MANILA - Two radio programs are helping bring the Filipino community closer in New Zealand.
Radio program Generation FM 106.7 MHZ in Oamaru South Island celebrated its first anniversary last April 26. Tinig Pinoy at 999 AM Access Manuwatu in Palmerston North marked its first anniversary last May 3.
“We, at the Philippine Embassy, are pleased and blessed to have you as our vital partners in bringing Filipinos in the North and South Islands and across New Zealand closer to home through news, music, updates, announcements and other information of relevance and interest to its listeners," said Ambassador Virginia Benavidez.
"Generation" is being handled by Elbert Gargar, trustee and host, and DJ Jose Renato "Pepe" Dacudao. On the other hand, 'Tinig Pinoy' is anchored by Mayette Maling-Cope and Rowena De Joux.
A Filipino community gathering was held at the Pembrook School Hall featuring musical entertainment, dance performances, and messages from Ambassador Benavidez and Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher.
"Through the broadcast media you are able to reach out to the Filipino community, New Zealanders and other groups and stakeholders and assist the Philippine Embassy connect with the Filipinos," Benavidez said.
"Generation FM 106.7 MHZ and “Tinig Pinoy” 999 AM Access Manuwatu are continuing excellent platforms for doing these and promoting the culture, heritage, artistry and creativity of the Filipinos and the Philippines as home to world class talent," she added.