Winners of Overseas Filipinos Essay Contest Honored

Source:

Inquirer.net
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/119985/winners-of-overseas-filipinos-essay-contest-honored/
25 March 2015

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Dr. Celia Lamkin with Justin Keith Baquisal of UP Diliman, grand winner of Essay Contest on Overseas Filipinos during the awards ceremony on February 26, at Manila Hotel. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

MANILA – Winners of the Essay Contest on Overseas Filipinos were feted during an awards ceremony February 26 at the Manila Hotel during the gala dinner of the Third Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora held in Manila.

The essay contest with the theme “The Overseas Filipinos and their impact on the Philippines” was launched by the US Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas chapter (CNMI and Guam) Chairperson Dr. Celia Lamkin in collaboration with the Commission on Overseas and its chairperson, Secretary Imelda Nicolas.

There were 257 essay entries received by the USP4GG Ad Hoc Committee from both College and High School Categories from nine different countries: Philippines, USA, Greece, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, China, Bahrain, Qatar.

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(From left) Mrs. Jeremias, mother of Hazel Ivy Jeremias, 2nd prize winner (High School category) of The Lewis College in Sorsogon City, Dr. Celia Lamkin, Atty. Loida Nicolas Lewis, Hazel Ivy Jeremias, 2nd prize winner, Justin Keith Baquisal, grand winner (College category), CFO Secretary Imelda Nicolas, Atty. Lolita Farmer, Mr. Jefferson Baquisal, father of Justin Keith Baquisal, and Jeremy Mosquito, 3rd prize winner (College category) of St. Mary’s University at Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya.

Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III sent congratulations to the winners: “Our countrymen have sacrificed much so that we can build upon the foundations they toiled for us. Let your perspectives and insights motivate our kababayans to intensify their support for our fellows in distant shores.”
The winners are the following:

College Category
Justin Keith Baquisal – First Prize of the University of the Philippines, Diliman
Dia Marmi Bazar – Second Prize of Misamis University at Misamis Occidental
Jeremy Mosquito- Third Prize of St. Mary’s University at Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya

High School
Patrick Duane Noche – First Prize of Calayan Educational Foundation,Inc at Lucena city
Eugenie Marie Pranada – First Prize of Philippine School of Bahrain
Hazel Ivy Jeremias – Second Prize of The Lewis College at Sorsogon city
Yvonne Dayne Luis -Third Prize of Durat Al Sharq International School at Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Grand winner Justin Keith Baquisal said, “As mass out-migration has become a trend since the 1970’s, the task for today’s generation is to critically examine the phenomenon and its effects on our private lives and public issues. I think we should continue to locate the overseas Filipino community in the narrative of our nationhood. They may be geographically far from us, often becoming citizens of other states either by economic necessity or free will, but I think their experiences should vitalize rather than be relegated from talks about national development.”

Eugenie Marie Pranada said, “The topic of the essay contest is timely, challenging, and relevant. The contest provided channels from the youth around the globe to come to one destination -the hearts of the OFWs. Also, this aided the realization and the discovery of the reader on what views the author has to offer to the world. Lastly, like any other writing competitions, all the contenders let their hearts speak. That’s how we won…the experience.”

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(From left) Dr. Celia Lamkin, USP4GG Marianas chapter chair; Atty. Loida Nicolas Lewis, USP4GG national chair; Aurora Aguinaldo, USP4GG member from New York; Treenee Lopez, Chairperson of Global Pinoys Diaspora in Canada.

The judges of the essay contest were:

Dr. Josefina G. Tayag,DPA, retired vice-chancellor of UP Manila; Zaldy Dandan, editor of Marianas Variety, Atty.Lolita Farmer,OAM, an immigration lawyer in Australia; George Chua, President and CEO of Bayan Automative Industries Corporation and President of Philippine Industries ( FPI) ; Mithi Aquino-Thomas, an experienced instructor and trainer in the customer service industry and wife of former US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, Jr.

