Sandigan Radio is now on its fifth year broadcasting with 2rdj 88.1FM, every Friday 9-10a.m. The program’s hosts are Charles Chan, Michelle Baltazar, and Violi Calvert. It was part of the radio station’s outside broadcast at the Strathfield Spring Festival and the Burwood Festival, held on September 7 and 21, respectively.
Co-hosts Charles and I missed our co-hosts but we had great fun sharing Filipino music, the usual community announcements and having special guests on our program at the Strathfield Spring Festival. The first who joined us were Anna Garcia, life coach and local author of a parenting book “Put the Baby Back in My Tummy”, and her five year old daughter Allegra. Anna shared funny excerpts from the book and useful parenting tips. As part of awareness about the medical condition “lupus’, Anna gladly shared how she overcame the debilitating ailment before she started a family and also offered suggestions on how to keep the symptoms under control.
We were also thrilled to have our former Sandigan co-host Veronica Monro who is the Director and Teacher of the local Sydney Voice Studio (SVS) also as a guest in the program. In her interview, Veronica spoke about her participation in Avon Voices which promoted the campaign on stopping violence against women, her studies and near completion of PhD on music. She is kept busy with SVS and teaching at Macquarie University. The listeners of Sandigan were treated with live performances of three of her SVS students. The talented singers were Angelina Meneses (of Filipino background, age 9), Michelle and Nicole Issa (15 and 17yrs respectively).
Sandigan on September 21 was at the Burwood Festival which is the biggest event in the inner west of Sydney.
Gary Stark co-broadcaster at 2rdj helped me with the program as my other co-hosts had other commitments, with Michelle running in the Blackmores Marathonon that day. We opened the program with Marlisa Punzalan’s recording of “Let It Go” as a celebration of her fantastic XFactor journey.
It was great to see members of the crowd stopping in front of the 2rdj stand to watch and listen to Sandigan’s special guests. First to be interviewed and performed was the talented Fil-Ausssie singer and dancer Brian Lorenz. Brian’s beautiful singing impressed the crowd at the festival and no doubt the listeners at home as well. Brian was happy to share information on his album launch on October 26 at Rooty Hill RSL. For further information you can ring Brian on 0411 083 325.
The next interview was with Cindy Dionisio who is heading the project team for the Miss Australasia Beauty Pageant. She highlighted that: “… Miss Australasia is an excellent exposure for new brand of Beauty Pageant…A beauty pageant with a difference and for a greater cause, MA is out to revolutionise the traditional beauty pageants that have tended to commercialise and sexualise young women.” Cindy also spoke about workshops which are conducted to further develop the contestants. More details about the pageant are available on www dot missaustralasian dot com dot au.
Sandigan also had as one of its guests eighteen year old Desa Santos who is a candidate of the Miss Philippines- Australia and Miss Charity Queen 2014 beauty pageant. The pageant is part of the Fiesta Kultura being held at the Fairfield Showground on October 6. Desa said: “I wish to help raise funds for the various charities supported by the Philippine Australian Sports Council and to further develop personally with my participation in the pageant.” She also performed a song which drew people to the 2rdj stand.
It was truly an afternoon of beauty and talent shared during the Sandigan program. Later during the program, one of the Miss Australasia candidates, Melanie Balagtas was also interviewed. When asked what was her main aim in joining the pageant, Melanie said: “I believe I am 100% Australian and to represent Australia in an international competition with my cultural background would be a big statement to the world that no matter what race or culture we belong to, we can proudly say we are Australian.”
Melanie also performed a song acapella which showed off her beautiful voice.
It was great for Sandigan to be part of 2rdj’s presence at the festivals. We thank our special guests and our friendly 2rdj team, both at the festival stands and at the studio for their assistance. We look forward to the next live broadcast and hope to see you there.
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