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November 2016 THE CANBERRA REPORTER | 3 IN THE NEWS A TAKE ON UPCYCLING GARBAGE KNOWN globally for his contemporary take on “upcycling” garbage to wearable art fashion and installations, Filipino artist Francis Sollano exhibits his work at the Philippine Embassy grounds on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Sollano’s work has been shown in major cities around the world such as London, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Bangkok. A recipient of an award from the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as a “Global Shaper”, Sollano is a co-covenor and executive director of Youth for a Livable Cebu (YLC) with a major focus on sustainable practice and livability in communities. The exhibit at the embassy grounds in Moonah Place, Yaralumla takes place from 2pm to 4pm. n n RINA BENEDICTOS in Photo: Neil Patrick Ambida COVER STORY Music is the medium to that ‘Lady of Song’ A HIGHLIGHT WAS PERFORMING AT CHOGM By MARILIE BOMEDIANO n FRANCIS SOLLANO and his artwork. Author delivers on her other strengths AWARD-winning author Merlinda Bobis delivers a one-woman performance of story, song and dance at 75 Forest Crescent, Yarralumla, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Bobis sings her answer to the question: How much can the heart accommodate? She returns to her other strengths, singing and dancing inspired by Filipino rhythms, charting the infinite room of the heart in song, dance and stories. n It’s Christmas in Canberra EACH is ‘gifted’ with a way of projecting the soul of one’s culture, and to a woman such as Rina Benedictos who was born to sing in classical style, it is her music. In the case of Rina, Canberra’s lady of song, it starts with a love of the Filipino ‘kundiman’. But her repertoire doesn’t stop there. Rina’s music embraces classicals, Broadway musicals, and pop songs. One of Rina’s favourite gigs is singing the Philippine and Australian national anthems at local events. She does it again at Pasko Sa Canberra in December at the Philippine Embassy ground in Yarralumla. Before that, Rina was to emcee at ‘Catwalk and Design’, a modelling and fashion design event in Belconnen this month. It’s a selfless and courageous schedule, considering Rina is also a young mother to a year-old daughter as well as carer of an ailing grandmother. Born in the Philippines, Rina studied voice at the University of the Philippines’ college of music and took up further voice training at the Yamaha Music School. On settling in Australia in 2006, Rina attended the Australian National University’s open school of music, trained at radio broadcasting at the Radio Training Institute, and took up acting and television A world summit for peace THE Filipino community celebrates ‘Christmas in Canberra’ on Sunday, December 4, 2016. The celebration takes place at the Philippine embassy ground on 1 Moonah Place, Yarralumla, from 10am to 6pm. There will be delectable Filipino and other international foods, Filipino Christmas craftwork and award-winning books by Filipino-Australian authors. Entertainment will feature community singers and dancers in the community, a Santa parade, carol singing, and Zumba dancing. n Story of ‘Manilamen’ revisited THE latest book by a Filipino, ‘Re-Imagining Australia, Voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino Descent’, reveals an almost forgotten bond between Filipinos and Australia’s indigenous community which goes way back in the days. Author Deborah Wall, in collaboration with Christine Choo, uses oral histories and other primary sources to reconstruct the lives of “Manilamen” from the Philippines and their progeny. This follows award-winning novel ‘Locust Girl, A Love Song’, by Canberrabased Filipino author Merlinda Bobis earlier this year. n Y presenting at Australia’s prestigious NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art). Rina used all this background to progressively hone her musical talent and provide pleasure to audiences fortunate enough to listen to her sing. “A highlight of my career was performing at the 2011 Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth,” Rina said. Queen Elizabeth II delivered the opening address at the Meeting. “I enjoy performing for the wider Australian and Filipino communities as well as the global audience,” Rina says. “But my heart finds happiness using my music to help raise awareness to the plight of developing nations and victims of calamities” n FILIPINO-Australian journalist n Executive chef Marx Canoy with a tribe in the Visayas. Chef’s feeding program in RP NEWCASTLE-based executive chef Marx Canoy went islandhopping in the Philippines recently to launch a feeding project for people living in remote areas including those with local tribes. The project was sponsored by environmentalist and Department of Environment and Natural Recources Secretary Regina ‘Gina’ Lopez of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation. n CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER Y and broadcaster Marilie Bomediano took part in a world summit held in Seoul, South Korea, recently. About 1000 delegates from 130 countries the Philippines and Australia attended the 2nd WARP Summit hosted by Man Hee Lee, chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace Restoration of Light. (link: http://youtu.be/ R9o7MW3EdVE) Bomediano represented the Australian contingent to report for community radio station 2BACR’s Radio Rizal Program and Ang Kalatas Media. n