EuroFilipino Journal Jan-March 2007
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Welcome to this issue of EuroFilipino Journal.

Editorial

Another year has gone and a new one is here with promises of good things -- the election is coming up in the Philippines, so those with dual nationalities and who were able to register to vote by the deadline will be able to flex their voter muscle and help in choosing the country’s leaders. Or if they are so inclined, they could even run for office provided they could spend time there (and have the money!) to run a campaign effectively. Of course, since we are all living in Britain now, take note of the possibility that there might be a general election again this year as Prime Minister Tony Blair passes the heavy mantle of power to another Labourite, possibly Gordon Brown, who is being increasingly challenged by the Tories to obtain the people’s mandate should he assume the premiership. This provides an excellent opportunity for British-Filipinos to exercise their right to vote and get our voices heard. If you are already a British citizen, then please ensure that you are registered to vote by contacting your local Council. Let us emulate the examples of Filipino-Americans where elected kababayans now abound and make a difference, as well as our kababayans in Belgium and Italy where they have also recently started breaking the glass ceilings and getting elected into office. Let us show the British that we are a force to be reckoned with, not just in music and theatre, but in politics and other spheres and that they cannot ignore our wishes.

Talking of music, theatre and other spheres, 2006 was a landmark for Filipinos in the UK in terms of raising our profile. We are proud to see Mutya Buena going into a solo singing career after leaving Sugababes. We watched Mylene Klass as she wowed audiences in ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of here’ and as she continues with her soaring career first as a popstar, then a classical pianist and TV presenter. Mon David won the International Jazz Competition against intense international competition in London. Junix Inocian won the Theatre Management Awards Best Performance in a Musical for his role in ‘Pacific Overtures’, meanwhile continuing with film and brief roles in pop videos and comedy sketches. Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes won yet again the world pools title in Wales against world-class players. Friday Camaclang has just joined a Brighton professional women’s football team and is the first Filipina to do so. And then we were just in awe as Natalie Grace Chua, at 13, got signed up by Simon Cowell, the dread judge of American Idol and British X-Factor, and is now part of a new pop band, Angelis, with an album of the same name. These of course are just in the UK; outside in the wider world there are other Filipino champions such as Manny Pacquiao in boxing. All of them make us proud as Filipinos, as overseas Filipinos particularly since these individuals are breaking the mould and demonstrating that we can compete with the very best globally and win. They have raised the bars for all of us, and we look forward to more achievements in the next twelve months.

Gene Alcantara, Editor

EuroFilipino Journal
 
Managing Editor, Gene Alcantara
Features Editor, Jun Terra
 
Contributors this issue:
Michael Duque
Carmila Legarda
Cynthia Barker
Charles Kelly
Mike Higgs
Jim Domingo
Perry Ostrea
Sotiris Hadjisotiriou
Ken Evans
Bert Cabual
Perry Diaz (USA)
Luis Teodoro (Philippines)
Fr Shay Cullen (Philippines)
 
Cartoons, Kris Soguilon
Photography, Carlos Garcia
 

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