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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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Fundraising Concert for Typhoon SENDONG Victims in the Philippines

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The Filipino Community groups and individuals here in the UK are putting a concert together to help raise some funds for the victims of Typhoon Sendong, internationally called Washi. It was one of the most fatal tropical storms to hit the Philippines

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What the Philippines needs is…

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What answer can you possibly provide to a question that has more often than not been answered with more than just a term of office or a business deal in mind? The Philippines is a country with more people than Australia, the Netherlands and South Korea put together. Yet with all of

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Filipinos in Politics?

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You know what they say about buses…well, you wait years for a Filipino to give us a voice in the political sphere and two come along with a month to go! The two names are Steven Cheung and Gene Alcantara and they are running as prospective London candidates for the upcoming European

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Philippine United FC


Ever one for Filipino time…We have just been asked to help get designs organised for Philippine United FC.

It is a football team that has been registered with the English Football Association and affiliated with the Philippine Football Federation (PFF). Friendlies are being arranged for next year and registration into a minor league is the next step.

The aim is to give British Filipinos a stage to play football and be seen by representatives of the PFF. The ultimate aim is to give them a chance to play for the national team and also give Filipinos in the Philippines the chance to come and play here for this team.

What we need is someone to design a logo and a shirt. The team and project is being put together by Leo Jensen and he will decide on the winning design. The design will be used on team shirts and on all promotional material.

I must stress the winner will not be paid for the design. A press release and announcement in the Philippines is being arranged as we speak and there will be an event with media coverage in mid-January and the winner will be there and interviewed about their design.

The remit is:

Logo: The Philippine Tamaraw, as the name suggests, is only found in the Philippines and it is a small, stocky, strong animal. This has been identified as a positive nickname and symbol. Designs similar to the Chicago Bulls and Toyota range of vehicles must be heavily scrutinized, but both images are iconic to Filipinos too. 3 stars and the sun are a given but the words Philippine United Football Club should feature too.

Shirt: Red, White and Blue are the national colours that should be incorporated. Please bear in mind, potential sponsor logos may clash if there are too many colours on the middle of the shirt.

All designs should be sent to philippinegenerations@googlemail.com and should be received before January.

Good Luck and I look forward to hearing from you.

Adrian

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What the world has been waiting for…

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Congratulations to Barack Hussein Obama II, the first African-American and 44th President of the United States of America.So much has been said about Obama it is almost unreal. The result still feels unreal. The majority of the world wanted it to happen, although many, including me

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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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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.