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e have just ushered out another decade and greeted a new one with enthusiasm, hope and optimism—which is just fitting for we Filipinos are known for our boundless hope and optimism in life right? The Filipino may go through the worst tragedies that life can offer and still emerge, not necessarily unscathed, but a survivor with hope and a smile for the future. In this issue of Yes Philippines, we offer stories that are quintessentially Filipino yet globally relevant at the same time. We are featuring Francis Bermudez as the first Filipino Nightingale Travel Scholar. For the Filipino has also gone global and is succeeding right

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“Evil Twins”?

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or most the festive season brings to mind the importance of family especially children. Separation can be very difficult and for some this is made even harder where a refusal decision was made in an application for their child / children to join them in the UK. The reasons provided by the Home Office in 90 percent of our cases is that of “sole responsibility”. This is increasingly coupled with the contention that the child is “leading an independent life”. I often refer to these two distinct provisions as the “evil twins” as they are utilised with alarming regularity especially where the applicant child is aged 16 and above. The usual scenario involves a sponsor parent who has been living in the UK for several years working to support his / her child. The other parent is no longer involved in the child’s life following separation from the sponsor parent. The sponsor parent remits money regularly to another member of the child’s family for his / her support and this arrangement goes on for a number of years until the sponsor parent is finally in a position to apply for the child to join him / her in the UK.

relevant rules namely para E-EEC.1.5 (the applicant must not be leading an independent life) and E-EEC.1.6(b) (the applicant’s parent has had and continues to have sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing) of Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules. As usual rules are expounded upon by caselaw. Hence the premise of any challenge should begin with the question, did the decision properly consider the rules and relevant caselaw? If not, you should appeal the decision.

Our practice, Douglass Simon Solicitors, has seen an increased willingness on part of the Home Office to refuse applications of children in the above scenario and the reasons are all too often the “evil twins”; failure to demonstrate “sole responsibility” on behalf of the sponsor parent and an allegation that the child has been “leading an independent life”. It is further worrying that the refusal decision regularly lacks cogent reasoning, often only citing the years of separation and nothing more.

The case of NM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2007] UKAUT 00051 provides that:

The starting point for challenging refusals based on the above should begin with consideration of the

“Where a child … is seeking limited leave to remain as the child of a parent with limited leave, in order to establish that he is not “leading an independent life” he must not have formed through choice a separate (and therefore independent) social unit from his parents’ family unit whether alone or with others. A child who, for example, chooses to live away from home may be “leading an independent life” despite some continuing financial and/or emotional dependence upon his parents Hence, the fact that the child has

Our practice, Douglass Simon Solicitors, has seen an increased willingness on part of the Home Office to refuse applications of children in the above scenario and the reasons are all too often the “evil twins”; failure to demonstrate “sole responsibility” on behalf of the sponsor parent and an allegation that the child has been “leading an independent life”.

not lived together with the sponsor parent since the parent moved to the UK does not, on its own, justify a finding that A had formed his own independent social unit. The Home Office’s common failure to properly consider para E-EEC.1.6(b) of Appendix FM is also a ground for challenge especially where there is no direction upon the case of TD Yemen [2006] UKAIT 00049 (Paragraph 297(i)(e): "sole responsibility") as approved in Buydov v Entry Clearance Officer, Moscow [2012] EWCA Civ 1739 at [18] where it was held: “… The Tribunal drew attention to the factual difference between one-parent and two-parent cases. It observed that in a one-parent case the starting point will generally be that it is the sole active parent who will be likely to have sole responsibility, and the issue will be whether s/he has exercised it despite the separation. On the other hand, in a two- parent case the usual starting point will be that both parents have responsibility for the upbringing of the child.” Again, it is far from uncommon for the Home Office to fail to refer to whether a case is one-parent or twoparent case. This is a crucial starting point in any fact-finding investigation into whether the sponsor parent has

had sole responsibility. Decisions often cite the law but fail to go beyond this. The Home Office is bound by rules of transparency as noted in the case of MK (duty to give reasons) Pakistan [2013] UKUT 00641 (IAC). Hence to simply state the law does not, as it were, “cut it” the refusal decision must provide reason(s). Mere incantation of the rules is insufficient, but this is not to say that it is incumbent on the Home Office to seek out evidence. Here, applicants beware as it is for you to prove your case so failure to explain or provide evidence will make a refusal justifiable and difficult to appeal. Where evidence has been submitted in compliance with “sole responsibility” and further evidence is given rebutting “independent family life” the Home Office is duty bound to state why they have concluded that there is discrepant evidence. Disclaimer The author or Douglass Simon Solicitors are not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. All information in this site is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information.

