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FMD header 2014

Just include my latest picture in the new header that was taken last May 2014 when I was Hermana Mayor for the Santacruzan in Copenhagen. Nice photo by Jeck.

 

My dear readers after a long hiatus I need to post that I’m still alive and kicking. You know when a blogger doesn’t update his/her blog for  a longer period  then avid readers wonders if the the blogger is dead. But NO, I’m still alive and kicking. My life has been through a series of challenges worth blogging about from motherhood, to wife, to a community leader, women empowerment advocat, battling with day to day life here in my so called home now , Denmark  but I don’t know if its the buziness that keeps me blogging or just what we call in the blogger world as blogger’s block.

My desire to write or blog is always  there but it comes to a point  that when I start to write  then I can’t continue at all like all the thoughts just stuck in  my head. If my readers miss me then them.  I also miss one of my previous hobby blog hopping. I read several blogs that gives advise to put a stop to blogger’s block and one of them is is to visit other bloggers to gain inspiration and I think that slowly that’s help. Cleaning up the site totally like useless links and cluttered will also help but it needs a lot of time. I will in time need to do that but right I’m just going to blog. My notebook is full of ideas and ten of thousands of pictures which I think I can use.
Not only once but I experienced several times to meet my readers in person and was so glad and encourage me to go back to writing/ blogging again and that is what I’m going to do. I’m so active in community activities especially in women empowerment and blogging about it can help in gaining awareness to my advocacies. I used to have a steady visitors but to be a successful blogger is  like a relationship one should nurture by posting regularly  and interact with the readers.
I hope you can visit me again and get a peek to the adventures of the Filipinamom in Denmark.

How we celebrate the Philippine Independence Day in Denmark?

How we celebrate the Philippine Independence Day in Denmark?

The Babaylanes after decorating the stage for the Independence Day in .Group picture during the well attended Independence Day in Odense last JUne 2, 2012

Every year during the month of June Filipinos around the world gather together and celebrate the Philippine Independence Day. When I was in the Philippines we don’t really celebrate it locally but in the cities and in the capital region there are programs commemorating this special day. It is by the way a non working holiday so people go to the mall or plaza to watch the programs usually which usually starts with flag ceremony with the attendance of government officials and parade in the morning and in the afternoon there are programs consisting of different cultural show with special guests consisting of celebrities – politicians,actors, actresses and singers.

I was once asked what so interesting about and why we celebrate it? Is it just our excuse to party? My answer was it is important for us Filipinos because we were colonized more than 300 years from 1521 -1898 by Spain it is just right to commemorate our freedom every year.

Party? yes of course we love to party. It is in our culture even before the Spanish time I further explain to that danish guy that the Filipinos by nature are used to gather around and celebrate any events by singing, dancing, joking around, sharing food etc. We always want to share joy or even grief together with friends and guests. We love funfare, fiestas or festivities from month of May almost all towns have their fiesta honoring their patron Saints and to add culminating the May Flower Festival is the the Santacruzan parade.  My theory is this our way to cope with the long years of oppression during the old times and the poverty in the modern times. The Filipinos also are very hospitable people always want to please the visitors and the colonizers so they always present fantastic show to entertain guests and enjoy the moment and forget about their problems. This is why we don’t get pleasure in just eating in some parties there should be entertainment, that’s why the Magic Karaoke becomes popular but that’s another story.

 

Group picture during the well attended Independence Day in Odense.

Just to give a little background, thePhilippine Declaration of Independence Day occurred 114 years ago on june 12, 1898 to be exact in the Philippines by General Emilio Aguinaldo who wast he first Republican President. But the declaration was short-lived as Spain ceded the Philippines to the Americans through the Treaty of Paris by accepting 20 million US dollar. The Americans did not recognize the Philippine Republic until after the world War 2 when they declared the Philippine Independence on July 4, 1946 but it was later changed by Pres. Diosdado Macapagal on August 4, 1968 through signing a new law called Republic Act No.4166I . Since then the 4th of July became FIL-AM friendship Day.

