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12-year-old Pinay finalist for The Voice Kids wants to be a singing doctor

“The first song she sang in front of people was Aiza Seguerra’s ‘Pagdating ng Panahon.’ According to my uncle, she got her talent from her late grandmother, Barbara Bello, who was an opera singer in the Philippines while her father said she got her talent from her auntie Jerlie Manaog who also sings in the Philippines,” said her mother Catherine Malabanan during an interview with GMA News.

Could batchoy be the answer to Holland’s bitter cold?

“The concept behind the batchoy is about fast preparation of food. I choose the batchoy over other Philippine soups because it is an original Filipino recipe,” said Cabales while demonstrating to other LSE students how to make the local favourite ensaymada, a sweet bread that he says can be paired with batchoy.

More than P1B raised in the Netherlands for Yolanda victims

They say that there are three events that connect the Dutch: football competitions, Queen’s Day (soon to be King’s day) and Sinterklaas. There’s a fourth: philanthropy. According to the World Giving Index, more than 50% of the Dutch gladly give to charity. About 5 billion euros or 650 euros per member of the population go to charitable institutions annually.

Fil-Dutch siblings sell cupcakes for Haiyan/Yolanda victims

At less than 10 years old, half-Filipino and half-Dutch siblings Kai and Danique De Wit already know what the victims of the most destructive typhoon in 2013 need. Danique, 7, gladly explained to GMA News in Dutch what the victims, especially the children like them, would benefit from. “We would like them to have enough rice, lots of food and drinks and enough money to buy batteries for the lamps,” she said.

“Put environment in the agenda” – Filipinos in Amsterdam

Filipinos and Dutch alike joined together in Amsterdam on Sunday to pray for the souls of Yolanda victims and raise funds for those who survived.

The mass, followed by a food fair, was set up by various Filipino organisations based in the Netherlands within a week after Yolanda pummeled the island of Leyte and nearby provinces.

More than 4,000 euros was raised during the event, the first of the many lined-up in the following weeks.

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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