Fil’s in EUROPE
15 December 2011
On 8 December, we organized a group of Filipinos to visit Fatima in Portugal. Fatima is one of the most important pilgrimage you`ll find in Europe, which is as equally famous as that of Lourdes in France. Our group was composed of 45 people. My friend, Florencio Aliganga and myself, had actually taken the cudgels of organizing trips after our friend, Exequiel, passed away last 10 October. Exequiel was the Filipinos’ exponent figure insofar as domestic trips are concerned. But not only did he took Filipinos to various historical places in Spain, he also took them to Fatima, Lourdes, Paris, Rome and in other European cities. The trips Exequiel organized had actually “educated” a lot of Filipinos about the historical link we have with Spain. Those unknown facts about our relations with Spain, religious, cultural or otherwise, were made known to the Filipinos. Exequiel “taught” the Filipinos history thru the trips. Having left the project, a good part of the Filipino community here in Madrid, requested Florencio and myself to take over Exequiel’s projects and we did initiate our first trip to Fatima on the date I’ve already mentioned. Europe has a lot of religious value, Fatima and Lourdes I would say are the most important. We shall schedule our next trip to Lourdes, France, come 7 and 8 January 2012. Meanwhile please take time out in viewing the photos I took in Fatima.
26 October 2011
Pinoys in Italy hold mass for slain priest
ROME, Italy – Filipinos in Italy attended a mass organized by the Philippine Embassy to the Holy See for the slain missionary priest, Fr. Fausto Tentorio.
They also called for justice for Tentorio who was gunned down on October 17 in Arakan, North Cotabato.
The Italian priest served in the Philippines for 30 years.
The mass started with a testimony from Fr. Tentorio’s fellow missionary, Fr. Luciano Benedti.
“He was a very simple man. He was called by this people Tatay Pops. He was very close to them and he used to help them in every occasion. At the same time, he was very strong and defended the human rights especially the tribal people, the indigenous people,” said Fr. Benedeti.
For his part, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo said he did not attend the slain priest’s burial in the Philippines so that he could be in Rome and extend his and the indigenous people’s heartfelt sympathy.
“He always had a smile on his face when he answers questions. He would like to continue conversations but in a quiet way, soft spoken. He was a man of peace talaga,” Quevedo said.
By Diego Evangelista – ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau
Pinoy hairstylist wins in L’Oreal tilt
AMSTERDAM – Filipino hairstylist Jitty dela Cruz won the Public Award at the L’Oreal Color Trophy 2011 competition in the Netherlands.
He was chosen by readers of Dutch magazine Grazia and online voters on the L’Oreal website.
Amid the cheering audience, dela Cruz thanked his friends, family and Filipinos who voted for him.
L’Oreal Color Trophy is the longest running hair dressing award in the world. Dubbed the Oscars for hairstylists, there are competitions in different countries.
The finals for the Netherlands competition was held at the famous Royal Carré Theater in Amsterdam. A runway show featured models with unique hairstyles. Finalists were also given their moment on stage to showcase their hair styling techniques.
Filipinos who attended the event were very proud of dela Cruz, who is known in the community as a very kind kababayan.
“Pinoy pride! It’s really a blessing for him. He worked so hard for it and he really deserves it,” said Grace Overbeeke, a close friend of dela Cruz.
Together with the Filipino community in the Netherlands, Vitug and Overbeeke helped dela Cruz gather as much votes as he could through social networking sites.
Although he didn’t bag the main award, Dela Cruz is thankful for the recognition of his creativity and the chance to show the talent of Filipino hairstylists.
“Competition is a very important thing because it challenges my creativity so I will be (joining) the next coiffeur award and ultimately for the hair dresser award of this year,” said Dela Cruz.
From his humble beginnings working in a garage salon in the Philippines, dela Cruz is now one of the most sought-after hair colorists in Amsterdam. He hopes that through this competition, he would be able to inspire Filipinos, especially hair stylists to dream big and strive to be the best.
Dheza Marie Aguilar – ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau
15 September 2011
Italy imposes 2% tax on Foreign Remittances
Many Filipinos have aired their disagreement over the Italian government’s decision to impose a 2% tax on the remittances sent by foreign workers to their countries of origin. The move of the Italian government is part of the austerity measures to face the debt-crisis disturbing the euro-zone. Italy is Europe’s third largest economy.
Protests came from a lot of the labour sectors but the Italian Senate Budget Committee was not baffled by them as it still approved the 2% tax on the money sent by foreign workers through banks and money transfer agencies.