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Pilipina sa Holland: Ipagdiwang Natin ang Ating Kalakasan
By: Lana Kristine Flores-Jelenjev
Utrecht-The Netherlands
March 30, 2012

In 1910, Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled a proposal for an International Women’s Day during the second International Convention of Working Women held in Copenhagen. This proposal, which was born from the desire of women in the socialist movement to have their demands on political inclusion, economic equality and personal autonomy recognized by society, was granted approval by a conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries. Since then, International Women’s Day has been celebrated every year as a day that helps to push women’s issues onto the political agenda.

In the Netherlands, International Women’s day is celebrated in different cities and towns with fervor and enthousiasm. As an active Philippine women organization, Stichting Bayanihan is doing her share in making the issues of the Filipinas visible.
All you need to know when pregnant in the land of windmills, bikes, dikes and tulips
Lana Kristine Flores-Jelenjev
The Netherlands
May 2, 2010

I could say that after visiting a couple of Filipina friends who have given birth here in the Netherlands, I am now to some extent familiar to the Dutch birth traditions. Below are three most common practices that you need to know and prepare na de bevalling (after giving birth), the typical Dutch way. Too bad I didn’t know these when Milos was born.
MoreAn Affirmation of Love for Children
Lana Kristine Flores-Jelenjev

For 18 years now, Ang Bata at Kalinga (ABaKa) –Volunteers for Children’s Welfare, Inc. have been pursuing...
MoreAll you need to know when pregnant in the land of windmills, bikes, dikes and tulips
Part 2
Lana Kristine Flores-Jelenjev

This is part two of my article on All you need to know when pregnant here in the Netherlands. I...
MoreAll you need to know when pregnant in the land of windmills, bikes, dikes and tulips
Lana Kristine Flores-Jelenjev

In just a few months time two good friends of mine are going to be first time mommies. But before...
MoreMaking Traditions for Christmas
Lana Kristine Flores-Jelenjev

One of my fondest memories as a child is celebrating Christmas with my family and relatives. I can vividly...
MoreWhen Tragedy Strikes Our Native Land, We Muster the Strength to Help
Lana Kristine Jelenjev-Flores

A few days ago, Manny Pacquiao brought glory to the Philippines by winning another boxing title to his name. I...
Lana Kristine Jelenjev-Flores

Our daughter came up to me one afternoon hurrying from the playroom to the living room where I was attending...
MoreAm I spoiling my child?
Lana Kristine Jelenjev-Flores

This for me is a recurring question during parenting seminars, not only from first time mothers but parents who at...
Lana Kristine Jelenjev-Flores

A couple of years ago I read the speech “A Borderless World” given by Patricia Evangelista, who at age 19...

Lana Kristine Flores-Jelenjev

A passionate educator, mother and wife are words that I best describe myself. Having been in the field of early childhood education for more than a decade now, I feel I have some insights to share with families, particularly women who are raising their children in a multicultural family.

I graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree on Family Life and Child Development. My experiences include preschool and collegiate level teaching, giving trainings to educators and parents, as academic consultant for preschools, and my current life role now- a devoted wife to my loving husband, a mother to a 16 month old, and soon to a little bundle of joy to add to our family.

In here I write about my experiences as a mother, wife and educator ---all a part of my new life in a new land and with new challenges.
MoreGeorge Poblete Receives Queen's Sovereign Medal for Volunteers award
Fe Paca-Taduran

OTTAWA, CANADA --- Scarborough, Ontario resident George R. Poblete,  received the Queen's Sovereign Medal for Volunteers from the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston, during a formal presentation ceremony made at  the Rideau Hall at 1 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, on April  24, 2017. (in photo: Queen’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers awardee George R. Poblete(left) with Right Honourable Governor General...
MoreThe Giant Sleeps, While Wild Rumours Made Tourists Restless
Edwin Mercurio

Coron, Palawan – The “Sleeping Giant” of Palawan looms large over the islands of Coron. Atop the elevated Mt. Batyas an estimated 1,500 steps uphill climb and downhill descent  combined, the islands of Coron are visible.
MoreECC NSW and APCO march to muzzle hate speech
Richard J. Ford

On the 31 March 2017 a celebration of the defeat of the 2nd attempt of the Liberal Government to introduce...
MoreAPCO’s Charity Ball 2017 to celebrate 119th Declaration of Philippine Independence set on June 10, 2017
Richard J. Ford

“Respect and Harmony for a Progressive Multicultural Society”. 
This is the theme of the much-awaited...
MoreMaking traffic jams bearable
Willie Jose

If you’re thinking of visiting our homeland, there’s one good advice:  brace yourselves both physically and mentally for the heavy...
MoreDOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac meet Repatriated Workers from Saudi Arabia
Department of Labor and Employment

PARTNERS FOR CHANGE. Undersecretary Joel B.Maglunsod  and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac, together International Labor Affairs Bureau OIC Director Mary Sol...
MoreLong live Mother Earth!
Julia Carreon-Lagoc

I cannot let Earth Day, April 22, pass without a tribute to Mother Earth, as precious as your own mother—to...

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