An empowered and informed Filipino community in the United Kingdom and Europe, recognised as important citizens in their local adopted communities, and valued as overseas citizens in the home country.
Amongst the Filipino community in the UK, Europe and beyond through storytelling.
The Filipino overseas community takes pride in our contributions to the societies in the countries we now call our second homes, whilst acknowledging the challenges we face as a community, especially being so far from our families and loved ones back in the Philippines and having to adapt to a different way of life from what we were used to growing up in our native land.
The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK (funding projects in communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives.
We, in the same manner, are passionate about supporting our migrant “kababayans” (countrymen) in the community and helping them thrive, not just survive. This is in perfect alignment with TNLCF’s purpose.
We were awarded our first TNLCF grant in August 2020 and from September 2020 to March 2021, we produced “Kontra Corona,” a series of six mini-documentaries telling the story of how Covid-19 has affected and continues to affect the Filipino community in UK and Europe, highlighting the crucial role Filipino frontliners have played in the battle, including those who have sadly lost their lives and those who have survived and continue to put themselves at risk while performing their duties.
The six episodes, entitled “Ravaged,” “Fate,” “Epicentre,” “Covid Warrior,” “Bayanihan” and “Homecoming,” also showcased the resilience and community spirit amongst overseas Pinoys and how we are all able to help each other through difficult times. Through this docuseries, we are leaving an invaluable legacy that current and future generations will be able to reflect on and learn from. A condensed “Kontra Corona” documentary won the Best Film Documentary in the 2021 Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards in the Philippines.
We received a second round of funding from TNLCF. Thanks to this new grant, we will be able to continue our signature public service project for the next eighteen months, this time refocusing the content to adjust to our new circumstances as the world learns to live with Covid-19, thus the tweaked project title: “Kontra Corona: Unlockdown.”
We have introduced new segments and will produce a brand new documentary series in the coming months.
Partnering with other FilCom Organisations
We work closely with the various Filipino community organisations that are out there and doing their own amazing work – we rely on mutual support to achieve our common aim of championing overseas Filipinos and helping them thrive.
We feed on each other; they are the community we serve and so we need to be in constant communication and in touch with community leaders so that we know their problems and issues, we help them resolve it, and we can bridge with other stakeholders like the Embassy, national and local government, NGOs and other organisations.
We have regular consultations with some key FilCom organisations; in our National Lottery funded “Kontra Corona” project, they partnered with us by providing us with case studies to feature in our programmes/documentaries and sharing our digital content with their networks/membership, and we have partnered with them on some face-to-face events as well.
Having been involved in the community through other means in the last 10 years or so, some of the leaders of these groups have become our friends and we have built relationships that go beyond work which strengthen our position in getting their support and cooperation.
Some of the Filcom organisations that we have already partnered with include Cavitenos UK, Filipino Women’s Association UK, Filipino Nurses Association UK, Philippine Nurses Association UK, Filipino Association of Gloucestershire, Aguman Kapampangan, Kanlungan, Yorkshire Maharlika Filipino Club and Filipino Anglo Club of Greater Manchester and some Filipino organisations in Spain.