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‘Tulong Galing sa UK’ What we can do to help ***LAST UPDATED 7TH OCT***

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Please check the especial announcement for updates on community events fundraising for Ondoy.
The information and links below are places and websites that we in the UK can access to make a donation either through giving monetarily or our old clothes, shoes etc. We are all aware that Ondoy/Ketsana left parts of the Philippines under water. Many Filipinos lost their homes as well as their belongings and some lost their love ones. They desperately need your help.

What you can donate:
· Clothes
· Underwear
· Blankets
· Footwear
· Towels
· Canned goods (preferably with a pull-open tab)
· Ready-to-eat food (cereal, crackers, snacks)
· Instant noodles
· Baby formula
· Diapers/Nappy
· Toiletries (shampoo, bath soap, toothbrushes)
· Medicines (Oral Rehydration salts, Sulphur Soap for protection from fungi, Cefalexin & Cloxacillin, Clotrimazole ointment creams, Analgesics and Expextorants)
• Food (long shelf life, such as canned goods)
• Non-food
• Mats
• Blankets
• Clothes
• Flashlights
• Emergency Lamps
• Tents
• Generators
• Water Containers
• Hygiene Kits (bath soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, laundry bars, feminine napkins)
• Baby diapers
• Slippers

Below are some drop off points for the donations… there are only a few drop off places but if you want to get involve or if you know of any community halls, warehouses or church halls that can be used contact Mae on mae.w@philippinegenerations.org or call 07898708319.

There are some fundraising events being organised for Ondoy victims. If you would like to hear about these events please email Mae or join our mailing list through this link http://www.philippinegenerations.org/2009/07/mailing-list.html
If you know anyone within UK who are collecting donations for Ondoy or doing an event for the cause that is not listed below please let us know so we can add it this list below.
Maraming Salamat!

Full advisory on donations for Typhoon Ondoy & Pepeng, Emergency Number is the Philippines, other queries & donations and Filipino community efforts. Please call (+44) 0845 835 7880 or (+44) 0207 096 1246

For University students and Unions you can also help. Here’s the information pack and inventory sheet for the donations in kind. You can download a copy of the inventory which donors need to fill out and sign as well as a tag for the package that we will send. Just put the name and organisation together with the details of their donation. There also information pack which you could send within your univertisity and also to your your friends & family. Also please visit:href=”http://www.philemergencyappeal.com/”>http://www.philemergencyappeal.com/
Information pack:http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AS0UksvxJt6dZGhkanM1NDZfNjNnYnBtcTVkcg&hl=en_GB

A) EAST LONDON

First deadline is on 9th October; please give as little or as much as you can!!!Hackney
17 Lennox HouseCresset RoadHackney, E9 6SEhelpthephilippines@gmail.com07732404545 or 07506681522
Please contact Mr. Reyes first to arrange delivery Please put your donations in boxes…. Thank you!

B) NORTH LONDON

Collindale or Kingsbury Area

Mr. Pol de Guzman and Ms. Sharon de GuzmanHighlight Express88 Hay Lane, KingsburyLondon, NW9 0LGTel.: 0208 205 89900208 205 0449
E-mail: info@highlightexpress.co.uk

C) WEST LONDON

South Kensington Area please call 07872962575

Skylord Travel

118 Tottenham Court Road
London,
W1T 5AN
Tel: 0207 380 8755

D) CENTRAL LONDON

Philippine Embassy, London
6-8 Suffolk Street
London, SW1Y 4HG
Tel:0207 451 1800

New advisory on Philippine Embassy http://philembassy-uk.org/news_advisory.html#page11#

E) OUTSIDE LONDON

Bekshire

Eli Alquiros
Philistar
2 Union Street
Reading
Bekshire
RG1 1EU


Leeds

Lowell Daluz
Pinoy Mini-Mart (former Phil-Thai)
46B Harehills Road
Leeds
LS8 5PB
TeL: 0113 2407285 / 0113 2407285

Newcastle

Noralyn
Newcastle Filipino Store
60 Shields Road,
Byker
Newcastle
Upon Tyne
NE6 1DR

