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THE MESSAGE. BRINGING INTO FOCUS FILIPINO PRESENCE IN AUSTRALIA | Volume 6 Number 4 | JANUARY 2016 Big day for student She was a curious little girl when her family migrated to Australia eight years ago. Now the young high school student will be saying her piece on Australia Day 2016 at the Sydney Opera House upon the invitation of no less than the Governor-General. Venesse Ann Angeles will certainly have a memorable Australia Day when she joins dozens of other students in the celebration at the Admiralty House in Kirribilli. She got her invitation after making a short speech on what Australia is to her. “There were 30 students invited to write and I was chosen to be one of the ten, I’m so happy about it,” said Venesse, a Year 8 student from Rootyy Hill High School. Venesse said her speech focused on multiculturalism and how society should embrace it. She is the daughter of Nong and Virgie Angeles. Part of her speech says: “My hopes for Australia are that future generations get to live where they feel a part of something, feel accepted and where the burden of discrimination no longer exists. I hope to see everyone live with justice and to be united as one. But, for this to happen, we need to start fully embracing Australia’s multiculturalism. “Many say that being unique is good, so why are people still suffering discrimination for being different? We are not born with the traits to reject so we need to stop teaching this, but instead focus on practising acceptance and tolerance. I want everyone to have all the opportunities, I want people to accept our country’s diversity.” d veersity. di WHAT’S ON 03 BLACKTOWN. Blacktown City will celebrate Australia Day, 2016, with many great events on offer throughout the day. The day will commence with the Wake Up with the Wildlife Breakfast at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Tickets go on sale from 8.00am on Tuesday 12 January, so get in early to avoid disappointment. The day’s highlight will be the evening fun at The Rooty Hill, with the Concert and Fireworks Spectacular. Show features The McClymonts, Jason Owen, At Sunset, VTribe. There are free amusement rides and much more. With a new addition to the days entertainment, the Australiana Village opens featuring Sheep Shearing, Whip Cracking, Sheep dog trials and Wood chopping! Rooty Hill event on the 26th starts at 4pm. For more information on any of the Australia Day events in Blacktown , please contact Council's Events Team on 9839 6000. PARRAMATTA. Head to Parramatta Park on Australia Day. Aerial, from 6am to 11am, is Sydney's biggest hot air balloon display, and features delicious food and roving entertainment. The Big BBQ, from 11am to 7.30pm, is the biggest barbecue Parramatta has ever seen! Barbecue competition hosted by the Australasian Barbecue Alliance, smoked, grilled and basted delights from the barbecue pitmasters, and a barbecue display. CARnivale, from 11.30am to 5.30pm, has more than 500 vintage cars to delight car lovers and families alike. Join the Hottest 100 Party countdown, from 12pm to 8pm, with live bands, DJ sets, outdoor bar, and mini amusement park for adults. The Crescent, a kid's wonderland, from 12pm to 9pm, features SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer. Then as the sun sets, party as the best in Aussie rock and pop hit the stage, followed by a massive fireworks and pyrotechnic spectacular. SYDNEY. The Australia Day celebrations in Sydney are fit for Australia's oldest and biggest city with events and activities spread far and wide. There's nothing quite like Australia Day on Sydney Harbour, the city's crowning jewel. Two free Australia Day concerts for all ages will be staged at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt on Australia Day. The Wiggles will perform live from 10.00am-11.00am with Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and Captain Feathersword while Jessica Mauboy, Justice Crew and Australia’s best talent, light up the night from 7.30pm-9.30pm. The iconic Sydney Opera House will once again host some of Australia’s most talented artists on Australia Day, with two free concerts live on the forecourt, The Wiggles Australia Day Concert at the Sydney Opera House and Australia Day 2016 - Live at the Sydney Opera House. Free tickets to both concerts will be available to the public from 3 January 2016! For more information: