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FILIPINOS in CENTRAL QUEENSLAND-AUSTRALIA COMMEMORATE 114TH ANNIVERSARY OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE


By Linda Esguerra
Rockhampton-Queensland-Australia
June 12, 2012



Filipinos in Central Queensland Australia joined overseas Filipinos throughout the world in celebrating the 114th Anniversary of Philippine Independence.
 
The Philippines was colonized by Spain for over 300 years. The introduction of Christianity was the greatest contribution during the Spanish era. Tradition, culture, dances, songs, food and dialect were also influenced by the Spaniards.
 
Cariñosa, Fil-OZ style, performed by young skilled workers

It was on 12 June 1898 when the sovereignty of the Philippines from colonial rule by Spain was proclaimed.
Flag Ceremony led by Councillor Rose Swadling, Councillor Stephen Schwarten, Councillor Neil Fisher (Australian), and Remy Conway, CQFAA Vice President, CQFAA Committee Members Mayee Mora, Dottie Horfilla and Oni Horfilla (Philippines

The Central Queensland Filipino Australian Association held a cultural soiree and dinner dance to commemorate this special event. Filipinos showcased their talents in dances from the different regions of the archipelago, including Bendian from Benguet, Cariosa from the island of Panay in the Visayan region, and Kinakulangan from Mindanao.
 
Joey Mora, CQFAA President, welcoming guests, families and friends

 
The top performance of the night young dancers showing their interpretation of Bendian

Fil-OZ ladies dancing Kinakulangan, a popular Muslim dance depicting celebration

Tinikling, the world-famous bamboo dance proved to be the crowd favourite, with some of the guests braving the steps, who came out exhilarated and pleased with the experience.
 
 
Filipino-Australian youth dancing the Tinikling
 

Councillor Rose Swadling of the Rockhampton Regional Council, in her keynote address highlighted the contribution of the Filipino community in the socio-economic development of Central Queensland. She congratulated the organizing committee, chaired by its President, Joey Mora, for the impressive line up of activities for the celebration. Councillor Swadling related her experiences in the Philippines as participant to various charitable programs namely, the Australian Red Cross and most recently CFC ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) Australia. She also mentioned the ability of Filipinos to learn and their willingness to explore new frontiers. She said Filipinos excel in their endeavour due to their initiative, sense of humour and perseverance.
 
Councillor Rose Swadling of the Rockhampton Regional Council, expressing her delight over the impressive program, and highlighting the contribution of Filipinos in the socio-economic development of Central Queensland

Linda Esguerra and Phillip Tian were the Hosts of the Celebration

Meanwhile, Wasantha Mudannayake, General Manager of Teys Australia, Rockhampton joined other guests, Councillors Stephen Schwarten and Neil Fisher, echoed the praises for Filipino workers, especially those employed at Teys. He announced the companys plan to recruit more workers from the Philippines . He said the company is impressed with their work ethics and industry. Teys Australia is the largest meat processing plant in the country, exporting to major markets in the world.
Wasantha Mudunnayake (seated 3rd from right) General Manager, Teys Australia Rockhampton, enjoying a pose with skilled workers at Teys.

 
With special guests from Sydney-New South Wales
 

 
220 strong, singing the finale number, Bayan Ko
 

 
Raffle and door prizes added to the excitement of more than 200 guests who attended the annual event held on 9th June 2012 at the Frenchville Sports Club, Rockhampton, Australia.

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