Ms Lira Simon Cabatbat Lira has been in practice as an Immigration and Family solicitor for over 26 years and is the senior partner of Douglass Simon Solicitors. She is an accredited Resolution (First for Family) specialist and is a fluent Tagalog speaker. Douglass Simon has been established for over two decades and has been a centre of excellence, especially in the areas of Immigration, Family and Probate. We have received commendations from Judges and clients alike. Please refer to our website for more details. www.douglass-simon.com.


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WELCOMING THE

LEAP YEAR 2020 By Severino Samonte

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ince the incoming year 2020 is divisible by the number 4, it is considered universally as a leap year, which comes around every four years. Like the previous four-year cycles since the turn of the 21st century -- 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 -- the month of February 2020 has 29 days, or one day more compared with the usual 28 days. This is in line with the days of the month rhyme, which somehow says in part (not in exact wording): "Thirty days has September, April, June, and November; February has 28 alone. All the rest have 31; Except in Leap Year, that's the time when February's days are 29." Another version of the rhyme says:

"Leap year comes one year in four and gives to February one day more." In each leap year, the leap day comes on a different day of February. For instance, in the February month of Leap Year 2020, leap day falls on a Saturday -- Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. In the previous leap years since the turn of the present century, leap day came on Monday in 2016, Wednesday in 2012, Friday in 2008, Sunday in 2004, and Tuesday in 2000. Here is the complete list of the leap years in the first half of the 21st century: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040. 2044, and 2048. In the previous century, the leap years were: 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984 1988, 1992, and 1996. PNA


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FILIPINO CRAFTSMANSHIP

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he country’s creative edge in producing distinctly designed handcrafted products takes centerstage once again as Philippine manufacturers join Ambiente 2020 this coming February 7-11, 2020, at Messe Frankfurt, Germany.

yet functional pieces from natural and sustainable raw supplies and even from old and considered as waste materials. The participation will highlight the artistic and capable hands of local manufacturers that harnessed different material manipulation techniques to create exquisite products globally used and appreciated today.

Under the LifestylePhilippines brand, 24-strong furniture and home décor manufacturers that represent some of the artisan regions in the country will highlight handcrafted and consciously-made products that speak of story and purpose.

“We are a country of artisans. Our ancestors, up to our modern lineage, are weavers, sculptors and artists who produce objects that excite the global market. Therefore, we are strongly rallying behind our exporters and helping them promote in the international arena through trade shows like Ambiente,” said Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions Executive Director (CITEM) Pauline Suaco-Juan.

The participation’s key messaging for this year is “Hands That Work.” This direction presents a celebration of the innate capabilities of Filipinos to create the most design-driven

As the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), CITEM spearheaded LifestylePhilippines or the collective branding of creative enterprises

that represent the best of the Philippines’ home and fashion sectors. Ambiente is a trade fair recognized as a meeting point for buyers and suppliers from all over the world, and the participation is expected to enable the country to vie for a slice of the design and lifestyle market in Europe. Germany is the biggest trading partner of the Philippines in the European Union and its 11th global trading partner, with a total trade volume of $7.4 billion in 2018. The contingent features new and long-time exhibitors of Manila FAME, (www.manilafame.com) the country’s foremost design and lifestyle trade show. The Philippine participation in Ambiente is an avenue for Manila FAME to continue to make its mark in the global design scene. Recognized as the home of Filipino artisans, designers and manufacturers, Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier sourcing destination for high-quality export

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products. The show serves as the cultivating ground and springboard for innovative, top-of-the-line Philippine products and the gateway for designers to break through key international markets. “The Philippines has gained significant traction in Ambiente and its pool of buyers as evident in our progressive growth throughout the years. I believe that exciting prospects are ahead of us next year because of our intensified efforts to further widen the country’s reach in the exports landscape especially in the EU” shares Suaco-Juan. The country’s participation is organized by DTI, through CITEM, and in partnership with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center– Berlin. To know more about the country’s upcoming participation in Ambiente 2020, please visit http://www. manilafame.com/ (DTI-CITEM)


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Pacita Abad’s works draw inspiration from her life and travels around the world. A few of her works were exhibited at Frieze London last year through the participation of Silverlens in one of the UK’s largest art fairs. Her solo exhibition in Bristol will be the first of its kind and scale for Abad.

National Artist Pacita Abad’s Works to be Exhibited in Bristol By STACY DANIKA ALCANTARA

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ver 20 large-scale works by Filipino artist Pacita Abad will be exhibited for the first time at Bristol’s Spike Island Gallery for three months starting 18 January 2020. The featured artworks are some of Abad’s trapunto painting and other works done on fabric which were created by the artist between 1983 and 2003.