 

The establishement of FILCOM DENMARK

I don’t know how the Filipinos celebrate the Independence Day before I came here but during the past 10 years it just few Filipino organization who organized the event. I think 2009 they were different celebrations in Denmark in different places but not as grand as in Norway or Holland but it was limited since it is always in a 4 star Hotel.

The year 2010 the then Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso asked for a meeting  asking the different organizations to join forces in celebrating the Independence Day  and that was the year the FILCOM DK was born. The first united Independence Day in Copenhagen was a succesful event where Filipinos and Danish friends from all walks of life came, joined the parade in the streets of Copenhagen and watched the fantastic show. Unfortunately I was in the Philippines on vacation and was also amazed how they became nationalistic as most establishment display the Phi. Flag. It was later that I found out that from 28th of May to June 30 were designated as flay days. Another reason of “proud to be Pinoy attitude “was that hope and gratitude President  Benigno “PNOY” Aquino won the presidential Election that year. Here is a short video of the 2010 Filcom Denmark’s Independence Day.

As I live in Denmark I became aware of my Filipino roots and I long to join the Independence Day celebration but the problem is it is always in the hotel and not all can afford to join. Whenever I see how the Filipino community in the Netherlands, London and Oslo where they do it in a big park I wonder if we can do it here in Denmark? I longed for an event without the fancy gowns, stars, important people and beauty contest and which focus away the real motive of celebrating the Independence Day. I dreamed that every guests especially 2nd generation Filipinos will learn more about the Philippines road to Freedom and become proud of their heritage .

Like our road to freedom from the colonizer, uniting the different organizations might take longer time but I believe as a Filipino even we’re donning different nationalities, we have the obligation to celebrate this special day to give thanks to our forefathers who fought and sacrifice their lives to achieve the freedom we have the privilege to enjoy right now. We don’t need any famous stars, beauty queens, world-class entertainers to come and be proud to be Filipinos. We should impart to our children our roots and  our culture that makes as unique and be proud as Filipino no matter what your status. But of course I always encourage Filipinos to attend such gatherings no matter what organizations and groups they belong as it is only done  once a year to. Party and disco is only a plus but the feeling of together as Filipinos is the most important especially when you are away from home, the Philippines.

 

Posing with Babaylan Dancers during Filcom DK Independedence Day 2011

I support FILCOM DK and salute all the active committee members cause they sacrifice their precious time to bring the Independence Day every year for 3 years to every Filipino with no entrance. I also salute the sponsors,contributors, the performers who do it for free and for our mother land. It might not be grand as the other celebrations in other parts of the world but having and event where Filipinos in Denmark old and new, residents and aupairs meet is a privilege.

I only started to join the celebration last year. The venue was not that big so it was a 2 day event but still lots of people came and watched the cultural show. I even did present the evolution of the Philippine Flag and the protocol in displaying it which is always not in the right way. The Philippine flag is unique cause it can indicate indicate if the Philippines is in state of war when the red field is displayed above the blue, or on the observer’s left when the flag is displayed vertically. We should always remember this as we display the flag during special events especially during the Independence Day celebration.

Proper display of PHL flag

Here is an announcement from FILCOM DENMARK

INVITATION TO ATTEND THE 114TH INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION IN COPENHAGEN

FILCOM Denmark will celebrate the Philippines 114th Independence Day in Copenhagen on
Saturday, 9 June 2012.
11:00-18:00 Fiesta 19:00-01:00 Free Disco
 Skottegårdsskolen, Saltværksvej 63
FREE ENTRANCE

We encourage Filipinos and Danes to come and join us wearing Filipino attire and bring Filipino Flag and your Filipino Spirit in remembering our 114th Independence Day as we will have a parade in the streets near the venue. Parade will start at 12.30.

There is no entrance fee but we encourage all to buy a raffle ticket for 25 dkk to win Ipad 2 with 16 GB, basket of goods, dinner for two and a lots of consolication prizes. You can buy raffle tickets at the entrance.

