Philippine Community Herald Online Digital Feb 2018

VOLUME 24 NO. 2 FEBRUARY 2018 PRINT POST APPROVED PP100001976 DISTRIBUTED AUSTRALIA WIDE NSW $1.50; INTERSTATE $2.00 Local Woman of the Year for 2018 announced Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly MP recently an- nounced that Rissa McInnes of Glenwood is the Riverstone electorate Local Woman of the Year for 2018.   The Local Woman of the Year Awards are designed to rec- ognise inspiring female role models and to profile women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and wom- en who make significant contributions to their community.   “I congratulate Rissa on her outstanding achievement and thank her for her exceptional example as an energetic and motivated volunteer in our community,” said Mr Conolly.   Rissa McInnes is an inspiring volunteer in her local com- munity. Rissa has worked tirelessly to grow the Lions Club presence in the local area. She has held various positions on various non-profit organisation boards such as a direc- tor of the PCC (Philippine Community Council), 1st Vice President of Blacktown City Lions Club, was instrumental in the creation of Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc., where she currently serves as Membership Chairman, and is a Di- rector of Aguman Kapampangan Australia Inc.   Rissa has organised a ‘Family Fund Day’ in the local com- munity which raised about $20,000 in donations that went to Caritas for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She helped raise another $20,000 through the Lions Club which was used to help restore 3 schools in the same affected area, and she has assisted in other charitable programs intended to help malnourished chil- dren in the poorer parts of the Philippines also.    As a Lion, she continues to help raise funds for local schools, hospitals and Lions foundations such as Aus- tralian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation, Hearing Dogs, Children’s Cancer Research and donating toys to the sick and underprivileged children of the Blacktown Local Government area.   “I am very proud to nominate Rissa McInnes as the Riverstone 2018 Local Woman of the Year and it is truly a privilege to be able to acknowledge the great work she has done and is continuing to do in our community” said Kevin Conolly.   Rissa McInnes and other local Woman of the Year award winners from across the state will be invited to join the Minister for Women, Tanya Davies at the 2018 NSW Women of the Year award ceremony to be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on the morning of Thursday, 8 March 2018.    It should be recalled that since June 2017, a series of exploratory consulta- tive and educative public forums were orchestrated by PCHN publisher Eve- lyn Zaragoza and duly documented by this writ- er-editor in banner head- lines tracing the develop- leaders and so-called mov- ers and shapers of the Fili- pino-Australian society. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Needless to say, it’s been in the works since perhaps the earliest recorded his- tory of Filipino migration in Australia. As our popu- Member for Riverstone Kevin Connelly MP awarding Rissa McInnes of Glenwood as the Local Woman of the Year for 2018. UNIFICATION F i nd s Clo s u re by MARS CAVESTANY It took a long time coming. The clamorous and vig- orous attempt to unify the Filipino community in NSW instigated by Evelyn Zaragoza, publisher of this newspaper finally came to a not-so-dramatic ending with the much-awaited RECON- CILIATION meeting be- tween the break-away group of APCO and the mother or- ganisation PCC-NSW over and done with, as dutifully engineered by the Philippine Consulate during the last remaining days of outgoing Consul General Marford An- geles in January 16, 2017. ment of the UNIFICATION MOVEMENT in its month- ly issues beginning June- July 2017 through to the present, generating a mas- sive information campaign of underlying issues and concerns and publishing as well the consensus of opin- ions from various respected lation rose to become one of the top ten sources of overseas migrants, it is but natural that more and more intrinsic, internal, and germane conflicts floated along. It has been said that where there are Filipinos, To Page 35 Remembering Lola Maria Bonot Relunia 6th Jan 1926 - 29th Jan 2018 by Bernadette Joy Duell My grandmother passed away surrounded by her children. I will miss you Lola and I’m so grateful of our time to say goodbye when we were in Penrith, Sydney last week. 92 years of age and what a life. School teacher, law graduate, valedictorian of her university, wife, mother of 10 children, grandmother to 25,  great grand- mother to 25, great great grand- mother to 2, you leave a lasting legacy. You let your husband shine in his career, forever sup- portive in his legal and commu- nity endeavours. But you shone too - an infectious laugh and a zest for life that many of your descendants inherited. A love for travel and a passion for our coun- try. You were selfless, loving and always enquiring about our well ‘SLAPSHOCK’ IN CONCERT being. There will be no other like you. You have left a hole in my heart. Rest In Peace now Maria Relunia and please say hi to Lolo. Love you. Related story on Page 33 Concert Dates and Venues: 16 May 2018, Wednesday - Metro Theatre, 624 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000. For ticket enquiries, please visit* 17 May 2018, Thursday-The Crowbar, 243 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006. For ticket enquiries, please visit* 18 May 2018, Friday-The Village Green Hotel, Cnr Springvale and Ferntree Gully Roads, Mulgrave VIC 3170. For ticket enquiries, please visit To Page 5