Australian-Filipino Business & Workers Club Incorporated

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Pasko Pinoy Style - 10 December 2011

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Russian, Serbian and Filipino Multicultural Festival 2011

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Warm Reception for Multicultural Fiesta Despite Wet & Cold Weather       By: Marie Rea

A joint multicultural fiesta featuring the culture and traditions of the Russian, Serbian and Filipino Australian communities was successfully held at the Russian Club in Kemps Creek southwest of Sydney last 2nd of October 2011. The event had a warm reception from the public who trooped to 84 Watts Road in Kemps Creek despite the rainy and cold weather. Fortunately, the activities were mostly indoors in the impressive building, which was established by the Russian community under its leader Con Tonkikh. Participants were treated to a variety of stalls showcasing Russian, Serbian and  Filipino Australian food and delicacies as well as colourful traditional costumes from both the young and older members of the community.


According to Raquel Pellero, Secretary and Event Coordinator (AFBWCI) her organisation took part in the fiesta which showcased traditional Russian and Serbian dance, music, food and arts and crafts. There were multicultural presentations and entertaining numbers featuring the ethnic groups' folk dances and music. President of AFBWCI, Ariel Satorre gave the welcome speech while representatives from the Russian community helped host the program alternatively with duo Albert Prias and Charles Chan from the Flagcom and friends group, another Filipino-Australian social organisation involved in the fiesta. The list of performances included the following: Srpski splet-Dances from various regions, Igre iz Levca-Dances from central Serbia, Setnja I Kraljevo kolo, Igre iz juzne Srbije (Nis I Leskovac)- Dances from South-East Serbia, Gupsy Dance and Serbian national dance. Elise, a young girl in her traditional black and red dress played the accordion too. The Russian community presented a number from its Choir conducted by Elena Metleko, Elene Kravchenko's Creative collective dance“Kalinka,” Ukraine dance and Flower, Dvoika and Barinya Russian souvenir dances.


From the Filipinos, Albert Prias, Clarissa Bock,Oz Myxx guitarist Clarence Fiala and Sydney Perez contributed musical numbers. Nick Meissner played a classic tango number in his harmonica. Event participants enjoyed traditional Russian delicacies like Russian beetroot salad, pastries with cabbage, meat pie dishes and cakes like the famous "Mikado" a layered cake with cream and honey. A surprise presentation was well received, a demonstration of a Russian form of martial arts and combat sport called "sambo." Raffle tickets were drawn by Con Tonkikh assisted by Serbian representative Maja Zunzara and AFBWCI's Ms Pellero & Mr. Satorre. A television set, video recorder and other items were some of the prizes.


R n B 'Rhythm of Culture'

Posted on July 2, 2011 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Australian-Filipino Business & Workers Club  Inc. a non-profit community organization is sponsoring the 'RnB Rhythm of Culture' concert featuring Australian Idol stars Paulini and Stan Walker.  The show is to be held on the 6th of August 2011, Saturday, 5:00 pm (doors open) for a 7:00 pm (start) at St.Stephen Function Centre 259-261 Hyatts Road corner Woodstock Avenue,Plumpton NSW.

Paulini is a RnB Pop and soul diva, singer/songwriter and a telemovie actress.

Stan Walker is also another remarkable singer who won the Australian Idol 2009.

The aim of this fundraising event is to foster stronger bonds of friendship within the youth groups, better understanding & appreciation of cultural diversity and promote multiculturalism in the community.


Posted on December 18, 2010 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Christmas Party is an extraordinary party as it is celebrated annually to coincide our one and only GOD's Birthday. It is a party were everyone seems to understand and be thankful of what is the TRUE meaning of Christmas.

This year, AFBWCI Board of Directors have decided to hold the party at Pabico Club 55 Family Restaurant for all the club members and newly joined members, either individual or business entity to enjoy and will have the opportunity to meet and greet everyone involved in this organisation.

