President’s Report – November 2015

Lorin Rowe
Congratulations to Euniece Ingrid Santos-Gonzalez, our Billiard Team and our Basketball Team Under 19. Well done all!

Every year, Filipino organizations from all around NZ gathered to host city to show solidarity and ethnicity as one, to play sports fairly, to showcase our talent & beauty, to taste our specialty (our foods) . TFSI would like to congratulate and thank Euniece for her tremendous effort during the Miss Phils-Nz 2015 Competition. Euniece won 1st runner up and voted as Miss Congeniality, not bad for a first timer in the field of Beauty Pageant. Also thank you to her family for their 100% support, to Gemma Evans for assisting Euniece with her hair and to our Taranaki supporters who travelled all the way to be part of Pistang Pilipino and made loud cheers for Euniece during the competition. Our Billiard Team composed of David Ban, John Sandford, Nil & Gil Sandford won third place. The Basketball Team Under 19 played well with a good team effort. Thank you to all families who made a special trip to Tauranga to support their love ones.

Kayla and Aiza Seguerra, both our famous Philippines’ movie/music personality was the highlight of Cultural Night. The stadium was packed with a large audience and everyone definitely enjoyed and satisfied with the electrifying performance of Kayla and Aiza. Thank you to our TFSI Dance Group namely Gemma Evans, Lulu Mitchell, Prescilla Macales, Sarah and Leah Evans and Cheyenne Shand for their spec ial performance during Cultural Night.

Meet & Greet Night and Federation’s AGM was a sad moments for Dr. Antonio Noblejas as he delivered his farewell speech. He served four consecutive years as a Chairman of Federation and his term has ended. A kind-hearted and soft spoken Dr. Noblejas will always be remembered as a true and dedicated leader of the Federation of Filipinos in NZ.

Pageant Night was full of excitement. The show was formally addressed by Acting Phil-NZ Ambassador Arlene Gonzalez-Macaisa , after the candidates gracefully performed their opening dance. Local MP (Member of Parliament) Simon Bridges, acknowledged the Past & Current Executive Committee of the Federation of Filipinos in NZ. In between the show, the girls were serenaded by a local talented Filipino from the host city. As the competition intensifies, the array of beauties of talented ladies becomes even more attractive when they presented their Filipiniana Dress and Evening Gown. Our own Euniece was fabulous in her own contoured outfit especially created by her own Uncle Jesi, a Fashion Designer from Manila. Jade Lindsay of Hawkesbay was crowned as Miss Philippines-NZ 2015, Euniece Ingrid Santos-Gonzalez was placed 1st runner up and Megan Buyn of Tauranga 2nd runner up.

Overall, Pistang Pilipino was a real success, not just for the organising committee but for all Filipinos and Kiwis who celebrated and participated in this yearly event. Each year different host city/organization has to deal with the pros and cons of organising. I should say, congratulations and thank you to Terry Nicholls (President of Tauranga Filipino Society Inc. & Project Manager of Pistang Pilipino 2015 Sa Tauranga) and the organizing committee for their team work, mammoth task & effort to make this event a very successful one. And thank you to the next host cities/organizations that are very strong and brave to accept responsibilities of hosting the future Pistang Pilipino Sa NZ. Just like the other organizations, we do it for love and not for money. We do this because we love our own people. Future plans for the next Pistang Pilipino Sa New Plymouth is in our minds. Team work and enthusiasm is very crucial to make this plans a possibility and reality, and so let’s do it together. Mabuhay ang Pilipino!

On the other report………

Thank you to all members who have donated sellable goods and helped at the Garage Sale last October 10, 2015. It was an easy three hour effort to earn good amount of money. Also thank you to Lulu Mitchell for donating sausages in the previous Sausage Sizzle.

A Prayer for World Peace was held last October 15, 2015 at The Open Space, Metro Plaza NP. It has been attended by different Ethnic Groups at their preferred time. Thank you to Edna Wilson and Emily Julian for joining us in sharing our prayers to the world. The prayer song “Our Father” was melodically and beautifully sung by Emily using her own version of the song.

Followed by Mission Mass and Meal in celebration with World Peace, The Catholic Parish of New Plymouth in conjunction with Taranaki Multi-Ethnic Council held a Special Mass last October 18, 2015. Few Ethnic Groups gathered at the hall after the mass, shared their special cuisines and enjoyed the entertainment performed by different Ethnic Groups. Thank you to our TFSI Dance Group and our young solo performer Katrina Casey for their reliable and valuable performance. Well done everyone!

Lastly…..Christmas is just around the corner. TFSI is holding a Christmas Party on 19th of December 2015. Non-members are most welcome. For more info please contact our committee members. Hope to see you there. Until the next newsletter……..on behalf of Taranaki Filipino Society Inc., we would like to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas and a Prosperous & Healthy New Year”.

Lorin Rowe

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