FILCOM DK has prepared exciting program: Parade, Film Showing, Parlor games for children, Cultural Show, singing, dancing, live band, FILCOM DK logo competition, kids game and raffle drawing.

Food court with tasty Filipino Culinary Delights,Tiangge (Dry Good stalls) and Softdrinks/Bar at reasonable prices.

DISCO! DISCO! DISCO! from KL.19

PLUS+++++

To those who watch the EURO 2012 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

you can watch LIVE in a big screen the Football match between

DENMARK Vs. HOLLAND

FILCOM DK (Filipino Community in Denmark) was established 3 years ago with the main objective is to unite Filipinos who belong to different organizations, religous group, political parties or Filipinos from different regions in the Philippines to celebrate the Philippines Independence Day and Christmas every year. It is a Non profit Organization and everybody is welcome to join even as individual. There is no leader or chairperson in Filcom DK but all organization or individual are represented in the working committe.

Mabuhay ang FILCOM Denmark

Gala Night and Fiesta to celebrate 114th Philippine Independece in Odense Denmark

WHAT: Philippine Independence Day Event in Odense,
WHEN: June 2
WHERE: Marienlystcenter
Windelsvej 138
5000 Odense C

Raffle ticket for adults — 200kr (inclusive food and raffle tickets ):
1st prize 1 Apple Ipad worth 3k
2nd prize worth 2k
3rd worth 1k

Best in costume:
1st 1k
2nd 500kr
3rd 300 kr

Children’s ticket — 100 kr (foods and raffle ticket)
1st prize 500kr
2nd 300kr
3rd 200kr

Asian Dishes, lechon baboy and stege mad (drink for sale at the venue for a reasonable prices)
A lot of consolation prizes, Cultural show (singing , folk dancing hiphop and modern dance numbers)
If you don’t have a ticket yet please contact: Miss Araceli Andersen 40480096

Invitation for Babaylan Denmark's114th Gala Night & Fiesta

Menu for the buffet style dining on June 2, 2012

Will Jessica Sanchez will be American Idol 2012?

Filipino are ecstatic to see the result in few hours if the 16 year old Jessica Sanchez who’s mother is a Filipina from Bataan, Philippines will win the Season 11 American Idol.

The judges once used their right to save which is only once per season when she was put in a danger zone but now she is the Final and comepting with Phillip Philips or PP

who is vibrant and adjust the songs he chose to his own version. He’s good especially when “You got tonight” it was light and easy  and to think he got a kidney problem during the show is amazing that he was able to perform at hs best.

It so funny to read all the comments in Facebook and the AI website both from the Americans and the Filipinos which sometimes fans are so irrational and so caught up in the heat of the contest. Sometimes I think the FIlipinos who really loves seing a filipino to win the American Idol floods all the videos of other contestants and sometimes speaking in tagalog which irritates the non filipinos as the thread is in English.

I like Jessica Sanchez because I like the way she sing it comes from the heart like this version of “I Don’t wanna miss a thing” some expect her to sing like Regine Velasquez who is known belter but I like Jessica’s rendition it’s more natural and to sing it in front of Steven Tyler was so amazing. A lot of non Filipinos or Americans don’t her as they say she is boring and don’t have any audience charisma like the other contestants. Maybe she just loves to sing and caught up in her emotions but the judges loves her and they say she’s a pro but of course everybody has different opinion and taste so we”ll see if she will go home tonight as the winner.

What ever is the outcome I believe that she will become big win or lost you made us proud as FIlipina Jessica Sanchez. Mabuhay.

 

 

New rules for family reunification in Denmark

This month the Danish Parliament has ratified the immigration rules concerning Family Reunification in Denmark. For the last 10 years the former goverment which is supported by right wing party has tightened the the immigration rules specially when they introduce the point system which they prioritize highly educated foreigners and those who speak the world Language for example English, German etc. by giving the highest points. Danish citizen who found love outside Denmark and the EU land were having a hard time getting their partner to join them i Denmark unless they will pass the exam and get enough points.
The present  goverment which is lead by Social Democrats made some changes such as elimation of the processing fee, the point system, immigration and reduction of the cash bond from 100,000 dk to 50,000dkk and following are he new rules.