Trapunto is a quilting technique that Abad began experimenting with in the late 1970s, where canvasses are padded and stitched before being painted and layered on with printed textiles and other objects, including buttons, sequins and shells. Born in the Philippines in 1946,

Abad studied painting at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. and the Arts Student League in New York. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila; National Museum, Jakarta; Hong Kong Arts Centre; The Museum of Philippine Art, Manila;

Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila; Bhirasri Museum of Modern Art, Bangkok; Singapore Tyler Print Institute; The National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, among others. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including: Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art, a traveling exhibition organized by the Asia Society, New York (1996); Beyond the Border: Art by Recent Immigrants, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (1994); Olympiad of Art, National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul (1988); La Segunda Bienal de la Habana (1986), Havana; and the 2nd

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Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Art Museum (1985). Her works can be found in the collections of Tate Modern, London; M+ Museum, Hong Kong and the National Gallery of Singapore. She died in Singapore in 2004. Abad travelled extensively and lived in many different countries throughout her life, including Bangladesh, Sudan, Indonesia, Singapore, and the United States. Her travels, in many ways, defined and shaped her work. The Immigrant Experience series (1991–94), for example, depicts the lives and experiences of the Asian, African and Latin American immigrants that she encountered in the US and elsewhere.

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FRANCIS FERNANDO: Beyond being a UK RN By Mariel Gonzales

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” - Pele

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his quote is the exact epitome of Mr. Francis Fernando’s career journey as a nurse in the United Kingdom. His clinical expertise and talents have been well recognised by prestigious awarding bodies in the UK. He started his career in the Philippine Orthopaedic Center and now works as a Matron in a well known hospital in London. He is also one of the most decorated Filipino - UK nurses in the country. His interest to pursue healthcare profession was deeply influenced by his grandfather who was a surgeon in the US Armed Forces many years ago.

He became the first Filipino Florence Nightingale Travel Scholar, wherein he pursued to learn from two of the best fracture prevention services in the UK...

Instead of following his grandfather’s footsteps to become a doctor, he went into nursing due to lack of funds and with encouragement from his relatives who are already in the nursing profession. He started his career in the Spinal Injuries Unit in Salisbury in the year 2000. His passion for caring for people along with hard work catalysed his career progression. He was promoted to be a junior charge nurse 18 months after getting his pin and consequently further developed to be a senior charge nurse after 4 years. “I got my first award through NHS Clinical Leaders Network and Aqua Henderson Quality Award in 2012 who recognised the service improvements we have implemented whilst caring for patients with hip fractures”, he proudly said. His career continued to go above and beyond expectations. He became the first Filipino Florence Nightingale Travel Scholar, wherein he pursued to learn from two of the best fracture prevention services in the UK and share that knowledge back to Salisbury. At some point in his career, he tried to work into the private sector and realised his passion is for the NHS. This led him to go back to the NHS and became a Clinical Matron. Through his dedication and

Mr. Francis Fernando, MSc Adv. HCP, Matron for Surgery NHS Trust, PhD Student.

reliability, he was named as one of the NHS Ambassadors for Nursing. His advocacy revolves around encouraging people to work and progress their career in the NHS. Even though he had risen through the ranks, he reiterated that he never stops learning to progress further in his nursing career. In fact, he completed his master’s degree in 2014 and currently pursuing his PhD. His ultimate goal is to become the first Filipino Chief Nurse in the UK. He offered advice to nurses aiming to achieve progression and excellence in their career and emphasized, “Look for your passion. Find some role models and Network, Network, Network.” He is truly an inspiration and a source of pride for every Filipino nurse around the world. If you are still wondering if it is possible to succeed as an overseas nurse and advance through a higher post in a foreign country… It is a resounding YES!!!

Filipino nurse Francis Fernando was awarded the 2014-15 Travel Scholarship Award Certificate and Florence Nightingale badge by the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF).

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By KATHLEEN CORTEZ

For an instance, the Filipino anchors its culture on warmth, resilience and a strong sense of kinship— some values that are not predominant in other places.

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nother decade has ended. And when we say that things have changed, that sure is an understatement of everything that has occurred within the past years! Our lives have evolved in ways we never would have imagined and the world has become so fastpaced that we often come to the point that we wonder how quick time has passed without us even noticing it: which may be a problem since we lose focus on the important things about life and how we should be living it. But then again, it is never too late to sit up, take notice and change our ways around for the better. And while we are uniquely different and have our own ways of doing things, here are some lessons we can reflect on as we start another decade of our lives: Learn the art of the pause A commendable work ethic and passionate drive never hurt anyone and are key elements to success in any field; but the constant pressure to exert

