Pioneering Teacher Loline Lualhati-Reed Laid To Rest In London


Melissa Legarda Alcantara

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Loline Lualhati Reed, 1942-2015 CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

LONDON — A beloved Filipina pioneer and teacher, Loline Lualhati Reed, who dedicated her life to promoting international relations with the Philippines and improving the lives of Filipino migrant workers abroad, passed away at the age of 72. Her funeral took place here in London on June 16.

After suffering a brain aneurysm on the evening of May 25 2015, Loline slipped into a coma and did not regain consciousness. She was transferred to hospital and placed on life support while doctors searched for possible transplant patients, because she had wished to be an organ donor.

In the morning of May 27, when it became apparent that no suitable recipients could be found, due to her rare blood type for the UK, the hospital withdrew Loline’s life support. She passed away peacefully and without pain, surrounded by her immediate family of husband Kenneth, children James and Diana, and her son-in-law Nicolas.

Following Loline’s passing, Kenneth told his children, “She had a good life, a good death, and we all got to be there.”

Loline was born in 1942 in Taal, Batangas, at the ancestral house of her relative Marcela Mariño de Agoncillo. She was one of the original members of the Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company of the Philippines and later taught at the Philippine Women’s University in Manila.

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LAR (fourth from left) with Bayanihan, Theatre du Paris, January 1962.

In 1967, she married Dr. Kenneth Reed, an Australian micropaleontologist, at Malate Church, before moving to Lagos in Nigeria, where he worked for an oil company and she worked at the Philippine Embassy. Together the couple had two children, Diana and James, who are both based in the UK.

Loline was widely regarded for her invaluable contributions to helping Filipinos establish themselves in Europe, and especially in Britain. She was known for her passionate work as a board member of the Global Filipinos Diaspora Council, as president of the Inter-Cultural Society of London, as chairman of Welcome to London International Club and chairman of the Overseas Women’s Club.

Loline also co-founded the Filipino Women’s Association in the UK, and was instrumental in establishing a chapter of the English-Speaking Union (ESU) in the Philippines. Loline and her husband, Kenneth, hosted student participants at their own home when they came to compete in London ESU contests.

In the 1980s, Loline initiated and actively participated in campaigns against Philippine sex tourism and the trafficking of women and children. Through these campaigns, she became acquainted with the founding members of OFW charity, Kalayaan, in its fledgling days. Six years later, as the collapse of the Marcos dictatorship loomed, Loline was one of the two people who inaugurated the “Vote Aquino” campaign in Europe.

Loline’s tremendous accomplishments for her country did not go unnoticed. In 2006, she was honored with the Banaag Presidential Award, closely followed by the Nicanor Reyes Medal for Outstanding Work in International and National Service from the Far Eastern University of the Philippines in 2008; she received the Hall of Fame and CAPA Awards from the Philippine Women’s University.

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Lualhati Reed (in front) with Bayanihan, Itik-Itik at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway.

Loline’s daughter, Diana, set up a Facebook page in tribute to her mother’s memory. Hundreds of family, friends and acquaintances shared moving and personal memories of Loline, the warmhearted Filpina woman who touched their lives.

“I first met Loline when she helped organize ‘East Meets West,’ a concert featuring Ballet Manila,” wrote one family friend. “She worked very hard and was always very kind… A true lady and patron of the arts… a loving mother [and] a devoted wife… Thank you so much for the so many lives you have enriched just by knowing you.”

A fellow alumna of Far Eastern University recalled how Loline “would always find time to visit or help her alma mater whether by helping prepare current students to compete in the English Speaking Union or sponsoring expeditions to study the Tamaraw [in Mindoro].”

A former student praised Loline’s dedication and patience as her high school teacher. “Our class was very fortunate to have the then Ms. Loline Lualhati as our teacher in Literature,” they wrote with fondness. “She was a very good, understanding and accommodating teacher, that’s why she was well loved by her students… Ma’am Loline, I know you are happy where you are now. It’s been a great opportunity to have known you. Thank you, thank you.”

On June 17, 2015, Loline’s friends and family gathered at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mayfair, London for her funeral. A tribute event in her honor will be held in London later in the year.