Bradford

Edgar
Bradford Pinoy Store
53 Ducworth Lane,
Bradford BD9 5ET

Hampshire

Rosemarie Estrada
41 Rother Road
Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14 9LP

Derbyshire

Mr. Rommel Villarico

20 Dysons CloseMeasham,
SwadlincoteDerbyshire,
DE12 7NN
Skylord Travel
208 Field EndEastcote
Middlesex,
HA5 1RD
Tel: 0207 380 8755 / 0207 380 8755

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ___________________________________________________________

TODAY!! Special Mass for Victims of Tropical Storm Ondoy / Ketsana, 7 October 2009, Wednesday, 645 PM, Farm Street Church, 114 Mount Street London W1K 3AH — ALL INVITED TO ATTEND
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On the 11th October Vincent Fajilagmago will be coordinating pickups and collections of donations.

He is in need of transport and volunteers. He also need people to document the operation so if you are a photographer or film maker please contact him. If you are available please email him at venzo.f@gmail.com or call him on 07791637990

For those who want to donate he and his team will be driving around London. He is collecting only:
· Clothes
· Blankets
· Shoes
“PLEASE WRAP THE CLOTHES IN BLACK BIN BAGS”

He needs full names and full addresses with postcodes and contact numbers to pick up in advance so please
contact him!!

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Pinoy Community Charity Drive 11Oct, from 9am-4pm

Everyone’s invited to come to the Pinoy Community Charity Drive this Sunday, 11Oct, from 9am-4pm, at the Baden Powell House, Queens Gate cor Cromwell Rd. Cargo forwarders and remittance companies will be there to handle your donations to the victims of Ondoy. Mass at 10:30am. Various activities, entertainment, food & drinks for sale, and even a film showing. Something for the whole
family…please tell your friends and family…

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Philippine National Bank (Europe) will waive fees for donations to the Philippine National Red Cross, GMA-7 Foundation and Caritas up to 31 October 2009. PNBE Offices are at PNBE Earls Court, Ground Floor, 11 Kenway Road, London SW5 0RP; and Notting Hill Gate, First Floor, 10 Pembridge Road, London W11 3HL.

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REHAB does its bit for charity, and with your support WE can help victims of Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines.
Email:
valfanclub@aol.com
Start Time:
Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10:00pm
End Time:
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 3:00am
Location:
The Roxy
Street:
3-5 Rathbone place
City/Town:
London,
Basically, we are going to make a donation to the cause(on your behalf) out of all £3 and £5 entry we recieve, and if you are a member, we’ll leave it to your discretion to slip the odd 50p or £1 in the bucket…but only if you want to!So no need to worry: by just being there and partying with us, you’ll be helping out!So we hope to see many of you lovely people turning up this week to let your hair down and save the world to the sound of indie, electro, pop and everything cool in between, as served by your resident Rehab DJs, VAL(pic), SATOKO, JOE&SARAL,ZOE Demonette (pic) and new girl HALEY.Still only £1 to get in if you JOIN our REHAB MEMBER LIST( FREE to JOIN) by sending your EMAIL ADDRESSES tovalfanclub@aol.com entry may be cheap but we want you to look a million dollars!So…DRESS UP! DRESS CREATIVELY! DRESS LIKE A STAR!
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RED CROSS – STEP FORWARD

Typhoon Ondoy Group Volunteers, Urban Seduction & Filmefilms presents:
The DOME31st OCTOBER 2009 – Saturday Night!
178 Junction Road, Tufnelll Park N19 5QQ
London, United Kingdom
10:00pm until 4:00am
07854821255
dokio@hotmail.com
£10 all night or £5 if any of u on guest list turns up on ur halloween costume.
Old Skul – HipHop – RnB – Bashment – Funky House – Club Classics and much more!This is a NON PROFIT charity event to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines. All money raised will be donated to Philippine National Red Cross! This will Be A Night to Remember not only are we uniting to Help Raise Fund for a good Cause…We will be celebrating Halloween too!! Get ramaging through ur closets and get those costumes out people!!!

