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Editore romano riceve la Medaglia d'Onore dall'Ordine dei Cavalieri di Rizal

Roma, Sept 10, 2014 - L'editore romano Michele Piacentini, già Ufficio Stampa e collaboratore per le Relazioni Esterne dell'Ambasciata delle Filippine a Roma, ha ricevuto a sorpresa la Medaglia d'Onore dall'Ordine dei Cavalieri di Rizal per il suo grande impegno a promuovere la cultura e le tradizioni filippine in Italia. Qualche riconoscimento per il suo lavoro era nell'aria e qualcosa lui l'aveva intuita, ma mai avrebbe immaginato che in realtà si sarebbe trattato di essere decorato con la Medaglia d'Onore prima ancora di essere nominato Cavaliere. 

Questo è quanto avvenuto nel corso del 5° European Meeting of Knights of Rizal lo scorso 28 agosto a Firenze, alla presenza del Commander Supreme H.E. Jeremias German C. Singson, di H.E. Virgilio A. Reyes Jr e di tutti gli altri Commander of Chapters of Europe. Ma lasciamo spazio alle sue parole di ringraziamento scritte in una lettera a Sir Jeremias Singson e a Sir Virgilio Reyes Jr.:


Knights of Rizal sa Europa, nagtipon sa Italya

Florence, Sept 3, 2014 - Matagumpay na idinaos sa Firenze at Roma ang Order of the Knights of Rizal - 5th European Regional Assembly noong Agosto 28-31,2014.  Mahigit sa 150 ang mga dumating buhat sa mga KOR chapters ng  Philippines, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, France, Czech Republic,  U S A, at Italy. Bukod sa Knights of Rizal ay dumalo din ang mga kinatawan ng mga Corporate Associations tulad ng Kababaihang Rizalistas at Las Damas de Rizal sa Auditorium ng Sant' Apollonia sa tulong kaloob ng Regione Toscana at dinaluhan ni Consigliere Eugenio Giani na nagbigay ng ilang mga pananalita tungkol sa ating bayaning si Dr. Jose Rizal.

Sa kaunahang pagkakataon ay dumalong kumpleto ang Supreme Council na nag buhat pa sa Pilipinas na pinamumunuan ni Jeremias German Crisologo Singson, KGCR Supreme Commander; Avelino Volante Torres, KGOR Supreme Chancellor; Maximo Salazar, KGOR Supreme Pursuivant; Reynaldo San Juan KGOR Supreme Archivist at Antonio Templanza Manzano KGCR Supreme Auditor. Bukod sa kanila ay dumalo din ang mga dating pamunuan ng organisasyon. Ang pagtitipon ay buong sipag na inorganisa nina Carlos Simbillo, KCR Chapter Commander ng Firenze; Dennis Reyes, KOR Firenze Deputy Commander at Romulo Salvador KCR  Chapter Commander ng Roma sa tulong at payo nina H.E. Ambassador Sir Virgilio Reyes Jr. KGOR , PHL Hon. Consul General Dr. Fabio Fanfani, KCR, Firenze Chapter Adviser, Rudy Nollas, KGOR Regional Commander – Europe, Cesar Alcoba KGOR- incoming Regional Commander for Europe at Lino  Paras KGCR, Adviser and over all coordinator ng nasabing pagtitipon.

Naging pambungad ng Assembly ang isang Exhibit ng mga nanalong obra sa 2014 International Painting Contest “Life of Dr. Jose Rizal in Europe na ginanap at inilibot sa Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Austria at Italia na inorganisa ni Mr. Virgilio Cuison Managing Director ng KUNST Gallery. Tampok ang nanalong obra ni Filipino Artist Sherwin Paul Gonzales atbp.


LSE Program empowers Pinoys in Rome and Milan

Be Financially Successful…Be a Social Entrepreneur…Be a Leader

“I have learned a lot not only how to handle my finances but most of all I have regained my lost confidence and found a place where I can belong” - LSE1 Participant

Rome, August 12, 2014 - LSE or LEADERSHIP and SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP is the flagship program of Associazione Pilipinas OFSPES with the Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Government (ASoG).  It seeks to enable the socio-cultural, political and economic empowerment of overseas Filipinos in Italy, particularly the youth, by, among other things, training and building capacities on leadership, financial literacy and social entrepreneurship skills in a migrant context.

The LSE training was initially launched in Rome in April 2008 to empower Filipino migrant workers to proactively address financial and emotional challenges that result from the process of migration.  The said training for OFWs has since been expanded with the first in Naples and Florence, the third in Turin and Milan and the fifth batch in Rome that graduated in 2013. 

The LSE 24 will be launched at the Philippine Consulate General in Milan on 14 September 2014 while the LSE 25 will be launched at the Philippine Embassy to Italy also on 14 September.

The LSE has gone as far North as Brussels, The Hague, and Paris, in Dubai in the Middle East and Baclaran, Philippines, Hongkong and Macau in Asia.

The LSE in Rome is a perfect example of a partnership among NGOs (Pilipinas OFSPES and UGAT Foundation), government institutions (Philippine Embassy/Consulate, Philippine Labor office-DOLE and OWWA),  the private sector (SEDPI), and the academe (Ateneo de Manila University).

