Villasquez (London); Highest checkout of 124 by Kites Elchico (Northwich); Lowest dart finish of only 13 pins to finish the game done by Jerry Baguio (Nottingham).

Darterong Pinoy UK-Ireland opens Summer Dart Tourney

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nce again another successful Dart Event of Darterong Pinoy UK (DP UK) was held last July 6 at Stoke on Trent, the 3rd year of all Filipino UK and Ireland open dart tournaments held on the same venue of Our lady and St. Wereburgh parish hall in Newcastle Staffordshire and was organized by Rovimil Datu and Marlou Gadayan with the help of the host team(Stoke), friends and supporters.

throw, darters wives headed by Sheryll Gadayan (host wife) were very active as well setting up the foods on the buffet table as their way of bonding.

Individual players and a team of Filipino darters from Dublin, London, Ipswich, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Leicester, Nottingham, Burton upon Trent, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Northwich and Stoke on Trent as the host team gathered together for this one-day event of dart tournament. There were players fully supported by their wives and friends which DP UK appreciated very much as well.

After lunch shortly house rules and order of the games were explained then drawing the 38 total numbers of participants to be divided into 4 groups at the elimination stage of Bull master and 501 singles. Around 1300hrs tournament begins playing the Bull master elimination where all players in each (4) groups will be given a chance to throw 9 dart pins and score as much as they can at the Bulls. Two top scorers, each group, 8 top players as expected will be qualified for the next round of Bull master Knock out system, where they will be drawn and paired to play a match-up game head to head against other top 8 players. Until the final two remain for the championship match later.

As usual trophies and cash await for all winners. Top 16 players for 501 singles guaranteed to bring home trophy as well as the four finalist s of 701 pair double Extra 4 trophies for the Bull master, Highest checkouts, Lowest dart finished and most T80’s made. That summarised into 28 trophies all together were awarded. With the £30 entry fee from each participating player, this will include free foods (lunch until dinner) for all guests; players with their family and friends that made this event a dart feast for everybody. Hall booked to open at 1100hrs where all players meet up for acquaintance and registered. While the players busy warming up their dart

At 1200hrs buffet table was set and ready for lunch. The final event was started with the opening prayer by Regie Gadayan followed by a warm welcome from the organizer. Then food feast for everybody with “LITSON” on the table compliments by our very supportive “maling namit friends” Noel Galeno, Ronald Lim, Master Dexter, and our DP UK veteran legend Jun “Papsey” De la Cruz.

As soon the top 8 bull master qualifiers were determined, 501 singles elimination kick-off, all players of each (4) group will play round-robin best of 3 games and the top 4 players each group will go through to the next round of 501 singles knockout system. This will determine the top 16 qualifiers as well which guaranteed trophy for each. After a challenging game of getting into the top 16 spots, Bull master

championship match commenced between Vidal Pugales (Dublin) vs Conrad Gamban (Manchester), a thrilling match of throwing darts to watch. They played head to head with 15 dart pins to throw to make the most score they can make from the bulls, and between the two darters it ends up in favour of the Pinoy darter from Dublin, a victory for Vidal Pugales DP UK Stoke on Trent 2019 Bull master champion. While the Bull master championship match played, pairing for classified 701 paired doubles was drawn where half top players were blind drawn to pair the bottom half. Straight after the Bull master final all set for the paired double 701 elimination knockout system rules and its game on. Each paired matches will play 701 best of 3 games only until the top 4 paired meet up on the semi-final. Paired of Regie Gadayan(Birmingham)/ Jay Bañaga (London) VS. Vidal Pugales (Dublin)/ Jojo Banaag (Northwich) and other paired semi-finalists match between Condrad Gamban (Man) / Steven Barlow (Northwich) VS. Dominic Sanchez (London)/ Denver Palentinos (Stoke). Nice darting match which resulted in a final match between Vidal Pugales / Jojo Banaag VS Dominic Sanchez / Denver Palentinos and the victory for pair of Vidal Pugales and Jojo Banaag. Then here comes the top 16 matchup for 501 single knockouts. As the rule, they were drawn as well to play head to head match 501 best of 3 games knockout games. As the game match progress, the top 16 become 8 players then dropped into the top 4 to meet up on semis. These 4 have shown their best games to reach this semi finals. A match between Marco Aldaba (Stoke) vs

Major awards with trophies and cash awarded to the following players: Bull Master for Vidal Pugales (Dublin) 701; Pair Doubles Semi-Final are Regie Gadayan (Birmingham) / Jay Bañaga (London) and Conrad Gamban (Manchester)/ Steven Barlow (Northwich); 1st runner up to Dominic Sanchez(London)/ Denver Palentinos (Stoke); Champion awarded to Vidal Pugales (Dublin) / Jojo Banaag(Northwich). To 501 Singles award to following players Semi-Finalists are: Francis “Bong” Ronquillo(London) and Allan Turaray (Stoke); 1st Runner-up Noel Galeno(Nottingham); and 501 single Champion Marco Aldaba (Stoke) The event ended up with picture taking and a thanksgiving speech to all participants by Rovimil Datu. Marlou Gadayan (host/organizer), the man who really made his best of effort for this event would like to give a special thanks to the following Sponsors, Abel Santiago of EGGETTES KITCHEN, Amik Garceniego of FOREX CARGO and travel, Mathew of Quality Superstore, Sir james Diez, Jerry Bagio Sr, and to all malong “namit” friends to Jerome Cruz, Moriel Sepe and family, Polly Ajunan, Eugene Garillos, Roel Martin, Jimmy “Uthoy” Cabillon, Jeffrey Pineda, the team Northwich, to sir Arnold Roxas with team NEURO KCH London, Fred Montances, Franklin Daniel, Von Setubal and Ryan Dasalia. Special thanks as well to boss Rovi for the “nanit “ award, to Denz Jamolo of “Kinaray a” YouTube channel for the photos and videos, to all Stoke team for foods, and to all lovely DP UK wives whotake part, mabuhay po kayong lahat. Without your help and support, this event would not be successful. God bless all of you. Till next year. The next upcoming DP UK Tournament will be on September 28, 2019 at Bury Manchester. Kitakits po tayo doon mga kapukol! For more info and updates please visit or join us on our FB group Darterong Pinoy UK (DP UK) and experience the fun we all have Pinoy Darters of UK and Ireland.


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