Archive for November, 2009

[Editor’s note: Danny Vinluan and his wife Myrna of Atlanta, Georgia are regular cruise passengers. The following is Danny’s reaction to this article.]

Pensioners in Chifley will this week receive their long-anticipated rise in the Pension rate along with the increased New Pension Supplement.

Federal Member for Chifley, Roger Price said that the historic increase will be welcomed by pensioners who have been doing it tough.

Centrelink has contacted all 20,815 pensioners in Chifley to explain how their payments have changed from 20 September, under the Australian Government’s Secure and Sustainable Pension Reform.

From 20 September, single pensioners on the maximum rate receive a total increase of $70.83 per fortnight, bringing their total pension to $671.90 per fortnight.


by Ronaldo Z. Concha

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – A Filipino worker who returned a huge amount of money he found in northern Saudi Arabia to its rightful owner has become an instant celebrity among fellow expatriates.

The new hero is Lark Michael B. Colegado, a 34-year-old family man from Tacloban and Misamis Oriental in the southern Philippines, who works as an automated teller machine (ATM) maintenance technician for Al-Hamrani Universal in Jeddah.

In an interview, Colegado narrated that he was sent to the northern city of Tabuk last week to do preventive maintenance and fix an offline ATM because his Pakistani colleague responsible for the place was on vacation.

At an ATM located in a gasoline station, he was looking for a place to seat to do his work when he saw a small box beside the machine. When he checked, he found that there was money inside the box.


Even before the actual event, this pretty candidate in the Miss Philippines Australia Beauty Pageant expressed confidence that she would win the most coveted title during this year’s 21st Philippine Grand Fiesta.

The pageant was held at Fairfield Showground on October 18 with an audience of about 30,000 Filipinos who marvelled at the beauty and talent demonstrated by the candidates.

Aprille Lim had an edge over the others. Apart from being in the final year of law studies at Macquarie University, she is also a part time model, actor and TV presenter who continues to appear locally and internationally. She studied acting and TV presenting at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.

Ottawa, October 2009. Government of Canada announces special immigration measures for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

Residents in the Philippines who are significantly affected by Typhoon Ondoy (International code name Ketsana) are being offered special measures to facilitate immigration to Canada, announced Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “I would like to express my deepest sympathy and support for the people of the Philippines affected by this terrible disaster,” said Minister Kenney. “This government is moving quickly to reunite Canadians and permanent residents with their families by extending a welcome to those who wish to come to Canada.”