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Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Held hostage by her employer

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Nora Ursabia of Davao City sent an SMS (text message) to Bantay OCW. Ursabia, who said she read Inquirer every day in the Department of Education office in Davao City where she worked, has a sister in Dubai whose contract ended in March.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

IMFO

Illegal minors: Some came ‘accompanied by a stranger’

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“I was introduced to a man I’d never seen. He held my hand, as I boarded an airplane for the first time.” This is how Jose Antonio Vargas (Jose), a Pulitzer prize-winning Filipino journalist, described his departure for the United States. It was 1993 and he was 12 years old at the time.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

Bantay OCW

Abused, starved and locked out of the house

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Despite the difficult situation of Anna Liza in Saudi Arabia, she still managed to post a message on the Bantay OCW Facebook page. An avid listener and televiewer of the Bantay OCW program, Anna Liza knew this was one site she could go to for help.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

Kuwento

Xyza Bacani’s HK journey passed through SF

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Xyza Bacani CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Documentary photographer Rick Rocamora does not even know how to pronounce her name. In fact, he and Xyza Bacani have yet to meet face-to-face, even though they’ve become key players in an inspiring story about Filipino photography that’s been drawing attention worldwide.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Et tu, Ateneo?

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Former first lady Imelda Marcos  FILE PHOTO

There she was, an imeldific Imelda beaming amidst smiling students, an honored guest recently of the Ateneo Scholarship Foundation, an appearance that generated outrage from several quarters, including many alumni. As a consequence, the university president, Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, apologized, saying that he was sorry “for the pain that this event may have caused” and that the Ateneo would “never forget the Martial Law years of oppression and injustice presided over by Ferdinand Marcos.”

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

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