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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

From IT to entrepreneurship By Asther Bascuna Creo For this edition of #PinoysDownUnder, we talked to Anthony Herrera, owner of New Life Cycles Bike Shop and...

Fil-Aussies in politics

By Walter Villagonzalo Many of the 60,000 Filipinos in Victoria belong to the more than 100 religious, geographical, sports, common interests and business organisations that...

Sydney 9s 2021 – Not the fairy tale ending for Tamaraws

By Erick Paul Estepa Elefante In the Philippines' inaugural appearance at the Cabramatta International 9s in 2012, the country heralded its membership of the International...

Australia’s support for Philippines’ COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Australia is pledging $500 million to ensure an accessible rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Indo-Pacific which includes the Philippines. Steven Robinson, Australian Ambassador...

News

Fil-Aussie grows giant upo in her Melbourne backyard

Yup, this upo (also known as bottle gourd or calabash) stands out or needs a standing ovation for outgrowing...

Featured Story

From IT to entrepreneurship By Asther Bascuna Creo For this edition of #PinoysDownUnder, we talked to Anthony Herrera, owner of New Life Cycles Bike Shop and...

COVID-19

Australia’s support for Philippines’ COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Australia is pledging $500 million to ensure an accessible rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Indo-Pacific which includes...

How do we know the COVID vaccine won’t have long-term side-effects?

By Samantha Carlson, Telethon Kids Institute; Christopher Blyth, University of Western Australia; Lucy Deng, University of Sydney; Margie Danchin,...

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Australia

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia following a full...

Philippines bans travel from Australia, other countries with new COVID-19 variant

The Philippines has imposed a ban on travelers from 20 countries including Australia and will not be allowed entry...

Post-lockdown survival reflections among seniors

By Maria Smith After 111 days of lockdown, Melbourne Premier Daniel Andrews finally and significantly eased COVID-19 restrictions that included...

Money

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Columns

Falling in and out of love in Australia: Philippine law on foreign marriage, divorce and annulment

Filipinos are citizens of the world, and they figure in all sorts of complex situations with foreign elements. One such situation is marriage. And...

Curated Creative Corner

Recently I was privileged to speak to five Filipino-Australian creative entrepreneurs. We delved into the world of art from calligraphy, to design, to preserved...

Useful strategies in achieving your Australian visa objectives in 2021

The year 2020 was filled with challenges and affected us in different ways.  Some have had to put their Australian dream on hold, but...

Victoria is now open for skilled migrants

The 2020-21 Skilled visa nomination migration program in Victoria has recommenced on 5 January 2020. The said nomination program is for Visa subclasses 190...

In memoriam

Last night, I dreamt of my father.Not as I last saw him, Lying peacefully in everlasting slumberBut as the vital man, I remember him to...

Couples trying to be reunited during this pandemic

It is the love month once again, and this year’s Valentine’s Day celebration can be very different for most couples. The COVID-19 pandemic has...

Migration

Victoria is now open for skilled migrants

The 2020-21 Skilled visa nomination migration program in Victoria has recommenced on 5 January 2020. The said nomination program is for Visa subclasses 190 and 491. Just like the state’s Interim program, the Skilled visa nomination full program will...

Couples trying to be reunited during this pandemic

It is the love month once again, and this year’s Valentine’s Day celebration can be very different for most couples. The COVID-19 pandemic has...

Second Graduate Visa (Post-Study Work Stream)

Starting from 20 January 2021, our kababayans who are holders of Subclass 485 Post-Study Work Stream visas will be eligible to apply for a...

Updates for onshore and offshore student visa applicants

Last 20 July 2020, the Australian Government made a media release to announce the range of visa measures to support international students and graduates...

Visa tips during this pandemic

The Australian migration legislation changes constantly and also because of the pandemic. Due to this, many visa applicants are left with so many questions...

Worth Watching

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‘Hello Stranger’ the movie now showing worldwide

Hello Stranger, a popular eight-part web series is now a movie.  The series which mostly showed the actors in Zoom calls follows the story of...

Kilig moments with real-life couples in digital series ‘Unloving U’

Two reel and real-life love teams come together in the new series from Director Easy Ferrer. Unloving U which is the Valentine offering from...

New P-pop group BGYO aims high with release of new single “The Light”

Who has not heard or doesn’t know what K-pop is? K-pop or Korean Popular Music has gone mainstream with boy group BTS leading the...

