From the President’s Desk – May 2014

Hi Everybody

It is now nearly the end of another financial year, and look forward to seeing you all again. This year has been an extra busy one with organising everything for the Labour Weekend Pilipino Reunion.

We are progressing well with our Labour weekend arrangements. All the sports venues are now booked, with the volleyball teams playing at Stratford, with the other sporting events being held in New Plymouth. If anyone else is interested in participating in the Labour Weekend function, contact any Committee member or our Secretary, Edna.

Just a friendly reminder that anyone who wants to play in any of the sporting events must be a member of a club affiliated to the Federation of Filipino Associations, Clubs and Societies, Inc. (FFASC).

We also ask that all our members attend the Labour Weekend function and be prepared to help as we are still short of volunteers. Even Hawera members are prepared to chip in – thanks to Flora for volunteering.

Thanks to all the members and non-members who helped with our fundraising activities, including the sausage sizzles at the Warehouse Bell Block, Warehouse NP and Mitre 10 at the Mega Valley Mall. Also special thanks to all the Committee and Secretary for their hard work done for our Labour Weekend function. Also a special thanks to my husband, John, for running around for our appointments.

Thank you everyone!

Ulinda Sandford

From the President’s Desk – March 2014

Hi everyone

We are now seven months away from the Pistang Filipino weekend. This is a great opportunity to showcase Taranaki to the Filipino community. I ask if you have friends living outside Taranaki that you can encourage them to come and be part of this wonderful weekend. The Committee is having a meeting every two
weeks to ensure that the Pistang Filipino will be a very successful weekend. We are still seeking lots of volunteers, so make sure you have booked this day off work. The dates are the 24, 25, 26 and 27 October 2014.

Also we started fundraising for our candidates last Saturday. Thank you very much for your help. We have another one coming so ring Edna, Lulu, Ulinda, or any committee member if you can help.

Ulinda Sandford

From the President’s Desk – January 2014

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a good New Year.

Two thousand and fourteen is going to be a big year for us as we are going to host the 2014 Labour Weekend. The Committee is working hard to make this the best Labour Weekend ever. If you would like to volunteer for this weekend let us know. We (the Committee) have decided not to have any events.

If you have any idea af how to host a social event please let us know, especially the Committee who are trying to get all the help they can. But if you wish to be involved in the Labour Weekend activities, or know someone who would like to participate, remember that they need to be a member of the Society.

All the best, looking forward to everyone helping with this Pistang Filipino.

I would also like to thank all who helped with the fundraising during the year.

Ulinda Sandford

Photos – November 2013

From the Secretary’s Desk – November 2013

Kumusta mga kabayan,

Before anything else, I would like to express my sincere sympathy to the victims and families that have been affected by the typhoon Yolanda. It is very sad to hear the devastation of Tacloban City and the suffering of its people. In this newsletter, please find the Philippine Embassy advisory appealing to all of us Filipinos living in New Zealand to donate money to provide the necessary medicines, food, water and other needs of the people in Tacloban. Yo ur donation will make a difference to them. Please give generously.

Ulinda and the Committee have decided that the money raised from the upcoming A&P show food stall fundraising will be donated to the typhoon Yolanda relief fund, so we encourage all Filipinos in Taranaki to help at the food stall on the 23rd and 24th of November.

Last Labour Weekend, some members of the executive committee attended the Pistang Pilipino 2013 sa Rotorua. Along with us were Paul Stancliffe-White of Venture Taranaki and his wife Debbie. We had a promotional stall to invite people to come to New Plymouth next years Labour Weekend Pistang Pilipino 2014 sa New Plymouth. Planning is very well underway now. John Sandford is our Project Manager.

Next year, we hope to have a monthly meeting with members to give them regular updates. Nonmembers are also welcome to attend. There are some Filipinos who belong to the Couples for Christ and Jesus is Lord, who expressed their interest to help. We would appreciate it very much. The more the merrier.

The committee continues to do sausage sizzle fundraising. If you can help please let us know. The schedule is in the upcoming attractions. Our usual Xmas party and carolling is on. Please look at the “Upcoming Attractions” for the dates. If you want one done in your home, please let us know. Your donation will help our community continue what we do.

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014. Remember that the birth of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, is the reason for the season.


Edna Wilson

From the Secretary’s Desk – September 2013

Hello everyone…

Ulinda is away, so I was given the task of writing this message for this newsletter. I would like to thank those who helped at our sausage sizzle in Mitre 10. To those who attended the quiz night and cake auction fundraising on August 16, thank you for your support. On September 7th, we also held a Bingo evening. There were only 9 of us. We had fun even with the small number of members gathering. Wish there were more people there.

The Federation meeting that Ulinda and I attended was well worth the effort. It gives us more insights on how the Pistang Pilipino is organised.

The Pistang Pilipino 2014 sa New Plymouth is now well underway. John Sandford is our Project Manager. A group of us will attend the Labour Weekend celebration in Rotorua this year. With the help of Venture Taranaki and other major sponsors, we hope that our event next year will be as good as the others.

Please keep your newsletter handy to check the activities or mark your calendars for our upcoming events. If you need to be reminded, let us know. Hope to see you around.

Just a gentle reminder that subscriptions are now due, so if you have not already done so, renew your membership as soon as possible.

Edna Wilson

From the President’s Desk – May 2013

Hello everyone…

This year we are busy trying to sort out venues for our sports events for next year’s Labour Weekend 2014. Please don’t forget to attend the meetings because this is chance to make and prove that we can do it. We are already booking our venues so we need your support and help. We still need more volunteers to help us. We need to support Edna and our Society for this event.

Also please remember to attend our Annual General Meeting on the 15th June with a pot-luck tea. This is where we all have an oppurtunity to determine how our Society is going to run, and who are going to lead us for the next year. After the meeting we can have fun at the Karaoke Evening, starting at 7:00pm. The Karoke Evening will be fundraising event with a small entrance fee for those who wish to display their talents.

I would like to thank all the community for helping me this year, both the members and non- members. We are also holding the sausage barbeques, so if anyone would like to help us please ring me, Edna or Lulu.

Thank you and see you at the AGM and Karaoke Evening.

Best wishes,

Ulinda Sandford

From the President’s Desk – March 2013

Hi everyone…

How are you all? I hope you all are in good health, that is to say better than I’m feeling.

The Valentines Day Party – what can I say? I am sorry for any inconvenience caused by the last minute change of venue. Just two weeks before the event I got a telephone call saying that they had double booked the caterers and the venue and they would have to cancel. This meant that we had to find someplace else fast. We found another hall and tried ringing every member to inform them of the change in the venue, but we missed some. I am very sorry if you are one of those we did not or could not contact. However, thank you to all the committee and those members who decorated the hall and did the running around to organise the drinks, chips and prizes.

This month we were all kept busy organising and working for the Multi-ethnic event so we would have a successful day. Thank you to all the people involved in setting up the tent and decorating the float ready for Saturday morning and preparing the food so it would be ready to cook on the day.

Saturday morning we had very strong winds so we cooking was not a straight forward exercise. We held and tightened the tent and just managed to cook the BBQ wings and chicken kebabs. It was noon before we could cook the chicken noodles and adobo chicken. That afternoon I finished early as I had an appointment I had to attend while the girls worked on. But in the end we still managed to raise a little money for our Society. Thank you to all our supporters and helpers.

Take care until the next meeting when I will see you all again.

Best wishes,

Ulinda Sandford