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By Lourdes Santos Tancinco
On the Friday before Thanksgiving week, I received a call from a woman community leader in San Francisco asking me if I was interested in being in a panel to discuss various immigration issues of the Filipino-American community. I readily said “absolutely!” When I was told it was to be on Nov. 25, the day of American president Barack Obama’s San Francisco visit, I became doubly excited.
Emir-Deogene Mendoza, a student at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, said he wanted to give his overseas working parents “something that would recognize their hard work and sacrifice.”
By Susan K
Eden Laylo of Batangas came to Inquirer Radio 990 AM to seek the help of Bantay OCW Foundation concerning the problem of her sister Marife.
By Marie Claire Lim Moore
Shortly after I started working for Citi, I began traveling frequently. This meant early mornings, long flights, time differences and jet lag, but it also meant fancy corporate dinners, 5-star hotels, airport lounges and business class. I knew I was starting to get used to all the perks when I stopped taking the extra soap and shampoo bottles from my hotel room. It had become second nature for me to do a morning sweep of the bathroom toiletries before leaving each day to ensure my supply was replenished when the room was made. By the time check out day came, I was about ready to start my own mini mart. When I got home I’d put them aside in a shopping bag and before I knew it they’d be packed away in a balikbayan box that our family would send back to the Philippines.
By Carissa Villacorta
Marie Claire Lim Moore, a Filipino-Canadian-American mother and bank executive, is back in Manila, and she has definitely not forgotten the soap, so to speak—this time beautifully wrapped in a 220-page book full of remembrances, photographs and useful tips.
In response to the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in central Philippines, Filipinos in the United Kingdom, together with their British friends, collected relief goods and packed them into two 40-cubic-feet containers bound for calamity zones in the Visayas. The relief drive was spearheaded by UK Charity and the Philippine Nurses Association-United Kingdom (PNA-UK). The shipping charge was free, a donation from Tagalog Balikbayan Services.
By Eunice Barbara C. Novio
Like the children of an increasing number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Anna Marie Cano Santos was born and raised abroad. Her father was a Philippine embassy employee and her mother a kindergarten teacher in Bangkok.
By Cristina DC Pastor
If there is one thing Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) has taught Filipino Americans, it is relearning the meaning and essence of trust. Trusting where to send help and who to send it to.
In a display of unity in Bahrain, local Shiite Muslims joined the Filipino workers’ community in a candlelight vigil on Tuesday for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” A 48-year-old domestic worker, Maria Lisa Bartolome, one of about 50,000 Filipino workers in the Gulf state, says she joined another vigil at the main Catholic church in the capital Manama. Bartolome’s family lives in Manila and rode out the typhoon, but she has not heard from relatives in Cebu.
By Lourdes Santos Tancinco
With the recent devastation caused by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” significant numbers of Filipino families have suffered losses and have been forcibly separated. There is no greater tragedy than to see the demise of a family member. For those who survived, it is heart-wrenching to see them ill, hungry or suffering injuries.
By Susan K
Jennifer was deployed to Dubai as household service worker last August 31, 2011. She was a fully documented overseas worker. However, after only 28 days of staying there, she returned to her principal agency in Dubai complaining of maltreatment by her employer.
By Margie T. Logarta
Farah Bagunu, who has worked as a domestic worker or kasambahay in this iconic city for 19 years, usually attends the Sunday morning Mass at St. Teresa’s Church in bustling Kowloon. But last weekend, she doubled her graces, queuing up for the 4 p.m. Tagalog Mass at the popular St. Joseph’s Church, along Garden Road on the Hong Kong Island side.