Archive for September, 2010

What you said could have been about Brisbane or the Gold Coast “Fiestas” so it is not unique to Sydney. Maybe even Melbourne although I did not attend that one. I agree wholeheartedly. I am not a Filipino but have been involved with the wonderful country and its warm and happy people for over 30 years after living and working there during the 1980s. I really hope you can stir up some pride for showing off what the Philippines has to offer.

My company (All About Asia) specifically promotes Tourism to the Philippines. Some might say that is an understatement. We are Passionate about it. Lately, there have been strong rumours circulating that, after being under the radar for many years, the destination is about to get very popular. With Bali and Thailand becoming “old hat,” Australian tourists are looking for new and exciting destinations close by. The Philippines fits the bill. I really hope that all “kababayans” start to tell their Australian friends what the country really has to offer them.

Robert Graham

There are some great generalisations about what “contribution” Jess Diaz has made to the [Filipino] community. But it’s pretty hard to drill down and find out exactly what that contribution is. So can you rattle off a few? It seems to me that Diaz and his family are just using their Pinoy background as an avenue to achieve self-interest.

I can’t think of anything Jess Diaz or his family has done for the community in the last three years except rip off a lot of fellow Pinoys. He left a lot of disappointed people with a heavier load on their shoulders after having to suffer through serious immigration issues because of his incompetence.

What contribution has he made? He has contributed to the suffering of a lot of Pinoys through shambled immigration practices.

Crimes happen anywhere, everywhere – and so does hostage taking. It can happen on land, up in the air inside airplanes, or even on board ocean liners. It can happen not only in Manila but also anywhere in America or in Australia. Some are reported. Some are not. Is media to blame? But media has its responsibilities. People have a right to know.

Hostage takers choose no nationalities. At the time the decision is made, the mind of the hostage taker is blurred. He thinks only of his immediate objective, whatever that might be. (more…)

Such was the statement that appeared in the blog of a certain Bang Lu Min who declared himself as one of the hostages on board the tourist bus hijacked by former Manila police captain Rolando Mendoza.

The Chinese survivor said that Mendoza became even more upset when he saw on television that his brother was arrested. The other hostages inside the bus were complaining that they were hungry and had to go to the toilet. The others were just groaning and whining. (more…)

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Australia – New South Wales Chapter was established in 1980 for the purpose of supporting UP in the fulfilment of its mission as an academic institution. It also assists in the development and welfare of alumni in Australia and in the Philippines, while fostering socio-cultural development and interaction between the association and the Australian community. (more…)