Mateship and Bayanihan: 75 years of Australia and Philippines diplomatic relations

Australia is celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations with the Philippines in 2021, and education remains a mutual priority between the two countries. Through the years, Australia Awards has contributed to the strong people-to-people and education links between Australia and the Philippines.

Filipino alumni of Australian universities and registered training organisations are leaders and influencers in key fields and industries. They play a key role in supporting the strong and dynamic Philippines-Australia relations.

Read 75 stories of mateship and bayanihan including inspiring stories of Australia Global Alumni:

Experience the possibilities with an Australia Awards Scholarship

Experience the possibilities with an Australia Awards Scholarship

Australia Awards is the prestigious scholarship offered by the Australian Government to Filipinos who have the potential to contribute to the country’s development and become leaders in their chosen field.

Are you an applicant, awardee, partner organisation or mentor? Check out the link below for useful information on the Australia Awards Scholarships.

Applications for the 2022 intake of Australia Awards Scholarships is now closed. Applicants who successfully finalised their forms will be contacted through email regarding their submission.

Experience the possibilities with an Australia Awards Scholarship

Experience the possibilities with an Australia Awards Scholarship

Australia Awards is the prestigious scholarship offered by the Australian Government to Filipinos who have the potential to contribute to the country’s development and become leaders in their chosen field.

Are you an applicant, awardee, partner organisation or mentor? Check out the link below for useful information on the Australia Awards Scholarships.

Applications for the 2022 intake of Australia Awards Scholarships is now closed. Applicants who successfully finalised their forms will be contacted through email regarding their submission.

Be a part of the Australia Global Alumni community in the Philippines

Be a part of the Australia Global Alumni community in the Philippines

Are you a graduate of an Australian university? Did you complete a training or a short course conducted by an Australian registered training organisation? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay connected with your fellow alumni and build and mobilise your professional networks. Visit our alumni page to know more about Australia Global Alumni’s activities in the Philippines.

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Be a part of the Australia Global Alumni community in the Philippines

Be a part of the Australia Global Alumni community in the Philippines

Are you a graduate of an Australian university? Did you complete a training or a short course conducted by an Australian registered training organisation? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay connected with your fellow alumni and build and mobilise your professional networks. Visit our alumni page to know more about Australia Global Alumni’s activities in the Philippines.

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News and Updates

Australian Embassy Welcomes Balikbayan Scholars

Australian Embassy Welcomes Balikbayan Scholars

Ambassador Steven J. Robinson AO, together with Embassy officials, recently welcomed the returning scholars to the Australia Global Alumni community in the Philippines. The scholars shared their amazing experiences in Australia, their life during the pandemic, and their plans to help create a positive impact in their communities and organisations using their Australian education and experience.

Australian Embassy Welcomes Balikbayan Scholars

Australian Embassy Welcomes Balikbayan Scholars

Ambassador Steven J. Robinson AO, together with Embassy officials, recently welcomed the returning scholars to the Australia Global Alumni community in the Philippines. The scholars shared their amazing experiences in Australia, their life during the pandemic, and their plans to help create a positive impact in their communities and organisations using their Australian education and experience.

Returning Filipino scholars set to make a difference in the Philippines

Returning Filipino scholars set to make a difference in the Philippines

Fresh from finishing their postgraduate studies in Australia’s top universities, the latest batch of Filipino scholars recently discussed opportunities to give back to the Philippines and make a difference in their organisations and communities. The Re-integration and Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP) Finalisation Workshop provided a platform for the returning scholars to discuss and finalise their REAPs and discuss reintegration concerns in the Philippines.

Returning Filipino scholars set to make a difference in the Philippines

Returning Filipino scholars set to make a difference in the Philippines

Fresh from finishing their postgraduate studies in Australia’s top universities, the latest batch of Filipino scholars recently discussed opportunities to give back to the Philippines and make a difference in their organisations and communities. The Re-integration and Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP) Finalisation Workshop provided a platform for the returning scholars to discuss and finalise their REAPs and discuss reintegration concerns in the Philippines.

