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A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Blacktown City and the League of Cities of the Philippines on 15 July 2010 in Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
Built on shared principles of international cooperation, the aim of this partnership is to establish sustainable relationships with local government associations and local councils around the world.
The League of Cities of the Philippines formally began on July 25, 1987. Presently, 143 cities are part of the League, each represented by its Mayor.
Key functions of the League include:
- Assisting the national government in the formulation and implementation of policies, programs and projects affecting cities as a whole
- Promotion of local autonomy at the city level
- Promotion of measures for the welfare of all cities and its officials and employees
- Encouragement of people's participation in local government
- Supplementing the efforts of the national government in creating opportunities for gainful employment in the cities.
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News and Events
2017- 119th Philippine Independence Day Celebrations
The Australian Philippines Services League (APSL) with the support of Blacktown Council, conducted a very well attended indoor flag raising ceremony on Saturday, 10 June in the Bowman Hall from 10.30am onwards. The ceremony commemorated the 119th Philippine Independence Day celebrations.
Special guests on the day included Her Excellency Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Ambassador of the Philippines to Australia from the Embassy of the Philippines, Canberra and the Hon. Anne Jalando-on Louis – Consul General, Philippine Consulate General, Sydney. Cr. Tony Bleasdale (Deputy Mayor) with several Councillors and Kevin Conolly, Member for Riverstone attended the event.
Entertainment included special song numbers by Jared Lesaca and Chantelle Santos while the Banag-Banag Cultural Dancers and the Sonata Singers kept everyone entertained during the celebrations.
The ceremony was supported by a display in the Max Webber Library. Many thanks to Joelmon Zungar (Library) and Tess Sayas and Jade Cadelina (Sister Cities Committee) for their assistance in helping with arrangements. The video of Philippine history was the highlight of the display.
Special thanks to Col. Chris Pilao (Ret.) from the APSL) for his efforts in coordinating the celebrations.
An Invocation was read by Lolita Farmer, OAM.
Check out the colourful photographs of the day.
2017 Lunar New Year
The 2017 Lunar New Year event was held in the Chinese Gardens at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside on Friday, 3 February between 5.00-9.30pm. Previously known as Chinese New Year in 2014 and 2015, the event was renamed ‘Lunar’ in 2016 to reflect the wide range of Asian cultures.
Response in 2017 was fantastic with over 10,000 spectators experiencing the performances, cultural displays, myriad of stalls and the amazing fire-works display amid the stunning Chinese Garden backdrop. You can view all the entertainment from the night in a short video by simply clicking here.
Visit by the Bayanihan Dance Company
While in Sydney to participate in the Philippine Independence Day celebrations, the Bayanihan Dance Company conducted a Philippine dance clinic at the Blacktown Arts Centre on Monday, 13 June 2016.
The Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company is the oldest dance company in the Philippines. It is a multi-awarded company, both nationally and internationally and has been called the "depository of almost all Filipino dances, dress and songs."
They have made major tours to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, US and the Middle East, has performed in 6 continents, 66 counties and 700 cities worldwide. In appreciation and recognition of their pioneering efforts and international success in the realm of Filipino dance, through the 10th Congress enacted R. A. 8626 declared the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company as The Philippines National Folk Dance Company.
Judging by the photos, everyone enjoyed themselves at the Blacktown Arts Centre.
2016- 118th Philippine Independence Day Celebrations
The Australian Philippines Services League (APSL) with the support of Blacktown Council, conducted a flag raising ceremony on Saturday, 11 June in the Village Green (adjacent to the Council Chambers) from 10.30am onwards. The ceremony commemorated the 118th Philippine Independence Day celebrations.
Special guest, the Hon. Anne Jalando-on Louis – Consul General, Philippine Consulate General made a presentation of books to Blacktown Mayor, Stephen Bali.
Entertainment included musical renditions and cultural dance performances.
The ceremony was supported by a display in the Max Webber Library. Many thanks to Joelmon Zungar (Library) and Tess Sayas (Sister Cities Committee) for their assistance in helping with the display.
Check out the colourful photographs of the day.
Left: Attendees enjoying the ceremony
Right-: From left: Col Chris Pilao (Ret) Supreme Commander, Australian Philippines Services League (APSL), Cr Russ Dickens, Hon Anne Jalando-on Louis Consul General, Philippine Consulate General Sydney, Blacktown Mayor Cr Stephen Bali and Deputy Mayor Cr Jacqueline Donaldson
Left: Kieran Hegarty (Youth Ambassador- centre) with Hon Anne Jalando-on Louis Consul General, Philippine Consulate General Sydney and Blacktown Mayor Cr Stephen Bali
Right: Blacktown Mayor Cr Stephen Bali with representatives of APSL
Loboc Children's Choir Visit
On Thursday 2 July, 2015, Blacktown City Council hosted a reception in the Nirimba Room for the visiting Loboc Children’s Choir with Councilor Lowles representing the Mayor. The Choir is a school based choir aged 9-13 from the Loboc Central Elementary School, in Loboc, Bohol, Philippines. Bohol is world known for old Spanish era Churches, chocolate hills and the tarsier, the smallest monkey in the world. The capital city of Bohol is Tagbilaran City, a member of the League of Cities of the Philippines.
The Australian tour of the Loboc Children’s Choir is to raise funds for the rehabilitation of Bohol which experienced a major devastation caused by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in October 2013. The resulting devastation in Bohol was overshadowed by Haiyan typhoon which occurred a month later in November 2013 and resulted to even greater devastation in the surrounding islands.
The choir has received numerous domestic and international awards over the years and has toured in the USA, Europe and Asia. The Australian tour of the Loboc Choir includes concerts in Melbourne, Brisbane and in Sydney at Plumpton and Liverpool.
By special arrangement, the choir performed in the Village Green, Blacktown on Thursday 2 July. At the conclusion of the performance, Councillor Charlie Lowles representing the Mayor of Blacktown City presented a cheque to Malcolm Boncales in support of the choir’s fundraising endeavours with Councillor Jess Diaz in attendance. Rachelle Rativo, joint Blacktown City youth ambassador ably assisted with the presentation. Despite the cold, see how enthusiastic the choir was as they gave a great performance during the lunch time break.