**New rules for family reunification

Parliament has ratified a new law concerning family reunification in Denmark.

These new rules will go into effect on 15 May 2012.

    Among the changes are:

  • The fee to apply for family reunification – including applications for extensions, permanent residence, reopening applications and appealing rejections – will be eliminated.
  • The point system, which required applicants to acquire 120 or 60 points, used in family reunification cases will be eliminated. The minimum age requirement will also revert back to earlier rules so that both spouses involved in family reunification must again normally be at least 24, as it was prior to the law changes of 1 July 2011.
  • The connection requirement will also revert back to the stipulations in place before 1 July 2011. This means that the combined affiliation to Denmark of both spouses must be greater, but not much greater, to Denmark than their affiliation to another country.
  • The connection requirement will not apply if the spouse living in Denmark has been a Danish citizen for longer than 26 years or if the spouse living in Denmark is a foreign national who was born in Denmark or came to Denmark as a child and has remained in Denmark legally for 26 years. Previously the requirement was 28 years.
  • The immigration test will be eliminated and instead a Danish language test will be implemented. The applicant will be required to pass the test no later than six months after being granted family reunification.
  • The collateral requirement will be reduced from 100,000 kroner to 50,000 kroner.

From 15 May detailed information about family reunification rules on the Immigration Service’s website www.newtodenmark.dk and here you will also find revised application forms containing relevant guidance.

Applications for family reunification submitted before 15 May 2012, can be processed according to the new family reunification rules, if the applicant informs the Immigration Service of this. Fees paid in connection with the application will however not be refunded.

With the ratification of these changes, applications for family reunification submitted after 15 May 2012, will normally be subject to the following requirements:

    For both partners:

  • Marriages must be legitimate according to Danish law.
  • Cohabitating partners must have been in a relationship and lived together for an extended period of time – normally you must be able to document a minimum of 18 months cohabitation at shared address.
  • Both parties must have entered into the marriage or partnership of their own free will.
  • The marriage or relation must not have been established for the sole purpose of gaining residence.
    For the foreign spouse:

  • You must be at least 24.
  • You must fulfill your part of the connection requirements
  • You must pass a Danish language test no later than six months after being granted a residence permit.
    Requirements for the spouse already living in Denmark:

  • You must be at least 24.
  • You may not have been convicted of certain crimes against domestic violence offences within the last 10 years.
  • You must assume the responsibility of financially supporting your partner
  • If you are a foreign national and do not have residence according to Sections 7 and 8 of the Immigration Act (refugees), you must have been a permanent resident for at least three years.
  • If you are a foreign national, you must meet some of the requirements for permanent residence.
  • You must fulfill your part of the connection requirements.
  • You must be able to support yourself financially, which means that you may not have received certain types of public benefits within the past three years.
  • You must have adequately sized accommodations at your disposal.
  • You must provide 50,000 kroner in collateral to cover the cost of providing certain types of public assistance for your spouse, should it be necessary.

xx: source: http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/News/News/danish_immigration_service/2012/Maj/new_rules_for_family_reunification.htm

WORLDWIDE PROTEST AGAINST CHINA OVER INTRUSIONS IN PHILIPPINE WATERS

I’m worried if the tension between China and the Philippines will not solved diplomatically and you can see from the map below that the disputed Scarborough Shoal the one which the red S is very near to my Province around 300 km only. While by just looking that it is so far form the nearest Chinese land. We know China has a mighty military capability compared to the Philippines. As I read different articles there is rich source of natural gas beside abundant source of fish. I grew up near the sea which used the call the South China Sea and so I’m not so sure if the Philippine goverment renamed it as Western Philippines Sea. I can understand the reason or else they will claim that it’s theirs.

