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The Philippines and the BBC

***UPDATE***

There will now be a protest calling on the BBC and Tiger Aspect Production to make a public apology to the Filipino community and to undertake action to ensure that nothing of anything similar in nature will happen again with respect to every multicultural community in the UK.

Date: 17th October 2008

Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Venue: Tiger Aspect Production – 7 Soho Street, London W1D 3DQ

(nearest London underground station: Leicester Square, Charing Cross)

This protest will be held simultaneously with various community groups and concerned Filipinos around the world presenting their own demands to the local British Embassy for an apology from the BBC and Tiger Aspect Production.

Let us make this successful and show the world that Filipinos are united as a people and as a culture. Together let us all demand for respect and dignity for all ethnic and minority cultures.

***UPDATE***


I’m sure most of you have heard about or even seen the “disgraceful and distasteful” sketch in a recent episode of the Harry and Paul Show, featuring hugely successful British comedians Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.

For those that haven’t, the sketch itself is centred around the running joke of a northerner being made fun of by a southerner. In this installment the southerner is trying to get the northerner to ‘mate’ with is friend’s Filipino maid. The maid is then seen dancing provocatively in front of the northerner with the southerner telling him to mount her, to no avail. He then tells the Filipina maid to go away.

This of course is a shocking indictment of what British society feels is an acceptable way of portraying the Filipino, and especially the Filipina. Let us not forget our only representation on prime time tv soap operas in the UK is a mail order bride on ITV’s Emmerdale! Let us also not forget the running joke on BBC’s ‘They Think It’s All Over’ where they implied Cricketer David Gower had a young Filipino boy under his desk.

It has created a diplomatic situation not seen since the ‘Desperate Housewives’ insult to overseas Filipino medical workers. Both the Philippine Embassy here and the British Embassy in Manila have been forced to comment.

There are of course two sides to this argument…

The first is the British right to satire. As Anthony from Phil-UK points out “It was not the Filipina maid who was being mocked. The target was the British class system and culture. The skit ridicules stereotypes of the dim-witted Northerner and the pompous upper middle-class Englishman. What you see in the ‘Harry and Paul’ comedy series are typical examples of British self-deprecating and satirical humour.”

The second is the “disgraceful and distasteful” portrayal of the Filipina domestic worker in the UK. As Loline from the Overseas Womens Club states “Filipinos have come here to work, aspire to become a part of the British communities and be accepted as equals. Our culture, like other Asian cultures consider our women as honourable and worthy of esteem. The show portrayed a Filipina in a vulgar, sexist way, “to mate a Filipina maid to a Northerner” is sick! These actions in the sketch cannot be excused as a comedy joke.”

Both very valid points. Have a look at the sketch an make your mind up: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00dnf21/

We as Philippine Generations support the petition as the majority of our parents and the parents of our friends came here as Filipino domestic workers. They have lived through many hardships to get us, our generation and future generations the opportunity to live and work as equals here in Britain.

We have come so far as a people that we cannot stand idly by and continually let ourselves be negatively stereo-typed any longer. If some positive stereo-types were thrown in from time to time, maybe it would balance out!

For more coverage also visit:

the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7656578.stm

the Times:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article4898603.ece

Make your own mind up and send us your thoughts.


Adrian.

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Philippine Football Trials a Success

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Picture courtesy of Leo Jensen

Although Philippine Generations could not make the Philippine Football trials held in Manchester last Sunday, 17th August, we have heard some great things from Leo Jensen, who runs PFA UK and who also set up the trials. We even saw some footage courtesy of Steven Adolfo!

Despite the long trip up to Manchester, the majority of those at the trial were from London, and the 2 hours hard trial, the boys still had some energy and power to beat the local Manchester East team 7-2! A big thank you has been sent via Leo from president Jose Mari Martinez and all the PFF in Manila, “You have made the Philippines very proud.” Leo would also like to thank all those people who helped and volunteered to make the trial possible.

In fact the boys from London have done so well, it has prompted Leo to rethink strategy and logistics and a new trial will be set up in London ASAP so for those who couldn’t make it, you have a chance closer to home.

As discussed in previous conversations, the Filipino community is over 200,000 people in the UK, with almost 75% of the whole total living in and around London, so it makes sense to base the initiative as close to London as possible.

So what is the next step? More footage is required, the establishment of a Philippines ‘B’/reserve Team here in the UK is on the cards, travel to and from Philippines is a possibility and is very much needed especially with the advent of the 8 team Philippine Premier League! There were even a few who really impressed and their next step is to definitely get to the Philippines…watch this space.

Six British players and 20 FIFA ranking places shows that the future of Philippine football looks very bright…and very British.

If you want to get involved and speak to some of the guys who made it up to Manchester, visit the link below:

Many of the guys from Filipino Footballers (UK) are in the picture above and meet up regularly in Regents Park, as well as play for their own local leagues and amatuer teams. I’m sure like us, you’ll see a few familiar faces!

By Adrian Williams

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P-Noize, Philly4Life Volume 3

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It’s that time of year again folks! For the past 2 years Philly4life.com (P4L) has been showcasing the best of unsigned Filipino musical talent with free promotional CD's handed out at the Barrio Fiesta sa London. In 2006 we had Philly4life Jeepney Music and in 2007 saw SomeMore

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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.