On behalf of the AFBWCI, Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all of you especially to all the sponsors, guests and friends who have supported the event, you are tremendous.  Your  generosity is highly appreciated. Until next time. ARK:)

Philippine Lantern Festival

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

AFBWCI's participation with Jovit Baldivino, Champion of Pilipinas Got Talent 2010, in the Philippine Lantern Festival parade held the 20th November 2010 at Parramatta Town Hall.

AFBWCI Directors represents during the Global Ilocano Australia Induction of officers

Posted on November 14, 2010 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

AFBWCI  Directors represents during the Global Ilocano Australia Inc. Induction of officers held at  Wollongong in cooperation with the Illawara womens group commemorating the dad and mum tribute. Nick Meissner was presented an award for  being a good dad and Raquel Pellero was adjudged as best Melbourne cup attire.

AFBWCI Bingo Bonanza

Posted on November 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

AFBWCI Bingo Bonanza 31 October 2010

Winner of the AFBWCI Bingo Bonanza, Dory Meissner happily received her winning money handed by Yolanda Polinar, AFBWCI Director who happens to be the Chairperson of the Bingo activity as well. The goal of this activity is to promote our organisation as well our camaraderie and amity. To meet and greet with the AFBWCI members and guests as part of our socials. Proceeds will help support AFBWCI community projects. AFBWC Inc would like to convey our congratulations and keep up the good work.  ARK

AFBWCI Dance Group during the Illawara Club Filipino

Posted on November 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

APCO Dance Troupe in collaboration with AFBWCI Dance Group during the Illawara Club Filipino induction of officers held at Novotel Hotel Wollongong.

Mel & Joey Bidang Bida sa Sydney

Posted on November 2, 2010 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

From left to right: UBI CEO and President Gina Leviste, Frank Gorga, Marilou Gorga, Joey de Leon, Raquel Pellero and Eileen Macapagal


One of the most talented and multi award winning entertainment duo in the Philippines, Mel Tiangco and Joey de Leon, were in Sydney recently to explore the beautiful city in commemoration of the 6th anniversary of their show, “Mel n Joey”.


AFBWCI Secretary Raquel Pellero, who hosted and coordinated their trip, said that Mel and Joey and their crew were in Sydney to shoot the anniversary episode of  their top-rating show.  Joey was accompanied by his partner in life, Eileen Macapacal, 1982 Mutya ng Pilipinas runner-up.


The vivacious Ms. Tiangco, news anchor of the GMA television program Beinte Kuwatro (24) Oras, tagged as a leading in news program in the Philippines, and her vibrant partner Joey de Leon were reportedly overwhelmed by the camaraderie and hospitality of their fellow Filipinos.  The two TV hosts were welcomed by their kababayans at the Dunkirk Hotel on the 19th of October 2010. The “meet and greet” was spearheaded by the Universal Broadcasting International (UBI) President and CEO Regina Leviste and her dynamic staff, Gigi Alonso to give their UBI subscribers an opportunity to meet the icons of GMA. The dinner was well attended and the guests enjoyed the photo opportunity with the pair who also readily gave autographs.


Mel and Joey visited and filmed in different places in Australia, such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mrs Macquarie Chair, Bondi Beach and Circular Quay. They also interviewed successful Filipinos living in Australia and New Zealand.  The pair said they would also like to visit Melbourne, as well as Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand.

The episode will air on GMA 7 in the Philippines on the 7th of November 2010.


From left to right: Director Louie Ignacio,Executive Producer Maria Luisa Cadag, Mel Tiangco, Headwriter Gregorio Favor Jr, Host Raquel Pellero

Flavours of Auburn Food and Cultural Festival

Posted on November 2, 2010 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

AFBWCI representatives who actively participated in last Saturday the 30th of October 2010 at the Flavours of Auburn Food and Cultural Festival held at Auburn Civic Centre. Once again, we have shown  to the various ethnic communities and mainstream Australians that the Filipino community  through APCO, is very much a part of the multicultural Australia. The sharing of authentic cuisines from various countries and cultural presentations (dances, songs, costumes and interpretative stage play) were excellent avenues to foster better understanding and appreciation of the richness and uniqueness of each culture. This was an excellent example of 'unity in cultural diversity' in action!