DJ’s slammin’ vinyl on the night: D- Tone, Batgurl DJ, DJ Freekey, DJ Ramos, DJ Dokio LIVE MC HOSTS: Miller MC, Siggi Dee, Chukster Jones
TEXT ‘ FLYER ‘ to this number 07854 821 255 07854 821 255 to receive ur video flyer as ur ticket to gain £5 entry.F
OR GUEST LIST CONTACT:
Rowena Montemayor – 07538475652
Liza Cabrera – 07732444468or message Batgurl / Dokio / DJ Ramos
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Dress Code: Halloween Costumes and Dress to SCARE (optional)(Jeans & Clean Trainers Allowed. No Sports Wear.)OVER 18’s ONLY(Rights To Admission Reserved.)(ID Will Be Required Upon Request.)

Useful links and information

Philippine National Red Cross (143, +632-5270000)Philippine National Red Cross Rizal Chapter operations center hotline: (+632-6350922, +632-6347824)http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC/wtd.aspx or http://www.redcross.org.uk/donatesection.asp?id=77029
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i-remit is offering remittance with no charges at the moment for donations and provisions for families affected by the flood contact them directly to find out more – IREMIT GLOBAL REMITTANCE LTD.1st Floor Orchard House167 – 169 High Street KensingtonLondon W8 6SH United KingdomTel. No. : 0207 938 3388/ 0207 993 6151/ 0207 993 6152 0207 993 6152Voicemail: 0203 002 7872/ 0207 096 0976 0207 096 0976Fax No. : 0845 330 9586 Email: iremit.uk@myiremitfo.com

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OnePhilippines have set up a hotline from the UK, if you want to find out more about what you can do to help from the UK please visit http://www.onephilippines.co.uk/helpnow/

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Sam Jennings has created a multiply site ONDOYSOS with details of places to donate money, people to contact and she has set up a donation pledge. http://ondoysos.multiply.com/

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Oxfam has set up an online giving page – you can via credit card or debit card. https://www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/philippines-floods/index.php (Philippine Generations want to inform you that potentially a portion of the money you donate might not all go to the Philippines, it states in their website that “There is a small chance that we raise more money than is needed for this project. If this happens your donation will be used in our catastrophe fund, allowing us to respond quickly to disasters worldwide” )

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The families of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who have been affected by tropical storm “Ondoy” will be given free texts and calls to their loved ones abroad to update them of their situation in the Philippines — the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
For those who wish to avail of the service, they may call up the Operations Center at Telephone numbers : +632.8336992 +632.8336992 (+632.833OWWA) +632.5516641 +632.5516641 +632.8917601 – 24 SMS/TXT +63917.898.6992 +63917.898.6992 (+63917.TXT.OWWA) Globe HOTLINE 2917 Press 3 for OWWA E-mail opcenter@owwa.gov.ph Fax +632.8917601 +632.5516651

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KEG has teamed up with the student union and a bunch of other GMUL societies to try and help out in any way we can. I’m thinking we should get donation lists and organise small sponsorships for a fundraising event e.g. a jog or mens leg waxing where we can have a little fun but still give back. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140602610501&ref=mf

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PNA UK the nurses association have set up a calamity fund, please visit their website for more details http://www.pnauk.org.uk/

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UNICEF has supplied £90,000 worth of food and other items, which have been supplied via the Department of Social Welfare and Development. We are also distributing hygiene kits, essential medicines, water purification tablets, portable toilets and family kits containing blankets and soap. To donate through UNICEF here http://www.unicef.org.uk/emergency/emergency_detail.asp?emergency=62&nodeid=e62
UNICEF UK, Donations Dept., Freepost CL885, Billericay, CM12 0BR Tel: 0800 316 5353

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As we all should now know, two Filipinos are running as independents in the forthcoming European Elections to elect London representatives. If you live in London and are planning to vote for a Filipino candidate or at least someone other than, Labour, Conservative, Green Party or Lib Dem, then personalities and not parties are key. There are two prominent PG members in both Filipino camps, Mark Wolfisz & Nigel Carlos and we have asked their respective prospective candidates, Gene Alcantara and Steven Cheung 10 questions about themselves, the elections and politics as a whole, below are their answers…

1. Where in London do you live and what do you love most about London?

Gene: I live in Bayswater. I have lived in London for 3 decades and seen it go through great changes, tragedies and triumphs. I love London’s diversity and vibrancy, it is truly old and yet it is a modern metropolis.

