MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (a.k.a. MDG) FOR 2015
This song is the MDG Anthem composed and sung by Filipinos. You can find it here, too: UN.org.ph. 2015 is the magical year. Spread the word!
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For the past four months, I have been a low-key internet personality. You see, I got involved with a group of Filipinos I had met in Utrecht, The Netherlands for a Filipino Experts Meeting and a European-Filipino Migrants Conference in late October of 2007. It had been a very busy time for me. It started with a trip to Hercules, California where Ed Balico, the mayor, honored me with a “Congratulations” recognition during a City Council meeting. The next day, I left for Washington DC where I was honored as one of the “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the US” for the category of “Behind The Scenes Leadership.” My sister, Myrna de Vera, joined me for a night of festivities which reminded me of an “All Girls Night Out” affair. At the same FWN Summit, I joined my co-panelists in the “Crafting the Filipina Image” session where I explained how to craft an online campaign to take back the keyword “Filipina” from its dating and marriage SERPs entries.
While my sister packed my award inside her suitcase, I had two more days at the summit before I left for Amsterdam, then on to Utrecht, The Netherlands. Since I am more involved with Filipino American community-based organizations devoted to helping each other in the United States, bonding with 20 other people from Europe, Middle East, and the Philippines (who specialized in advocacy work benefiting migrant Filipinos) was quite overwhelming — and really, a dream come true. I didn’t even realize that my Euro-Pinoy friends were aware about the volunteer work that I do. Yet, here I was, breaking new ground in Utrecht. I even joined the IT group within the caucus. I’m still trying to figure this one out because people know I’m a non-techie.
For a detailed report about my adventures in The Netherlands, go to NaFFAAR8.com.
Here I am, deeply involved in the planning and implementation of our Caucus’s initiatives. We look forward to the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development that will be held in October 2008 in Manila, Philippines. Do take the time to check out what our Overseas Filipinos worldwide are doing. It ain’t easy.