About ABF

Ang Bagong Filipino blog and Ang Bagong Filipino magazine are published by Asociación Filipina de Escritores e Investigadores en España (Philippine Association of Writers and Researchers in Spain).


Asociación Filipina de Escritores e Investigadores is a non-profit organization registered in the Direcció General de Dret i d’Entitats Jurídiques Departament de Justicia Generalitat de Catalunya and guided by the following objectives:

1. Publish “Ang Bagong Filipino” with the end in view of:

a) providing information and contributing to the awareness of the Filipino community and the Spanish society on immigrant issues, interculturalism and other pertinent information which would facilitate coexistence.

b) publishing articles on Filipino culture and social realities outside and within the Philippine society in order to stress the importance and role of a Filipino immigrant in the development of his/her country of origin and his/her host country.

c) giving voice to Filipinos and serving as a medium where they could express their aspirations promoting active participation among the Filipino community.

d) providing a tool that will unify Filipinos.

2. Carry out relevant activities such as researches, studies, conferences, talks, cultural activities, etc.

3. Cooperate with other associations to achieve these objectives.


The team is composed of volunteer writers, artists and researchers, to wit:


Kay in Paris


Kay worked as a Production Designer for film and advertising before leaving Manila for Madrid in 2004 to study a Master in Cinematography. She has since used the art of writing as a means of creative expression- for a couple of online articles on video art, some short stories, but mainly for her own film which she plans to direct sometime soon. Meanwhile, she teaches English for a living. She now lives in Barcelona, and spends her free time between the sea and the Filipino immigrant community.


Neil in Milan

Neil graduated cum laude from AMA Computer College in 2002 with a degree in Computer Engineering. He moved to Madrid in the same year and studied more IT courses on Diseño Gráfico Publicitario, Networking and Servers. He is now working in a foreign exchange company and in his free time he participates in Filipino organizations based in Madrid such as Western Visayas Association and Asociación Filipina de Madrid. He has also been an active member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish Choir since 2004 and enjoys being a facilitator of language exchanges. He is fond of movies, photography, reading, traveling and blogging.


Javier in Geneva

Javier is a native of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). After he finished his bachelor’s degree in Physics, he worked as a Science Professor, Web Designer and Analyst Programmer. He has also been responsible for writing, translating and proofreading technical tutorials/handbooks and documentation/web content for software and e-commerce companies. As a volunteer of Ang Bagong Filipino, he does the layout of the magazine and edits all the articles written in Spanish. He also writes articles on voice and classical music in his blog vozymusica.wordpress.com.

Dan in Berlin


Dan took up Political Science and founded a Political Science organization almost 10 years ago at the University of the Philippines Manila. He has been writing news for almost a decade, taught some things and learned many things from people living with HIV-AIDS, urban poor, student groups and other sectors of the Philippine society. He finished a Master  in International Cooperation and Development in Barcelona and now considers himself an ‘official’ immigrant, having experienced cleaning al fondo already clean houses and opening snappily wine bottles.  He also gives free Spanish classes to Filipino immigrants through Centro Filipino and like all immigrants he dreams of a better future.

Nats in London


Nats finished Management Accountancy at the University of St. La Salle Bacolod. Then he studied a Master in International Sectorial Economics  at the University of Santiago de Compostela and currently taking another Master in International Cooperation at the University of Barcelona. He loves writing, watching movies, learning languages, reading travel books and traveling.  He is also an active volunteer of Centro Filipino-Tuluyan San Benito Barcelona.


Aodh in Barcelona

Aodh is a physician by profession and used to work as a clinical pathologist in Manila being a diplomate of the Philippine Society of Pathologists. He obtained a grant from the Spanish government to study at the Universitat de Barcelona Facultat de Medicina Departament de Microbiologia i Parasitologia Sanitària. He studied Spanish and Catalan in the course of the grant and subsequently French and German and developed a passion for languages. He taught English, Spanish and Catalan as private classes and now does freelance job while awaiting the result of Homologación (Accreditation) of his diploma and academic degrees from the Ministerio de Educación to be able to enter into residency and dissertation program.



