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Alba Iulia
Monday, January 25, 2021

COVID-19

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 from 30 December. The ban would remain in place until 15 January. In a memorandum to Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque...

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 social isolation from family and friends, even a curfew from 8pm to 5am in the morning, causing terrible fear and...

Team of heroes supporting over one thousand Filipino international students in Melbourne

As the coronavirus began to spread in Australia in March, the community felt the effects with immediate loss of hours and in some cases, job losses. On 29 March, five ladies, Archie Tabut, Marie Roxas, Stefanie Bacanto Chung, Elena...

VMC Chair congratulates Melburnians, reminds all to ‘celebrate responsibly’

As we celebrate two days in a row of zero cases earlier this week, and further easing of restrictions in Victoria, I thank and congratulate every member of our community for the part you played in getting on top of...

Getting through to a post-COVID world together

When the COVID-19 restrictions tightened, the Knox Community Chess Enthusiasts (KCCE) at Westfield Knox and Rowville Library were forced to pause play along with the rest of Victorians. The stimulating social outlet for many retirees and shopping husbands was shut...

What sets your soul on fire?

As I write this, our young cousin Ysabel celebrated her 18th birthday as well as our cousin Graces. I was privileged enough to be invited as one of Ysabel’s 18 candles via Zoom. We had the virtual celebration and part...

PAL to operate one special flight between Sydney and Manila in October

Philippine Airlines has announced a limited schedule of flights in October between Australia and the Philippines. Flight schedules: PR 211 Manila to Sydney October 17PR 212 Sydney to Manila October 18 Passenger numbers are expected to be very low, due to quarantine...

5 new COVID-19 cases overnight. Victorians, you are amazing!

By Dr Michelle Natividad Bautista, MBBS, Honours, FANZCACongratulations to the legends of Melbourne! 5 new cases overnight. Woooohooooo! Victorians, you are amazing! Despite the sacrifices, the hardships, the loss, the tears (and the iso calories), we can start looking forward...

Melbourne COVID-19 restrictions ease: Curfew lifted, students to return to primary schools

In a lengthy press conference today, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced several changes that will take effect from 11.59pm on Sunday (tonight). From 5 am Monday, curfew will be scrapped. Premier Andrews denied that the reason for removing the curfew...

How are Filipinos in Victoria feeling during COVID-19?

R U OK? day was held around Australia on 10 September. Traditionally held on the second Thursday of September each year, R U OK? day is a reminder to ask others this important question to stimulate an open conversation...
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Recovering our lost rhythm

My visits as a pastoral care worker, offering prayers through liturgy and music to nursing homes especially in their...
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