A taste of Asia in the heart of Austria
Tuesday October 17th 2017

from my point of view

It is an apparent reality that Filipinos, wherever they are, is being affected by the current problems occurring in the world today – most especially the natural calamities in Japan and wars in the Middle East countries.

Despite all of these occurrences, we never lose hope and determination  as we become more global, coping with the challenges confronting us. We have proven our worth for our talents and developed the skills we possess for others.

We are highly recognized through world-class performers like Lea Salonga, Charice Pempengco, Freddie Aguilar, Ariel Pineda and the phenomenal pound-for-pound champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, all of whom have conquered the world of entertainment and sports, identifying us for our hard work. They have helped the world regard us as becoming a global partner in the world’s economic development.

Also, the “bayanihan,” or a communal unity in the spirit of volunteerism, still exists among Filipinos working overseas.

Here in Austria, Filipino workers joined with one another to empower their small groups wherever they belong with a common goal: to help fellow Filipinos here and at home.

It is a challenge for all us  to strengthen our  band in order to support each other to be more productive and make us show the local community here  the talents, skills and unity that we Filipinos have become famous for.

One of the pioneering event that showed this productivity and talent of the Filipino is the YOU’VE GOT TALENT  program initiated by the DULAANG PILIPINO group headed by Lisa.  More on page 6.

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The Council of Filipino Associations in Austria (CFAA), headed by Mr. ROLLY MERCADO, has been existing for quite some time already.  Main objective of this umbrella  organization of about 20 Filipino groups in Vienna is to impart the sense of unity among the Filipinos in Austria. Through its activities and programs, the CFAA helps to enhance unity and friendship among Filipinos and Austrians.  It aims also to promote awareness and interest in Philippine culture and  heritage,  to participate in various civic and community services and to foster among its members love, concern, loyalty and respect for the Philippines.

The CFAA heads this year’s Philippine Independence Day Celebration and Barrio Fiesta. More about this big events will be reported in our next issues.

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On behalf of the Editorial Staff and Management of Austro-Asian Press,  I would like to extend my heartfelt condolence to Bernadette ACAS-SUBIDO, a regular AAPRESS columnist and her family. “To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord”, therefore we know that  your dearest Mother  is resting with her Master.

We will continue to keep Bern and family in our prayers.

Mag. Hector Pascua, Editor

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