Australia Alumni community in Indo-Pacific Region gathers at a virtual conference to discuss inclusive recovery from COVID-19

Australia Alumni community in Indo-Pacific Region gathers at a virtual conference to discuss inclusive recovery from COVID-19

Over 400 alumni from 18 countries across the Indo-Pacific Region recently gathered virtually at the 2021 Regional Gender Equality Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Leadership Summit. The Summit provided an opportunity for 3 half-days of networking, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration among the alumni, particularly in addressing key GEDSI issues that were highlighted by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the theme Breaking Barriers: Working Together Towards Inclusive Recovery, the Summit focused on a socially inclusive recovery from COVID-19.

Australia Alumni community in Indo-Pacific Region gathers at a virtual conference to discuss inclusive recovery from COVID-19

Australia Alumni community in Indo-Pacific Region gathers at a virtual conference to discuss inclusive recovery from COVID-19

Over 400 alumni from 18 countries across the Indo-Pacific Region recently gathered virtually at the 2021 Regional Gender Equality Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Leadership Summit. The Summit provided an opportunity for 3 half-days of networking, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration among the alumni, particularly in addressing key GEDSI issues that were highlighted by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the theme Breaking Barriers: Working Together Towards Inclusive Recovery, the Summit focused on a socially inclusive recovery from COVID-19.

Australia Awards short courses culminate with virtual conference on data driven leadership

Australia Awards short courses culminate with virtual conference on data driven leadership

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven J. Robinson AO and Secretary Karl Chua of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently led the virtual conference on Data Driven Leadership in the Digital Era. The virtual event marked the conclusion of the Australia Awards Short Courses on Business Intelligence and Data Analysis (batch 3) and Policy Research and Development (batch 2). Carnegie Mellon University in Australia (CMU-Australia) delivered both courses online to over 60 officials from 15 partner government agencies in the Philippines.

Australia Awards short courses culminate with virtual conference on data driven leadership

Australia Awards short courses culminate with virtual conference on data driven leadership

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven J. Robinson AO and Secretary Karl Chua of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently led the virtual conference on Data Driven Leadership in the Digital Era. The virtual event marked the conclusion of the Australia Awards Short Courses on Business Intelligence and Data Analysis (batch 3) and Policy Research and Development (batch 2). Carnegie Mellon University in Australia (CMU-Australia) delivered both courses online to over 60 officials from 15 partner government agencies in the Philippines.


Make a difference with Australia Awards

Meet Carlo Fernando

Australia promises and it really provides access to good quality mentors. Apart from the academic side, what I really like about Australia is the pastoral care that they provide to the scholars.

Orphaned at a young age, Carlo Fernando worked hard for his education and now stands proud as an educator. He applied for an Australia Awards Scholarship because of its vision to cultivate emerging and established leaders. The mentorship he received as an Australia Awards scholar in Sydney empowered him to make a difference in the lives of his students, community, and the nation.

Carlo completed his Master of Learning Sciences from University of Sydney.

Watch his story.

Meet Carlo Fernando

Australia promises and it really provides access to good quality mentors. Apart from the academic side, what I really like about Australia is the pastoral care that they provide to the scholars.

Orphaned at a young age, Carlo Fernando worked hard for his education and now stands proud as an educator. He applied for an Australia Awards Scholarship because of its vision to cultivate emerging and established leaders. The mentorship he received as an Australia Awards scholar in Sydney empowered him to make a difference in the lives of his students, community, and the nation.

Carlo completed his Master of Learning Sciences from University of Sydney.

Watch his story.


Spotlight on the re-entry action plan (REAP)

Meet Leo Jamorin

Leo Jamorin believes that achieving success requires hard work, perseverance, and commitment. This personal belief led Leo to start an Australia Awards journey and allowed him to achieve even greater things when he came back to the Philippines.

Upon completing his Master of Human Resource Management at Griffith University, Leo implemented his re-entry action plan (REAP), which established a cloud-based monitoring and reporting system for tracking the accomplishments of CSC Regional Office VI, serving as a benchmark for other field offices.

