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Megawatt Smile of the Week

18 Sep

She came…

She awed…

She conquered.

Not the crown though.  But the hearts of our Kababayans around the world by her impressive display of poise, elegance and wit at the recently concluded 60th Miss Universe in Sao Paolo, Brazil.   Ms. Angola, Leila  Lopes bagged the crown. 

Our girl from General Santos city, Shamcey Supsup made the Philippines proud after clinching 4th place (3rd Runner-up) out of 89 candidates during the said event where millions of Filipinos rooted for her since day one.

To the lady with the megawatt smile,  CONGRATULATIONS are in order.

 Mabuhay ka Shamcey!

Pinoy Pride Smile of the Week

26 Jun

Subtlety,  elegance and Filipina beauty in Plaza España. Our kababayans who participated in the Gay Pride Parade in Barcelona, Spain yesterday made our country proud as they turned heads and attracted camera flashes both from passersby and participants alike.  Some even congratulated them for their participation. No flashy outfits, just traditional Philippine dresses and beaming smiles would suffice to get the attention of the crowd and receive compliments such as: ‘¡Qué monas!’ (How pretty!)

Equally beautiful and has also brought pride to the Philippines after reaping awards and good reviews in New York, Berlin, Singapore, Las Palmas, Toronto, Quebec, Rotterdam as well in Manila is the movie Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Bossoming of Maximo Oliveros). This film is one of the movies included in FIRE!! Muestra de Cine Gay y Lesbiano de Barcelona and will be shown on July 01, Friday, 19h30 at Auditori Tagore, Casa Asia, Avenida Diagonal 373, Barcelona, Spain. Free entrance. Limited seats only. DIT. Photo by Kay Abaño

Here’s the trailer:

Reyna Elena sa Barcelona Smile of the Week

8 Jun

Marjorie Ilao Unciano, bilang Reina Elena, mula sa grupong Block Rosary ng Filipino Personal Parish sa Barcelona, kasama ang Emperador Constantino at kanyang mga konsorte.

‘Parang nasa Pilipinas lang ako’.

Ito parati ang komentaryo ng mga Pinoy na bumibisita sa Barcelona. Bukod sa maraming Pinoy rito at makakabili ka ng longanisa at Boy Bawang sa may kanto, marami-rami na rin ang mga pagdiriwang na likas sa Pilipinas ang isinasagawa na rin sa Barcelona. Noong nakaraang taon nga ay nagsagawa ng kanilang Fiesta de Peñafrancia sa Rambla del Mar ang mga Bicolano, ang mga debotong Katoliko naman sa tuwing sasapit ang Mahal na Araw ay  nagsasagawa ng Via Crucis sa Montjüic, kahapon lang ay ipinalabas ang pelikulang Pinoy na ‘Kinatay’ sa Casa Asia, nag-Kundiman at nag-Harana na rin ang Ang Bagong Filipino, ang taunang Independence Day sa Barcelona, at marami pang ibang kaganapan na magpapatunay na kahit saan man mapadpad ang mga Pinoy, nandoon pa rin ang mga kaugaliang Pilipino. Isama na natin ang chismisan.

Isang magandang chismis ay ang idinaos na Santacruzan noong ika-29 ng Hunyo sa Raval. Lumahok ang iba’t ibang asosasyon na napapaloob sa Filipino Personal Parish sa Barcelona. Makikita sa mga larawan ang ipinakitang kagandahan: mga Filipina at ang kulturang Pinoy.

Sino ang Reyna Elena? Iyan parati ang tanong sa tuwing may mga Santacruzan. Ang Reyna Elena kasi ang itinuturing na pinakatampok sa Santacruzan. Ayon sa leyenda, si Santa Helena, ang ina ni Constantino, ay nagpunta sa Kalbaryo pagkatapos ng 300 taon ng pagkamatay ni Kristo. Nagtagumpay siya sa pagtuklas sa Krus na siyang nakapagpagaling sa isa sa mga nagsisilbi sa kaniya.

Hindi lamang ang mga barrio sa Pilipinas ang nagsasagawa ng Santacruzan, pati na rin ang mga Filipino sa iba’t ibang dako ng mundo ay nagsasagala na rin. Ang Santacruzan ay ang pinakatampok na pagdiriwang sa Flores de Mayo at isa sa mga naiwang impluwensiya ng España sa Pilipinas. Maraming salamat po kina AC Molera at Marjorie Ilao Unciano para sa mga larawan.

The new Ambassador to Spain Smile of the Week

13 Apr

The new ambassador of the Philippines to Spain Carlos C. Salinas smiles during the unveiling of the plaque of Jose Rizal at Castillo de Montjuic  last April 8, 2011. Photo by AC Molera.

As a response to the clamor of Filipinos in Barcelona i.e. the Philippine  Consulate General (Philippine government’s official representatives to Barcelona, Spain) and various Filipino organizations spearheaded by KALIPI (Kapulungan ng mga Lider Pinoy sa Barcelona) , the city government of Barcelona granted a plaque which commemorates Rizal’s brief imprisonment in the Castillo de Montjuic, an old military fortress.  Rizal arrived in Barcelona, Spain on October 3, 1896. Before he attempted to go to  Cuba, he was imprisoned for a few hours in this castle,  and upon the orders of military governor Eulogio Despujol, he was sent back to Manila and eventually got executed. Catalan heroes like Lluis Companys and Francesc Ferrer Guardia were also imprisoned here. Nathaniel Sisma Villaluna and Daniel Infante Tuaño

Read related news in Spanish by E-dyario.com: El Héroe Nacional de Filipinas José Rizal tiene una sala dedicada en el castillo de Montjuïc, en Barcelona (España)

You may also read our previous entries:

This is not Intramuros

Dito sila nagchichismisan noon

Carrer del Doctor Rizal

Flowers for Pepe

Fairyland Smile of the Week

26 Mar

 

We thought Ronda San Antonio, Barcelona was a fairyland after we bumped into a cute 4-year-old fairy named Trisha Mae Abanador and an equally adorable dwarf named Danica de la Peña. It is a tradition in Spain, especially in Canary Islands and Cadiz, to walk around in costume to celebrate  the  Carnival season.

Pnoy meets Fr. Avel Smile of the Week

14 Mar

Father Avelino Sapida, Filipino Personal Parish priest of Barcelona,  has had a very good reason to smile these past weeks as he was received by none other than the top man of our country, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, last February 16, 2011 at Malacañang. This visit came just after Fr. Avel was given a citation in Congress for his award in Barcelona last December 18, 2010, the Premi Consell d’Immigració. This award honours Father Avel’s 25 years of untiring service to the Filipino migrant community in Barcelona. In the photo (from left) Thezz Saulog, Fr. Avel, PNoy, AC Saulog, Faye Laquio of Akbayan Int Dept. Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros and Presidential Adviser Ronald Llamas. Kay Abaño

Happy Happy Smile of the Week

2 Mar

Never a dull moment with the Flann O’Brien Irish Pub’s energetic owner Rod Estrella and Barcelona Filipino community’s most promising events organizer Louie Simbe. Like most Filipinos abroad, Rod and Louie are having a good time because they are surrounded by  good friends.