January 18th, 2011
A BRITISH-Filipino company was launched in London this month to promote public diplomacy and provide programs in bringing stronger representation to Filipinos in the United Kingdom.
One Filipino was formed by two university students from London, Mark Wolfisz, 23, and Jordan Anthony Magtoto, 23, who both worked during the Ondoy relief efforts of the British-Filipino community in 2009. They are joined by Peps Villanueva, a community leader from Surrey, and Roderick Enriquez, a graphic designer who recently won one of the designs of the 2012 Olympics commemorative coin design contest.
One Filipino is hosting a regional town hall meeting at the Philippine embassy in London on Friday, January 21, to look at the issues of Filipinos based in the UK capital. Regional meetings will also be organized in other parts of the UK.
On February 19, a national town hall meeting will be held at the Baden Powell House in Central London. Filipino community leaders and other interested individuals were urged to participate.
The one-day event will hold forums and workshops to prepare the agenda for the Conference of Filipinos for Good Governance, which is scheduled to take place in May.
Tickets are available through its website, or via its social media platforms. Tickets start from £20.
“Our main goal is to protect and advance the interests of the Filipino here in the UK and beyond,” Wolfisz said during the consultation meeting with Filipino community leaders at the Philippine embassy in London.
“The community must always work in creating stronger participation in British and Philippine affairs so that we may demonstrate effective representation for our kababayans,” Magtoto said during the consultation.
One Filipino has a subscription service offering members subsidized fees on events and training, and providing advice and management consultancy to its corporate members. It also has a young member’s club for young Filipinos and under-16s.
The Kabataan Club provides quarterly publications and socials catered for the growing number of young Filipinos in the United Kingdom.
For more information on One Filipino, visit the website at http://www.onefilipino.org.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (PR)