Chared Verschuur-Ballo

journalist and communications specialist

Multimedia, multiplatform journalist, writer and communications professional. My passion lies in telling stories, working with words and finding the best platform to communicate information.

I write about European knowledge and technology transfer, science and technology, the Filipino community in the Netherlands, expat life, experiences while traveling, success stories, multimedia journalism and development communication.

Along with collecting and sharing information, I am also particularly interested in beautiful typography, digital tools and technology, photography, historical mysteries, cultural diversity and languages. I love to travel and to see more of the world has been a fixation since I stepped into the vast jungle called journalism.

During my free time, I bead, bake, create wordpress websites or look for a new hobby to obsess myself with. What do you do on your free time?



Online News

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Joma on Belmonte meet-up: 'More than just a social call'

UTRECHT, The Netherlands - Revolutionary leader Jose Maria Sison met with House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte at a Japanese restaurant in Amsterdam last July 9, and it was more...

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Pinay finalist in The Voice Kids credits karaoke for singing chops

ZAANDAM, The Netherlands - "There's always noise in this house," says Catherine Malabanan while preparing the music sheets for her children and husband to follow during a family...

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12-year-old Pinay finalist for The Voice Kids wants to be a singing doctor

HILVERSUM, The Netherlands - Katrina Manaog has been singing since she was four years old. Eight years after, she's become a finalist of the third edition of The Voice Kids in...

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Joma at 75: No retirement after 55 years in service

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - It was a lot like a normal Filipino birthday party. There was cake, enough food to share, the ever-popular birthday noodles, and singing of the...

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Pinoy chef's answer to Holland's bitter cold: batchoy and ensaymada

In the Netherlands, Filipino cruise ship chef Khokoy Cabales wishes to serve the batchoy as answer to the chilly climate. The batchoy-a noodle soup made with pork meat and...

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More than P1B raised in The Netherlands for Yolanda victims

ZOETERMEER, The Netherlands - They say that there are three events that connect the Dutch: football competitions, Queen's Day (soon to be King's day) and Sinterklaas. There's a...

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Mass-food fair held in Amsterdam for Yolanda victims

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - Filipinos and Dutch alike joined together in Amsterdam on Sunday to pray for the souls of the thousands of victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Central...

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Fil-Dutch siblings sell cupcakes to help Yolanda victims

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands - At less than 10 years old, half-Filipino and half-Dutch siblings Kai and Danique De Wit already know what the victims of the most destructive...

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Pinoy peace prize awardee Kesz Valdez dedicates award to guardian

Kesz Valdez, the 13-year-old Filipino awardee of the International Children's Peace Prize, dedicated his award to his guardian Harnin Manalaysay, who cared for him after running...

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Desmond Tutu praises 13-year-old Pinoy peace awardee for giving voice to street children

The Hague - No other than Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu handed the International Children's Peace Prize award to 13-year-old Filipino Kesz Valdez on Wednesday in...

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Pinoy teen in Holland walks 160 kms to help orphans in PHL

Kyle Baleva, a 15-year-old Filipino, joined "Walk of the World" in The Netherlands from July 17 to 20, covering 160 kilometers in four days, to help orphaned Filipino children...

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Pinoys gather in The Netherlands to mourn slain activist Willem Geertman

Filipinos and Dutch people in The Netherlands gathered recently at the Old Catholic Church on Ruysdaelstraat in Amsterdam to remember 67-year-old Dutch national Willem Geertman,...

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Pinoys in The Netherlands seek justice for Dutch activist killed in PHL

Filipino and Dutch development workers marched to the Philippine Embassy in the Hague, the Netherlands in protest of the murder of 67-year-old Dutch national Willem Geertman and...

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Fil-Dutch 'Michael Jackson' to send Pinoy street children to school

Eleven-year-old Filipino-Dutch Kim Regasa-De Blank, dubbed Holland's "Little Michael Jackson," a finalist in "Holland's Got Talent," dreams of sending to school the street...

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Pinays in The Netherlands celebrate Intl Women's Day

Filipino women gathered in Utrecht, The Netherlands on March 17 for the "Pilipina sa Holland: Ipagdiwang Natin ang Ating Kalakasan," an event celebrating International Women's...

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'Exotic Love' reality show in The Netherlands angers Pinays

A heated online argument was sparked by a reality television show in The Netherlands - "ExotischeLiefde" ("Exotic Love") - which features the relationships of Dutch men and...


Home in a paper bill

This week is the "week of the dialogue" in the Netherlands which is usually celebrated the whole month long with people from different cultures sitting around a table together...

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