On-going Courses


Filipino Overseas Workers in Singapore (FOWS) - Skills Training Program (STP)

The STP courses currently being offered by FOWS at the Bayanihan Centre are:

Basic English $80 Basic Baking $80
Basic Mandarin $80 Advanced Baking $80
Basic Guitar Playing * $120 Nursing Aide ** $150
Voice (Vocal) lesson * $100 Basic Dressmaking $80
Dancing Class $80 Advanced Dressmaking $80
Arts & Craft $80 Cosmetology $80
Aromatherapy $80 Hotel Restaurant Mgmt/ Catering $80
Bookkeeping & Accounting 1 $80 International Cuisine $80
Bookkeeping & Accounting 2 $80 Food Production/Preservation $80
Computer Fundamentals $68 Tailoring $80
Computer Electives $38/module Taekwondo $30/3 months
Computer Technician & Networking $80 Entrepreneur & Wealth Management $80
  • Enrolment will be every Sundays from 14 January – February 2007 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm only.
  • Classes will start on March 2007. All classes are conducted twice a month for eight (8) months – 1st & 3rd Sundays or 2nd & 4th Sundays. All classes are 3 hours long per session except for Nursing Aide (4hrs/session) & guitar, keyboard & vocal (1hr/session).
  • For more information, pls. contact Encar Montales at 62500011 or 64722954 or 92468106.

* Min.12 students per class.
** Students must pass the entrance exam before enrolling in nursing aide.

Please bring along upon enrolment:

  1. 2 pcs of 2×2 photographs
  2. Photocopy of Work Permit & Passport
  3. Full cash payment upon enrolment

Filipino Language and Culture Course

A Filipino Language and Culture Course is being developed for Filipino children in Singapore at the initiative of the Philippine Embassy. For more information please visit the website of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.


Bayanihan@5, We Are Family!

On the 27th August 2006, all roads led to the Grand Plaza Parkroyal Hotel where the Philippine Bayanihan Society Singapore (PBSS) celebrated Bayanihan Centre's 5th Anniversary with a program dubbed “Bayanihan @ 5: We Are Family!”. It was truly an afternoon of celebration full of good food, good friends and fun-filled activities.

Guests were serenaded by the newest member of the Bayanihan family, the Bayanihan Rondalla led by Professor Joe Peters; and later on by the Philippine Embassy Strings, as they enjoyed the sumptuous cuisine prepared by Master Chef Zang of the renowned Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant.

Jennifer Atizado, winner of the FOWS poetry writing competition, tugged the heart-strings of fellow Filipino overseas workers with the interpretation of her winning composition.

There was a Pamilyang Pinoy Carbon Copy Face Off between Nida Chew and her daughter with Michael Stevens and his son. Though both offsprings were carbon copies of their parent, the audience gave a resounding yes to Michael and son as the Pamilyang Pinoy Carbon Copy winner.

Special guests Jay Españo and RJ Rosales in a duet with Carol Banawe (aka Ruby Cana) made us proud that our Kababayans are making their marks in the international music scene. They made us get up on our feet as they sang and we danced to their rendition of “Pinoy Ako”. The dancing continued with Tinig Pinoy fronted by its president Art Castillo in a crowd rousing “Totoy Bibo”.

Smart Pinoy, led by PLDT Sg General Manager Enrique Yu, joined in the celebration by having the Smart Pinoy Barkada entertain us with an energetic dance number and by giving away a brand new Motorola L600 to lucky draw winner Malou Roque. They also brought to us the Smart Pamilyang Pinoy Talent Contest, a dance off between the Casala boys, representing the Filipino families in Singapore and the Pornia sisters, Marivic and Tata, representing the Filipino overseas workers. Joshua, Jonathan and Jeremia, at tender ages of 8, 7 and 4 not only stole the hearts of the ladies in the audience, but took home the top prize of a brand new Motorola L600 and $250 cash courtesy of Smart Pinoy. Marivic and Tata did not go home empty-handed; Smart Pinoy generously gave them a Motorola C168 as a consolation prize.

The afternoon was not just fun and games. Credit and recognition were given to Professor Joe Peters for his invaluable contribution and efforts in the establishment and completion of the first training course in Philippine Rondalla held initially at the SMU, then later on at the Bayanihan Centre. Microsoft, represented by Lori Forman, was also acknowledged and thanked for their generous contribution that went to the electrical upgrading, LAN cabling and internet access of the computer rooms at the Bayanihan Centre.

PBSS acknowledges that we would not have accomplished so much in five short years if not for the overwhelming support from the Filipino Community in Singapore. In the desire to continually serve and give back to the Filipino community, PBSS has partnered with the first batch of Friends of Bayanihan in worthwhile projects in the coming year. The University of the Philippines Alumni Association in Singapore (UPAAS) will do a facelift of the Centre canteen. Together with the Filipino Ladies Group Singapore (FLAG), a breast cancer awareness campaign will be launched. A Leadership Training will be organized with the Filipino Association of Singapore (FAS). A multi-racial harmony function will be planned with the Filipino Expatriate Wives Singapore (FEWS). And a trainors training will be given to Filipino Overseas Workers in Singapore (FOWS) volunteer teachers at the Bayanihan Centre.

The afternoon ended on a high note with a special dance number from the Michael Jackson of Singapore. In attendance of this special occasion were the Guest of Honor Ambassador Belen Anota and Atty. Apolonio Anota, the Philippine Bayanihan Society Board Members led by Honorary President Jennie Chua, Filipino community leaders, the representatives of different Filipino organizations, Filipino families, and Bayanihan Centre friends, volunteers and students. In behalf of the Philippine Bayanihan Society board we would like to thank everybody who made this event truly enjoyable. We hope to see you all in a bigger and grander 6th Anniversary celebration next year!

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