one’s self to fit into the expectations and the demands of society often makes us miss what is truly important. Sure, earning for one’s family, for an instance, is important but we should be careful of the fact that a family, or any relationship for that matter, is not sustained by material wealth alone. You might be working so hard for your loved ones that you barely spend time with them anymore. And then of course, there’s your own self to consider. When was the last time that you took a break from the daily grind and truly spent time on yourself? Many might brush this off as unnecessary but it actually is essential in preserving one’s health and sanity. So learn the art of the pause. Once in a while, take a step back and try to enjoy the pleasure of spending time with your loved ones or with yourself. It doesn’t have to be something grand or expensive: a simple family meal at home, an hour or two with a close friend or even a long, warm bath—these are all easy ways of slowing yourself down. Remember who you truly are. Living abroad enables just about anyone to acquire not only skills but also new perspectives on life one didn’t have before. Filipinos are known to possess a knack for adapting easily to different cultures; and while this is advantageous at most, we must remember that there is a fine line

between adapting to fit in and losing one’s identity just to fit in. You might think, “oh that’s ridiculous, I would never”, but there’s no denying the fact that many had done just that. Adapting to a new culture is fine and even vital but it doesn’t equate to forgetting who you truly are. After all, you already possess fine qualities that may not be inherent in the people you are adapting to. For an instance, the Filipino anchors its culture on warmth, resilience and a strong sense of kinship—some values that are not predominant in other places. In such case, the best thing one can do is to imitate the good qualities you see in other cultures and preserve your own at the same time. This will not only make you fit in but become a better person in the process. Practice Gratitude Life is hard, we all know that. And it even gets harder and more complicated as we get older. Nonetheless, the difficulties are also coupled with joys and this is something we must be grateful for. It’s easy to succumb to negativity and despair especially when we get caught up with the mundane flow of our daily routine. There may even be days that nothing seems to go right but come to think of it, there are still good things happening around us if we would only be more mindful and take notice. Even the simplest kind of things like the fact that there’s

food on the table, that we are not sick or that we have our loved ones ready to support us in bad times. One good habit is naming three things you are thankful for in the morning right after waking up and at night before going to sleep. Sounds Pollyana-ish but there’s no harm in being one! You might even surprise yourself by getting to think of more than three things to be thankful for. That will help you cultivate the habit of positive thinking which seems to be becoming rarer and rarer nowadays, come to think of it. Being thankful for even the smallest of things trains us to be more appreciative. Moreover, gratitude should never go out of style because it is something that fuels hope in our hearts and gives us the drive to keep on trying and to keep on moving forward. Life is not always rainbows and butterflies, we all know that by now but it doesn’t mean that we cannot make the most out of it. The three lessons given are just but some of the many ways we can improve our outlook on life especially now that we are starting off in a new decade. Despite the complications and challenges we face every day, we always have the prerogative to rise above these and be better versions of ourselves. Let us choose to be exactly that.


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Top 5 Popular Dishes

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There are so many British dishes known in the world but here are five of the most popular ones, people should experience if they are visiting or new in the UK!

1. ENGLISH BREAKFAST This is the traditional English breakfast. This is so popular that most restaurants & pubs would always have this in their menu. It would usually consist of beans, tomatoes, mushroom, eggs, sausage (also known as “bangers”), bacon, hash brown and a toast. Other restaurants or household would also serve it with Hash brown, haggis or black pudding.

2. FISH AND CHIPS It is common for you to find a fish and chip take-away shop in any part of the UK. As its name says, this is fried battered fish (usually cod or haddock) & chips (known as fries in the Philippines). This is accompanied with salt and vinegar or some people would prefer to have it with curry or tartar sauce.

3. AFTERNOON TEA British people love tea! In most restaurants, pubs or tea rooms, they offer cream teas OR afternoon tea. What is the difference? Afternoon tea is made up of three courses of food & a pot of tea—that would include savoury sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and sweet pastries. Cream tea is simply a pot of English tea and scones.

4. SUNDAY ROAST It is a tradition for most British families to gather on a Sunday and have a roast dinner. (Dinner may also be referred as lunch for some British people). It would consist of roasted meat accompanied by roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables, gravy and apple or cranberry sauce.

5. CURRY Curries are also very popular in the UK particularly Indian curries. We have a number of Indian curry dish variations- most are modified to suit the British palate. Few of these dishes are chicken tikka masala, chicken jalfrezi and lamb roghan josh. Curries are well-embedded in the British culture that it is common for you to find an Indian/Bengali restaurant in every town. Some of these restaurants also have “banquet nights” where they offer 3-5 course dish for a very affordable price. If you visit, find & try these banquet nightsthey are good value for your money!

