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By Kelly Lobitos | Perth, Western Australia – August 13, 2023

Officers and members of the Filipino Australian Health Workers Association (FAHWA Inc.) seized a valuable opportunity to forge new connections and showcase their ventures among eminent business and industry figures in Perth, Western Australia. This was during an exclusive business networking event orchestrated by the Australia-Philippines Business Council (APBC) last August 10, 2023 in Perth, WA.

The event shone with intellectual brilliance, headlined by a symposium featuring distinguished speakers well-versed in the business landscapes of both the Philippines and Australia. Esteemed personalities Honorary Consul Atty. Virma Symons, APBC President Rafael Toda, State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Sally Dawkins, and Director of the Centre for Biosecurity and One Health at Murdoch University Prof. Sam Abraham led discussions that spanned crucial subjects including economic trends, trade advancements, strategic initiatives, biosecurity measures, and border controls, casting a visionary framework for fruitful bilateral collaboration.

At the heart of this grand endeavor was the recently appointed Vice President of APBC Western Australia, also wearing the hat of FAHWA’s Treasurer, Jenny Ryall. Her resounding call to the attendees emphasized the essence of seizing this networking platform to its fullest extent.

“Connecting with professionals from diverse industries is an invaluable resource that can lead to fruitful collaborations and partnerships. Whether seeking market insights, potential business partners or policy advocacy opportunities, APBC provides a platform for all your needs,” Ryall affirmed.

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The roster of attendees featured a constellation of FAHWA Officers. Leading the ensemble was Aida Oakdon, CEO of Hope Nursing Services and FAHWA President. The assembly further included Financial Advisor and FAHWA Secretary Beth Villegas; Engr. Jonathan Deluao of Rio Tinto, FAHWALA Lawyer Barrister Alan Gomez of Gomez Legal, and dynamic personalities such as Ashley Cooper of Philippine Airlines, Melissa Aguasa of Melissa Store, Joy Brazil from Potato Corner Australia, Ruby Bucoy of Buckets for Jesus, Edelcita Griffin of Models and Pageant, and Vanessa Serrano.

The event was graciously hosted under the banner of the Australian Institute of Career Education, under the proficient guidance of RTO Manager Cathy Segubiense.

Beyond the intellectual exchanges that defined the conference, attendees were treated to a vibrant networking experience while indulging in delectable Filipino cuisine prepared by Merlinda Gamboa and Edgardo Ani of Ready Eddie’s Café. Gamboa’s eloquent speech and presentation of iconic Filipino dishes added a flavorful layer to the occasion.


The APBC networking event proved to be a pivotal moment for the Filipino Australian Health Workers Association, fostering connections, sharing expertise, and setting the stage for mutual growth. Moreover, this convergence of minds and endeavors underscored the thriving partnership between two nations eager to shape their economic destinies hand in hand.

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