Steven: I live in Waltham Forest in East London. I love London for its diverse mix of cultures and communities, traditional treasures and modern ideas…All we need is a Jollibee in London, and it will be perfect!

2. When was the last time you went to the Philippines and where did you go?

Gene: I was in the Philippines with my family last December/January. We stayed mostly inManila, but spent time in San Pablo City in Laguna, Arayat in Pampanga, and the fabulous island of Boracay. We were always surrounded by family and friends.

Steven: I was there in the summer last year for nearly eight weeks and then shortly in April this year. I stayed at Pembo, Makati (near Market! Market!) with my family. I visited Manila, Quezon City, Pasig, Taguig, Batangas, Naga, Pili, Bicol, San Pablo and many more… I also went to the TV city and saw how the Pinoys enjoyed their Sunday morning lining up for ‘WoWoWee’. Plus I visited the local church my grandfather attended.

3. Why have you decided to run?

Gene: I am running as an Independent Candidate because I believe I will have more impact on people’s lives this way. I have been helping people through my community and Immigration work but I would help more if in an elected position. People have lost trust in British politicians and can no longer distinguish between the main political parties. If I win I would represent the interests of my constituents, rather than have to follow a party line. Filipinos and other migrants and marginalised Londoners do not have a voice in politics. As 75% of laws implemented in the UK emanate from Europe, it is very important that they have someone who will champion their case directly in Europe. They deserve better, and I will be their voice in the European Parliament.

Steven: European Parliament makes a lot of important decisions that affect all of us, but people like the Filipino community have no representation in that Parliament. We have been a silent community (in the political arena) for too long. I want to bring our voice to Europe. I can see firsthand the problems faced by our community in the UK, many people that live here were doctors, teachers and professionals in the Philippines. However, since coming to the UK, they are professionally devalued / downgraded. Also we are contributing to the UK healthcare system through the large amount of Filipino nurses and carers in London. Arguably, we have been treated as a second class citizen for far too long, we are law-abiding, hard working pay taxes and we deserve equal rights and a voice where decisions are made! We should not be afraid to speak up and stand up. We should be proud of being a Pinoy!

4. What are your 3 key campaign issues and why?

Gene: My 3 key campaign issues are Clean and Honest Politics, Fairness to every Londoner and Safety for our Children.
• I am running on a platform of Clean and Honest Politics. The ‘culture of abuse’ in the Labour Government and the major political parties must stop now…

• Fairness to every Londoner revolves around the fact that Greater London is the most diverse place in the whole of the UK, with 29% of the population comprised of migrants and ethnic minorities. …
• Safety for our Children – the recent spate of knifings and shootings by young people mainly in Greater London does not inspire confidence and create fear amongst those of us with children…

Steven: My campaign issues will all focus on Peace. Without Peace there can be no prosperity. In this turbulent time, it is ever more important to safeguard this very key value within the European Union. I will campaign for PEACE in every aspect of our lives and 3 of the main issues are:
• PEACE between Europe and our trading partner’s meaning we need a prope
r framework to protect free trade…
• PEACE among communities means we need to respect each other and ensure there are equal rights for all…Equal rights also mean equal opportunities for all Filipinos in the UK who hold high qualifications yet working in positions far below their aspiration.
• PEACE in the neighbourhood means we need to give protection to our communi
ty by looking at the root of crime and inspire our young people. We need to create more opportunities both home and abroad for young people to work and study.

5. What difference do you feel you can make?

Gene: I have spent decades organising our community in various ways, starting with my leadership of a group back in the mid 1980s which now annually holds the biggest Barrio Fiesta outside of the Philippines. I have been involved in introducing newspaper and magazine publications in the community and I am pleased to say that now we have a healthy community press in the UK. In my work at the British Council I was the founding Chair of the Ethnic Minorities Development Group which campaigned for equal rights for migrants in the organisation. In Poland I was the Chair of Warsaw Toastmasters which comprised many nationalities and competed in public competitions in Berlin. With such a background, I feel that I have shown leadership and strategic qualities, as well as courage, integrity and the ability to get things done that I would bring to Europe…

Steven: With the support of the Filipino community, I want to be their voice in Europe. Other politicians will need to take note of what we, as a community, have to say. I also hope that my work will encourage more people from my community to take more of an interest in politics, to vote and even to stand in future elections.

