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Thursday, 19 June 2014
Page: 6714

Mrs GRIGGS (Solomon) (13:36): The other night in Darwin the 116th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence was celebrated with an event called Celebrating the Renaissance of Filipino Pride: Our Values, Faith, Culture. It was an event put on by the Filipino Australian Association of the Northern Territory. It was a pleasure to attend this event with the Top End's Filipino community, a group that continues to improve and expand the multicultural fabric of Darwin and Palmerston. I would like to take the time to congratulate the executive committee members on a job well done. Special mention goes to President Oscar Parian, Vice President JudithVentic, Secretary Lourdes Valles, Treasurer Mary Anne Samson and committee members Elsi Barretto, Matthew Mitchel, Ron Greaves, Marcos Pastor, Mary Anne Bernabe-Laurel, Primae Matuguina, Ingrid Vollmer, Annalee Boholst and Malix Laurel. It was an awesome event. As always with the Filipino community of the Northern Territory, they know how to have a good time. There was lots of wonderful food. There was some great music. There was some singing and lots of dancing. Once again, I would like to thank the Filipino community for involving me in their celebrations.