Passionate For Dance Fundraiser

Passionate For Dance Press release:

Combining a Passion for Dance with a Heart for Saving Lives

Anna Gough, a London based Photographer, is hosting a fund-raiser to benefit the Third World Movement Against the Exploitation of Women, an organisation that serves young girls who are being sexually exploited in Southeast Asia.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 21st at Café Rez in Vauxhall, London. There is a £12 admission fee (£10 online) and the fund-raiser runs from 7.00 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. There will be five different dance styles which will be beautifully demonstrated with a taster-lesson directly afterwards. There will also be some great prizes to be won in a raffle and plenty of food to nibble on.

Gough is organizing Passion For Dance to raise funds for the cause, before setting off to Southeast Asia herself, where she will be doing direct field-work to help the organization document and publish the dire situation they face there.

“There are girls out there as young as 6 years who have been sold into the sex industry. I am honoured to be given the opportunity to help combat this problem in a small way. It will be a drop in the ocean, but maybe, just maybe it will have a ripple effect and change more lives for the better.”

For more information please call Anna Gough on +44 (0)7930 354 820

Tickets and Donations:

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Filipino martial art events in London

DG Doce Pares are holding some Filipino martial art events in and around London. For more information, please visit:


15 (Sun) Sport Stickfighting Refereeing and Judging Workshop 4.30-6.30pm
29 (Sun) Doce Pares British Championship and Invitational Championship,


02 (Sat) KOMBATA Limited Armour
02 (Sat) MANNY PACQUIAO vs. RICKY HATTON (evening)


03-05 (Fri-Sun) Doce Pares European Championships, London


06 (Sun) Doce Pares Summer Camp, Colchester


15 (Sun) Doce Pares “Quest for the Best 2” Championships, London

Help stop Clause 152 – your personal info shared across the public sector

This post is off topic for Phil-UK but still relevant to those of us based in the UK.

Earlier this year, the UK’s justice secretary, Jack Straw, unveiled the Coroners and justice bill 2009. It’s purpose is apparently to create ‘more effective, transparent and responsive justice and coroner services’. However, one part in particular sent civil liberties advocates’ alarm bells ringing: Clause 152.

In short, this will allow any information about you to be shared throughout the public sector without your permission. What kind of information? Anything can be accessed, whether it was gathered by a public body, such as your school or local council, or a private company like your bank or telephone company.

This may not sound too bad on its own but together with the government’s plans for a National Identity Register and increased surveillance powers, it helps enable serious intrusions on our liberty and freedom. Remember, we won’t know who will get hold of the data or why they want it.

What you can do about it

If the idea of your personal life being shared without your consent worries you, make sure you let the government know. Write to your MP using the WriteToThem website. Encourage him or her to vote to have Clause 152 completely removed from the Coroners and Justice Bill.

It only takes a few minutes. To make things easier for you, here’s some sample text:

I refuse to consent to the arbitrary sharing of information under any ‘Information Sharing Order’. Please vote to have Clause 152 completely removed from the Coroners and Justice Bill.

(Make sure you change the text as the site blocks anything that’s registered as copy-and-pasted text.)

Do your research

If you’re not convinced about the dangers of this clause, I encourage you to do some research and learn about the issues. Here’s a starting point:

FireFallDown – Band Promotion

I’m passing on a message from Markus C., from Filipino Students in The UK, about a band called Firefalldown. You can visit the band’s website at

Hey Fellow Filipinos,

I just want to flag a London-based band called FireFallDown for they have kindly asked me to message you all to promote their band and their upcoming London show. Two of the members of the band are actually pinoys (from Makati and Cabanatuan). So let’s show our warm support for them!

I was browsing through their site and their music is just incredible. You should visit:



They will also be doing a show (their last London show for the period!) on the 4th March at the Trinity Bar in Harrow (378-380 Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2DE).

It would be great if you can come along to this event – and possibly bring your friends with you!

Spread the word, alrighty? 😀


If you’re a student on Facebook, join the Filipino Students in The UK Group.