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RP Embassy in Tel Aviv conducts Outreach Program in Haifa for OAV RegistrationPosted: 04 Sep 2009 08:33 PM PDT

PH-141-09, 5 September 2009 – A contingent of Philippine Embassy officials, headed by Vice Consul Bertrand Theodor L. Santos, conducted an outreach program in Haifa on August 29, few days before the end of the registration period. The outreach program enabled OFWs in Haifa and neighboring areas to register for the 2010 elections. Many OFWs expressed difficulty in accessing the services of the Philippine Embassy in Tel-Aviv by reason of geographical distance and work schedule. More than 100 OFWs were able to register during the outreach. END



Filipino workers flock to the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv during the last day of OAV RegistrationPosted: 04 Sep 2009 08:14 PM PDT

PH-140-09, 5 September 2009 – Overseas Filipino workers flocked to the consular section of the Philippine Embassy in Tel-Aviv during the last day of the overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration for the 2010 elections. Many of the workers coming from different parts of Israel rushed to the Embassy to register and manifested their solid intention to go out and vote in the next general election.

Speaking before the Filipino Community on August 29 in Tachana Merkazit in Tel Aviv, Vice Consul Greg Marie C. Mariño announced the end of the registration period and encouraged them to register and exercise their right to vote. As a result, the Embassy received the following day a large number of registrants. END



Overseas Absentee Voting Registration in Shanghai, ChinaPosted: 04 Sep 2009 08:08 PM PDT

PH-139-09, 5 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai ended the 2009 OAV Registration with 539 registrants. The number includes the total of 497 new registered voters and 42 transfer of registration record.

During the 2003 and 2006 OAV registration, the number of registered voters totaled 203 and 420, respectively. The success of the registration was due to the Consulate’s efforts in rendering services through its field registration and distribution of information materials, and the support of the Filipino community leaders.



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Dont you know that Mary Walter & Lino Brocka are Sorsoganons?

Mary Walter

Mary Walter was born to an German father in what is now Bacon Dist.  Sorsogon City, As a mary walterteen, Walter appeared on the Manila bodabil circuit as a chorus girl in the stage shows of Katy de la Cruz. She began her film career as a bit player. Walter first …came into fame in 1927, when she starred in Ang Lumang Simbahan, staged from the popular novel by Florentino Collantes. Her leading man in that film was Gregorio Fernandez, with whom she would be romantically paired in a succession of silent films, constituting perhaps the first “love-team” in Filipino cinema.

After appearing in many silent films, Walter easily made the transition when sound film emerged in the Philippines in the mid-1930s. She was among the stars who appeared in the 1942 LVN film Prinsipe Teñoso, the only film produced by a Filipino film studio during the Japanese Occupation.

In 1948, after a 21-year film career, Walter retired to her hometown in Sorsogon. Ten years later, she was induced to act again, and she appeared in LVN’s Kastilaloy. Now in her forties, she was cast as matrons or mothers. As she further aged, Walter became one of the most identifiable character actresses in Philippine cinema. Fair, petite and gaunt, she became inalienably identified in grandmother roles. A chain-smoker, her gravelly voice made her ideally cast in villainous roles, most prominently in the 1974 Lino Brocka film Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa. By the 1980s, she was a memorable presence in popular horror films such as Shake, Rattle and Roll (1984) and Tiyanak (1988).

In 1980, Walter received the FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award. A similar award, this time from the Gawad Urian, was given to Walter in 1992.

Contrary to what is published in her IMDB biography, Walter was not the actress engaged in the first kissing scene in Philippine cinema (that distinction falls to Dimples Cooper). Walter never retired again after returning to film in 1958. She died on February 25, 1993.Read More

other info: Pelikula blogspot 

 Catalino Ortiz Brocka 

better known as Lino Brocka (April 3, 1939–May 21, 1991) is known as one of the greatestLino_Brocka film directors of the Philippines. Brocka was openly homosexual and many of his films incorporated LGBT themes into their often dramatic storylines.

Brocka was born in Pilar, Sorsogon. He directed his first film, Wanted: Perfect Mother, based on The Sound of Music and a local comic serial, in 1970. It won an award for best screenplay at the 1970 Manila Film Festival. Later that year he also won the Citizen’s Council for Mass Media’s best-director award for the film Santiago.