Leo is currently Director II at the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Aklan Field Office.

Leo Jamorin

Meet Leo Jamorin

Leo Jamorin Leo Jamorin

Leo Jamorin believes that achieving success requires hard work, perseverance, and commitment. This personal belief led Leo to start an Australia Awards journey and allowed him to achieve even greater things when he came back to the Philippines.

Upon completing his Master of Human Resource Management at Griffith University, Leo implemented his re-entry action plan (REAP), which established a cloud-based monitoring and reporting system for tracking the accomplishments of CSC Regional Office VI, serving as a benchmark for other field offices.

Leo is currently Director II at the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Aklan Field Office.


Story Bites

Awardees

Alumni

My Australia Awards Story: Returning awardee shares life as a Filipino scholar during the pandemic

My Australia Awards Story: Returning awardee shares life as a Filipino scholar during the pandemic

Story Bites Awardees

During the welcome reception for returning Filipino scholars, Australia Awards scholar Carmela Arcena delivered a response in behalf of her batch where she shared snippets of their life during the pandemic.

“Australia Awards has not only provided us with the opportunity for further studies in some of the best universities, but has given us irreplaceable memories and unimaginable growth, both academically and personally.

Despite being in an unfamiliar environment thrust into the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the support from the Australian government and our chosen schools have given us the security and assurance we needed to overcome hurdles, continue with our schooling, even finishing our degrees with high honours.”

Carmela Arcena completed Master of Education in Expert Teaching Practice at Monash University in 2021.

My Australia Awards Story: Returning awardee shares life as a Filipino scholar during the pandemic

My Australia Awards Story: Returning awardee shares life as a Filipino scholar during the pandemic

Story Bites Awardees

During the welcome reception for returning Filipino scholars, Australia Awards scholar Carmela Arcena delivered a response in behalf of her batch where she shared snippets of their life during the pandemic.

“Australia Awards has not only provided us with the opportunity for further studies in some of the best universities, but has given us irreplaceable memories and unimaginable growth, both academically and personally.

Despite being in an unfamiliar environment thrust into the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the support from the Australian government and our chosen schools have given us the security and assurance we needed to overcome hurdles, continue with our schooling, even finishing our degrees with high honours.”

Carmela Arcena completed Master of Education in Expert Teaching Practice at Monash University in 2021.

Australia Awards Alumna Sabrina Ongkiko named as one of Metrobank Foundation’s 2021 Ten Outstanding Filipinos

Australia Awards Alumna Sabrina Ongkiko named as one of Metrobank Foundation’s 2021 Ten Outstanding Filipinos

Story Bites Alumni

Sabrina Ongkiko, better known as Teacher Sabs, is a public school teacher at Culiat Elementary School where she led the school’s learning continuity program during the pandemic by piloting Facebook messenger classes and strengthening learner mapping and community support, among others. She was recognised by the Metrobank Foundation for her initiatives and learning continuity plan in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) during the ongoing pandemic.

In 2013, Sabrina completed her Master of Education at the University of Melbourne.

“Studying in Australia gave me the opportunity to step back from the context that I was immersed in and reflect on it further through researching, reading journals and attending lectures by Australian experts whose works I had been reading previously.”

Australia Awards Alumna Sabrina Ongkiko named as one of Metrobank Foundation’s 2021 Ten Outstanding Filipinos

Australia Awards Alumna Sabrina Ongkiko named as one of Metrobank Foundation’s 2021 Ten Outstanding Filipinos

Story Bites Alumni

Sabrina Ongkiko, better known as Teacher Sabs, is a public school teacher at Culiat Elementary School where she led the school’s learning continuity program during the pandemic by piloting Facebook messenger classes and strengthening learner mapping and community support, among others. She was recognised by the Metrobank Foundation for her initiatives and learning continuity plan in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) during the ongoing pandemic.

In 2013, Sabrina completed her Master of Education at the University of Melbourne.

“Studying in Australia gave me the opportunity to step back from the context that I was immersed in and reflect on it further through researching, reading journals and attending lectures by Australian experts whose works I had been reading previously.”