Election of Management Committee for 2011-13

Last January 23, Filcop members elected a new Management Committee who will be in office for the next two years.

On that day, which was also the first annual general meeting of the organisation, members voted to amend the constitution with regards to management. They agreed to hold biennial (every two years) elections for the management committee with each member being able to hold three consecutive terms for one office.

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Filcop turns 1

The 1st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Filipino Community of Peterborough (Filcop) was held last 23 January 2011 at Stafford Hall in Westwood ward.

It has been a very busy first year for the organisation. Despite being new, they still managed to initiate many activities for its members and the wider Filipino community.

It was in 17 January of last year that some members of the Filipino community in Peterborough have gathered to realise their aspiration of formalising themselves into a community association.

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Barrio Fiesta sa London

Photo: Faith Lamprea

Filipinos of Peterborough joined in the 26th annual Barrio Fiesta in London held last 17-18 July 2010 in Lampton Park of Hounslow.

The 2-day event was dubbed as the ‘biggest barrio fiesta in Europe’ by an ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau article (see link at the end of this post).  It is an annual event organised by The Philippine Centre, which is a voluntary, non-governmental organisation and a registered charity in the UK formed in 1985.

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Santacruzan in Peterborough Festival Parade

Photo collage: Celso Valmonte

The Filipino community joined this year’s Peterborough Festival parade held last 26th June from the Embankment to Central Park passing along the city centre.

The parade marked the opening of the two-week Peterborough Festival held annually by the Peterborough Council. The festival is an event of unity among the city’s multicultural communities and active organisations. The participation of the Filipino community in the festival for the first time, through the efforts of Filcop, signals the community’s intention to become an active part of Peterborough’s multicultural society.

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112th Philippine Independence Day Celebrations

Photos: Celso Valmonte

On the 12th day of the sixth month in 1898, a new nation was born. The most beautiful the world had ever seen. A sovereign nation named Filipinas. Our Filipinas. – Dean de la Paz, Filipino blogger.

The Filipino community of Peterborough celebrated the 112th Philippine Independence Day last 12 June in Homerton College Hall.

In the first part of the evening celebration, some 27 pioneering Filipinos who had settled in Peterborough were awarded certificates of recognition for paving the way for others who followed to work and make the city and surrounding towns and villages their new home away from ‘home’.

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