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Fil-Aussie organ transplant recipient bares heart

Fil-Aussie organ transplant recipient bares heart

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L-R Jess Helaratne MHCS Media Head, Minister Jillian Skinner, Jaime & Minnie Estrada The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research recently launched the multilingual digital stories (in English, Arabic and Chinese) of three inspiring transplant recipients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds whose lives…

Bigots still exist in this day and age – Part 3

Bigots still exist in this day and age – Part 3

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By Violi Calvert It is hardly two months ago that we had somebody ranted and raved hurling racial abuse and threatening violence on a suburban train going to the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The woman inside a Central Coast train caught in a video pulling the sides of her eyes…

Fil-Aussie Triplets Shine in Short Story Competition

Fil-Aussie Triplets Shine in Short Story Competition

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Filipino-Australian triplet sisters Alexandra, Sofia and Juliana Manlulo surprised themselves and their family by doing well at the short story competition recently conducted by the Willoughby City Council. Alexandra's story in the book The 11-year old Year 5 students from Mowbray Public School in Lane Cove submitted their stories in…

PHL Sydney Consulate hosts inspiring Kalayaan 2014 event

PHL Sydney Consulate hosts inspiring Kalayaan 2014 event

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The Philippine Consulate of Sydney hosted on Sunday June 15 a flag raising event as part of its celebration of Kalayaan 2014. The Juan Ride Singers Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis and Consul Marford Angeles warmly welcomed an estimated one hundred and thirty leaders of community organisations, members of the…

APCO holds Freedom Ball with focus on struggles and victories

APCO holds Freedom Ball with focus on struggles and victories

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During the month of June, Filipinos around the world observe and pay tribute, through various events, to the proclamation of the Philippine Independence from the Spanish rule on 12th of June, 116 years ago. These commemorative activities include flag raising ceremonies, picnics, parades, gala dinners, and commemorative luncheons, to name…

Objection to racial hate unites communities and pollies

Objection to racial hate unites communities and pollies

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By Violi Calvert Monthly 'kapihan' of FilPress group on Friday May 16 endorses 'Walk for Respect' which will be held on Sunday May 25 in Lakemba, one of Sydney's hubs for multicultural communities. Shown with a 'Walk for Respect' placard are (left to right) Oliver Gadista, Jimmy Pimentel, Marilie Eftekhastroudi,…

Fil-Aussie defies lupus and becomes a mother and an author

Fil-Aussie defies lupus and becomes a mother and an author

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As a Mother’s Day offering and our support to the international World Lupus Day (May 10), we are featuring the story of a Filipino-Australian woman who beat the odds to be a mother and help others cope with the challenges of being parents through the parenting book “Put the Baby…

ANZAC represents the Diggers’ highest level of bravery and love for their country

ANZAC represents the Diggers’ highest level of bravery and love for their country

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Today, Australians around the globe pay tribute to the courageous men and women who sacrificed their lives in the defence of freedom for their country and its people. Various public commemoration ceremonies highlight the revered “Aussie fighting spirit”; rather than glorify war, they serve as a reminder of its futility.…

Bigots still exist in this day and age – Part 2

Bigots still exist in this day and age – Part 2

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By Violi Calvert Seven months ago, I felt compelled to express great disappointment over an incident which showed that bigots still exist in our modern age society. The incident did not even occur here but I felt strongly that regardless of the place and the people involved, bigotry must be…

Reminiscing A Special April Fool’s Day

Reminiscing A Special April Fool’s Day

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This year’s April Fool’s Day was special. On that day, our Mother turned 95 years young. She is the tenth child in the brood of eleven children. She has outlived all her siblings and a number of nieces and nephews, not to forget our Father who passed away at the…

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