London, August 22, 2016 - The newly established group London Filipino Center (LFC) was launched in a ceremony held at the New Malden United Reform Church in Kingston, London last August 20.
Front row (left to right): Rick Patriarca, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston Councillor Geoff Austin, Mayoress Mrs Shiela Austin, Consul Rommel Romato, Fr. Julius Otoaye Parish Priest of St. Pius X Church and Councillor Danny Favor of East Grinstead. Back row: Lorin Castroverde, Marivic Castroverde, Agnes Rivera, Katie Rinea Antonio, Annie Patriarca, Elizabeth Villaflor, Fr. John Paul, Adelina Duenas, Gerard Panga, Araial Ilustre, Junart Kim Nieva and Elija Paul Villanueva (Photo courtesy of LFC).
LFC will be offering Filipino language classes beginning September 3, 2016 in two locations, central London and Kingston upon Thames. The language program will initially accept children for its first school year. Its current school year has five terms that run from September 3, 2016 to July 22, 2017.
The initiative to set up the Filipino language classes is a result of years of planning and organizing by the group under the leadership of its founder Mr. Rick Patriarca.
Consul Rommel Romato of the Philippine Embassy represented Ambassador Evan Garcia at the inauguration ceremony. The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Councillor Geoff Austin and his wife Mayoress Shiela Austin also graced the occasion.
LFC is supported by two language and education consultants, namely: Ms. Imelda Ferrer of DepEd Makati and Dr. Nenita Pambid Domingo of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
The group aims to develop young Filipinos in the United Kingdom with the ability to speak, read and write Filipino fluently. It also aspires to educate communities about the Filipino culture through art, music, dance, history, sport and recreation.