In 1974 Brocka directed Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, which told the story of a teenager growing up in a small town amid its petty and gross injustices. It was a box-office hit, and earned Brocka another best-director award, this time from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).

The following year he directed Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (Manila: in the Claws of Light), which is considered by many critics to be the greatest Philippine film ever made – including British film critic and historian Derek Malcolm [1]. The film tells the allegorical tale of a young provincial named Julio Madiaga who goes to Manila looking for his lost love, Ligaya Paraiso (which is Tagalog for “Joyful Paradise”). The episodic plot has him careering from one adventure to another until he finally finds Ligaya. Much of the film’s greatness can be traced to the excellent cinematography by Mike de Leon, who would become a great Filipino filmmaker himself.

In 1976 Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag won the FAMAS awards for best picture, best director, best actor, and best supporting actor.

Insiang (1978) was the first Philippine film ever shown at the Cannes Film Festival. It is considered to be one of Brocka’s best films — some say his masterpiece. The film centers on a young woman named Insiang who lives in the infamous Manila slum area, Tondo. It is a Shakespearean tragedy that deals with Insiang’s rape by her mother’s lover, and her subsequent revenge.

The film Jaguar (1979) was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. It won best picture and best director at the 1980 FAMAS Awards. It also won five Gawad Urian Awards, including best picture and best direction.

In 1981, Brocka was back at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight with his third entry, Bona, a film about obsession.

In 1983 Brocka created the organization Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), which he led for two years. His stand was that artists were first and foremost citizens and, as such, must address the issues confronting the country. His group became active in anti-government rallies after the assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr..

The following year, Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim (Bayan Ko: My Own Country) was deemed subversive by the government of Ferdinand Marcos, and underwent a legal battle to be shown in its uncut form. At the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, however, it was nominated for the Palme d’Or. It garnered four honors at the 1986 Gawad Urian Awards, including best picture.

Brocka directed over forty films. Some of his other notable works are Macho Dancer (1988), Orapronobis (1989), and Gumapang Ka sa Lusak (1990).

In 1987 a documentary entitled Signed: Lino Brocka was directed by Christian Blackwood. It won the 1988 Peace Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

On May 21, 1991 Brocka met an untimely death in a car accident in Quezon City, Metro Manila. In 1997 he was given the posthumous distinction of National Artist for Film.

His nephew Allan is an American film and television director.


References, external links and further readings

  • Ricky Lee – Official Website
  • Lino Brocka at the Internet Movie Database
  • An extensive biography from a Lino Brocka fan site
  • Lino Brocka: Legendary Filmmaker, First LDS Convert in the Philippines (About Brocka’s conversion to Mormonism)
  • The University of the Philippines Film Institute’s Lino Brocka page
  • Mission Impossible 1: Filmmaking in the Philippines 1896-1986 (historical overview)
  • Guardian Unlimited (UK) feature on Derek Malcolm’s Century of Films, which includes Brocka’s “Manila: In The Claws of Darkness”
  • Lino Brocka : the artist and his times , ed. by Mario A. Hernando, Manila : Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1993.
  • Who are we to judge the insane? – “Tinimbang ka ngunit Kulang”
  • “Director Lino Brocka: Stronger than Life



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BFAR Reports Illegal Fishing in Some Sorsogon Coastal Areas

BFAR Reports Illegal Fishing in Some Sorsogon Coastal Areas – Herald of Truth and Justice – Naga City,Camarines Sur,Philippines
SORSOGON CITY, Sept. 3 (PNA) – Illegal fishing is still rampant in some coastal areas in the province of Sorsogon, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and

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Department of Foreign Affairs- updates

RP Embassy in Athens Conducts Consular Outreach at Thessaloniki, Crete, Cyprus and Corfu

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 01:00 AM PDT

PR-701-09, 4 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Athens conducted consular outreach and overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration at Corfu, Cyprus, Crete, and Thessaloniki in May, July, and August 2009.

The consular outreach in Corfu was held at the Catholic Hall of the Filipinos in Corfu on May 23-25. The team comprised of personnel from the Embassy and Pag-Ibig attached agency. The team was assisted by Filipino leaders in Corfu namely, Rosita Habon, Ethelyn Alcantara, and Florence Okundaye.

The team processed 59 MRP applications and processed 27 applications for OAV. Around 100 Filipinos reside in Corfu.

Philippine Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Fe T. Pangilinan also inducted the new officers of the Filipino association Unity Group in Corfu.

