The Bayanihan Australia Community Network Inc. (BACNI) donated its final fund of $938 to The Philippine Times. On 27 August, BACNI held its final Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Reynaldo’s Restaurant in North Melbourne and the officers and members have decided to wind up the association after 12 years of service to the community.
BACNI made a mark with its annual Pasko sa Nayon celebration. Notable is the Simbang Gabi theme held at BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square in Swanston Street where it presented Filipino bamboo music, Filipino folk dances with modern hip hop, Christmas carols sing along, choir songs of faith and Filipino food.
Alice Nicolas, The Philippine Times’ Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, welcomed the donation and thanked the group for its decision. TPT has been featuring and covering BACNI’s events since it started in 2005. “It is sad to see the end of a group like BACNI. The annual Pasko sa Nayon and its activities to present Filipino arts and culture to Australian mainstream is important. We wish the officers and members good luck as they pursue other interests and family time. We hope that a similar organisation can continue BACNI’s mission and vision or an existing Filipino organisation takes on some of its noteworthy activities,” said Nicolas.