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embassy news In 1938, Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon opened the Philippines’ doors to more than a thousand Austrian and German Jews fleeing for their lives. Photo courtesy of Quezon’s Game

QUEZON’S GAME TO PREMIERE IN UK Biopic bares story of how PH saved thousands of Jews By STACY DANIKA ALCANTARA

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ighly acclaimed biographical drama, Quezon’s Game, will be released in UK cinemas beginning with a film in concert premier at Troxy on 28 January to be followed by multiple public screenings in major UK cinemas from 31 January. The film features the seldom told story of Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon who in 1938 opened the Philippines’ doors to more than 1300 Austrian and German Jews escaping fascist European regimes. “The film gives the world a glimpse of the moral courage of Filipinos during one of the darkest moments in world history,” said Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo. “It’s a story of bayanihan and pakikipagkapwa for today’s generation to emulate.”

Quezon’s Game stars Raymond Bagatsing, Rachel Alejandro, and Kate Alejandrino and is directed by Matthew E. Rosen who makes his feature-length directorial debut. The film has received acclaim at numerous festivals, including 12 awards at the Cinema WorldFest Awards in Canada and four at The WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. About the Event In 1938, Philippine President Manuel Quezon, future U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, and several other notable figures set out to rescue Jewish refugees from the ghettos of Germany and Austria. What seems within their power at first, turns out to be fraught with astronomical obstacles. On top of this, Quezon must battle a relapse of tuberculosis. In his final days, Quezon asks the question “Could I have done more?” before recollecting one of the least known, but most uplifting stories in Philippine history.

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CDA Cimafranca, some officers of the Philippine Embassy, and representatives of the Knights of Rizal - London Chapter gather by the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal after the commemoration of the 123rd anniverasary of the Filipino hero’s martyrdom.

PH EMBASSY HONORS LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. JOSE RIZAL ON THE 123RD ANNIVERSARY OF HERO’S MARTYRDOM

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hargѐ d’Affaires, a.i. Frank R. Cimafranca led the officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy in London and special guests in paying tribute to Dr. Jose Rizal on Friday, 27 December 2019, in commemoration of the 123rd anniversary of the martyrdom of the Philippine national hero. Special guests who joined Embassy personnel during the commemoration were the officers from the four (4) chapters of the Order of the Knights of Rizal in the UK and the Ladies of Rizal UK, as well as some members of the Filipino community in London. A highlight of the commemoration was the screening of the film “Noli Me Tangere,” based on Dr. Rizal’s seminal work “Noli Me Tangere” or “Touch Me Not,” a DVD copy of which was provided by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). This screen adaptation

of Dr. Rizal’s novel won the Best Picture award during the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards in 1961 and was directed by the renowned and multi-awarded director Gerardo De Leon, for which he won the Best Director award. The Embassy’s tribute to Dr. Rizal began with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem and a floral offering at the bust of Dr. Rizal by CDA Cimafranca. In CDA Cimafranca’s welcome remarks, he extolled Dr. Rizal as a shining example of a renaissance man that all Filipinos should aspire to be, and a patriot by whom Filipinos measure their own love of country. He expressed the hope that Filipinos continue to take to heart Dr. Rizal’s messages and apply their significance to their thoughts and aspirations for their country. He urged the audience to always strive to live up to Dr. Rizal’s exemplars of bravery, patriotism and compassion so that the current generation of Filipinos can help bring about the peace, unity and harmony that Dr. Jose Rizal hoped for, for the Philippines, the Filipino people and the world.

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THE IP JOURNEY OF PINYAPEL:

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s part of the global pursuit to save the earth, the packaging industry, the biggest contributor to the plastic economy, is given a tall order: do away with plastics, completely and immediately. In each passing day, the global plastic pollution problem continues to grow more worrisome notwithstanding the widespread adoption of policies and emergence of a slew of solutions in the aims of at least cutting our current production of 300 million tonnes, as estimated by the United Nations Environment. Failing to stem this production level will only accelerate the pace of climate change, and cause our oceans to be filled with more plastics than fish come 2050, experts have warned. The task is overwhelming but not impossible. The Design Center of the Philippines fervently believed this when it took on a yearlong research to convert pineapple leaves into a specialty paper for food packaging purposes, a product that gained global attention when it bagged last October the iconic Wood Pencil at the D&AD Impact Awards in recognition of its Pinyapel Project's potential to have a significant impact on the environment while maintaining product sustainability.

"The ambition of the Pinyapel is to replace the take-out food containers while maximizing the use of agricultural waste to improve the livelihood of farmers. We want Pinyapel to be part of the compost bin that can be used to fertilize the soil, make it richer. So instead of continuing the traditional economic practice of taking out from the earth, we are able to give back to the earth, making as a responsible practice to preserve the earth for future generations," Design Center Executive Director Rhea O. Matute said.

through adoption of developed processes and products. Partnerships could also pave the way for the implementation of circular design strategies such as choosing inputs, thinking locally, extending product’s life and closing the loop,” Matute said.

Public-private partnerships as key

Amid limited resources, the agency was able to speed up its research and development, and even managed to produce three formulations for Pinyapel, thanks mostly to its partners who allowed Design Center to use their factories and equipment.

