Thanks a lot for the magazines and the pocketbook that you sent me. I am really enjoying them. I will also be lending them to my neighbor. Once I am done with those materials, I will be mailing them back to you so that you could lend them to other migrants. I also have some pocketbooks, and I will be mailing them to you as soon as I get my wages. Right now, I am really broke. I am so sorry.
May the almighty God bless you so that you will never grow tired of helping those who need it. Thank you also for the Kabayan section. It is my only companion on Sundays.
I want to thank you for the reading materials that you sent me. I received them on April 26.
Secondhand books, magazines are a godsend, say home-based migrants
I was so happy when I got your parcel. I felt like a child who received a gift from a dear friend. Those materials are helping ease my boredom. I know that my boss will get mad if he sees me reading. I do not care anymore about what he thinks. I will read them during my free time. How I wish I could also help our fellow migrants who are not getting any days off.
DEAR ROSIE AND K.J.,
First of all, you will be seeing a new Kabayan section on May 14. Don't miss that issue.
All of you will be getting more reading materials this week courtesy of our generous donor, Imelda Farol. That's a promise. I was supposed to mail them last week but work got in the way. My apologies. We would also like to congratulate Ana Trilles, one of our donors, on her impending nuptials. Yup, she is getting married!
The Taipei International Church's Tagalog Fellowship has also included you guys on their mailing list. You will also be regularly receiving their quarterly magazine, Kaibigan (Friend). Our sincerest thanks to Pastor Paul Ko and his staff.
If you want to join the Kabayan Book Club - that is, if you want to donate or be one of our club recipients - just write Kabayan or text us your full name and address at 0918-340-548. It would also help if you would tell me the type of reading materials that you prefer. If we have them, we will send them to you. By the way, does any of you like mystery or detective novels? I have loads of Agatha Christie books.
Send your secondhand books to: Kabayan c/o Taiwan News, No. 88, 7F, Xinyi Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei City 106.
We would like to thank Janice, Ana, Arlyn, Rosie, Gema, Adora, Lorna, Girlie, Maria Teresa, Lonely Mama, K.J., Angelie, Eliza, Marilou, and Myrna for signing up.
The Manila Economic and Cultural Office is inviting its nationals to a Philippine Independence Day celebration on June 11 (Sunday) at Bei Hsin Elementary School near the Quizhang MRT station in Sendian City. The whole-day festival, called "Pista sa Araw ng Kalayaan sa Taipei," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The celebration will include a mass, ecumenical prayers, cultural parade, a Santacruzan, parlor games, tiangge (flea market), food festival, a "Lindol sa Taipei" dance contest, and entertainers from Manila. For details, contact the head of your organizations or MECO's Yolly Navea and Wilma Pangan at (02) 2778-7951 to 52.
The Taiwan International Workers Association is launching its second photography workshop for migrants on May 14. Due to a limited budget, TIWA will only be accepting 15 to 20 students. If you are interested in joining this program, please fill out an application form and mail it to TIWA before May 10. TIWA's address: 3F, No.53-6, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd., Taipei City 104. Those who want to join the program should have their own camera. Students are required to pay an NT$500-guarantee fee. You will get your NT$500 back provided that you attend all sessions. There should be no unnecessary absences. For inquiries, call Jing-ru at (02) 2595-6858 or 0928-557-481 or Alice at 0928-473-423.
In line with its seventh anniversary celebration, the Filipinos Married to Taiwanese Association is inviting Filipino wives living in Taiwan to participate in a forum entitled "Our Stand as Filipinos Married to Taiwanese." The forum, scheduled on May 13, 2006 (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held on the third floor of the St. Christopher's Church Activity Center. Two lawyers - Carlo Aquino, head of MECO's Assistance to Nationals Section, and Carol Chen - will be speaking at the forum. For registration, call Edna (0915-393-905), Malu (0920-886-249), or Christine (0926-738-890). The deadline for registration is May 7, 2006.
The Tagalog Fellowship of the Taipei International Church's Sunday worship service is scheduled at 2 p.m. at the Taipei American School (No. 800, Zhongshan North Rd., Section 6, Tienmu, Shihlin District, Taipei). To get to the school, take buses 220, 285,601, 645, 606, 267, and R12. For inquiries, call Nely (02) 28344-1127. On weekdays, you may drop by the Tagalog Fellowship office at No. 248, 7F, Zhongshan North Road, Section 6, Shihlin District, Taipei. If you have any questions, just ring Nely at (02) 2833-7444 or (02) 2834-4127.
If you want to get a copy of the Migrant Worker's Guide Book, just write Tintin of the Foreign Workers Counseling Center at: No. 2, 2F, Lane 101, Hsinsheng North Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei. Please enclose at least NT$50-worth of stamps. Offer is only good while supplies last.
If you want to get copies of MECO's "Everyday Mandarin" booklets and CDs, please write MECO (enclose NT$30-worth of stamps) at:
MECO c/o Mr. Danny Ong
No. 107, 4F, Zhonghsao East Rd., Sec. 4, Taipei 104
In the implementation of the Philippine Overseas Absentee Voting Law - particularly the conduct of continuing registration of voters from October 1, 2005 to August 31, 2006 for purposes of the May 14, 2007 elections - the office of MECO in Taipei shall accept the filing of applications during office hours, Mondays to Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Groups that want to file their applications on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays are requested to set an appointment with MECO. For details, call MECO Taipei at telephone numbers (02) 2778-6511 ext. 37 or 38.
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