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PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS 2017
FilCom Oxford Independence Day 2017

PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS 2016

A successful and happy celebration of  Philippine Independence held on
Saturday 9 July 2016
at the Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU

FilCom Oxford Independence 2016
>>> From the Chairman's Camera: More photos of the Celebrations <<<

Programme Cover 2016
PDF copy of the 2016 Programme


Our grateful thanks to all our honoured guests:

Rae Humberstone, Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford
Hon. Voltaire Mauricio, First Secretary and Consul, Philippine Embassy, London
Dr Tony Berendt, Medical Director, OUH NHS Foundation Trust

 Our thanks also to the judges of the "Pinoy Got Talent" competition:
Mrs Gloria Diaz
Mr Ivan Ledesma
Mr Archie Rotap

Many congratulations to the winners of the "Pinoy Got Talent" competition:
Champions: Llayana Sofia and Samantha Nicole De Ocera
2nd place: Alexis Cimafrancia
3rd place: Juliana Malicay

and our thanks to all the participants and to all of you who attended the event.

Many thanks of course to our sponsors, without whom we would not
be able to hold such events:

MAJOR SPONSOR

ENAGIC Kangen Water

Nanding Gloria

M: 07876 598626

SPONSORS

ANICO Financial Services Ltd

http://www.anicofinancialservices.com/

AZURE – CENTURY Properties

M: 07748 638402

F & H Driving School

T: 01865 760457, M: 07771 363578

FOREX Cargo UK Ltd

M: 07525 715626

INTELLIGENT FINANCE PLANNING

M: 07780 460684

PINOY FIESTA EVENTS

T: 0117 922 5781, M: 07799 350233

PLANET PHILIPPINES Newspaper

T: 0207 581 8100

SALADMASTER Oxford

T: 01865 361177, M: 07880 209224

SAM Travel and Tours

http://www.samtravel.co.uk/

SMART UK Mobile Services

M: 07895 466479, M: 07418 748069

TORRE LORENZO Property

E: acsantos@torrelorenzo.com

TRICO Freight UK Ltd

http://www.tricofreight.co.uk/

UNISON Oxfordshire Health Services Branch

http://www.ouh.org.uk/


See you again next year!

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MARK BALDEMOR

It is with deep sorrow that I am writing, on behalf of the entire Community, to make you aware that Mark Baldemor passed away on 16 May 2016, aged 37. Mark leaves his wife, Rodette, and three young children.

There will be a church service held at Cornerstone Church, Quarry High Street, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8JT
on 10 June 2016 at 5pm with viewing afterwards until 10pm. 
His body will be cremated at 11am on Saturday 11 June at Oxford Crematorium, Bayswater Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9RZ.


The Community is appealling for your prayers and financial donations to help Mark’s family with the expenses that they are facing.  All donations are most welcome, large or small.

If you would like to make a donation, please:
email chairman@filcomoxford.org.uk or
text to 07581 781959
and I will provide bank account details so you may deposit your donation to Rodette directly. 


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kindness and support. May our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ continue to shower his blessings, love and compassion on us all.

Ariel Lanada
Chairman, Filipino Community of Oxfordshire
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12th FILCOM OXFORD SPORTS FESTIVAL 
August 2015


Basketball and Volleyball

THE RESULTS

2015 Basketball Champions: Oxford Leonard's

Basketball Champions - Oxford Leonard's


>>> From the Chairman's Camera: Photos of the Festival <<<

VOLLEYBALL - WOMEN
Champions:
Reading Bashers
Second Place:
Oxford Leonard's
Third Place:
Oxford Spikers
VOLLEYBALL - MEN
Champions:
Oxford Spikers
Second Place:
Bicester
Third Place:
Reading Bashers
BASKETBALL
Best in Uniform:
Oxford Leonard's
Most Disciplined Team:
Hemel Warriors