The Program continues to be true to its vision of  a united, empowered and respected Filipino migrants and their families contributing towards Philippine development.


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ENFiD Italy joined the Mini-Conference and First General Assembly of the European Network of Filipino Diaspora-Europe in Madrid. Msgr. Jerry Bitoon represents Italy in the new ENFiD Board.

Madrid - Through the scorching heat wave of Madrid, the 30-some delegates to the Mini-Conference and First General Assembly of the European Network of Filipino Diaspora buckled down to accomplish their intentions. It was an intensive 3-day meeting (11-13 July 2014) for the representatives of 11 countries present: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Special guests invited to address the conference was led by Philippine Ambassador to Italy, Virgilio Reyes, a guiding force in the formation of ENFiD from its beginnings in the 2012 Rome Diaspora-to-Dialogue, keynoted the Mini-Conference counseling that ENFiD’s human resource potential be harnessed complemented by available innovation and information technology . Philippine Consul General Emmanuel Fernandez of Spain voiced the social effects of migration in dysfunctional Filipino families. Madrid Mayor Dña Ana Maria Botella sent her personal message through Counsellor JesusMoreno Sanchez, head of city’s Migration Division, reiterating the historical bond between Spain and thePhilippines and complimenting on the positive presence and contribution of Filipino workers in Spain.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM)-Spain, Maria Jesus Herrera Ceballos, Chief of Mission, emphasized the need to seize the opportunities of the economic and social integration impact in world migration. Philippine Consul Juan Dayang of Czech Republic focused on the economic contribution of Overseas Filipino Workers in reducing poverty incidence and increased welfare and the impact of international migration on consular affairs and diplomacy. Fr. Jose Luis Pinilla Martin, S.J. of the Episcopal Commission of Migration ended the conference sharing views of the Spanish Church on immigration as an opportunity that strengthen its communities, and rejuvenates their parishes in their ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.

The General Assembly worked to ratify its Constitution and By-Laws and adopted the working objective to strengthen ENFiD as an organization by agreeing to register the ENFiD trademark in the immediate future and setup a permanent secretariat using its recognition in the EuropeanCommunity Transparency Registry as the starting point. The body conducted a self-analysis of its strengths and weaknesses from which it agreed to map out a practical achievable Five-Year Strategy that will define ENFiD’s direction and where to position itself in the local (Philippines), regional (Europe) and international environment of migration.

The assembly agreed to increase the ENFiD Board to 9 country-members. Eight candidates from 7 countries vied for 5 open positions in the Board. Each had a 5 minutes to make their case for election and those not physically present were beamed via skype video.

As a result the new ENFiD Board, is now represented by Marison Rodriguez (Czech Republic), Gene Alcantara (UK), Msgr. Jerry Bitoon (Italy), Virgilio Cuizon (Germany), Denis Mana-ay (France), Renee Ikdal (Norway), Rachel Hansen (Sweden), Rohlee de Guzman (Netherlands) and Diomedes Eviota (Switzerland).

The meeting resolved to hold its 2nd General Assembly and Conference in October 2015, possibly in Nice, France.

Filipino Community of Catania, naglunsad ng unang proyekto

Ang bagong asosasyon sa Catania ay nagboluntaryo sa paglilinis ng lungomare bilang kanilang unang proyekto.

Catania, Hulyo 16, 2014 - Nagsagawa kamakailan ang FILIPINO COMMUNITY OF CATANIA ng kanilang kauna-unahang aktibidad matapos mailunsad nitong nakaraang Mayo. Ito ay tinawag na OPLAN LUNGOMARE, o ang paglilinis sa Catania bilang serbisyo ng komunidad. Sa pamamagitan ng nasabing aktibidad ay ipinamalas ng mga Pilipino ang malasakit sa kapaligiran, lalong higit sa lungsod ng Catania, na kanilang itinuturing na ikalawang tahanan.

Noong July 7 ay sinimulan ng grupo ang paglilinis mula alas 7:30 hanggang 10:30 ng umaga mula Piazza Europa hanggang Piazza Nettuno. Sa pagitan ng oras na ito ay hindi inaasahang dumating ang alkalde ng Catania, si Hon. Enzo Bianco upang mag-bisikleta. Lumapit ang grupo upang magbigay galang sa alkalde. Iniulat din ng katatag lamang na grupo ang ginagawang paglilinis bilang kanilang volunteer work. Natuwa ang alkalde at pinuri ang mga Pilipino na noon pa man ay malapit na sa puso nito.

Bukod dito, maging ang mga residente ay binigyang pansin ang pagpapahalaga sa kalinisan ng kapaligiran ng mga Pilipino. Sa katunayan, pinasalamatan at kinilala maging ng media ang inisyatiba.  

Ang FILIPINO COMMUNITY OF CATANIA ay isang bagong organisasyon na inilunsad noong nakaraang Mayo 25, 2014. Ang mga nanumpang opisyales ay sina:

LENI VALLEJO – PRESIDENT                    
LITO CUYA – AUDITOR