On 11-12 July, Embassy representatives conducted a two-day outreach mission in Nicosia, Cyprus.

A total of 102 Filipinos in Nicosia registered as overseas absentee voters at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Nicosia.. The team processed 58 MRP applications in the adjoining office of the Philippine honorary consul.

About 2,000 Filipinos are reported to be residing in Nicosia.
Subsequently, on 17-19 July in Crete, the embassy team was assisted by Mr. Johnny Quinto, president of the Filipino Club in Iraklion, Crete. The outreach activity was conducted at the social hall of St. John the Baptist Church.

The team processed 60 MRP applications, 60 OAV applications, and 14 certifications for registered voters in the Philippines. About 200 Filipinos reside in Crete Island.

The outreach mission in Larnaca and Limassol, Cyprus was coordinated through Mr. Bong Cusi, one of the leaders of the Filipino community at Larnaca. The activity took place in the premises of the Sta. Tierra Church in Larnaca.

The team was assisted by Ms. Gina Maandig, from the office of the Philippine honorary consul at Nicosia, and by Ms. Liza Jataas who is Pag-Ibig’s and OWWA’s volunteer at Larnacra.

At Limassol, RCBC’s general manger Belinda Stylianou and Ms. Ching Tabasa-Harris assisted and coordinated the Embassy’s activities.

The team processed 49 machine readable passport applications, four replacements or lost passports, four notarials, and four passport verifications. A total of 197 registered for OAV, 35 applications for certification of registration and 8 applications for transfer of registration records were processed.

Some 1,500 Filipinos reside in Larnaca and 2,500 in Limassol.

In coordination with the Philippine Honorary Consul at Thessaloniki Nikolaos K. Margaropoulos, and Ms. Violet Magnaye, a Filipino community leader, the Embassy dispatched a consular outreach and OAV team to Greece’s second major city on August 29-31.

The team, which included personnel from the Embassy’s attached agencies OWWA and Pag-Ibig, was met at Thessaloniki by Mr. Margaropoulos. The services were conducted at the social hall of the Immaculate Conception Church.

The outreach resulted in 80 applications for OWWA membership and 70 applications/inquiries on Pag-Ibig membership. 37 overseas Filipinos registered for the absentee voting, and 47 certifications issued for voters in the Philippines.

About 400 Filipinos reside in the center of Thessaloniki. END



RP Consulate General in Sydney Conducts Consular Mission to New Caledonia

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 11:47 PM PDT

PR-700-09, 4 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney conducted a consular mission to New Caledonia on August 21-24 to provide consular services and to register Filipino overseas absentee voters (OAV) residing in the area.

New Caledonia is an island territory of France, located 2,000 kilometers east of the coast of Queensland. The island has an area of 18,575 square kilometers and a population of about 245,000.

There is a small community of French-Filipinos in the capital city of Nouméa and an additional 620 Filipino expatriate workers in the Goro Nickel Project in Yate.

Consul General Eva G. Betita, who led the consular delegation, said that the mission was successful. “We were able to register a good number of the remaining Filipinos who were not included in the previous OAV registration period, which was held in 2006,” she said.

In addition, there were many Filipinos who renewed their Philippine passports, as well as a number of former Filipinos who reacquired their Philippine citizenship.

The mission had a fact-finding component to assess the situation of the Filipinos in the territory. “There are about 50 French-Filipinos in Nouméa, who arrived here in the 1980s and early 1990s. They are professionals and are well-integrated into New Caledonia society and are respected in their areas,” the Consul General said.

There are about 620 expatriates employed in the French Government-funded Goro Nickel Project.. Consul General Betita said these Filipino workers are well-treated and well-paid. They are housed in a facility which provides proper housing and recreational and leisure amenities.

She added that they are the remaining OFWs of the 3,000 Filipino work force who constructed the project. However, the construction is almost completed and most of the work force have gone home to the Philippines. Those who remain are involved in the commissioning of the facility. END



RP Consulate General in Milan Sends Consular Team to Bologna

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 11:36 PM PDT

PR-699-09, 4 September 2009 – In line with its thrust to reach out to Filipinos within its jurisdiction, the Philippine Consulate General in Milan organized a mobile consular mission to Bologna last August 20..

The mobile team also conducted Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) registration, a day before the deadline.