As early as at the ideation stage, Design Center had mapped out ways to succeed in commercialization. The attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry identified the supply and value chain for the project to ensure that there are ready adaptors of the Pinyapel, as well as the sustainability of its development. To this end, the Design Center forged a tripartite memorandum of agreement with the CDO Handmade Paper Crafts Co. and Ideatechs Packaging Corp. who were identified as crucial in the materialization of Pinyapel. The agency also partnered with Nature’s Fresh Pineapples, Inc. for the supply of raw materials. “Pinyapel development seeks to inspire and encourage government agencies and the private sectors to collaborate in order to have commercialization opportunities

Central to the development of the Pinyapel paper is the corrugating machine of Ideatechs Packaging Corp. The machine provided the paper, which has thermoformable property, with heat and pressure to turn it into a usable material.

Capturing value thru utility models Following the successful experimentation, the specialty paper was ready for the market. But before its full roll out, Design Center signed up its Pinyapel for protection as a utility model. “Pinyapel was registered as a utility model to protect the process and product generated by the collaborative effort. As a government agency and an Innovation and Technology Support Office partner of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, it is important to register the development not just for protection but more importantly because disclosure of the step-bystep process in our IP document

could spark innovation that would inspire anyone with technical knowhow to innovate further so the cycle of innovation will be continuous,” Matute added. The Design Center has been part of IPOPHL’s growing ITSO network since 2012, committed to fostering a culture that thrives in design creativity, value creation, and innovation. It has filed at IPOPHL over 230 utility models and industrial designs. Pinyapel eyes transition to patent ”Although protection for a utility model is shorter, it is generally cheaper to obtain and maintain and has less stringent patentability requirements. Utility models provide micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs a low-cost and easy entry point to go global,” Matute said. Nonetheless, the Design Center envisions further upgrading its product, with hopes of seeing it registered as a patent. This is in line with its strategy of utilizing all possible tools in the IP system. In fact, last November, days after it bagged the Wood Pencil, Design Center filed at the IPOPHL to apply protection for the “pinyapel” word mark. “Further development is ongoing for Pinyapel and at the same time we will be launching new developments on different materials by next year,” the Matute said. (IPOPHL)


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Rizal put a premium on the value of time, and to make good use of it he exerted a constant effort to improve himself...

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n these times of crisis we Filipinos would do well to look back at the code of virtues Rizal abided by to help us put meaning to our own struggles for survival. Rizal embodied and realized the best of what the Filipino can be. His triumphs and struggles even against the certainty of failure inspired the Katipunaneros to launch the Revolution despite great odds, and realize Asia’s first independent Republic. And today, it is still Rizal that leads this generation to continue and perchance finish what he began: the formation of a nation where every Filipino is truly free. Rizal ceaselessly aspired for the ideal. When he came of age, this took the form of fighting injustice in society. To liberate his fellow Filipinos from the bondages of political tyranny and its corollaries, misery and ignorance, became his allconsuming raison d’etre, pervading all aspects of his life, in the end excluding all other considerationsfamily, friends, personal happiness, and life itself. Rizal became a leader of the reformist movement called Propaganda, an unwavering campaign for political and social freedoms, lobbying the peninsular government, using their connections with the liberal Spanish politicians. He wrote unceasingly for the La Solidaridad, mouthpiece of the Propaganda, hoping as did his fellow Propagandists that the pleas of the Filipinos would be heard by the powers-that-be. He produced the two novels that he hoped would succeed in achieving his goals where all other means had failed, but which ultimately led to his death. For his people Rizal was ready to give up everything, despite feelings of guilt at his dear ones suffering, as he once wrote: “You know very well that always… I am ready to serve my country not only with the pen

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but also with my life whenever my country would demand of me this sacrifice…and God could ask me, why did you not combat the evil and injustice when you saw them? But when I think that all – parents, siblings, friends…– have to suffer on account of my name I feel immensely unfortunate…I ask myself if it is better to be a good relative than a true Christian…” Rizal was among the first to affirm the Filipino. He studied Philippine history to prove Filipinos had a culture of their own, prior to colonization, that the Filipinos were not inferior to the white man. It was what made him take up the annotation of Morga’s Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas, and comb the shelves of the London Library for books on Philippine history. Pride in the worth of the Filipino was what provoked him to shatter the myth of the socalled “indolence of the Filipino” and to reduce those Filipinos who denied their native tongue into rotten fish; to seriously study Tagalog and attempt to produce a comprehensive Tagalog dictionary. It was this same conviction that made him embrace the generic term indio with all its negative connotations, and turned it into one of dignity and nobility.

