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Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games and the Philippines

Philippines' Eric Cray holds the national flag as he celebrates winning the gold
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The Olympics are almost upon us.

In 1924, the Philippines was the first Southeast Asian nation to compete and win a medal at the Summer Olympic Games.

 

[caption id="attachment_1253" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Philippines Rio 2016 Olympic Team and Pres. Duterte.

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PG Speaks to Paul Masangcay, Muay Thai Fighter

On Saturday 26th March, Paul Masangcay is fighting Kieran Manwaring at the O2 in London in the Muay Thai Grand Prix.Paul Kick

Philippine Generations caught up with Paul to learn more about his journey as a Second Generation Filipino in the UK…

PG: How old are you?

Paul: Just turned 24 a few days ago.

PG: Where are your parents from in the Philippines?

Paul: Both parents are from Pampanga; Father – Macabebe and Mother – Capas Tarlac

PG: Tell us about your family?

Paul: First and foremPaul and Familyost I love my family to bits; always support me in whatever I do – fighting wise and in general life.My dad works as a chef in a English/Filipino restaurant check them out on Facebook – Benso Cafe, mum works in a hospital within the catering department and my sister works for HSBC.

PG: What inspired you to take up fighting?

Paul: I wasn’t the athletic type throughout my childhood and was overly obese (not ashamed to say) but I’ve done martial arts since the age of 4. I found Muay Thai at a later age of 17, was going to just participate for general fitness and weight loss (started at 122kg) but a few months later found myself doing a no win no lose bout and been competing since professionally. So far throughout my fighting career I haven’t seen much Filipinos in this sport so this gave me a drive to show people how talented we are and to give us Filipinos more recognition as we deserve it. Always want to make myself and family proud!

PG: Who is your fighting hero and why?

Paul: My fighting hero would have to be my team mate and training parter Luciano ‘Lucky’ Mendola both training out of The Knowlesy Academy. The reason I look up to him as no matter what, Lucky has no excuse not to train even if he isn’t in fight camp he trains like he is, he eats healthy all year round, doesn’t let any barriers stop him, motivates his team mates, gives off good vibes, always gives an amazing performance in the ring, doesn’t dodge anyone to fight/ fight who ever, never complains and he is only 18 years old! Love this guy like a little brother.

PG: Who is your Filipino hero and why?Paul with Dad and Cops

Paul: My Filipino hero/s would have to be my parents as without them I wouldn’t be here doing what I love and they have shown me how to live the right way in life following their family traditions which I’m proud to show people. They tell me off but it’s for the best and want to prove to them they have raised my sister and I correctly.

PG: Why Muay Thai? Where do you train?

Paul: Muay Thai is a beautiful fighting art, very technical but brutal so you get the best of both worlds. It’s very disciplined which has helped me in my everyday living life, the training is very challenging which I like and I can show it off in the ring making it a bigger test. I’ve met so many amazing people in the Muay Thai world, which I’m happy! I train at The Knowlesy Academy in north west London, check them out.

PG: How much do you know about Eskrima also known as Arnis the Filipino martial arts?

Paul: I’ve always wanted to try Arnis out as its our own martial art, seen many videos of it and have a big interest to try it out. Watch this space!

Paul and SisPG: Where did you grow up and did you mix with the Filipino community?

Paul: I grew up in north west London where there are many Filipinos and have always mixed with them. More or less in my childhood I’ve been going to Filipino events and family parties.

PG: When did you last go to the Philippines and where did you visit?

Paul: Last time I visited Philippines was May 2015, it was just a short visit of 10 days so had to travel between parents places. I managed to go to Baguio, a few beaches but forgot their names and many malls for the shopping. Love going back to the Philippines!

PG: What’s your favourite Filipino food?

Paul: Kare Kare with Bagoong also Balut!

Good Luck Paul!

Philippine Generations is committed to Educating, Inspiring and Empowering Filipinos in everything we do. It is always great to hear of young Filipinos like Paul, who are proud of their heritage and use that strength to better themselves and the people around them.

If you have a great story to tell, get in touch!

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Michael Castro runs the London Marathon for Philippine Generations

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A very good friend of mine and supporter / regular volunteer for Philippine Generations, Michael Castro, is running the London Marathon to raise money for Philippine Generations.This will help PhilGen to continue providing events and services in the future. Such as Filipino Language

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The Story of Philippine Generations

The story of Philippine Generations began in March of this year. Adrian and Mae Williams were asked to attend a forum at the Philippine Embassy, which was aimed at tackling perceived problems Filipino Youth face in the UK. It was here that the notion of the 2nd generation became a key issue.


The term ‘2nd generation’ refers to the children of overseas migrant workers. Not many people are aware of the many cultural, identity and social difficulties faced by 2nd generation immigrants. There is a whole generation of Filipinos who were born in the UK and are undeniably British. Growing up in London, and learning the difference of being British and being a part of an ethnic minority is not always easy. The social status of Filipinos when compared to some ethnic minorities especially in the UK is also not altogether positive. Trying to find Filipino leaders and organisations who were already addressing this issue is difficult. There are none that are focused and fully utilise the 2nd Generation of Filipinos here in the UK.


Throughout spring and early summer, various conversations and meetings amongst like-minded 2nd Generation individuals were conducted and it was discovered there were various groups of individuals discussing the same issue of the Filipino cultural identity. With the combined effort of Vincent Fajilagmago and both Adrian & Mae Williams, a big forum was held in the upstairs bar of Cineworld Docklands. Present were several influential Filipino groups and around 30 people, as well as the future directors of Philippine Generations. The culmination of this forum was the first Annual Philippine Independence Day Party held at the Wall Bar, Liverpool St, on 9th June 2007 organised by PinoysFinest UK with the help of Philly4life.com and New-Manila.com, all present at the Docklands meeting. This event, for the first time, gave young Filipinos the opportunity to show some national pride along the same lines as St. Patrick’s Day and Chinese New Year does for their respective celebrants.


After a series of further get-togethers with the Philippine Embassy and with fellow second generation Filipinos, the idea of an independent charity was born. ‘Philippine Generations Limited’ is a non-profit community-based organisation awaiting a charity number. There are now five Directors that make up the Executive Committee, Adrian Williams (Chair), Vincent Fajilagmago (Vice-Chair), Mireille Vizcarra (Treasurer), Claire Bernabe (Legal Officer) and Mae Williams (General Secretary). Philippine Generations aim to promote appreciation, awareness, understanding and the culture of the Philippines, their arts, religions, and economies, and to foster closer relations between the Filipino community and British mainstream Society. Support from the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Asia House, Westminster Partnership for Racial Equality and the Philippine Embassy is testament to this.