Juan in Madrid

Juan P. Vegezzi has a degree in Journalism and has a master in Radio and Television. He worked as a Scriptwriter at various TV stations in Spain such as TVE, Antena 3, Telemadrid and Tele 5. He was the editor in chief of the magazine AireLibre and has also collaborated with various publications. In 1995, he was hired as external consultant by Instituto Cervantes de Manila. Since then he has been involved in the Filipino community in Spain and has published various articles about the Philippines, which he also visits frequently.


Joy in Barcelona

Joy Rebanal-Laygo, studied at the University of the Philippines Diliman (Theater Arts). Born dreamer, hopeless romantic, opinionated, and with a great sense of humor but above all, a loving mother of two wonderful children and a faithful wife to a faithful husband.

26 Responses to “About ABF”

  1. Chris SB February 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Dear Ang Bagong Filipino,

    I wish to add an entry of your organisation to our online list of Filipino organisations in Europe. I am wondering if you could supply me with some information such as the following:

    1. Contact details
    2. Description of your organisation

    At the same time, I also would like to request to be add to your mailing list.

    Hope to hear from you soon. Many thanks.

    Chris SB

    • Daniel Infante Tuaño February 8, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

      Hola Chris,

      Thanks for your interest. We will definitely add you to our mailing list. Like what we have mentioned in the blog, Ang Bagong Filipino magazine and its blog are published by Asociación Filipina de Escritores e Investigadores en España (Filipino Association of Writers and Researchers in Spain). One of the objectives of the organization is to provide information related to Filipino immigration, Filipino, Spanish and world culture and relevant Philippine and Spanish news. We would also like to acknowledge the positive contribution of immigrants not only to their home contry but also to the receiving country. And we hope that Ang Bagong Filipino would be a tool to unite our kababayans, strengthen associativism, and promote participation.

      You may browse the previous issues of the magazine which are also posted on this blog. Should you have any comments or suggestions, you may send us an email at angbagongfilipino@yahoo.com. Maraming salamat po!


  2. fargo Bcn April 29, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Very interesting site guys! Congratulations for the effort done. May this be an inspiration for all Filipino migrants to closely participate, share and contribute issues and concerns about Filipino community overseas.

    Way to go…

    • Daniel Infante Tuaño April 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

      Thank you fargo! We may lack funds and support but we don’t lack people who are always ready to share what they have to others.

  3. Semanario de Filipinas August 7, 2010 at 2:26 am #

    Saludos desde Semanario de Filipinas.
    Noticias de Filipinas en Español

    Os invitamos a enviarnos noticias sobre vuestras actividades, etc. (pero en Español, por favor)

    Gracias y Mabuhay !

    • Daniel Infante Tuaño August 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

      Muchisimas gracias por la invitación. Cuando publicamos articulos escritos en español, les avisamos. Agradecemos que intercambiemos links. ¡Saludos cordiales!

      • Semanario de Filipinas August 8, 2010 at 2:46 am #

        Hola Daniel,

        Estamos preparando un artículo sobre el concierto de Kundiman de la soprano filipina Michelle Sullera.
        Os enviamos el enlace la semana que viene.


  4. Daniel Infante Tuaño August 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    ¡Muchisimas gracias! Igualmente podéis ver un articulo que hemos publicado sobre el concierto.

    Está escrito en español: https://angbagongfilipino.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/para-la-mujer-amada-y-la-madre-patria/


  5. Mark Norella August 12, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    hi, i am Mark Norella from Philippine TV Network – GMA.
    I would like to ask if your group is from Madrid, Spain?
    We are looking for Nanay Fransisca Bolivar, an OFW in Spain.
    By any chance, are you related to her or to the Ytturaldes? thanks
    This will greatly inspire our OFWs here and abroad
    Hoping for your positive response

    mark norella

    • Daniel August 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi Mark! Thanks for the comment. We also have writers in Madrid but most of us are based in Barcelona. I’m not familiar with her but perhaps we can find her if you need to interview (?) her. I used to work with the Executive Producer of Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho. Do you work for any show or program in particular?

  6. Joseph August 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Hello there.

    Great work! More power to you guys.

    I’ve got a question: how can I be a member of the Asociación Filipina de Escritores e Investigadores en España?

    Here’s my blog so you know more about me: http://joemiro.wordpress.com/

    Keep up the good work.