6. Why do you feel people should vote in the European Elections?

Gene: 75% of the laws in the UK actually derive from the European Parliament, and the British Government has to implement them as we are members of the EU. It is important therefore that people realise they can actually influence this body by sending a representative who will speak and act for them. They can only do that if they vote in the European elections.

Steven: More and more European laws are passed down to the UK, so it really will affect all of us. If we don’t vote we cannot have any say in any of the policies. We need to put our votes together and send a strong message to all politicians so that they will take note of our concerns. We need to work together to shape our future.

7. Who is your biggest Political influence?

Gene: When I ran for West Ham in 2005 I was actually heavily influenced by the achievements of Filipinos in North America who had been elected to political offices at Mayor, Governor, State Senator and Assemblyman levels. I thought if they could do it, then so could we on this side of the pond if we could get British-Filipinos to participate in the British political process. More recently, there is only one person who had affected me so much personally in terms of what is possible in this world: Barack Obama.

Steven: There are many. Winston Churchill for his courage, Ramon Magsaysay for his integrity, Nelson Mandela for his fight against apartheid, Mahatma Gandhi for his non-violence movement and Dr Sun Yat-sen for his democratic ideal.

8. What most annoys you about Politics?

Gene: In Britain, I am annoyed most by the fact that party politics are so entrenched. What this means is that the voting public may vote for a particular party every time without actually thinking…Hopefully this is changing with the expenses scandal. So we had Labour voters voting Labour into power three times in a row and look where it got us. I would prefer to look at individual leaders and personalities and their achievements and reputations, than simply have to accept whoever the parties field. With 14 party and 5 independent candidates in the European elections, Londoners now have that choice.

Steven: Politicians forgetting who put them there, ignoring the needs of the people and taking advantage of their status. The Expenses row is a clear indication of how far some politicians have betrayed our trust. The wastage and the bureaucracy of EU is also something that I will focus on if I am elected.

9. What is your strongest characteristic…and worst trait?

Gene: My strongest characteristic has to be my determination always to stand for what is right and my straight-talking. Some people prefer you to beat around the bush and so on but that is not my style. My worst trait possibly is when I try sometimes to do too many things at once. I have learnt to curb this because I realise that once you have dealt with an issue or a problem, the next one actually comes along.

Steven: I am passionate, hardworking and I have a strong empathy with people. I am always positive and am able to work with people to look for common goals. My worse trait is my passion for people can mean I can sometime take on too much problems on behalf of others. I will therefore focus first on my main campaign issues if I get elected.

10. What are your views on the recent MP expenses scandal?

Gene: I just wonder at how pathetic the government ministers and MPs are who were caught with their hands in the till. If you look at the range of expenses claimed by MPs of all parties you will quickly realise how petty many of the items are, although of course the ‘flippers’ clearly knew how to milk the system in a major way. For me it is all so tragicomic because if you look at corrupt dictators around the world, they steal in the hundred millions, if not billions. Although I am angry at this abuse, I suppose I have to be thankful that at least British MPs are not world-class kleptomaniacs.

Steven: All political parties need to put their house in order as a first priority. They should publish all the expense accounts immediately and not wait until July as originally planned. People should be able to examine each and every expense claim on the internet and an independent body must be set up to examine any discrepancies / complaints. Any MP found to be abusing the system must be required to step down. The police must be called in to investigate any alleged wrong doing as no one should be above the law. Without the confidence of people, Parliament cannot function. We also need to make sure that extremist parties like the BNP do not benefit from the scandal.

For a full transcript of their answers, please CLICK HERE FOR GENE or CLICK HERE FOR STEVEN

To visit Gene’s web site, please CLICK HERE

To visit Steven’s web site, please CLICK HERE


Now that you have a deeper insight into the lives and opinions of the two men, bear that in mind when voting begins on 4th June 2009.

By Adrian, with special thanks to Mark & Nigel.
Pictures courtesy of www.genealcantara.com, Zheng Xu of Kaizfeng Photography and James Wong