Rizal put a premium on the value of time, and to make good use of it he exerted a constant effort to improve himself, investing much time and persistence in his own education, taking up sculpture, painting, aside from the usual academics. He learned other languages including German, even translating Schiller’s William Tell into Tagalong. He constantly kept himself abreast of the current trends in philosophy and science by reading and attending scholarly dialogues. During his exile in Dapitan, he assiduously studied the local flora and fauna, collected various specimens, and shared findings with colleagues. He learned early the virtue of denying oneself, as when he left home to live at a boys’ school in another town. In Madrid while studying medicine, he experienced homesickness and physical deprivation, staying in cramped quarters in the low end of the city or skipping meals to save money for rent. It was routine for him to forego socials to focus on his studies. When he was in Berlin preparing the Noli for publication, and later in Ghent, for the publication of El Filibusterismo, he again had to

forego meals for lack of funds. In Dapitan, he used his winnings from a lottery contest to build light and water systems for the locals. He put up a school for the local boys, with himself as teacher, treating patients for free, and spurred the locals to plant fruit trees, sugar cane, cacao, and to form their own marketing group. As the nation marks the martyrdom of Rizal it is only fitting to look once again at the way he lived his brief life, to be inspired to move forward for ourselves and for nation. (PNA)

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BREXIT & IMMIGRATION By SAJEEV KOORAN

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K is one of the hot spots for the economic migrants in the world. The enormous opportunities available in this country, the influence of English language is the main reasons for making UK on top of the priority list. Being an immigration practitioner, I understand that there are many from Philippines and around the world would like to come and settle in the UK and others are already here however struggling to settle one way or the other. In this session I would like to discuss the concerns of the Filipino migrants in view of the Brexit in simple words avoiding legal jargons. Although UK is always been an attractive destination for migrants all around the world, the UK had strict control in place which restricts the immigrants coming to the UK. The pollical view has changed in late 90’s and there was an inflow of migrants especially nurses, carers, students and highly skilled migrants etc. This policy was widely criticised as the number of migrants has increased alarmingly and it was become a main agenda for the new government to bring strict measures to limit the net migration. The UK government has adopted new Australian style point-based system in order to curb the net migration and closed most of the routes. On the other hand, the EU citizens

were not affected by any of these restrictions as they always had the privilege of free movement by exercising the EU treaty rights. A number of EU state nations come to the UK to work and majority will settle. Since they do not have restrictions to work in the UK, this was the main work force replacing the non-EU community. When UK comes out of the EU, the EU national citizens will not have the free movements rights anymore and they will also require permission to work in the UK. This will probably offer a better prospect for the non-EU citizens to come and work and settle in the UK. I hope the Philippines will be most beneficial community as most of them speak English and they are highly skilled in their respective profession. After a long gap the UK government has reinstated Post Study Work with a view to encourage international students to come and study – work – settle. The new policy is widely appreciated as this will attract more foreign students and make UK as one of the most attractive destinations. UK is anticipating a real short fall in its work force in the post Brexit period. There are also unofficial reports that Mr Johnson may even declare amnesty, and this will help the illegal migrants to regularise their immigration status and become part of the UK work force and the economy. There is a significant number of illegal Filipinos living in the UK and I hope if this happens, the whole community will be able to make the benefit of the post Brexit situation.

After a long gap the UK government has reinstated Post Study Work with a view to encourage international students to come and study – work – settle.

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APRIL ROSE PICCIO South East London 20 years old currently A student studying BA travel and tourism management in the University of west london, but also working part time in a japanese restaurant travelling, watching movies, cooking and boxing/ kickboxing Ambition in life DREAMS to travel the world Mother’s NamE : LoriE Piccio, Paniqui Tarlac Father’s Name: Mar Piccio, Conception Tarlac

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PINOY CULTURE. Entrepreneur Sofia Loren Abdurajak says supporting Filipino weaving products is one way of preserving the rich, colorful and century-old Filipino traditions.

PH clothing line revives Filipino weaving culture

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ilipina entrepreneur has launched a clothing line named after a Filipino warrior goddess “Haliya” from the Bicol region, in the hope of promoting local weaving products of the Philippines. The clothing line, according to owner Sofia Loren Abdurajak, supports the weaving industry and promotes products from the Cordillera region and in Mindanao. “Haliya Philippines is a clothing line which features clothes embedded with Cordilleran and Mindanaon weaves, specifically we have the Yakan weaves from Mindanao and weaves from

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different indigenous tribes in Cordillera such Abra, Ifugao and many more,” she said, adding her team would like “to incorporate the Filipino textile to the modern fashion today”. She said these clothes should not only be worn as costumes or attire during formal occasions, but Filipinos should also be proud of wearing this kind of clothes as casual wear on a daily basis. Abdurajak was born and raised in Baguio City where she patterned the business after the Cordilleran weaves. As her husband is a native of Zamboanga, she considered the idea of collaborating with the Yakan weavers near Zamboanga areas for her project.

