FILCOM OXFORD 124th PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE AND SUMMER CELEBRATION 2022
6 August 2022, 4pm to midnight
Jurys Inn Hotel, Godstow Road, OXFORD OX2 8AL
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PICTURES FROM THE EVENT (more to follow!)
PROGRAMME FOR THE EVENT
Ms Moira Darlington, Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire
Cllr James Fry, Lord Mayor of Oxford
Cllr Susanna Pressel, Chair Oxfordshire County Council
Ms Rhenita Rodrigues, Chargé d'Affaires & Consul General, Philippine Embassy London
Mr Emilio Lopue Jr, 3rd Secretary & Vice Consul, Philippine Embassy London
Ms Amuerfina Reyes, Labour Attaché, Philippine Overseas Labour Office, Philippine Embassy London
Ms Sheila Mae Aguilar, Welfare Officer, Philippine Overseas Labour Office, Philippine Embassy London
Ms Jennifer Caguioa, International Recruitment and Ethnic Minorities Nurse Advisor, NHS England
Wonderful enterainment was provided throughout the evening by SoulM8s
ARIEL LANADA DL
FILCOM OXFORD is enormously proud that Chairman, Ariel Lanada, has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.
The appointment has been made by the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Mrs Marjorie Neasham Glasgow BEM.
The essential role of the Lord-Lieutenant is to represent The Queen in the county. The Lord-Lieutenant meets and attends any Member of the Royal Family and visiting heads of state. The Lord-Lieutenant advises The Queen on local matters, carries out a variety of duties, mainly ceremonial connected with the Armed Forces, presents certain medals and awards and is the Chief Magistrate of the county, giving leadership to the justices of the peace.
The Lord-Lieutenant promotes civic and community life in the county, giving encouragement to the voluntary sector and takes an active interest in local industry.
The Lord-Lieutenant appoints the Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants. The Deputy Lieutenants assist the Lord-Lieutenant and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant with performing their duties.
FILCOM OXFORD 2nd 2022 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
9th and 10th July 2022, Oxford Brookes University Centre for Sport
QUEEN'S PLATINUM JUBILEE
Saturday 4 June 2022. Ariel Lanada, FilCom Oxford Chairman, was honoured to represent the Filipino community in Oxfordshire at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving Service held at Christ Church Cathedral . The service was proceeded by a short procession from the Town Hall.
With thanks to our friends from the Nepalese Community Oxfordshire for many of the pictures.
9 June 2022
FILCOM OXFORD WELCOMES NEW PINOY RECRUITS
Wednesday 11 May 2022. Officers of FilCom Oxford welcomed new Filipino recruits to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Jong and Jan Hernaez, Mel Palencia, Gigi Yebra and Ariel Lanada hosted the 12 newly arrived nurses for an evening meal at the Acropolis Greek Taverna in Headington. The meal was generously funded by Kabayan Remit and Megaworld International who also attended.
Lio Lamar, one of the new arrivals, reflects on the event:
Moving to the UK as a first timer Overseas Foreign Worker (OFW), like me, is both exciting and nerve-wracking.
Even though I have travelled to other countries outside the Philippines for leisure, being a worker in a new country is a completely different experience. In addition, the entire process of getting to the UK went too fast for me. It only took less than 5 months from my application to my arrival, and I felt that I didn’t have enough time to prepare mentally and emotionally.
Now I understand what it feels like to be an OFW; the heavy feeling of summarizing your life in just two or three pieces of luggage and making the hard decision which things to bring with you to your new home and which to leave behind.
As I write this, I have only been in the UK for 4 days and I am already in love with my new home, Oxford! The weather is good (arriving in the middle of Spring), my new friends from my group or “cohort” are very fun to be with, and everyone has been very warm and welcoming so far.
But what stood out the most for me in my first few days here in Oxford, was the support that I and my group have received from the Filipino Nurses Association United Kingdom (FNA-UK) and the Filipino Community of Oxfordshire (FilCom Oxford) spearheaded by our beloved Mr. Ariel Lañada, the President and Chairman of FNAUK and FilCom Oxford, respectively.
Yesterday, our group was treated to a Greek feast where we met and were welcomed by other leaders of the organization. As a new OFW, it is very important to receive love and support from fellow Filipinos within the community, and FNA-UK and FilCom Oxford did exactly that for us (and more)! They made us feel that we are not alone in our new journey here in the UK and that our UK RN careers will only get better! They also reminded us of the importance of hard work and determination, but more so, the importance of “bayanihan” (helping other fellow Pinoys).
After the dinner, I went home feeling confident that I had made the right decision in moving to the UK, and Oxford to be exact. I know that I have a strong Filipino community that will support me and that I will never need to struggle on my own. And this is the best feeling a new OFW can ever ask for!
12 May 2022
FILCOM OXFORD BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 2022
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 January 2022 9am - 6pm
Oxford Brookes University Centre for Sport
Combatting loneliness during COVID19
strict COVID19 precautions were observed
Teams from Bedford, Bicester, Bournemouth, Buckingham, Headington, London, Oxford and Witney
Category 1 - 35 years old and below
Champions - Oxford
2nd Place - Bournemouth
3rd Place - London
MVP - Andrew De Guzman (Oxford)
Highest Scorer - David Nieva (Bedford)
Category 2 - above 35 years old
2nd Place - Bicester
3rd Place - Witney
MVP - Ian Solis (Buckingham)
Highest Scorer - Wynn Castillo ( Buckingham)
Referees: Romel Medenilla, Derrick Soledad, Cris Lu
SCHEDULE OF GAMES
(Green = age 35 and under, Yellow = over age 35)
FilCom Oxford Christmas Party 2021
21 October 2021