Sharon Cuneta’s February concert tour postponed

The Sharon Cuneta concert in Victoria, including New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia will be postponed indefinitely due to the unpredictable nature...

Getting to know Filipino-Australian ‘guitar master’ Bernardo Soler

Bernardo is an award winning classical guitarist. He wanted to learn how to play guitar after hearing classical guitarist Julian Bream play on classical radio....

Joross and Roxanne revive on-screen romance in ‘Hoy Love You’

Before he was known as a wisecracking funny guy, Joross Gamboa was part of the love team JoRox with Roxanne Guinoo. Both of them...

Talented Fil-Aussie siblings ‘The Quinals’ ready to take on the world

The pandemic has impacted many Filipino-Australian artists and musicians in an industry which relies heavily on live music to succeed. With the easing of...

Getting to know Fil-Aussie soul star Jerson Trinidad

Jerson Trinidad arrived in Australia in the late 80's with his family in Wagga Wagga. He then moved to Sydney to join popular talent...

Kiko Choir: 28 years of bringing joy to Melbourne

The Filipino Choir of St Francis (aka Kiko Choir) began singing at St Francis Church in Melbourne in 1992. This was shortly after the...

Getting to know Angela Gienel Ninon

As a young toddler in Makati, Angela Gienel Sta. Cruz Ninon was seen to be lip synching to the songs of Britney Spears, Sharkira...

Fil-Aussie band Five Fifty Myth releases debut single ‘Andito Lang Ako’

With a nostalgic, heart-on-sleeve sound that hearkens back to the rock bands of the 90s and mid-2000s, Five Fifty Myth’s debut single Andito Lang...

Mary Ann Van Der Horst wins Best International Artist in International Music Award

Mary Ann Van der Horst is a singer-songwriter who rose to fame after her appearance on X Factor in 2014. She has appeared at...
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Lifestyle

Find your light and shine

Jilliean Sioson is a film and TV student from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently writing and producing a short film called An...

Art for a cause

By Angel Cuerpo It’s common for many university students that whilst they are studying to pick up a part-time job. However, not many undertake what...

Did Facebook overstep the bounds of its market power?

Today is the second day since Facebook has followed through on its threat to ban news on its Australian platform and this includes the...

Composite veneers Melbourne: An in-depth guide

Having a fractured or stained smile is a nightmare for many people. We have grown a habit to cover our smiles with the help...

Entertainment

Find your light and shine

Jilliean Sioson is a film and TV student from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently writing and producing a short film called An...

‘Hello Stranger’ the movie now showing worldwide

Hello Stranger, a popular eight-part web series is now a movie.  The series which mostly showed the actors in Zoom calls follows the story of...

Regine’s digital concert “Freedom” postponed

In a statement released today, ABS-CBN Events and IME regret to announce that “Freedom: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid Digital Concert,” originally scheduled on February 14, has...
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Kilig moments with real-life couples in digital series ‘Unloving U’

Two reel and real-life love teams come together in the new series from Director Easy Ferrer. Unloving U which is the Valentine offering from...

New P-pop group BGYO aims high with release of new single “The Light”

Who has not heard or doesn’t know what K-pop is? K-pop or Korean Popular Music has gone mainstream with boy group BTS leading the...

Sharon Cuneta’s February concert tour postponed

The Sharon Cuneta concert in Victoria, including New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia will be postponed indefinitely due to the unpredictable nature...

Getting to know Filipino-Australian ‘guitar master’ Bernardo Soler

Bernardo is an award winning classical guitarist. He wanted to learn how to play guitar after hearing classical guitarist Julian Bream play on classical radio....

Travel

WePlanr, DOT Philippines Australia and New Zealand to launch #ThrowbackWeddingOfTheYear competition

Mission-driven wedding startup WePlanr is partnering with the Department of Tourism (DOT) Philippines to bring much-needed reprieve from COVID-induced boredom and tension for couples...

Thinking of travelling to the Philippines soon?

China Airlines has announced that it is currently operating scheduled flights from Australia to Manila in November and December 2020.  This would be a great opportunity for...

Who may or may not travel to the Philippines during the COVID-19 pandemic?

One of the unfortunate, if necessary, consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the imposition of travel bans by governments in order to protect their...

Around 290 passengers fly home on special flight from Melbourne to Manila

Philippine Airlines in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Philippine Consulate in Melbourne successfully coordinated a special flight from Melbourne...