Gene Alcantara, chair of the European Network of Filipino Diaspora ( ENFiD) and immigration consultant in London; Juanita Nimfa Gamez, one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the US in 2007 and CEO and president of a home care business in California; Romy Cayabyab, founder and publisher of the award-winning Internet publishing and media company in Sydney, Australia.

Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay, grand winner of USP4GG Essay Contest on West Philippine Sea and a community journalist/reporter for the Sun Star Publishing,Inc; and Dr. Celia B. Lamkin, chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee for USP4GG Essay Contest on Overseas Filipinos, founding chairperson of Global Filipino Diaspora Marianas and founding member, Board Member and Secretary of Global Filipino Diaspora Council.

Source:

Inquirer.net
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/119985/winners-of-overseas-filipinos-essay-contest-honored/
25 March 2015

 

INVITATION REMINDER: DISRUPTing Washington DC in cooperation with the U.S. Philippine Society @ Embassy of the Philippines

 
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‘In the Country,’ by Mia Alvar

 

Source:

By J. R. RAMAKRISHNAN
The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/21/books/review/in-the-country-by-mia-alvar.html?emc=edit_bk_20150619&nl=books&nlid=20130276&_r=0

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Mia Alvar Credit Deborah Lopez

In Tagalog movies, the bida, or hero, battles the kontrabida, or villain, for the affections of a beautiful woman. As his family cheers at the bida’s victory in the opening story of “In the Country,” Steve, a Filipino expat on a visit home, reflects: “The script had succumbed, in the end, to our demands.

”As in a good Tagalog movie, twists abound in Mia Alvar’s debut collection. But Alvar’s finely wrought shocks, delivered in exacting prose, reverberate without easy resolution. In “The Kontrabida,” she denies Steve the demanded conclusion. While the drugs he smuggled from New York for his dying father provide a relief of sorts, Steve is forced into reconsidering who’s who in his family’s own melodrama.

Worlds continue to be upended as Alvar’s characters move among the Philippines, the Persian Gulf and the United States. The Manila-born, New York-based author offers deft portraits of transnational wanderers, blessed and cursed with mobility. When connection is sought or arrives unbidden, the bonds turn out to be brief and terribly disruptive. In “Shadow Families,” the wives of engineers, doctors and diplomats stationed in Bahrain offer food, hand-me-downs and matchmaking services to fellow Filipinos who work as katulong, or helpers. Their smug noblesse oblige, hilariously conveyed by Alvar through the royal “we,” cracks with the arrival of the temptress Baby, who accepts their generosity but refuses to be cowed by it.

In “The Virgin of Monte Ramon,” the bullied Danny, who uses a wheelchair, finds solace in the appearance of Annelise, the indio daughter of a laundress, only to have the shaky ground of his identity collapse. At least Danny and Annelise enjoy a fleeting respite. Most of Alvar’s characters have to contend with more troubled fates.

In the “Manilachusetts” setting of “Old Girl,” an exiled Filipino senator, “Dad,” decides to run the Boston Marathon. He’s utterly unprepared, so his wife, “Mommy,” steps in to help, as she always has. Soon, Mommy reveals that Dad has a different significance in Manila: “Hero. Freedom Fighter. Prisoner of conscience.” In real life, Dad is Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., and Mommy is a self-declared plain housewife who’ll end up as president, Corazon, or “Cory". 

Alvar’s incursion into Filipino politics recalls Jessica Hagedorn’s novel “Dogeaters,” and Miguel Syjuco’s “Ilustrado.” But stylistically, Alvar’s elegant examination of the political wife is reminiscent of the long-suffering spouses and familial enablers of political men in Nadine Gordimer’s fiction. When Dad begins training, Mommy is saddled with ferrying their youngest child to school: “That’s been his one job, in the mushroom-­colored Chevrolet Caprice he has all to himself. (She and the children share a blue Dodge Diplomat.)” The parentheses almost tell the whole story.

