12.30.2020

RIZALEVEL UP

Neither new clusters nor wet weather would prevent the Consulate and Fil-Com from joining Rizal Day 2020 events ...  


...and just to keep up with Canberra PE/CRANIAL AGAIN's elevated production values, we even had drone shots!


(well, actually.....)


(yeah, i don't think we should call my man a drone; public service is its own reward)

12.23.2020

DISTANCE SEASON TO BE JOLLY

Sadly but not surprisingly, the annual holiday greetings of the Department's posts and offices have mostly moved away from the glorious photoshopped scenes of yore. 2020 being what it is, salutations around the world have gone heavy on Stay Safe themes and imagery -- but at the same time managed to give out good vibes and seasonal cheer! So for group poses you had the "Social Distancing Indoors"...

...the "Social Distancing even though Outdoors"...


...and the "Social Distancing even though you can't tell if Indoors or Outdoors because yay Photoshop"


Also...lots of masks! As in, you can tell the levels of local mandates! From must-wear-masks if "Inside Together"...  


...or "Inside Apart"...


...all to way to "Outside Apart"...


...and even up to "Outside Might be Photoshopped so Cover Up Just to be Sure"... 


...as well as the "Inside/Outside Stay Masked but I guess you can also Take It Down for a Second if you're not confident about your Smize" gray area.


And all the new digital design tools and toys have given rise to all sorts of novel greeting formats, such as my new favorite "Separate-Yet-Connected" mosaics...  


...the inescapable Zoom meeting photo...


...plus GIFs, of course...


...and all the way to a merry mosaic/zoom/gif mash-up! 


And while ever-improving production values and skills will inevitably push the medium towards more slick and savvy filmmaking...     


...my heart will forever belong to the true "Indie" artist

"Indie" as in...what exactly's going on here?

12.19.2020

OK ZOOMER (BATCH CHRISTMAS EDITION)

12 batchmates in 10 countries over 10 time zones and I still somehow end up as the only/oldest guy who doesn't know how to work the camera/is under witness protection 

(*in computer-distorted voice* yes, Your Honor, these are the 11 individuals who harassed me out of my afternoon nap to talk about late-night parties, blind dates and bathrobes and other matters age-inappropriate to me)


12.07.2020

HOLD MY BREW

While our Cultural peeps continue to crush it, shout outs too to our Trade section for its own ongoing and gorgeous-looking promotion of PHL tastes, especially the mouth-watering drinks and desserts perfect for the just-arrived Aussie summer/holiday season     

Today’s ☀️ weather calls for a refreshing, all natural drink made from brewed tea with lemongrass. @bayanibrew #tea #proudlypinoyinoz #philippineproducts #filipinofood #pinoyproducts #pinoyfood #gawadkalinga

Posted by DTI Sydney on Saturday, November 21, 2020

Posted @withregram • @entree.pinays Meet the Abraham family. Led by co-founders and parents, Jaypee and Victoria, @...

Posted by DTI Sydney on Saturday, November 21, 2020

Posted @withregram • @chefmikoaspiras Recently had the privilege to create drinks and desserts using Calamansi or the...

Posted by DTI Sydney on Thursday, November 26, 2020

WE'LL DRINK TO THAT, MATES! 

11.30.2020

OUR CULTURAL SECTION IS KILLING IT

The local lockdown restrictions pretty much cleared out the Consulate's calendar of activities with the Fil-Com, but Pinoy promotion at post must go on! Kudos then to ONE MAIN IDEAL and her consular cultural crew for producing a great series of online videos showcasing some of the best Philippine customs, traditions and way of life. They started off during - what else! - the cooking stage of the quarantine (which also happened to be PHL Nutrition Month) and featured a slew of authentic Pinoy favorites

BTW, when I say "authentic", I mean production was sariling sikap, not professional; cooks were consular staff, not real chefs; and social media promotion was kamaganak at kaibigan sa facebook, not bots or influencers. (also, the ratio'ing was real: our comments section was aflame over a supposed "heretic" homemade pinakbet recipe). And I say all this with a nod to CRANIAL AGAIN and the Embassy Mothership who, not long after we made our posts, released a foodie video of their own which was as gorgeous as it was viral.

Ok. Ok. We see you, Canberra. But Sydney still going with the indie film approach. So we went with our own Consular kids for Buwan ng Wika... 

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...while they went with some real talk, er, write.


The Consulate also cleverly did its own rampa of traditional textiles for Indigenous People month... 

...but, of course, respect to the Embassy's early feature of OG  Filipiniana supplier to diplomats and friend-of-the LLDD-Hyphen-L Anya and Anthill.

Mabuhay kayong lahat! Sana tuloy tuloy na 'to hanggang Pasko!


may, ahem, "pakulo" na pala kami =)

11.27.2020

ORANGE IS THE NEW JACARANDA

Quick shout out to the Consulate's current awareness advocacy... 


The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney joins the observance of the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women...

Posted by Philippine Consulate General in Sydney NSW on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Similar to last March's IWD Purple Friday campaign, it features color coordinated outfits and refreshments...

 
but now also comes with Krav Maga...


Orange crush indeed.

11.20.2020

RANDOM JACS

There'll be no artsy-fartsy pictures or portraits of the Jacaranda! from me this season, just straight-up cheesy namamasyal na turista-style selfies -- a poignant acknowledgement that there are in fact few if any namamasyal na turista around this year


And this is just a coincidence, not some timely political statement I swear 


THEN AGAIN THIS ALSO SHOWS UP