Best Team Players:
ACES - Carlo de Guzman

Hemel Warriors - John Ninalga

Northampton - Brix Socorro

El Supremos - Jhunroe Rillo

Top Guns - Marco Lapuz


Most Valuable Player:
Nico Mendiola (Oxford Leonard's)


Champions:
Oxford Leonard's
Second Place:
ACES
Third Place:
Northampton


Participating Teams

Volleyball Women:  Bicester, Oxford Leonard's, Oxford Spikers, Reading Bashers, El Supremos
Volleyball Men:  Bicester, Oxford Leonard's, Oxford Spikers, Reading Bashers, El Supremos
Basketball: ACES, Hemel Warriors, Northampton, Oxford Leonard's, El Supremos, Top Guns

Congratulations to everybody for a really successful 12th Filipino Annual Sports Festival.

Looking forward to seeing you again in 2016!
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FILCOM OXFORD
117th PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Saturday 4th July 2015
held at
Tingewick Hall,
John Radcliffe Hospital,
Oxford

FilCom Oxford PID 2015

>>>>>> GALLERY OF PHOTOS <<<<<<
Photos taken by Ian Elefan

We greatly welcome the submission of additional photographs to include in the website.

Our grateful thanks to our generous sponsors ...

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS


SPONSORS







Our grateful thanks to

PINOY DJ Kiko for the sound - 07900 032450

and to

Anahaw Dance Artists +44 7476 907619

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11th FILCOM OXFORD SPORTS FESTIVAL 
2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th and 23rd & 24th August 2014


Basketball and Volleyball

THE RESULTS

2014 Basketball Champions: Oxford Leonard
Basketball Champions - Oxford Leonard

>>> From the Chairman's Camera: Photos of the Festival taken by various people! <<<

VOLLEYBALL - WOMEN
Champions:
FilCom Oxford
Second Place:
Bicester
Third Place:
Oxford Leonard
VOLLEYBALL - MEN
Champions:
FilCom Oxford
Second Place:
Bicester
Third Place:
Oxford Leonard
BASKETBALL
Best in Uniform:
Lost Kings
Most Disciplined Team:
Lost Kings


Best Team Players:
ACES - Kenneth Chiu

FilCom Oxford - Ian Elefan

Hemel Warriors - Gregory

Lost Kings - Jhoneroe Rillo

Rhinos - Ocunen

St Joseph - Eric Concepcion

Top Guns - Marco Lapuz


Most Valuable Player:
Nico Mendiola (Oxford Leonard)


Champions:
Oxford Leonard
Second Place:
ACES
Third Place:
Hemel Warriors

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116th PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
 Saturday 5th July 2014
Tingewick Hall
Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU

A relaxed and happy day with great entertainment...

FilCom Oxford Independence Day Celebrations 2014

  >>>>>> GALLERY OF PHOTOS
<<<<<<
We greatly welcome the submission of additional photographs to include in the website.

Saturday 5 July 2014 saw the 11th celebration of Philippine Independence Day by the Filipino Community of Oxfordshire returning to its traditional venue of the Tingewick Hall
at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Honoured guests included:


Catherine Stoddart, Chief Nurse, OUH NHS Trust

Councillor Mohammed Abbasi, Lord Mayor of Oxford

and a surprise guest appearance of Philippine TV star

Hayden KHO

 
A con-celebrated Mass, led by Rev Fr John Baggley, was held at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Headington.  There then followed a Muse and Flower Parade.  After lunch, the guests delivered supportive messages to the Community and the day was completed by a truly excellent cultural show.

As always our thanks to all the officers and helpers who put in lots of hard work to make the day happen. But, above all, thanks to all of you who attended and made the effort worthwhile.

Without the support of our SPONSORS none of this event would have been possible so our heartfelt thanks go to all of them.....

