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13-year-old former streetchild wins International Children’s Peace Prize

In recognition for his work for Filipino street children, 13-year-old Kesz Valdez was awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize today at the Hall of Knights in The Hague, The Netherlands. Former Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu handed him the award. Kesz is the first southeast Asian who won the International Children’s Peace Prize. …

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Filipino teener in Holland walks for orphans in The Philippines

15-year-old Filipino teener Kyle Baleva is walking for the fourth time to help orphaned Filipino children back home. He is traversing the cities of Elst, Wijchen, Groesbeek and Cuijk in the western part of the Netherlands through the Four-Day Nijmegen Marches on this exceptionally rainy week in the country. His goal: to raise much needed funds for the Children’s Rehabilitation Center’s (CRC) “A Hand for an Orphan” program.

Wilhelm Geertman remembered through memorial service

There was an outpour of emotions as family, friends, former colleagues and comrades of Willem Geertman filled the Old Catholic Church on Ruysdaelstraat in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His comrades were in black and red, organizing Filipinos donned Filipiniana and his brothers wore identical white t-shirts with the words: “Katarungan para kay Kuya William” which brother …

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Remembering Willem

This is a sidebar story to this news report published on Saturday. Last Friday’s march to the Philippine Embassy in The Hague, The Netherlands brought Willem Geertman’s fellow NGO workers to tears – of hate and sadness. They fondly remembered the environmentalist and activist as kind, welcoming and crazy about the Philippines. Maitet Ledesma of …

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Independent, impartial investigation sought for Dutchman killed in PH

Several Holland-based NGOs condemned the killing of development worker Willem Geertman who was murdered in front of his office in Pampanga, Philippines Tuesday afternoon. Amsterdam-based groups Bayan Europe and Dutch-Filipino Solidarity Group asked for a swift non-partisan investigation of the case and quick justice for the 67-year-old Dutchman. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines …

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Passion, the virtue of the brave

I admire people who follow their passion. And you know one when you see one. A person who does what he or she is passionate about, glows. People who live their passion come alive in many different indescribable ways. They do what they are passionate about like there’s no tomorrow, full of energy, with bright eyes, happy, big smiles that makes them almost look like big newspaper caricatures to me. Ok, that’s quite an exaggeration but you know what I mean. They are alive. It is a joy to see people who know what their one passion is and live it.

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