Photos – January 2016

Travel Corner – January 2016

Father Freddie Barte in Hollywood, Los Angeles USA -November 2015

Father Freddie Barte in Hollywood, Los Angeles USA -November 2015

President’s Report – January 2016

Lorin Rowe
Happy New Year to all! New beginnings and new hope for the future. We would like to welcome our new members namely Zeny Batten, Ouksa Kessney, Grace and Robert Paterson, Norris and Ann Lagera, Eugenio and Jenny Duya. Read more

Travel Corner – November 2015


Photos – November 2015

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

Travel Corner – September 2015

Emily & Craig Julian - Paris

Photos – September 2015

From President’s Desk – September 2015

Lorin Rowe
Hello Spring,

Welcome to our Spring Edition of our newsletter. Sun is shining brighter and flowers are growing faster, and so are our offsprings. TFSI would like to welcome our future generations….. the Taranaki Filipino Babies namely Cloe Hazel Herbert (daughter of Cindy & Lewis Herbert), Janeca Isabel O’Keefe (daughter of Helen & Teri O’Keefe), Adelle Jolly (daughter of Mae & Glenn Jolly), Izabella Cassandra Wathall (daughter of Jaywin & Jason Wathall) and Jerico Camacho Rios (son of Alyn & Gerald Rios).

The numbers of Filipinos in our region has increased dramatically in the last few years. Thanks to NZ government for giving our skilled workers a chance to work and reside permanently in Taranaki and all over New Zealand. People who come to a strange country, feel isolated and stranger to their new environment. To some, they might know someone, yet an organisation like ours is very important to start their new life in a country called “The land of a long white cloud”. TFSI was founded in 1994, not only as a well-established non profitable organisation but also known as the most recognisable Filipino organisation in the region. Our key objective is to unite our people in the bond of friendship, mutual understanding and most of all is to protect the democratic rights of the Filipinos within Taranaki. Our vision is huge for the future and so we must support and protect our future generations who will continue the legacy of the Society.

What’s been…..
Last 13th of August and 9th of September 2015 we held a Sausage Sizzle at the Warehouse NP as a fundraising for our participants to Pistang Pilipino 2015 Sa Tauranga. We raised some reasonable amount. Sim de los Santos and Patricia Kemp made some Filipino native foods and sold at the venue to help with the fundraising. Thank you to both of you, also thank you to Lulu Mitchell and Chona Garcia for the big help. It was fun meeting old and new kababayan at the Warehouse. See you all at the next fundraising!

22nd of August 2015 was the Induction of New Officers. Thank you to our visitors who came along to join our gathering, and thank you to all members who brought yummy foods to share with everyone. I’m sure everyone was really satisfied with their meals as we got lots of good feedback about the foods. Thank you members! Congrats to Noel & Luisa Tabuzo, our raffle winners during that night.

What’s new…..
We welcome our new members: Precy Westbury, Hazel & Derek Gracegirdle, Leticia Trinidad, Grace & Patrick Forsythe, Marichu Lastima, Margaret & Gary Arevalo, Esperanza & Gregory Boulton, Dinalyn Gunther & Yvette Santos.

Travel Corner….. Kiwis are recognised as one of the most-travelled people in the world, according to the survey, and so as the Filipinos in NZ. Most of us loved going for a holiday or going back to our homeland to be with family and friends. In this corner, we want members to include their photos as part of our publication improvement.

What’s on…..
This year’s Pistang Pilipino 2015 will be held in Tauranga (24-25 October) and we are very proud to announce and support our promising & beautiful candidate Eunice Ingrid Santos-Gonzalez who will represent TFSI to join “The Search for Miss Philippines-New Zealand 2015”. Eunice is the daughter of Ramir Gonzalez and Yvette Santos. She was once a model of Gemma at hairdressing competition, a makeup artist and a singer at her Fellowship Church. We wish you all the best and goodluck to the competition Eunice! TFSI Basketball Team Under 19 will join the basketball tournament. Thanks to all parents who are willing to support and take their boys to Tauranga for the tournament. Keep on practicing boys. We also have four players who will compete for billiards (8 pin balls) : David Ban, John Sandford, Neil Sandford & Gil Sandford.

We will have another Sausage Sizzle on 3rd of October 2015 at the Warehouse NP. Garage Sale is set on 10th of October 2015, to donate any goods please phone 027-8401557. All proceeds from both fundraisings will go towards the expense of our participants to Pistang Pilipino 2015 Sa Tauranga.

Until then, enjoy the spring everyone and goodluck to our pageant candidate and to all our sports players. See you all in Tauranga. Let’s bring home the bacon!

Lorin Rowe

Advisory: Visit the Philippines

Dear All,

The Philippine Embassy is pleased to announce the first ever Visit Philippines 2015 for Australia and New Zealand Tour on 12-16 August 2015. We would like to seek you assistance in disseminating the information of this program to your friends and contacts who might want to visit the Philippines.

Once again we thank you all for your continued support of the Embassy’s activities/programs.

Thank you very much.

Best regards,

Nicki Garcia

Embassy of the Philippines
50 Hobson St., Thorndon 6011
Wellington, New Zealand
Tel. No.: (00644) 8903741
Mob. No.: (0064) 220597841

Click this for details.