Major Sponsor: PNB Europe
Sponsors: Century Properties Group

F & H Driving School

Filinvest UK

Forex Cargo UK Co. Ltd

Kangen Water

LBC Express

Mekeni Kapampangan Best Catering Services

Robinsons Land Corporation

Unison Oxfordshire Health
Media Partner: Planet Philippines

0930:
Religious Service
Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church
Margaret Road, Headington, OXFORD OX3 8AJ
1100:
Muse and Flower Parade
Starting from Manor Surgery, Osler Road, Headington, OXFORD OX3 9BP
to Tingewick Hall
12:30:
Lunch
14:00:
Speeches and Cultural Show

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PHILIPPINE TYPHOON DISASTER APPEAL

Updates on latest progress following shortly ......

After almost three months of sorting, packing and shipping donated goods for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, on February 20, 2014 we finally vacated Unit 62 at Steventon Storage Facility and officially handed it back to its owners MEPC with our thanks.

FilCom Oxford deeply and whole-heartedly thanks all those who donated and all those who have given their time and energy to unloading and loading, sorting and packing. Thanks also to the individuals and families who generously paid for the shipment of some goods to the Philippines and to Phil Express who helped us with shipping at preferential rates.

The whole relief effort has drawn us closer and made our community stronger than ever before.  We are very proud to be part of a community that cares for those who need help most.  We value the lessons we have learned during these operations and we look forward to your continued support for the future undertakings and challenges of the Filipino Community of Oxfordshire.

The job is not yet over.  We will continue to update you and publish pictures of distribution of goods as well as thank you messages from those who have received the goods. Follow the link below.

Mabuhay po tayong lahat!

Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda Page
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10th FILCOM OXFORD SPORTS FESTIVAL 
4th, 10th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th August 2013


Basketball and Volleyball

THE RESULTS

2013 Basketball Champions: ACES
Basketball Champions - ACES from Aylesbury

>>> PHOTOS - FINAL DAY - Courtesy of Ed Sabog, Romel Medenilla & Jorge Marticio <<<

VOLLEYBALL - WOMEN
Champions:
Yellow Team
Second Place:
Red Team
Third Place:
Green team
VOLLEYBALL - MEN
Champions:
Yellow Team
Second Place:
Red Team
Third Place:
Green Team
BASKETBALL
Best in Uniform:
FilCom (SaladMaster)
Most Disciplined Team:
Hemel Warriors (Body by Vi)


Best Team Players:
FilCom - Jasper Velasquez

Hemel - Jacky Wilkes

Rising Stars - Andrew Baltazar

Top Guns - Marco Lapuz

Oxford Leonards - Louie Tayag


Most Valuable Player:
Erwin Concha


Champions:
ACES
Second Place:
Oxford Leonards
Third Place:
Rising Stars



FilCom Oxford Sports Festival 2013
Nepalese and Filipino teams before their exhibition game

The Opening Ceremony was held on Sunday 4 August 2013. Honoured guests included the Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford, Cllr Tony Brett; representing Thames Valley Police, Alex Austin and Mark Jones; and Gloria Diaz, President of Batangas Filipino Association - UK.

Our Master of Ceremonies was Maria Ellis of Pinoy Radio - UK.  The Invocation was given by Pastor Raymond Valerio of the Jesus Enthroned Church.  The Philippine National Flag was raised by Cllr Brett and Maria Ellis and the Union Jack by Alex Austin and Mark Jones.  The Pledge of Sportsmanship was administered by Mark Jones.
Entertainment was provided by Careniosa and Marilag Dance Groups and Danelle-Nichole and Darah So.

We were very delighted to welcome members of the Nepalese Community Oxfordshire who joined us for an exhibition game to kick-off the basketball tournament. Our guests won the match!

A big thank you to our event sponsors: Smart Pinoy, Century Properties,
Mabuhay Mobile Disco - Richard de Castro
and our team sponsors: Saladmaster, Body by Vi and Manor Hospital
and thank you to all of you who helped organise the event, participated and attended.

