Filipino Community Network


This is a place where UK-based Filipino groups and businesses can reach out to our community. Tell people about your events, find suppliers or let people know about your company's services. You can save time by making the Filipino Community Network page your first port of call on the internet.

Philippine Generations Parol Workshop - 3rd December 2011

Posted on behalf of Philippine Generations.

In the Filipino language, a Christmas lantern is called a Parol. There's no greater symbol of the Filipino Christmas spirit than this; it is our Christmas Tree. All through the Christmas season, star-shaped lanterns can be found hanging outside homes and along the streets of cities and small provincial towns, farms and fishing villages.

The Barrio Fiesta sa London 2011

This year, The Barrio Fiesta sa London 2010 will on 16th and 17th July 2011 at Lampton Park, Hounslow, TW3 4DN. You can find more information on their new website at

Mark Villarosa

Mark Villarosa a British Filipino singer and songwriter, is to play at The Roadhouse, Manchester, on Jan 29. For more information, please head over to Fil-Event.

He'll also be playing at The Camden Head in London, on Jan 23.

Trial users wanted for mobile remittance service [payment offered]

We've been contacted by a company running a trial for a new mobile remittance service. The system will enable quick instant, mobile money transfers, from the UK to the Philippines via Globe GCash.

Filipinos who regularly send money to friends and family in the Philippines are needed to trial out the new service before the end of the year (31 Dec 2010). All participants will be given an incentive payment of £10.

If you're interested, please contact us ASAP.

Why Christmas carols mean so much - 4thought.TV

On 4thought.TV, Filipino nurses Rex and Cathie Cortes share why Christmas carols mean so much to them. Catch it on Channel 4, Friday 24 December at 7.55pm.

Watch Cathie Cortes on through 4oD.

New U.K. time travel novel featuring Filipino characters and locations

Image of 'Glow' book cover

Author C Ramos-Stovin contacted us to introduce his debut novel, 'Glow: The Infinite Realms and Uncertain Certainties of Time', which will be released on hardback on 11 October 2010. Glow is an exciting, intelligent and action packed time travel/ghost story and using his two daughters as inspiration.

Mr Ramos-Stovin is an Englishman married to a Filipina who came to the U.K. to perform in Miss Saigon and The King and I. He now has two daughters and since being married has become very close to a lot of Filipinos. He tells us that his love of the Philippines and its people inspired him to give something back to a country.

You can visit the official book website to download the first few chapters for free.

Staff Nurses needed in Epsom [Job Ad]

Military Medical Personnel

Staff Nurses to work a variety of shifts at a Military Rehab Hospital in Epsom.

Must be NMC Registered and have lived in the UK for 3 out of the last 5 years.

It would be beneficial to have a car and a drivers' licence, as the Public Transport links to the hospital are not great. Contact Steve on 0845 9000 197 to discuss or email

Miguel Syjuco, author of Ilustrado, to appear at Asia House

Miguel Syjuco – Ilustrado
with Maya Jaggi
Wednesday, 2 June 6.45pm

Acclaimed Filipino writer and winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize, Syjuco appears at Asia House on the publication of his epic tale. Beginning with a body pulled out of the Hudson River, Ilustrado takes us to the Philippines for an entertaining, generations-long saga of revolution, familial duty, political intrigue, and a people’s enduring struggle against their own worst tendencies.

Miguel Syjuco was born in Manila in 1976, and has lived in Australia, the US and Canada (where he is currently resident). As well as winning the Man Asian Prize, the manuscript of Ilustrado was awarded the Grand Prize at the Palanca Awards, the Philippines’ highest literary honour. Miguel will be speaking with award winning journalist, critic and presenter Maya Jaggi.

Talk followed by a reception sponsored by PICADOR.

ESOL Citizenship course for British Citizenship and indefinite leave to remain in the UK

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Gene Alcantara Running for office in UK General Election

Gene Alcantara, a well-known personality in the UK's Filipino community, is running for Parliament. See his message below.

Dear friends -

As you may now know I am running for Parliament for the northwest London constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn. I would be grateful if you could please forward this to relatives, friends, employers and possible supporters in the constituency. The electoral wards covered are Belsize, Brondesbury Park, Kilburn, Queen's Park, Fortune Green, Frognal and Fitzjohns, Hampstead Town, Swiss Cottage, and West Hampstead. If anyone could help with donations, that would be very welcome too!

