Juan EU Konek: Inspiring Stories of Pinoys in Europe

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Juan EU Konek: Inspiring Stories of Pinoys in Europe

Juan EU Konek: Inspiring Stories of Pinoys in Europe

The Filipino Channel explores the rich and varied stories of Pinoy expatriates in Europe in a new, monthly magazine program, Juan EU Konek.

Airing every first Sunday of the month on ABS CBNs global channel, Juan EU Konek brings to life the passions, adventures and success stories of the Filipino in Europe, in a 45-minute program hosted by ABS-CBN Europes news team of seasoned journalists, Danny Buenafe, Rose Eclarinal and Gene Alcantara.

TFC Europes first foray into long-form, magazine reporting, Juan EU Konek delves deeper into the lives of Europe-based Filipinos, tackling both their political and social concerns, including immigration matters, as well as their lighter moments.

ABS CBN Europe and Middle East news bureau chief Danny Buenafe investigates the big issues that affect the European Pinoy, such as the plight of migrant domestic workers in the UK and the impact of Spains economic crisis on Filipino families there.

Senior correspondent Rose Eclarinal, who also produces the show, shines a light on the lifestyles and success stories of the Filipino in Europe, animating their triumphs and struggles to make it on the continent. Whether following the new Filipino leads of the West End revival of the hit musical Miss Saigon, or probing the psyche of Pinoy transsexuals in the UK, Eclarinal offers revealing portraits of Filipino life in Europe.

Legal consultant and long-time community leader Gene Alcantara, meanwhile, hosts Immigration 101, a segment dedicated to immigration concerns for Europe-based Filipinos. The first of its kind for TFC Europe, Immigration 101 keeps viewers abreast of the latest developments in immigration law in Europe, covering the range of issues from travel restrictions and work permits to changes in European laws.
Says Alcantara of Immigraation 101: It is important for Filipinos to know their immigration rights: what is possible and what is not, especially for those who are already citizens of Europe. Particularly with the growing popularity of right-wing views and anti-immigrant sentiments in the UK, France, Greece and elsewhere, it is vital that Filipinos in Europe stand firm especially when we know we are in the right. And I think showing case studies on TFC will allow them to see and understand how it all works. Hopefully we will see a more knowledgeable and empowered community able to exercise their lives in Europe to its fullest,

Juan EU Konek was first conceptualized by Rose Eclarinal as one-off specials for the 20th anniversary of TFC. Having cut her teeth with news and current affairs at ABS CBN in Manila, Eclarinal wanted to showcase in detail the lives of Filipinos in Europe, in a longer format that would bring out to the fullest their stories, their aspirations and concerns.

Now as Juan EU Koneks executive producer, Eclarinal is excited about the prospects of the show. I am so grateful for this opportunity. Now our team can do more in-depth stories and presentation on the issues concerning the Filipino diasporas in the region, as well as features on the inspiring stories of our kababayans who are making us proud by excelling in various fields. I look forward to tell inspiring stories that showcase the core values of Filipino migrants.

Adds Buenafe: As a news format, Juan EU Konek goes beyond the mere news item. Its a medium where we can further tell the story of overseas Filipinos at length, their triumphs and failures, how they cope with foreign cultures and fight depression with their families back home.

Juan EU Konek airs again on TFC on July 6 at 10:35 p.m. (Italy, EU) and 11:35 p.m. (Saudi Arabia, ME), with replays on Thursdays at 9:05 a.m. (Italy, EU) and 8:45 a.m. (Saudi Arabia, ME).
The next episode features the religiosity of overseas Filipinos, the first Filipino businesses in the UK and segment on unauthorized migration.

Past episodes are now available on TFC.TV http://tfc.tv/Show/Details/2599/juan-eu-konek


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