After the earlier stories’ gripping tension, the muted pace of the novella “In the Country,” told through date-stamped vignettes, is initially jarring, then thoroughly heartbreaking. In 1971, Milagros Sandoval, a nurse, meets the reporter Jaime (Jim) Reyes at a strike she has organized to protest unfair wages. Jim asks her if she’s considered migration for better prospects. Milagros replies, “Your mother gets sick, you don’t leave her for a healthier mother.

”Their bond is sealed, but mommy Philippines is unwell. President Ferdinand Marcos clings to power, and dissent lands Jim in prison. Through elaborate signals during visits, Milagros takes dictation from Jim so that he may continue publishing articles. Alvar zigzags from Jim’s imprisonment to his release to the return of Marcos’s challenger, Ninoy Aquino. As tragedy interrupts Aquino’s comeback and seeps into the Reyes home, Milagros makes a displacing choice, echoing the decisions that set the collection’s other characters in motion. Clearly a writer with enchanting powers, Alvar wills us to crisscross the globe with them all over again. 

IN THE COUNTRY

Stories
By Mia Alvar
347 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $26.95.


Source:

By J. R. RAMAKRISHNAN
The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/21/books/review/in-the-country-by-mia-alvar.html?emc=edit_bk_20150619&nl=books&nlid=20130276&_r=0

 

 

Invitation to FSMM-FAP Collaborative Summit

We have come together, resolved to unite Fil-Ams and Filipinos in diaspora everywhere for a Better Philippines for the Love of God and Love of Country.

Foreign Surgical Medical Missions – Fil-Am Patriots Collaborative

Cordially invites you

to a

Summit Meeting

on

Saturday, September 19, 2015

8:00AM to 12 Noon

Hosted by The North Central – Virginia Association of Philippine Physicians

in Richmond, Virginia

(Details to follow)

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP or by August 30, 2015 at the latest.

 
“Filipinos United for a Better Philippines for Love of God and Love of Country”

 

MISSION STATEMENT:


TO FOSTER COLLABORATION, COOPERATION AND PARTNERSHIP AMONGST FSMM GROUPS, FILIPINO ORGANIZATIONS, PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AND ITS AGENCIES, PHILIPPINE BASED COLLEAGUES, HOSPITALS, MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZATIONS, TO DELIVER MORE EFFICIENT HEALTHCARE TO OUR POOR AND ALL FILIPINOS, IMPROVE LOCAL HEALTH EDUCATION, FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY.

VISION:

TO BRING PEACE, PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY TO THE PHILIPPINES AND ALL FILIPINOS THROUGH ALTRUISTIC AND SELFLESS SERVICE AS ABOVE, AS GOD'S INTRUMENTS  TO HELP TRANSFORM PHILIPPINE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION INTO ONE OF INTEGRITY, INDUSTRY, CHRISTIAN COMPASSION AND CHARITY.
 

Foreign Surgical /Medical Missions-Fil-Am Patriots Collaborative Summit

 8:00AM Saturday, September 19, 2015 Richmond Virginia

Tentative PROGRAM

I Call to Order

 II Invocation

 III Welcome

 IV Foreign Surgical/Medical Mission to the Philippines: Opportunities for Service  and Commitment to Make our Country Better

 V DOH Administrative Order, December 23, 2012 – The Latest. Rules and Regulations governing FSMM

 VI Report from the Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisis, Jr., (Other Gov't Reps)

 VII Sustainable Private-Public Partnerships in the Philippines

 VIII Unifying FilAm Patriots – What will it take?

 IX Carrying On with the Mission in the Future

 A) Inspiring our Youth and Young Adults

Group Discussion: Topics: VII, VIII and IX

Group Reports

X Mandate for the Future:

A) Action Points

B) Organization and Structure

    1. Level Playing Field VS. Standard Officers

    2. Election

    3. Next Meeting

 XI Adjourn 


Source:

E Abay II, MD, FACS
Neurosurgery
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