>>> GALLERY OF PHOTOS - OPENING DAY - Courtesy of Merline Tabirao and Noel Clarete <<<
>>> LINK to OPENING DAY PHOTOS - Courtesy of Spooner Studios Photography <<<
>>> GALLERY OF PHOTOS - VOLLEYBALL 10/8/2013 - Courtesy of Ed Sabog <<<
>>> GALLERY OF PHOTOS - 17th and 18th August 2013  <<<

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115th PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
 Saturday 15th June 2013
Kassam Stadium

Another great day of celebration...
TEN YEARS of serving our community!

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  >>>>>> GALLERY OF PHOTOS
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Photographs courtesy of Spooner Studios Photography and Videography can be accessed via the following links:

1024 Web Images: http://clients.spoonerstudios.co.uk/20130615-filcom/1024.zip
 
2048 Large Images: http://clients.spoonerstudios.co.uk/20130615-filcom/2048.zip
 
Online Gallery: http://clients.spoonerstudios.co.uk/20130615-filcom/

Saturday 15 June 2013 saw the 10th celebration of Philippine Independence Day by the Filipino Community of Oxfordshire and the first to be held at the Quadrangle Conference and Exhibition Centre at the Kassam Stadium.

Honoured guests included:

Voltaire Onesino D. Mauricio, First Secretary and Consul, Philippine Embassy

Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP

Councillor Tony Brett, Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford

Jan Cottle, Equality and Diversity Manager, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Brandan Magie, Secretary, Oxford Indonesia Society

Navin Gurung, Secretary, Nepalese Community of Oxfordshire

Michael Duque, President, Philippine Nurses Association UK


After a Muse and Flower Parade there was a con-celebrated Mass led by Rev Fr John Baggley.  Beergin Island provided excellent catering over lunchtime and through the afternoon.  Following the invocation by Rev Fr Pawel Rochman, the guests delivered supportive messages to the Community and the day was rounded-off by a wide-ranging selection of entertainment.

Thank you to all of you who performed - it was a wonderful show!

As always our thanks to all the officers and helpers who put in lots of hard work to make the day happen. But, above all, thanks to all of you who attended and made the effort worthwhile.

Without the support of our SPONSORS none of this event would have been possible so our heartfelt thanks go to all of them.....

Major Sponsors:
Lebara mobile

Body by Vi
www.euchallenge.co.uk


Beergin Island Catering
Email: beergin_island@yahoo.co.uk
Sponsors: Century Properties Group

F & H Driving School

Filinvest

Filipino Express Oriental Foods

Intelmarc - SMDC

LBC

Lucky Money London

PIC-UK

Pinoy Ice-Cream

Saladmaster

SM Development Corporation

Unison Oxfordshire Health

WIGZ
Media Partners: Hello Philippines

Pinoy Radio - UK

Planet Philippines

Spooner Studios Photography and Videography
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9th FILCOM OXFORD SPORTS FESTIVAL
 Saturdays and Sundays
11th to 26th August 2012

The Sports Festival is now over!

Our greatful thanks to all the players who took part, their supporters, our referees and table officials,
our sponsors and honoured guests.



THE 2012 RESULTS!


Sports Fest 2012 Best Team Players

Most Valuable and Best Team Players with Master of Ceremonies, Mel Palencia
and Chairman, Ariel Lanada


Tournament Champions - Top Gun, Watlington
2nd Place - Oxford Leonard, Oxford
3rd Place - FilCom Oxford, Oxford

 
Best in Uniform - Oxford Leonard
Most Disciplined Team - Top Gun, Watlington

 
Most Valuable Player: Top Gun - Gabriel Formoso

 
Best Team Players:                                                      
Aylesbury - Erwin Concha
Buckinghamshire - Andrew Dave Alvaro
FilCom Oxford - Kenneth Chiu 
Hemel Warriors - Rizaldo Virtudes
Oxford Leonard - Andrew De Guzman



Photos from Weekend One
Photos from Weekend Two
Photos from Weekend Three


We look forward to seeing you all again in 2013!