Consul General Antonio A. Morales headed the mobile team which rendered services to around 500 Filipinos in Bologna and nearby cities. The team processed 212 passport applications, notarized 79 documents, issued 34 certifications, and registered 73 qualified Overseas Absentee Voting Applicants.

The consular team coordinated with the Federation of Filipinos in Bologna, headed by its President Jose Avenido, which assisted in organizing the consular mission.

Aside from rendering consular services, Consul General Morales took the opportunity to have a dialogue with the community. Representatives of the Filipino community, in response, conveyed their request for regular consular missions to Bologna.

There was also a request to look into the possibility of establishing an honorary consulate general in the City not only to make consular services available, but also to promote trade and investments.

The consular mission was the second in Bologna this year. The first one was held on 8 March 2009. In addition, the Consulate General also conducted field OAV registration in Bologna on 14 June 2009.

Bologna, situated approximately 250 kilometers from Milan, is one of the biggest cities in the region of Emilia Romagna.

There are over 5,000 Filipinos in Bologna which is considered a university-city as well as Italy’s industrial heartland, with its heavy concentration of factories. The employment opportunities in Bologna may explain the relatively large number of migrants, both from Southern Italy and overseas, particularly non-European Union nationals. END



Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer to visit the Philippines

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 11:15 PM PDT

PR-698-09, 4 September 2009 – H.E. Jan Fischer, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, will make an official visit to the Philippines on September 6-7, upon the invitation of H.E President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo..

Prime Minister Fischer will pay a courtesy call on President Arroyo on September 7, Monday, which will be followed by a bilateral meeting between the two leaders and their delegation members to further expand political cooperation, boost trade and economic ties, and deepen cultural and people-to-people relations.

H.E. Jan Fischer earlier visited the Philippines in October 2007 when he attended the International Statistical Conference in Manila as Chairman of the Czech Statistics Office.

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Czech Republic were established through the signing of a joint communiqué with the former Czechoslovakia on 5 October 1973.

Philippine-Czech historical links can be traced from the deep friendship between Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, and Czech scholar Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt, who are the earliest symbols of the two countries’ shared values of freedom and respect for individual liberties.

Bilateral trade between the Philippines and the Czech Republic amounted to US$151 million in 2008. Philippine exports to the Czech Republic are mainly special electronics components, garments, furniture, tropical fruits and agricultural products.

The Czech Republic provides Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Philippines through the projects, “Assistance in Measures Ensuring Drinking Water Supply for Manila” worth €1,300,000 and the “Improvement of Waste Management in Naga City” worth €390,000.

An endearing symbol of the vibrancy of Philippine-Czech economic relations is the 73 Czech-made air-conditioned train coaches used for the EDSA-MRT tracks. END



Ambassador Davide Named Co-Chair of UNGA Ad Hoc Working Group

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:33 PM PDT

PR-697-09, 4 September 2009 – Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hilario G. Davide, Jr. added another feather to his cap with his appointment as co-chair of an ad hoc working group of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)..

The Philippine Mission to the United Nations said Ambassador Davide was named Co-Chair of the “General Assembly Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole to Recommend a Course of Action on the Process of Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-Economic Aspects.”

The appointment was made on August 21 by former Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Angel d’ Escoto Brockman, President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He also named Ambassador Gunnar Palsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, as Co-Chair.

Ambassador Davide’s appointment came a few weeks after he was elected Vice Chair of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Peace and Security) of the 64th Session of the General Assembly. He was also elected as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Sustainable Development, an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc).

Ambassadors Davide and Palsson will discuss what will be the appropriate course of action to the 64th Session of the General Assembly on the regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects under Resolution 63/111.

The course of action to be recommended will be based on the outcomes of the fourth meeting of an ad hoc steering group that was established to oversee efforts to strengthen the regular scientific assessment of the state of the marine environment in order to enhance the scientific basis for policymaking.

This is not the first time that Ambassador Davide was entrusted with such a responsibility. In 2007, he was appointed by the President of the 61st Session of the General Assembly as facilitator in negotiations for a draft declaration that would improve the lives of over 370 million indigenous peoples worldwide.

Ambassador Davide also previously occupied the position of Vice Chair of the Ecosoc, where he served as Chair of its Coordination Segment, which coordinates the activities of the various functional commissions under its jurisdiction. The Coordination Segment is in charge of leading the negotiations with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the UN Conference on Trade Development and the World Trade Organization. END



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