    • Dan August 22, 2011 at 5:59 am #

      Thank you, Joseph! It’s really easy to become a member of ABF, you just have to send us a letter of intent and then regularly contribute articles to the blog and magazine. Please also read well the objectives of the association.

      You can send us your letter of intent through email at angbagongfilipino@yahoo.com.

      Thank you again and we wish to hear from you soon! 🙂

  7. Ed Gazmen August 26, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    I’m the publisher of Kayumanggi Magazine..we’re looking for writers from your area. Pls. respond. Our email: ed@kayumanggimag.com



  8. chloe November 20, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    this is a very nice site…i should have read this before i arrived here in barcelona. I’m very surprised to see a lot of Filipinos near Las Ramblas. I am making a short video about Filipinos living abroad as part of my school project…i had interviewed a few pinoys that i saw on the streets ( they are soooo nice 😉 )unfortunately, i am leaving on Tuesday but would really love to come back as soon as possible.

    • Dan December 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

      Hey Chloe! We’re glad that you like the blog. Sorry, we were not able to respond to your message nor update the blog since we were very busy last month. You can always go back to Barcelona. Filipinos in Barcelona are really nice. There are exceptions of course. But in general, Filipinos here are very accommodating and friendly.

  9. E.d Gazmen December 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I’m looking for volunteer writers to contribute to our magazine, Kayumanggi Magazine. Specifically, we’re looking for features on Filipinos living abroad and in various countries.

    We’ll be coming out the first part of January, 2012. Pls. respond.



  10. Carles December 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    Kumusta kayo?
    Hola, qué tal? Creo que contacté con vosotros en Casa Asia de Barcelona el día de un concierto de canciones filipinas… Nos presentó el Cónsul.
    He empezado a publicar en forma de blog mi crónica de un viaje a Filipinas por Navidad (“Arroz, karaoke y SMS”) y os paso el enlace por si os interesa.
    Agradeceré su difusión, si los considerais interesante

    Maraming salamat


    Carles Cascón


    • Dan December 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

      Hola Carles! Mabuti naman. Sana’y okey ka rin at ang iyong mga mahal sa buhay. Iba a enviarte un email pero todavia no he hecho. Ha pasado mucho tiempo, disculpame. Ponemos tu blog como enlace aqui y/o quizás también podemos poner partes de tus cuentos y si la gente quiere seguir, que visiten tu blog. Felices fiestas! Un abrazo, Dan

  11. Suzanne July 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Hello. I would like to know if you still continue to publish your magazine. I may be interested in placing an ad if your publication accepts that. Hope to hear from you soon. Congratulations on your work and mission and more power.

  12. Manny lim January 4, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    My wife and I are thinking of traveling to Spain but we are not sure where to e to heargo n place to stay. We’re from San Jose California (USA). We don’t mind paying or bartering if u decide to visit California. You can stay at our house and I can be your guide. We been living in the USA for over 30 years. Any advice will greatly appreciated. Thanks

  13. Eddie AAA Calderon, Ph.D. January 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Thanks for your blog and online newspaper. I am happy that we are really reliving our once affinity with the language of Don Miguel de Cervantes. This language has failed to become our lingua franca as I noted in my article entitled: Mi sugerencia es leer mi articulo entitulado:,
    Why the Spanish Language failed to become the Lingua Franca in the Philippines?

    http://www.somosprimos.com/sp2012/spmar12/spmar12.htm#THE PHILIPPINES Don’t forget to press THE PHILIPPINES


  1. 13 ways to survive Spain | The Filipino Expat - July 13, 2013

    […] where he gives free Spanish lessons to kababayans among other services. He is one of the editors of Ang Bagong Pilipino, an online magazine for Filipinos in […]

  2. How to find trabajo in Spain | The Filipino Expat - March 10, 2014

    […] He is also Barcelona’s correspondent for ABS-CBN Europe. He is one of the editors of Ang Bagong Pilipino, an online magazine for Filipinos in […]

  3. How Filipinos can be European citizens in two years*? | The Filipino Expat - January 14, 2015

    […] kababayans. He is also Barcelona’s correspondent for ABS-CBN Europe and one of the editors of Ang Bagong Pilipino, an online magazine for Filipinos in […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: