On 25th March 2012, the inaugural event dubbed as Adhika [Filipino word for “aspirations’] paid tribute to the many men and women, who have the passion to serve the community through their stories that inform, entertain and inspire people to action. This event was spearheaded by Radio Kawayan [Josie & Gerry Musa and crew] in collaboration with Radio Sandigan [Michelle Baltazar and Violi Calvert] and Radio Dalisay [Cita Hoersch, Nilda & Mon Carpo]. The live webcast of the event was undertaken by Ang Kalatas.
Aside from celebrating the achievements and contributions of the Filipino-Australian media, the event’s secondary aim was to raise some funds to ship books to libraries in Albay province, in southern part of the Philippines.
After the successful event, effort was spent in soliciting and collecting of books. Now after three months, adequate number of books had been collected. Donated books are from University of Technology Sydney, St. Clair High School, Lindfield Primary School and St. Spyridon College and some Filipino-Australian community members.
The books which ranged from encyclopedias, textbooks on various subjects, children’s story books, novels, and so forth will be sent to the municipal libraries of Tiwi and Malina in Albay Province. Wal and Lorraine Smith of Riverstone & District Lions Club are also donating audio-visual devices such as overhead projectors, monitors and other items to the Adhika library project. This couple who attended the Adhika event were impressed of the celebration and the media exhibit.
A working bee composed of Adhika Team members got together at the home of Gerry and Josie Musa on 14th July 2012. After enjoying a hearty breakfast of Filipino dishes, the volunteers sorted books and put them in boxes . Between 8 a.m. and 3p.m., helpers arrived came and helped at varying times. The volunteers who gave up part of their weekend to help finish off what Adhika set out to do were [in the order of arrival]: Violi Calvert, Michelle Baltazar, Mon and Nilda Carpo, Charles Chan, Jake and Cecille Lapuz, Nick Sode, Girlie, Hazel Urqueza and family – Romarie, Reianne and Kenken.
The organisers expressed appreciation of LBC’s assistance by extending a special rate for the shipment of the books. A total of 30 boxes were packed and will be shipped before the end of the month.
Photos courtesy of Geri Musa and Michelle Baltazar