Many thanks and best wishes

Gene Alcantara



Mini-Documentary to Challenge the Negative Pinay Stereotype Released from Dubai

12 April 2010
Mini-Documentary to Challenge the Negative Pinay Stereotype Released from
DubaiDubai, UAE - Under the Patronage of the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi,
Filipino lifestyle magazine Illustrado has joined forces with Dubai-based
Filipino film director Kamil Roxas, Winner of the Hayah Film Competition at
the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in 2008, to create
“The Empowered Filipina.” The mini-documentary film provides a
compelling message of Filipina empowerment that is slated to create
positive ripples throughout the Filipino expatriate community in the region
and around the world.

Phil-UK forums online

Hi all,

Just letting you know that we now have forums enabled on Phil-UK. Message me to suggest forum topics. To access the forums, just click the Forum link in the menu.


The Empowered Filipina trailer

A new documentary showing how Filipinas around the world respond to negative stereotypes. The full length premiere will show on 27th March, Godolphin Ballroom, Emirates Towers, Dubai.

Asia House Pan-Asia Film Festival

Asia House Pan-Asia Film Festival begins on 27 November and ends on 11 December


  • Bakal Boys
  • feature debut of award-winning Filipino screen writer Ralston Jover

Bakal Boys will be shown on 3 December at Apollo Cinemas, Piccadilly Circus. For more information, please contact Erin Fabrizius at or call 020 7307 5454.

Philippine Christmas Lantern Event

Philippine Generations is holding a 'Lantern and Green Christmas Decoration Workshop'.

Read more info...

Billy Zane stars in a new film set in the Philippines: Surviving Evil

This message just reached my inbox and I thought I'd share it with you. The film looks like it's worth watching. Trailer below...

Dear Phil-UK,

I'm a UK-based Filipina writer/journalist and just wanted to alert you to an exciting new movie which may be of interest to the Filipino community. It's called Surviving Evil and was written & directed by my husband Terence Daw.

There are two lead Filipino characters among the cast and the story revolves around a TV crew who land a remote island in the Philippines to film a survival special, but are soon fighting for their lives against creatures from Philippine folklore - the Aswang! The film has a strong storyline with believable characters, and among the cast is Hollywood actor Billy Zane, plus our very own Joel Torre from the Philippines! The film also stars beautiful UK actress Natalie Mendoza, who is herself half-Filipina.

Charity Gig For Typhoon Victims in the Philipiines

Guanabana Restaurant Charity Gig For Typhoon Victims in the Philipiines
brought to you by Philippine Generations. Featuring Mark Villarosa, The Shaydz and other special guests including

Live Music! Buffet dinner!
Tickets from £15
6pm - 11pm Tuesday 10th November 2009
85 Kentist Town Road, Camden, London NW1
Malcolm 07862006175
Guanabana 02074851166

New social network for the UK student community

Someone told me about a new social network site for students in the UK. Take a look:

I've added it to our Student Resources section. If you find it useful, add your comments below.

Pianist wants help organising a concert in the UK

Tom Tañada, who says he's the resident pianist at the Walt Disney World, would like help organising a fund-raising concert. Please see his message below and contact him directly if you're interested.

My name is Tom Tañada, the resident pianist at the Walt Disney World
Dolphin Hotel, a Starwood Resorts and Hotel in Orlando, Florida for more
than 20 years. I do concerts around the USA and Canada and have performed
around the world. Last year, I did a concert in Vienna, Austria, before
that was at the Hilton Hotel on the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt.

I would like to do a fund-raising concert for the Filipino Community in
Uk. I play selections from the broadway musical, popular classic, movie
themes, old and new songs, hometown favorites in a pop-musical approach,
music for the people.

Please visit my website for further info. at :

Regards to our kababayan,
Tom Tañada
Tel. 407-361-5573

Filipino-British Society Summer Festival

The Filipino-British Society wants to let you all know about their Summer Festival, 15th & 16th August 2009, 8am to 6pm. It will be held in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes.

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