I received an email circulating to Filipinos worldwide to protest against China over the latest intrusion and it’s looks like David and Goliath if you compare the two countries. It’s intention was to show the world or let the world know what China is doing to my dear native land.
I did not hear any protest or demonstration of Filipinos here in Denmark but in my own little way I am reposting this here in my blog.

WORLDWIDE PROTEST AGAINST CHINA OVER INTRUSIONS IN PHILIPPINE WATERS

WHAT: Mass demonstrations will be held by Filipinos at all China consular offices in the United States (Washington DC, NY, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco), in Canada (Vancouver and Toronto) and in at least 20 other cities around the world. The largest protest will be held in Makati in the Philippines where former Philippine Pres. Fidel V. Ramos will join Broadway star Lea Salonga in speaking out against China’s “creeping invasion” of the Philippines.

WHEN: 12 noon, Friday, May 11, 2012

WHERE: China Consulate 1450 Laguna Street (corner Geary Blvd.) in San Francisco Meeting time: 11:00 AM in front of St. Mary’s Cathedral on Geary Blvd.

WHO: At least 500 Filipino-Americans including WW II veteran survivors of the Bataan Death March, seniors, students, religious groups, professionals, youth, Democrats, Republicans, Independents

Background: Ownership of the Scarborough Shoal, (which China calls “Huangyan Island”) located 124 miles from the Philippines, is disputed by China which is more than 500 miles away from the Shoal. The dispute came to a head on April 8, 2012 when eight Chinese fishing vessels set anchor in Scarborough Shoal After their presence was discovered by a Philippine Air Force surveillance plane, a Philippine Navy frigate went to the Shoal and boarded the trespassing vessels and discovered large quantities of illegally collected corals, giant clams, and live sharks. This incident was just the latest in a series of developments that had occurred in the past six months including: – Chinese ships firing on and harassing Philippine fishing boats and exploration and mapping vessels in the vicinity of the shoal, forcing them to withdraw – Chinese ships dropping steel posts and navigation buoys with Chinese markings in the waters around Scarborough Shoal – Chinese ships blocking the Philippine navy vessel, BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which sought to apprehend Chinese boats loaded with corals, rare fish and live baby sharks which were illegally caught and are prohibited under Philippine laws – Chinese planes buzzing Philippine Coast Guard vessels and fishing boats in the shoal. On April 10, 2012 Chinese government vessels were then dispatched to the scene where they were able to rescue the Chinese fishermen and their illegal catch. Since then, China has increased the number of its vessels in the area to 32 compared to just 2 vessels on the Philippine side. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/36035/32-chinese-ships-in-shoal-bar-filipino-fishers Major-Gen. Luo Yuan of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) declared that “it is the Philippines that violated China’s sovereignty over Huangyan Island by forcing an inspection of a Chinese fishing vessel. Therefore, action was required in order to respond to this unnecessary provocation to let both the Philippines and any potential future provocateur know that such actions will not be tolerated.” In its April 25 editorial, the Global Times, published by China’s official People’s Daily, warned that “China should select the most arrogant provocateur, conduct comprehensive strikes, and exert pressure economically, politically and militarily. If the water overwhelms China’s knees, other countries will find their necks in the water.” On May 7, 2012, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying summoned the Philippine Charge d’Affairs in Beijing to demand that the Philippines “withdraw its vessels in the sea area around Huangyan Island, and to never again impede the operations of Chinese fishing vessels or Chinese government vessels performing their duties in accordance with Chinese law,” Fu said. The People’s Liberation Army Daily declared that Beijing will not flinch from a military response if the conflict escalates. “What we want to say is that anyone who tries in vain to seize sovereignty of Huangyan Island will be rebuffed by the Chinese government, Chinese people, and even more the Chinese military,” a commentary in the military paper said. http://www.malaya.com.ph/index.php/news/national/3281-china-in-tough-talk http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/257760/news/nation/china-issues-warnings-on-phl-state-media-says-ready-for-war

