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Overseas Filipinos uplifting the Filipino Community in Asia Pacific honored at the “Global Pinoy Idol New Zealand”

September 17, 2019 AT 11:29 AM

Overseas Filipinos uplifting the Filipino Community in Asia Pacific honored at the “Global Pinoy Idol New Zealand”

TFC News showcase in featurettes the inspiring stories of the twelve overseas Filipinos who were honorees of the “Global Pinoy Idol New Zealand”

Anyone can be a hero—this is a message that some overseas Filipinos would like to impart to everyone in the world, whose acts of kindness were recognized at the recently held “Global Pinoy Idol New Zealand” that happened at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand.
 
Everyone was welcomed in the event with a ceremonial ribbon cutting done by ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos, and Ms. Chequil Agregardo and Ms. Sarah Lipura from the Philippine Consulate in Auckland, New Zealand.

Twelve overseas Filipinos around the Asia Pacific were recognized at the “Global Pinoy Idol New Zealand”, who may be supporting different advocacies, but all fall to one goal: empowering every Filipino around the world.
 
(L-R) ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Rosemarie Manlapig who is the representative of Global Pinoy Idol awardee from Japan Jenavilla Bibal Shigemizu, ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, and Arjo Atayde

One of the awardees is Jenavilla Bibal Shigemizu who moved to Japan in 1987. She is known to be always energetic and having a positive disposition in life, which she says she draws from the warm smiles of her fellow Filipinos. So, to keep that smile of her fellowmen, Jenavilla became part of different organizations in Japan that looks after the welfare of the Filipinos in Japan and back in the Philippines.

(L-R) ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Global Pinoy Idol awardee from Sinagpore Mark Hermoso, ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, and Arjo Atayde

His journey as an overseas Filipino was not easy, but this served as inspiration for Mark Hermoso from Singapore in extending help to his fellow overseas Filipinos. He used his influence as a popular model among the Filipino community in Singapore to organize photoshoots with a cause, where the proceeds of the photoshoot are used to provide assistance to his fellow overseas Filipinos.
 
(L-R) ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Lyra Estrella who is the representative of Global Pinoy Idol awardee from South Korea Rodney Queman, ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, and Arjo Atayde
 
Meantime, Rodney Queman from South Korea has seen an opportunity on social media to extend help to his fellow overseas Filipinos. Knowing that social media is a thing in South Korea, he created a Facebook page where he posts different information like new laws and job opportunities that will be of help to his fellow Filipinos in the country.
 
(L-R) ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Global Pinoy Idol awardee from Australia Tess Manalang, ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, and Arjo Atayde

Life overseas was a challenge for Tess Manalang of Australia, a reality she chose to keep from her family in the Philippines. Having gone through a lot of hardships in a foreign land, Tess did not want her fellowmen to experience the same, which is the reason she organized “Love in Action”, a group where from donations, selling plants, and lending personal stuff has assisted fellow Filipinos in Australia, especially those who are new in the community.

(L-R) ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Global Pinoy Idol awardee from New Zealand Geline Bauit Owczarek, ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos and Randy Santiago

Opening opportunities for the Filipinos both in New Zealand and in the Philippines has been the advocacy of Geline Bauit Owczarek. She first worked as an immigration adviser, later bought a healthcare company where she gives opportunity to health professionals and most recently opened a business with her husband that help the small coffee farmers in the Philippines in exporting their coffee products in New Zealand.

(L-R) ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Global Pinoy Idol awardee from New Zealand Cesar Cozo Jr., ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos and Randy Santiago

On the other hand, Cesar Cozo Jr. of New Zealand may only see his actions as a mere referral of a fellow Filipino in a job in New Zealand, what he does not know is how much impact this has done to the people he helped. Coming from a job in Qatar, Cesar moved to New Zealand so he could bring his family with him. This is a dream shared by other overseas Filipinos, which he helped to turn into reality by referring them to different contractors in New Zealand.
 
