Mabuhay Wellington!





A young photographer from the Philippines who goes by the name of Bong Bajo recently uploaded on Vimeo a time-lapse video he created using 17,000 photos shot during a 15-day trip across New Zealand.


Travelling some 5,000 kilometers from Taranaki Coast of North Island to almost every part of the South Island, Bajo managed to capture digitally the immense and diverse landscapes of this land ‘way down under’ and then went on to de velop a visual travelogue accompanied by music scaled to set the mood.


It is an unrivalled display of geography with a stunning variety of landforms that only a few countries can boast of and explains why New Zealand is a favoured tourism destination.


Watch The Time Lapse Video





What makes New Zealand’s natural heritage so special?


Underlying New Zealand’s physical attractions – its dramatic mountains, unpol luted beaches and green countryside, is an epic survival story of unique plants and animals.


Cast adrift from the ancient supercontinent of Gondwanaland, these ancient species evolved in isolation and struggled to survive in what renowned naturalist David Bellamy has called ‘Moa’s Ark’ named after New Zealand’s native, but now extinct, giant flightless bird, the moa.


After only 1,000 years of human settlement New Zealand like almost every other country has lost many of its native species. But impressive gains have been made in recent times to protect and enhance what is left. These include removing introduced pests from island wildlife sanctuaries, the establishment of 13 na tional parks, 2 maritime parks, 2 world heritage areas, hundreds of nature reserves and ecological areas, a network of marine reserves and wetlands, and protection for special rivers and lakes.


In total, around 30 percent of New Zealand’s land area is protected conservation land. In addition, research and management programmes have been introduced to aid the recovery of rare and endangered species like kakapo, kokako, kiwi and tuatara.


New Zealand welcomes everyone to experience and discover its unique and precious natural heritage and asks only that you make as little impact as pos sible, so future generations and visitors may also savour it as we do here.







Pelé, the legendary Brazilian football player who coined the term ‘The Beautiful Game’ for the sport of soccer was and continues to be an icon for aficionados in the Philippines. Football has long been the number one sport in many parts of Asia, but it is a different story in the Philippines, where basketball enjoys the lion’s share of the attention. To rejuvenate the beautiful game in the country, the Philippine Football Association undertook a long-term development scheme, choosing not to participate in the quali fying campaign for the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, focusing instead on domestic and regional competitions and playing teams rated as being better than theirs. As one of the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation, the Philippines were among the game’s frontrunners on the continent, with their national association (PFF) founded in 1907, before they became affiliated to FIFA in 1930. In those heady days, the Philippines were one of the region’s powerhouses and also produced some of Asia’s best players during that period. The most noteworthy of these was Paulino Alcantara, who scored an incredible 357 goals for Spanish giants Barcelona between 1912 and 1927. Now come the AZCALS (a Filipino term meaning ‘Asong Kalye’ or mongrels). Representing the Philippines, they pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the history of the AFF Suzuki Cup with a 2-0 win over defending champions Vietnam and pulled another bigger upset in the Homeless World Cup tournament in Paris, France by defeating the United States, 4-3. So why are the AZCALS an up and coming national soccer team to reckon with? Well, it’s probably because some of its team members are half-Filipinos who’ve played in major league European soccer and whose Filipino mothers have instilled in them a strong sense of pride and belonging and who’ve now come home to add that extra ingredient needed to win – international experience. All Whites vs. AZCALS anyone?


FORECAST: New Zealand house prices will rise 12% in next 3 years…..


In Manila

The Philippine Daily In quirer is one of the Phil ippines’ most widely read newspaper with 4 regional bureaus and over 130 pro vincial correspondents nationwide. It is the most awarded broadsheet with over 200 awards and citations and considered a trusted source by many for hard-hitting news and countless exposés.



In Australia

The Filipino Australian is a media website that pro vides online news services with focus on Filipinos in Australia, the Filipino-Australian community and Australian events. It is a private undertaking that provides users access to post their news stories and articles much the same as Filipinos in Auckland does.



In Wellington

Capital Times is published weekly on Wednesdays and styles itself as the eyes and ears for inner Welling ton on its city’s theatre, arts, and entertainment scene. Whether it’s a new show, a sporting event, council elections, or a new business opening, Capital Times has the information throughout the city and suburbs.



Trans Tasman

From Wellington and Can berra, the Trans Tasman is a guide to what’s happen ing by reporting on many issues ignored by the media mainstream in politics, economy, legisla tion and regulations. Pro viding impartial analysis and forecasts, it aims to raise awareness of the ‘real’ issues sooner for smarter decision-making.



NZ Government

This is where you can find information, images and resources from all New Zea land government agencies and its funded sites. A powerful search engine navigates you through key topics That take you direct to the source. It is a useful online resource for both local residents and international visitors in New Zealand.



On Facebook

Social Media-crazy Fili pinos are taking off! As of June 2011, over 25-million Filipinos around the world use the world’s No.1 social networking website – Facebook. They plunged into the social web and have since enjoyed and excelled in it, making it their own and leveraging such mastery for business and causes.






Welcome to the community website for Filipinos in Welling ton in New Zealand.


As of last count, Filipinos in New Zealand are now the third largest ethnic migrant group in the coun try. We are estimated to be about 45,000 strong today and still growing. It’s amazing when you come to think about number because back in 1985, you could count the number of us here with just the number of fingers on both hands.


Filipino-Kiwi communities that are spread out across different parts of New Zea land continue to seek better understanding of themselves in their new roles and lives as members of a much larger and diverse society. We are not only begin ning to educate ourselves but also the widest possible group. We yearn to explain why we, having been silent migrants for so long, are becoming a relevant minority. In that transformation together, we can all move forward and upward.


What this suggests is that the present environment is a time for us to update our thinking, express ourselves more vibrantly and break out of self-imposed shells lest we be denied rights to a democratic process, or acts of non-belonging. We each need to reach out and stay in touch with each other.




Over time, we have come to realise that the treatment of migrants by a host nation establishes a relationship between two groups. No immigrant expects an easy ride; all know that it will be a struggle.


But now is the time to stop whispering amongst ourselves and to claim our own part of the history of this country through our own collective voice. Nobody else can do this for us. This is our task, our responsibility. Only then, will we be able to connect with all the social, economic and political machineries of New Zealand, and walk with heads held high representing ourselves as New Zealand ers regardless of our ethnicity.


Each one of is a walking historian, and we urge each one of you in the region of Auckland to record, write and submit your stories and views, That’s what this website is for. For sure, there are records to be searched, oral histories to be recorded, stories to be written and shared, photograph collections to be colla ted, expanded and shared. We need to tell our stories as Filipinos living in New Zealand.


To have a voice, is a partnership. A voice cannot develop unless the host nation is able to listen to it. There is still much to be understood about ourselves and our evolving history in New Zealand. Using current technologies available on the Web, we continue to build bridges and links to other Kiwi-Filipino commun ities residing in other major regions of the country like in Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch for starters.


In this way, we aim to make it easier for you and others in Wellington to stay informed with what’s happening with them.


We invite you to be a part of it.




Filed under Arts and Culture, Community News, Featured Profiles, Filipinos in New Zealand, Filipinos in Wellington, Historical Events, Local Business, Migrant Issues, Special Events, Special Feature, Spititual Matters

2 responses to “Mabuhay Wellington!

  1. Charles Mills

    I own a chain of travel agaencies up and down the country and am interested in advertising on all your sites. Can you please send me details?

  2. Antonio de Pacis

    Hi, I’m a Filipino expat living in Vancouver Canada and chanced visiting this website. It’s beautiful!

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