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“Filipinos in the Philippines don’t need to define themselves, but for the Filipino diaspora many are looking for a connection back to their heritage,” says Elle Festin, co-founder of the Tatak Ng Apat na Alon community, which translates as “Mark of the Four Waves Tribe”.
“It’s more important for them to define themselves as Filipino in a foreign country.”
London, UK: Another Cup of Coffee Limited, a London-based web development company, aims to improve emergency preparedness in the Philippines with the launch of Emergency Plan for iPhone. The app is a simple tool designed to store an emergency plan for an earthquake, flood, typhoon or similar event. Valuable for families who want to ensure their households are prepared to handle a crisis, it can also be used by employers to issue staff with company emergency procedures.
Existing apps tend to offer alert services geared for crisis management professionals or provide standard guidelines easily found online. In contrast, Emergency Plan for iPhone allows ordinary users to save a plan that’s appropriate for their own family or work environment. Its straightforward interface delivers only the important information without unwanted distractions.
Despite the Philippines being highlighted as among the most disaster-prone countries, many Filipinos are still caught off guard by extreme weather events. Founder Anthony Lopez-Vito, who is a British-born Filipino, said, “When Typhoon Yolanda struck, my friends and colleagues with family in the area didn’t know how to find their loved ones. I thought it would be great to have an app people can use for planning before another crisis.” After an unsuccessful search for something suitable, Mr Lopez-Vito decided to build an app to meet the need. He continued: “These days, mobile phones–especially iPhones–are quite common but most apps are for preppers. Since your phone is a constant companion, it makes sense to use an app to keep the important elements of your plan with you at all times.”
Emergency Plan is an iPhone app version of a paper-based emergency plan card. Although electronics may not be useable in a prolonged calamity, it is intended for the immediate unfolding of a crisis. Emergency Plan for iPhone is free for a limited time to gather feedback and make improvements.
Download from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/emergency-plan/id820246228
App web page: http://anothercoffee.net/emergencyplan/
Another Cup of Coffee Limited is a web development company based in London, England. Founded in 2006, it creates and manages websites for small businesses, media agencies and not-for-profit groups around the world. Although incorporated in the United Kingdom, its talent is made up of independent professionals, many of whom are based in the Philippines.
Ryan Songalia, a Filipino-American with mixed-roots, moved from New Jersey to Bonifacio Global City where he faces questions about his cultural identify.
“Still, it underlines my quagmire: I’m too white to be Filipino, and too Filipino to be white.
So, if I’m “not a Filipino,” then what is a Filipino? Is it only someone who is a native born to the Philippines?
…The issue of cultural identity was one that I often examined as a child growing up with family members who were of European, Chinese and African-American descent. My father, who was born in Leyte but hadn’t been back until I was already grown up, never spoke much about the Philippines, except when discussing Rolando Navarette, Andy Ganigan and other Filipino boxers he appreciated in his younger years. My mother is fond of saying that I’m not one thing, but a mixture of the many influences I was surrounded by in my melting pot of a family and community.”
Knickerbockerglory TV are developing a documentary about people in long distance or international relationships and would love someone from the Filipino community to take part. The programme would explore how people in these types of relationships manage and make them successful.
The programme is in the early stages at the moment, if you are interested please email [email protected], with no obligation to appear in the programme at this stage.
A visitor wanted to tell us about his new music site AFIRtayo.com. Take a look:
www.AFIRtayo.com (A Filipino International Radio) has been created with the purpose of “bridging all the international Filipino communities in order for them to have one voice.”
Listeners may ask this question: “What makes AFIRtayo.com different from all the other net radios?”
Aside from the kind of music that matches the liking of majority of the listeners, AFIRtayo.com makes you feel at home, not just because you are listening to music that suits your taste, but rather it helps you build a certain bond with all the other listeners through being able to communicate with them; every listener has a privilege to voice out his or her thoughts, feelings and opinions and be a part of a world-wide community of happy and expressive people. This site, although especially made for Filipinos, is not exclusively for Filipinos. People of every color and race are very much welcome to join this community!
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.
This Christmas, Philippine Generations is inviting everyone to take time away from the Christmas rush and join us to learn a new skill and keep this tradition alive. This will be our third year of hosting the parol workshop and it will be bigger and better than previous years. During the workshop you will learn how to make Filipino Christmas lanterns the traditional way, from bamboo sticks and rice paper. The workshop is open to everyone – young and old, Filipinos and non Filipinos, and across the range of artistic abilities.