“I am getting textiles from them and do craft designs,” she shared.

designs, colors, and textures by the weavers,” she said.

Abdurajak said she wants to bolster Filipino ethnic textiles and raise awareness of the country’s rich cultures by incorporating weaving patterns in modern clothing.

Abdurajak said supporting locally-weaved products and other Filipino craft promotes our unique customs.

“We need to revive the weaving industry in the Philippines to support the livelihood of the traditional weavers in the country,” she said. While the products being sold are a little bit pricey, she feels happy when people appreciate the Haliya products, as she is already meeting her goal of reintroducing the unique local identity of the Filipinos. “These are hand-crafted from

She said it is one way of preserving the rich, colorful, and century-old Filipino traditions for the benefit of passing it to the young generation. “I am encouraging everyone to pass the beauty of our Filipino way of life by supporting not only the Haliya PH but also all of our local Filipino products,” she said. The weaving culture, she said, has the power to unite people as strong, resilient communities bound by living tradition and colorful textile patterns and motifs.


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Your lucky streak continues and you can look forward to more wealth opportunities. Just be careful of some shady characters who could turn out to be con artists. Do not divulge too much information about yourself and your business.

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There are possible wealth opportunities that you may want to tap into by using strong feng shui enhancers. Pursue making changes that you wish to be a part of. Those who disagree will not pose any serious threat. Steer clear of bad vibes and put yourself first.

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Faith, although a sublime topic, is also fraught with the individual differences of people who practice it. That is why depicting it in films can be rather daunting. This was something that The Two Popes was able to cleverly avoid. Directed by Fernando Meirelles, the film was a fresh and insightful take on the lives of two very different men of the same faith, Pope Benedict XIV and the then-cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who is now Pope Francis. Don’t take that as an indication though that the film is of the somber kind. Far from it, The Two Popes is a skillful narrative that showed the humanity of the two characters, from Bergoglio’s liking for ABBA and Benedict’s penchant for pizza.

A Review of Becoming by Michelle Obama Much has been said about Michelle Obama and in this book we finally get to see who she is in her very own words. Although most known for her role in bolstering her husband’s political career, Michelle reveals in her narrative so much more about what makes her ‘her’. She talks about her idyllic childhood and her career as well as how politics affected her. Her candor and authenticity shines through giving readers a clearer picture of the first Black American first lady to grace American history.

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LaughFactory A boy asks his father, “Dad, are bugs good to eat?” “That’s disgusting. Don’t talk about things like that over dinner,” the dad replies. After dinner the father asks, “Now, son, what did you want to ask me?” “Oh, nothing,” the boy says. “There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone.”

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BIYAHE PINAS!

We are expecting more dockings in the future as the Department of Tourism and the national government has pledged their support in developing our ports and making Ilocos Norte one of the main cruise ports in the country...

Ilocos needs more tourist guides By Leilanie Adriano

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ith the influx of foreign tourists visiting Ilocos Norte, travel operators said they are in need of more tour guides to assist guests and make their stay memorable in the province. Angel Lao, former president of the Ilocos Norte Travel and Tours Association and owner of the Travel Ilocandia, said residents who are still looking for employment may consider attending a short course on tour guiding seminar to join the growing tourism industry in the region.

As a ground handler of shore excursions in this northern part of Luzon, Lao said tour guiding is an exciting job with a good pay. “We are looking for more tour guides as we expect more tourists to visit our province this year,” she said as she observed a shortage of tour guides whenever there are cruise ships that simultaneously dock at the Currimao seaport in Ilocos Norte and at the Salomague port in neighboring Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. To date, the Department of Tourism records show there are at least 28 accredited tour guides in Ilocos Norte and most of them are active. There are 10 in Ilocos Sur, La Union, 68 and Pangasinan, 63. Almost 50 percent

of the tour guides in La Union and Pangasinan however are inactive. Last January 6, buses of foreign guests arrived in downtown Laoag as they visited various historical landmarks here. They were ferried by M/S The World, a residential yacht carrying 141 passengers which made it maiden call at the Currimao seaport while the M/V Royal Caribbean also made its comeback at the Salomague Port in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. The tourism department said more cruise ships are expected to hold ocular inspection at the Currimao seaport while the port is being improved for public safety.

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“We are expecting more dockings in the future as the Department of Tourism and the national government has pledged their support in developing our ports and making Ilocos Norte one of the main cruise ports in the country,” said Xavier Ruiz, provincial tourism operations officer II of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office. With the pilot arrival of Superstar Virgo at the Currimao seaport in 2017, Ilocos Norte welcomed a steady stream of international cruise ships which prompted the sustainable development of tourist attractions, local livelihoods, and employment opportunities. (PNA)

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