Melissa Legarda Alcantara


Internet voter registration system rolled-out for Filipinos in Asia Pacific

The Filipino Australian Staff
June 17, 2015

MANILA — The online system for voter registration, iREHISTRO, is now implemented in Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) missions in the Asia Pacific Region, the DFA announced recently.

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The system is a collaboration of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the DFA Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) which provides another way of accomplishing forms for voter registration related process.iREHISTRO is available in the following Foreign Service Posts (FSPs): Philippine Embassies in Bangkok, Brunei, Canberra, Dhaka, Dili, Hanoi, Islamabad, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, Vientiane, Wellington, Yangon plus the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Osaka and Sydney.

“iREHISTRO is a historical evolution of the Philippine electoral process,” the DFA-OVS said.

Prospective applicants still have to appear personally at Foreign Service Posts or Mobile/Field registration sites, to sign and submit their duly accomplished printed form, and for biometrics capturing. In addition, the processed applications still have to be approved by the Resident Election Registration Board (RERB).

The COMELEC and DFA-OVS tested the technology last November 2014 in the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, Spain. The test was concluded in January 2015 with successful results.

Following the successful testing in Madrid, the COMELEC approved the implementation of iREHISTRO for the entire Foreign Service.

Regional training for Voter Registration Machine Operators in the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Americas region has recently been completed.

Overseas Filipinos in the Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa region now have the option of filling up the forms from the comfort of their homes, workplace, internet café, or anywhere they have access to reliable internet connection.

The optional appointment feature of the system allows for better time management since it provides them an easy way to schedule their personal appearance at a FSP or Mobile/Field registration site.

FSPs also benefit from iREHISTRO. The optional appointment system if and when used can accurately inform the Post on how many registrants to expect on a given day, thus giving them a heads up on how to adjust for the walk-ins.

In addition, planning for outreach and Akyat Barko activities is made easier by the advance and relatively accurate head count. Efficiency is enhanced due to faster processing time resulting to potentially more registrants per day, with higher “customer satisfaction”.

All Filipino citizens who expect to be in the Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa during the thirty day (April 9 – May 9) overseas voting period for the 2016 national elections, at least 18 years old on  May 9, 2016, and not otherwise disqualified by law may now go to or to access the iREHISTRO System to register as an overseas voter.

The voter registration period ends on October 31, 2015.

The Filipino Australian Staff
June 17, 2015


Maria Castaneda, Global FWN100™ '14, Honored by New York Immigration Coalition


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"I just want to use my organization, my position, to inspire other Filipinos, other women, other workers to step up because we have so much to do as immigrants. We have to win immigration reform," Maria Castaneda said. Photo credit: GMA Network.

Maria Castaneda, 119SEIU Healthcare Workers East Secretary-Treasurer, received an award from New York Immigration Coalition during their 2015 Gala for her role as a driving force for immigrants and workers rights through her union. Maria Castaneda is the highest ranking Asian American woman labor leader in the U.S.

Upon accepting the award, Ms. Castaneda said, "I am honored to be recognized by the New York Immigration Coalition, whose work bringing a broad range of stakeholders to the table to advance immigrant rights is critical. 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is a proud member of the Coalition. With over 400,000 members, many of whom are immigrants, in New York State, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland and the District of Columbia, we are the largest local union in the world. In our work to improve and expand quality patient care, and protect the lives of our members and their families, immigrant rights is at the forefront of our mission. I accept this award knowing that together we will continue to fight for immigrant rights because it will improve our economy and raise standards for all working people."

Castaneda said immigrant rights are at the forefront of her mission and wants to use her organization and position to inspire other Filipinos, other women, other workers to step up because we have to win immigration reform.

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill as well as President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, are all on hold. But Castaneda said she remains hopeful.

"Yes, it is frustrating because the DACA and DAPA are really good for the community, giving immigrants the rights to have work authorization. It’s really good for the community," she said.

Castaneda said she plans to continue to fight for immigrant rights because she believes that it will not only help the economy, it will also raise the living standards for all working people in the US.


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TFC and DFA Join Hands Anew To Encourage OFs To Exercise Their Right To Vote In The 2016 Elections

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TFC hopes to engage more overseas Filipinos via DFA - OVS and COMELEC’s online registration irehistro via a public service announcement featuring news personality Atom Araullo

August 28, 2015 (Quezon City) – With the deadline for the worldwide registration for the 2016 elections coming to a close on October 31, premier Filipino network The Filipino Channel (TFC) and implementing arm of the Overseas Voting Act, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Overseas Voting Secretariat (OVS) join hands anew to propagate the overseas Filipino’s (OF) right to vote.