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario outlined the country’s “three-track approach” to resolve its dispute with China: a political track focused on seeking the support of ASEAN member nations; a legal track based on filing a dispute settlement case before the United Nations and United Nations Convention on the Law Of the Seas (UNCLOS); and a diplomatic track of engaging in regular consultations with China to defuse the tensions. To support the Philippines in its dispute with China, Filipinos in America, numbering more than 4 million, organized a global protest against China’s consular offices in the US, Canada and cities all over the world, on Friday, May 11, at 12 noon in whatever time zone. “The global protest seeks to mobilize world public opinion, especially in the US, to oppose China’s hegemonic ambitions in the Philippines,” Rodel Rodis, president of the main sponsor of the rally, US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG). “We also want China to know that the 12 million Filipinos in the Diaspora will support the Philippines on this issue. In retaliation for the planned May 11 global protest, China has suspended all Chinese travel tours to the Philippines and all agricultural products from the Philippines. Military action has also bee threatened. Assessing China’s threats against the Philippines, one analyst noted: “I think this is happening because the Philippines is so weak. The Chinese government can beat the war drums all they want, and as loud as they want, and no war is going to happen. It’s akin to bullying someone in a wheelchair that you know can’t punch back.” But the bully should know that the man in the wheelchair has relatives abroad.

MANIFESTO ON MAY 11, 2012 On this day, Filipinos spread out all over the world are holding peaceful demonstrations to protest the continuing acts of aggression by China in Scarborough Shoal that is part of Philippine territory. Since the stand-off at Scarborough Shoal began over a month ago, the Chinese government has kept insisting on its “historic rights” to Scarborough and other areas that are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, while refusing the Philippine government’s offer to raise the issue for mediation in the proper international tribunals, as provided for by several global conventions and agreements, mainly, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS. At the same time, China has repeatedly warned the Philippine government against moves that could “escalate” the tension or “internationalize” the conflict—a classic case of speaking from both sides of the mouth because it has no qualms about flaunting its military superiority and has, of last count, kept maritime surveillance vessels CMS 75 and 81, and the fisheries patrol vessel FLEC 310, alongside 30 Chinese fishing boats at Scarborough. China takes offense that, while hapless Filipino fishermen venture out to sea once more, the Philippine Coast Guard maintains one boat in the area along with a Bureau of Fisheries vessel. China has signalled a readiness to harass and shoo away Filipino fishermen, who for centuries have drawn life from the bounty of the seas off Masinloc province in Zambales. We cannot let pass this series of objectionable actions by China, a supposedly law-abiding member of the community of nations, or risk validating our giant Asian neighbor’s misplaced proprietary sense and embolden it to take further aggressive action—not only against the Philippines, but also against other small neighbors as well. Let it be clear to all that the Filipino people have no quarrel with their Chinese brothers and sisters, with whom they share centuries of good relations. Many Filipinos of Chinese descent have helped build, and continue to build, our nation. Our protest is directed at the overbearing actions and stance of the government in Beijing, which behaves like an arrogant overlord, even in the homes of its neighbors. The bounty of the seas—be it in Zambales, or in Recto Bank, or the small islands in the West Philippine Sea where Filipino communities have been growing—is not only for people to benefit from, but also to conserve. And the community of nations, mainly through the UN, have laid down clear guidelines for the conduct of all peoples seeking to harness economic wealth from nature. That is why all must live by set codes, in a rules-based setting at all times. All we ask is for the Chinese government to respect the rights of its neighbors, even while it needs to assert its national interest. If it continues on this path of obstinate bullying, it will only have itself to blame for the consequences of its folly. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18016901 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18015538 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/257760/news/nation/china-issues-warnings-on-phl-state-media-says-ready-for-war http://globalnation.inquirer.net/35543/scarborough-will-not-be-mischief-reef-redux http://globalnation.inquirer.net/36003/scarborough-shoal-standoff-a-historicaltimeline