The Filipino Channel (TFC) Asia Pacific echoes the ABS-CBN worldwide call to be in service of the Filipino through information, entertainment and inspiration. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, TFC Asia Pacific invokes the bayanihan spirit to deliver public service for Filipinos both in the region and in the Philippines.
In cooperation with 20 of its partner organisations and businesses in the region, TFC Asia Pacific pledged USD9,500 to donation drives which provided support for displaced Filipinos who were affected due to business closures. These campaigns lent timely assistance, in the form of food packs, grocery items and relief goods which were given to displaced overseas Filipinos in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand.
TFC Asia Pacific acknowledged the following partners
- Federation of Filipino Associations in Malaysia
- Filipino Australian Brisbane Society, Inc.
- Philippine FACES in New Zealand
- EC Catering #EveryoneCares
- EDSA Asian Shop
- Filomates – Help A Mate
- Ateneo OF-LIFE LSE Thailand
- DTI Philippines in Thailand
- Love in Action – Share-A-Meal Drive
- JnJ Panaderia
- Forex Cargo Malaysia
- Change Your World Sdn Bhd
- Filipino Student Council in NSW
- Filipino Australian Association of the Northern Territory
- Mama Lor Restaurant & Bakery Melbourne
- Philippines-Australia Community of Tasmania
- Pinoy Ako Pinoy Tayo Melbourne
- Association of Pinoy Students in Australia
- A-Team’s Kitchen
Filipinos in Japan, which number 100,000, were able to enjoy motivational and inspirational content featuring Kapamilya artists through partner groups such as MCOM, Pinays in Japan and Japino.net. With the help of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Japan, TFC Asia Pacific was also able to contribute to ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc’s ‘Pantawid ng Pag-ibig’ which benefits the urban poor in the Philippines significantly affected by the COVID-19. PCCI Japan pledged Y100,000 (USD930).
Oher corporate collaborators to give to the ‘Pantawid ng Pag-ibig’ program include BDO in Hong Kong and Philippine National Bank in Singapore. These financial institutions waived charges for the remittance of donations.
The services rendered go beyond meeting basic needs for food and other necessities. To address the mental health of overseas Filipinos and frontliners, TFC Asia Pacific joined the ‘Kapamilya Virtual Hugs’ in which the current affairs show Newscolored transformed into an online reunion among subscribers and Filipino community organisations. On occasion, celebrities such as Lani Misalucha and Brian McKnight Jr joined the virtual meeting. The program aims to help those who are feeling isolated due to physical distancing get engaged.
TFC recognizes that answering the challenges of overseas Filipinos during the global coronavirus crisis is a gargantuan task. It remains committed, with assistance from its faithful partners, to be of service to Filipinos wherever they are in the world.
For updates on TFC in the region, visit mytfc.com or visit and like facebook.com/TFCAsia, facebook.com/TFCAustralia, and facebook.com/TFCNewZealand.
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