The voice of Filipinos in the UK

Two Filipinos jointly win International Community Nurse of the Year award

By Michael Duque and Liezel Longboan The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) recently conferred its first International Community Nurse of the Year Award to Filipino nurses Dennis Singson and Marc Rodriguera. The newly created award recognises the contribution of internationally educated nurses to community nursing in England.

Filipino Chevening “pandemic scholars” shine in the UK

By Ana Santos It is hard to imagine there ever being  a bad time to study abroad on an all-expenses paid scholarship. Unless that time is during a global pandemic that has thrown the world into chaos and uncertainty. Every year about 60,000 applicants from

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Filipino streetfood powerhouse: the Spoon & Rice story

By Naomi Edge As Filipino food gains ground with the foodie community, Filipino street food business Spoon & Rice is expanding in and around London. Launched in October 2020, Spoon & Rice has just opened its third branch in trendy Boxpark Croydon. Tinig went to

“Hallelujah!” Haraya Choir’s Christmas concert to be staged

Award-winning Filipino-British singing group, Haraya Choir, is set to perform their Christmas concert Hallelujah! after months of planning and despite the challenges of having in person rehearsals posed by Covid-19. The ensemble will perform an a cappella repertoire of Filipino favourites that include Pasko Na, Sinta Ko and Payapang

VFS Philippine passport renewal processing centres now open in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin

The Philippine Embassy in London has recently announced that VFS Philippine ePassport Renewal Processing Centres are now open in Cardiff, Wales; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Dublin, Ireland. All processing centres are open from Monday to Friday, by appointment only. The processing centres will only accept straightforward

Para sa batang Pinoy! 10 children’s books by Filipino authors

By Juris Longboan One of the challenges for Filipino families living overseas, whether in the UK or elsewhere, is staying connected with our culture outside of Facebook and compatriots’ birthday parties. This is particularly true for parents with young children who feel the need to

Filipino nurse named as top BAME healthcare leader

For the first time, a Filipino has been included in this year’s 50 most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in health by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), a news site offering analysis and insight to healthcare leaders.   Francis Fernando, founder of Filipino

2022 Philippine elections: Turnabouts mark week of filing candidacies for president and vice president

The election season has started in the Philippines with surprise moves, drama and fun fare.   For one, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is apparently running for president. This was according to her father, President Rodrigo Duterte on late Saturday, 2 October, as reported by


Digital art contest for Filipino youth to celebrate Rizal’s 160th birthday

In celebration of the 160th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, in partnership with Sentro Rizal London, presents RIZAL@160 TULARAWAN Digital Art Contest 2021 aimed for young people in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The

Covid 19 webinar to address vaccine concerns among Filipino healthcare staff

Filipino healthcare staff have recently been reported to have the lowest uptake of Covid-19 vaccine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the largest hospital trust in England. The trust’s Director of Workforce Daniel Waldron was quoted as saying that although “Black-African and black-Carribean

My Covid 19 story: “It’s hard to breathe”

In this series, we have been featuring the stories of Filipino frontline staff working in Covid-19 wards and in intensive therapy units (ITUs). In the following article, we hear the story of Carol. There are now more than 105,000 people who have died in the

Why I write for Tinig UK: A contributor shares her thoughts

By Anoop Bhuller The past year has been tough for everyone. In a short space of time the way we lived our lives changed completely. This new virus started to take people’s lives and strike fear in many. It was shown that those from BAME

2020: The year Filipinos in the UK found their voice

How does one sum up 2020, a year like no other for all of us living on the planet? With nearly 2 million people dead and almost 83 million Covid-19 cases across the world as I write, this pandemic has caused grief, insecurity and instability

The meanings of Rizal’s death – discovered in Samar and Leyte folk songs

By George Emmanuel R. Borrinaga To commemorate Jose Rizal’s 124th death anniversary, we have invited Waray academic Dr George Borrinaga to share his article – originally published in the Journal of History – on how people from Samar and Leyte responded to Rizal’s death through

My Covid-19 story: A young dad, his prayers and a diary

By Mari-An Santos Four young Filipino nurses have been speaking to Mari-An Santos about their experiences of working in NHS hospital Covid-19 wards and in intensive therapy units (ITUs). Their ages range between 27 and 31 and most of them have been in the UK for

Luzon hit by 4 devastating typhoons: Here’s how you can help

In less than three weeks, the Philippines has been hit by four major typhoons – Molave/Quinta (Oct. 25), Rolly/Goni (Nov. 1), Siony (Nov. 7) and Ulysses/Vamco (Nov. 11). One after another, the storms left unimaginable destruction, displacing thousands of families, devastating livelihoods, and flooding communities

Filipino nurses as researchers: PNA UK holds first World Cafe Convention

 by Ronan Cameron-Carter and Liezel Longboan Over 300 participants from 17 countries attended the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) UK’s first ever World Café Convention on 24 October, Saturday. Hosted online due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event attracted attendees from the Philippines, the UK, and the

#Whatschanged? Tinig UK’s new campaign

Coronavirus cases have been rising fast again in the last few weeks. Tinig UK wants to help prevent a second wave of potentially avoidable deaths among Filipino healthcare workers and all those on the frontlines by asking – what changes have been made? Filipinos, we

Filipina nurse gets Queen’s birthday award for her services during Covid-19

Minerva Pascual Klepacz, matron in the Eye Unit and BAME lead at Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to nursing during the pandemic. She is the only Filipino to receive an award for

Lift healthcare worker ban – Philippine Nurses Association UK

Filipino nurses work in many parts of the world. Photo credit: Shutterstock The Phillippine Nurses Association UK (PNAUK) has called for the unconditional lifting of the Philippine government’s ban on the deployment of healthcare workers abroad. The restriction may have implications for staffing in the

Repatriated OFWs resist pandemic’s stress through family bonds

Many Filipino construction workers in Saudi Arabia have lost their jobs in even before the pandemic. Photo credit: Pixabay Thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been made redundant because of Covid-19. However, the all-enduring Filipino safety net during crises – the family – soldiered

Analysis: Understanding the data on Filipino healthcare staff deaths

Filipinos have been one of the communities worst-affected by Covid-19 in Britain. Those working in healthcare have been particularly vulnerable to contracting and dying from the virus. But understanding the data behind the deaths is not an easy task. This is what we know so far.

Mama Z: bringing Filipino food to the homes and hearts of Manchester

Delicious, sour, umami. Umami is a Japanese word for good savoury taste, or “deliciousness”. Three words Zosima Fulwell uses to describe Filipino cooking. She is the founder of Mama Z, a Manchester-based food business.  A trip home to the Philippines inspired her to start her business in

Back to school and life in lockdown – Filipino parents reflect

From September, it will be mandatory for all children in England to go back to school, according to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. In Scotland children are expected to return to school in August. Northern Ireland and Wales have their own reopening plans. But many parents – including