TFC and DFA – OVS, partners since the 2013 elections, recently entered into a memorandum of agreement on August 26 at the ABS-CBN Corporation headquarters in Eugenio Lopez Jr. Communications Center (ELJCC) in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines to renew their commitment.

Managing Director for Asia Pacific of ABS-CBN Global Ltd. Philippine Branch Ailene Averion, says “TFC’s journey with OFs starts from the time he departs from the homeland and settles in his second home. In their quest to give their families the best life possible, TFC provides the company of a Kapamilya through information and entertainment across our content platforms. But beyond the physical and the necessary, we transcend roles and help our kababayans realize and act on what they can do for their country.” Averion further says “We concretize this by helping key government agency DFA OVS in its aim to reach out to Filipinos of voting age who can elect their next leaders by registering and exercising their right to vote.”

Since 2012, TFC has been laying out its platforms for the promotion of the OV act. 
The network opened its events for on-site registration efforts and tapped no less than personalities such as Boy Abunda, Pokwang, Sam Milby, Eric Santos and Piolo Pascual to banner the 2012 campaign and Ted Failon, Atom Araullo, Maan Macapagal, Robi Domingo and Kim Chiu to headline the 2013 campaign.

Through concerted efforts of both public and private sector, the 2012 registration reached a milestone when it hit nearly a million total registered voters. Moreover, in April of 2015, TFC’s campaign “Boto Mo, Kinabukasan ng Bawat Pilipino” earned a Silver Award from the prestigious 20th Anvil Awards held in Manila, for effective public relations communications.

According to DFA-OVS Chairperson Undersecretary Rafael Seguis credits the 85 posts all over the world for bringing the 2012 numbers to fore but he says media’s role is important and TFC’s contribution, undeniable. Seguis says “The most important thing for us is for media to create awareness. Thank you to ABS-CBN TFC for this kind of arrangement that will help create this kind of awareness for OV. We have similar arrangements in the past but not of this magnitude. Now we will be reaching even Africa because of TFC’s reach and popularity.”

Recently, DFA OVS reported a milestone as records showed that new registrants have reached the 600,000 mark, bringing the new total to 608,516. With this milestone, DFA OVS is pursuing more efforts to reach more Filipinos.

To date, DFA OVS and COMELEC have opened a total of 13 overseas registration centers (OVRC) in the Philippines to reach Filipinos who are about to leave for overseas whether on a permanent or temporary basis. These are the DFA Regional Consular Office in Davao, San Fernando Pampanga, and Cebu; and DFA Satellite Offices in Robinsons Galleria, SM Manila and Ali Mall; DFA Office of Consular Affairs in ASEAN Business Park in Paranaque; NAIA Terminals 1 to 3 in Pasay City, POEA in Ortigas, Mandaluyong, and Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc. in Makati City, Marina at Kalaw City, Manila and CFO in Osmeña in Manila; and OWWA Training Center in Intramuros where ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe and Africa News Bureau Chief Danny Buenafe and Head of News Gathering Dindo Amparo personally registered themselves during the launch.

Moreover, DFA OVS and COMELEC OFOV completed the global accessibility of the internet voter registration when it launched in Asia Pacific on August 6, enabling more Filipinos of voting age to participate in the 2016 elections.

With the partnership, DFA – OVS hopes to reach more Filipinos. For the 2015 campaign, TFC unveiled a public service announcement led by Red Alert and Umagang Kay Ganda host Atom Araullo, that aims to convince the OFs to register employing through the irehistro. Filipinos of voting age by the time of the 2016 elections, can visit, print their completed forms and go to the nearest Philippine post (Philippine Embassy, Consulate General, Mission, or Manila Economic and Culture Office [MECO]), field / mobile voting centers such a TFC events for their biometrics.

Deadline for overseas voting registration is on October 31, 2015 while the voting period for the 2016 Presidential Elections is from April to May 9, 2015. For more information visit and www. 
Watch out for more updates via TFC’s community board Global Post (What’s Up in the Middle East), Balitang Global and facebook pages worldwide.





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