The objective of the director/author/owner of the video is to expose hidden facts about the EDSA Revolution Yellow Propaganda. By simply stating the FACTS, everything becomes astoundingly simple and clear. For 25 years, media has been forcibly feeding people about their mystical notion of People Power, an event that was not participated by more than 80 million Filipinos back in 1986. 25 years after this so called “bloodless” revolution (Ironically, thanks to Marcos), the rich has gotten more wealthy and are poised to own the utilities and infrastructures of the country while the entire populace of the Philippines is mired in POVERTY, MEDIOCRITY and constant SUFFERING.
Getting to the heart of the Pinay’s Madonna-Whore Syndrome. Is the modern Filipina well-informed enough not to fall into bad situations? Or are we unknowingly contributing to our own problems?
New Mini Documentary Discusses
Filipina Sexual Empowerment Issues
New mini-documentary film directed by award-winning director Kamil Roxas is one of the highlights of this year’s edition of Illustrado Magazine’s annual event Women of Substance
The film titled “Filipina on Top” – revolving around empowering Filipinas in overcoming prevalent concerns such as sexual harassment, sexual abuse and unwanted pregnancies – is a follow-up to last year’s successful release of “The Empowered Filipina”
26TH APRIL 2011, DUBAI, UAE – Following last year’s successful release of the specially produced mini-documentary film “The Empowered Filipina,” Dubai-based Filipino lifestyle publication, Illustrado Magazine, announced yesterday the online release of the film’s follow-up “Filipina on Top,” which was premiered during its annual Women of Substance event to be held last 1st April 1st at the Godolphin Ballroom in Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
“Filipina on Top” is also directed by Kamil Roxas, winner of the Hayah Film Competition at the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in 2008. It talks about the sensitive yet significant issues concerning Filipinas, hoping to create awareness on the harsh realities Filipinas face and, at the same time, provide relevant information and worthwhile advice.
The film discusses the various attitudes towards pre-marital sex and the complex conservative-modern value system of Filipinas. Also tackled in the film is the lack of sex education in the country, contrasted with the omnipresent influence of the highly sexualized Philippine media and how all these shape cultural attitudes, behaviors and the choices Filipinas make for themselves.
Other prevalent concerns among the Filipinas tackled by the film are unwanted pregnancies and sexual harassment – the latter, furthered by Illustrado Magazine’s random survey of around 100 Filipinas in the ages of 20 to 50 years old based in the Middle East, where 75% said that they have experienced sexual harassment of some form, whether mild or serious (where sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that tends to create a hostile or offensive environment).
According to Illustrado Magazine’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Lalaine Chu-Benitez – “While the debate continues on the decaying moral values in Philippine media, especially after the Willie Revillame TV5 fiasco; while the RH bill remains a bone of contention; and more conservative villages follow Alabang’s footsteps seeking to ban the sale of condoms, and artificial birth control without prescription, Filipinas in the Middle East are already on ‘stage three.’ They are experiencing the repercussions of our contradictory value system – suffering sexual harassment of various forms, while some have been jailed due to unwanted pregnancies and illicit relationships (sex without marriage). Clearly, something’s wrong here and we need to wake up and do something.”
Speaking on Illustrado’s Women of Substance advocacy, she says, “Last year, with the showing of the mini-documentary ‘The Empowered Filipina’, we were able to call on our fellow Pinays around the world to uplift themselves despite prevalent negative stereotypes. This year, we would like to encourage them to take charge of all aspects of their life, to protect themselves and to safeguard their situation, as well as future.”
Dubai-based award winning director Kamil Roxas comments, “I think a documentary has always been a beautiful medium and a vitally necessary form of information. Filming ‘The Empowered Filipina’ and ‘Filipina on Top’ with Illustrado’s Women of Substance team is indeed a privilege. I’m pleased that they use this medium of communication to aim for significant awareness campaigns.”
“Because of the cultural sensitivity of the topic, we ensured that we were careful on how we presented the issues, the differing opinions on the matter and as always, the film ends with a call to action and that is for Filipinas to take charge,” Kamil concludes.
The film, which is slated to be screened in various community events, in the UAE, Gulf and other parts of the globe through voluntary and charity groups, will also facilitate the launch of the spin-off “Pinays Take Charge” campaign where Filipinas are invited to pledge on a specific 10-point guideline hoping to inform, educate and alert them on how to handle compromising situations.
Illustrado’s Women of Substance 2011 is a project done in cooperation with Dove and Nikon, and supported by London Dairy, SM Development Corporation and Anlene.
For more information, please contact Illustrado at +9714-3654547 / +9714-3654543.