Philippine Community Herald Online Digital MARCH 2019

VOLUME 25 NO. 3 MARCH 2019 PRINT POST APPROVED PP100001976 DISTRIBUTED AUSTRALIA WIDE NSW GOVT GRANTS $100,000 TO FCCC The Filipino community across Western Sydney will benefit from $100,000 to support the refurbishment of the Filipino Community and Cultural Centre hall in Blacktown thanks to the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government. Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams praised the leadership of the Filipino community in NSW for its efforts to support families and bring communities to- gether. “The community hall is a second home for hundreds of locals and plays an important role in hosting community events, youth and seniors programs,” Mr Williams said. “It needs extensive works done so it can remain open to provide these programs, as well as be accessible for seniors and people with disability. “Local communities across Western Sydney will ben- efit from being able to access this hall for their commu- nity functions and programs.” Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said the fund- ing demonstrated the NSW Liberals & Nationals Gov- ernment commitment to supporting multicultural com- munities. “There are more than 100,000 Filipino Australians who call NSW home,” Mr Conolly said. “Blacktown in particular has almost 30,000 Filipino Australians residing there, by far the largest number of Filipino residents in any local area. “The Community Hall also hosts programs to support families and young people access necessary govern- ment and non-government supports in the area.” Over the last year, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Gov- ernment has provided more than $23 million to multi- cultural communities. PCC elects new board NSW $1.50; INTERSTATE $2.00 Mina Roces 1st woman to win Goodman Prize Mina Roces, professor of history at the University of New South Wales, is the first woman to receive the Grant Goodman Prize. Mina Roces is the recipient of the 2019 Grant Good- man Prize for scholarly excellence in Philippine history and historical studies. The award is given every other year to a scholar who has over the course of their ca- reer demonstrated excellence in Philippine history and historical studies. The prize is given by the Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the premiere Asian studies organization in the United States of America. The prize will be awarded at the AAS conference and meeting in Denver Colorado in March 21-23, 2019 and comes with a plaque and a cash prize. Mina is the first woman to ever win this prize in its more than 20 year history so it is fitting that a gender studies specialist gains this distinction. To Page 35 PASSCI honours Nenita Coloma The Philippine Community Council of NSW, Inc, the peak body of the Filipino community in New South Wales, recently held its 29th Annual General Meeting at the Girl Guides Hall in Blacktown last March 9, 2019. The meeting culminated with the election of the new set of Officers and Directors for the PCC Board 2019, namely : Alric Bulseco (President), Rado Gatchalian (VP-External), Sheila Collantes (VP-Internal), Rod Dingle (Secretary), Alice Tayaban (Treasurer), Demi Robinson (Internal Auditor), Espie Pogson (PRO). The Directors are: Angeles Belleza, Angie Jenkins, Emily Rudd, Maria Grace Liston, Precy Santos, Rowena Turnbull, and Rox Molavin. Imme- diate Past President is Serna Ladia who has also continued to assume the role of PCC’s Public Officer. Immediately after the election, the new Board were inducted into office by the Returning Officer, Former PCC Presi- dent Malyn Andres Chun. They were also inductted by Consul General Ma. Teresa Taguiang at the at the Philippine Consulate General office in Sydney. Prior to the AGM, the members had a Special General Meeting purposely to resolve the proposed amendments to the PCC Constitution as presented by the Amendments Committee chaired by Former PCC President and currently Campbelltown’s first Filipino Councilor Rey Manoto. The members however unanimously agreed to defer voting on the amendments as they felt it required some more exhaustive deliberations. During the break, 3 Cebu Pacific round trip tickets were raffled out and the lucky winners were: Espie Pogson, Sheila Collantes and Kate Andres. (Espie Pogson) Nenita Coloma Story on Page 35