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  A NEW CHURCH FOR A POOR BARANGAY

For several years now, FilCom Oxford Chairman, Ariel Lanada, has been spearheading the fundraising for the construction of a church in his home barangay back in the Philippines.  Barangay Lu-ag, Dueñas, Iloilo Province is a poor barangay whose people rely on subsistence farming and casual labouring for their small income.  Ariel writes:

'It has long been my dream to help the faithful people of Lu-ag build a place for their worship.  A church that will nourish their faith, provide a focus for the development of the young and be a center for family and parish activity.'

Construction of St Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, started in May 2010. Structural columns, beams and block-work walls, the central steel roof and the roofs over the side-aisles have been completed. The people of the village commenced construction of the Altar in May 2013, but work is suspended temporarily due to lack of funds.

In May 2012 the first event was held in the church, the celebration of Flores de Mayo (May Flower Festival) in honour of the Virgin Mary. The first Mass was held in August 2012.
 
We’re making good progress but we are still desperately short of funds.  Any contribution of any size will be most gratefully received.  Details of how to donate, including via PayPal, can be found on our website at:

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2017 DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:
 
Saturday 24 June 2017
from 10.00 am
119th Philippine Independence Celebrations
Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church
Margaret Road
Headington
Oxford OX3 8AJ
August 2017
Saturdays and Sundays
14th Annual Sports Festival (Basketball and Volleyball)
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Sports

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NEWS ARCHIVE (also see the EVENTS page)

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June 2012
114th Philippine Independence Day Celebrations
December 2011
FilCom Oxford 2011 Christmas Party. The party was held at St. Anthony de Padua Parish Hall, Headington  on Saturday 10 December 2011. Gallery of photographs
August 2011
8th Annual Sports Festival
June 2011 113th Philippine Independence Day Celebrations
August 2010 7th Annual Sports Festival
June 2010 112th Philippine Independence Day Celebrations
May 2010 Tito Lara
December 2009 Christmas Party Fundraising: The Filipino Community of Oxfordshire decided not to hold a Christmas Party in 2009.  Instead we sang carols to raise donations to help victims of the typhoons in the Philippines.  A total of £270.00 was raised.  Our sincere and grateful thanks for your generous donations.
August 2009 6th Annual Sports Festival
June 2009 111th Philippine Independence Day Celebration
November 2008 Mae Abad
August 2008 5th FilCom Oxford Annual Sports Festival:

The winner of the 2008 Basketball Tournament was Witney United!  Congratulations to them and our thanks to all the participating teams, helpers and spectators. Teams, results, photographs (photos courtesy of Jan and Jong Hernaez)

June 2008 110th Philippine Independence Day Celebration
May 2008

Ariel Lanada talks about FilCom Oxford with BBC Radio Oxford's Jo Thoenes

(Broadcast Tue 6 May 2008, mp3 download, c.16mb, c.17 mins)

November 2007 Packs of school supplies bought with the generous donation from Our Lady's School, Cowley are distributed to poor children in the Philippines. Read the report.
June 2007

The 109th Philippine Independence Day celebrations held on 16 June 2007 were a great success with a large attendence. Some photographs ,  press release from Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs about the day.

March 2007

Some photographs from the 3rd General Assembly held on 10 March 2007.

February 2007

26 February. Our Lady's School, Cowley presents a cheque for £200 to officers of FilCom Oxford. The money is to be used to help children in the Philippines who have suffered through natural disasters. FilCom Oxford thanks all at the school for their caring and kind generosity.

Dec 2006 - Jan 2007

Emelita Grospe. Click HERE.

September 2006

FilCom Oxford meets the President of The Republic of the Philippines - 13 September 2006. Click HERE.

August 2006

ORH News - Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals magazine July/August 2006 edition.  A full page feature on 108th Philippine Independence Day celebrations in Oxford can be found on page 4.  Click HERE for a pdf copy of this magazine (Adobe Reader Required).

March 2006 Team from the Philippine Embassy in London visits the Filipino Community in Oxfordshire. Link not currently available.
November 2005

ORH News - Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals magazine November 2005 edition. Page 7 contains an article on FilCom Oxford.  Link not currently available.

   

 

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