(L-R) ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Global Pinoy Idol awardee from New Zealand Dennis Magcalas, ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos and Randy Santiago

Migrant students in New Zealand have been the focus of Dennis Magcalas. Struggling himself when he first moved to New Zealand from Dubai in 2006, he passed on the help of a fellow Filipino by helping in return the Filipino students in the country. He created the Facebook page “Buhay Estudyante sa New Zealand” where he posted essential information that impacts the Filipino students, which sometimes extends in navigating them to find a job.
 
(L-R) ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Global Pinoy Idol awardee from New Zealand Dennis Maga, ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos and Randy Santiago

Being exposed to the different unjust situations of the Filipinos before in New Zealand, Dennis Maga advocated the fair rights for new migrant workers in the country, thus the launch of Migrante International. Through the organization, they assist overseas Filipinos in New Zealand in the different issues they face like being abused, victims of illegal recruiters, and cases of undocumented workers.
 
(L-R) ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Regina Panlilio who is the representative of Global Pinoy Idol awardee from New Zealand Kristine Bartley, ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos and Randy Santiago

Kristine Bartley’s personal health problem had opened opportunities for her to help not only her fellow Filipinos but also the environment. After having thyroid problems, Kristine changed her lifestyle and went vegan that led her to open a vegan café in New Zealand, the “Sweet Release”. Her business has also become a mentoring venue for fellow Filipinos who learn new cooking techniques from her, advancing their career in the food industry.
 
(L-R) ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Global Pinoy Idol awardee from New Zealand Alan Raga, ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos and Randy Santiago

Uplifting the Filipino Community in New Zealand, Alan Raga features the Filipino’s known trait of bayanihan or communal unity by capturing it in his photos. From attending and taking photos for different Filipino community events in New Zealand, Alan is now the official photographer of Miss Universe-New Zealand.

(L-R) ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Global Pinoy Idol awardee from New Zealand Dewy Sacayan, ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos and Randy Santiago
 
Witnessing the damage that Typhoon Yolanda left in the Philippines, Dewy Sacayan of New Zealand was moved to do a relief mission to raise funds for the victims of the calamity. This has paved the way for her to become a climate activist through volunteering in implementing environmental laws and being a youth representative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She also mentors law students, including Filipino students, encouraging them to embrace their passion even in a foreign land.

(L-R) ABS-CBN Ecosystem Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Dondi Ocampo, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez, Sereza Lapaz who is the representative of Global Pinoy Idol awardee from New Zealand Brent Bautista, ABS-CBN Global Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Territories Jay Santos and Randy Santiago

The success overseas did not make Brent Bautista forget where he came from. Moving with his family to New Zealand in 2012, Brent has developed an interest in international relations, which even inspired him to pursue master studies in international relations. Now, he is empowering the Filipino youth in New Zealand by serving as their tutor and writing articles for Filipino publication, Kabayan Magazine, where he encourages fellow Filipino youth to embrace their Filipino roots.
 
Each honoree received a Global Pinoy Idol medal and a certificate of recognition from DZMM and TFC.
 
(L-R) Singer and “Tawag ng Tanghaln” judge Randy Santiago, “The General’s Daughter” star Arjo Atayde, news anchor and host Bernadette Sembrano, DZMM anchor and host Ahwel Paz

Meantime, providing entertainment that night is “The General’s Daughter” star Arjo Atayde and “Tawag ng Tanghalan sa It’s Showtime” judge Randy Santiago. While served as the host during the pre-show is DZMM anchor Ahwel Paz, and “TV Patrol Anchor” and “Salamat Dok” host Bernadette Sembrano.
 
Earlier that day, eventgoers also had an informative talk from DZMM’s Tulong Ko Pasa Mo hosts Vic and Avelynn Garcia who tackled topics like starting a business, preparing for retirement, managing relationship with family and friends, and unleashing one’s potential.
 
Learn the stories of the “Global Pinoy Idol New Zealand” honorees by watching the TFC News Asia Pacific featurettes about them, which can be seen via facebok.com/TFCAsia or TFC The Filipino Channel YouTube Channel.
 
For updates on upcoming events, visit and like facebook.com/TFCAsia or mytfc.com. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.
 
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