In like a lion, out like a lamb. That’s how an old English proverb describes March.

IN like a lion, out like a lamb. That’s how an old English proverb describes March. It’s perhaps because the weather is usually still cold at the start of the month, and is milder at the end of it. But this saying is not a temperature predictor, as March is such a changeable month with calm, sunny weather one day and snowstorms the next, from beginning to end.
It’s still winter when March starts, and by the time of the spring equinox (equal length of day and night, 20th March this year) we’re into the season of blooming flora that lifts our spirits, and makes us feel a song in our hearts again. (As Gladys Knight and the Pips would croon about).
So, what have we got for you in this issue?

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March and Mothers’ Day on 19th March, we have tribute features on the women in our lives, particularly that special person we call mama, mum or nanay, who has brought each of us into the world.

March is the month when Ferdinand Magellan found the Philippines. We take a glimpse into the events that led to his discovery of our beloved home country.

Speaking of our country, we thought it would be a good time to remind ourselves of the basic facts about Las Islas Filipinas and share them with our UK-born children so they can appreciate their Filipino heritage.
A cultural tradition our kids may find interesting are the childhood games we played indoors and outdoors back home. Find the article in our Filipiniana corner.

Our London embassy has recently announced the “Bagong Bayani” Awards for 2023. It is a worldwide search for outstanding and exemplary overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Check it out if you know any kababayan who deserves to be nominated. Or, it could be you!

Lastly, have a look at our Creatives’ Corner and be amazed at the Pinoys in British films and on stage who, with their world-class talents, put our home country on the map.

So, turn the next page and get started on a most informative and entertaining read.

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