Filipinos in the Netherlands stood their ground as they shouted “China, out of Philippine Waters!” in front of the Peace Palace in the Hague, the Netherlands.
More than two years after the Philippines brought the case against the People’s Republic of China to the PCA on the matters of the South China Sea, hearings on the jurisdiction of the case are finally ongoing.
Katrina Manaog, the Filipino community’s current bet in The Voice Kids Netherlands, grew up in a musical family. She sings and plays the piano while sister Mikaela plays the violin. Father Jessie also taught her how to play the guitar but she admits she started out her singing career in front of the karaoke.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Do not lose hope even if you live on the streets. Whoever you are, wherever you are, you can do something to change the world. – Kesz Valdez, 2012 International Children’s Peace Prize awardee
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. …