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7 boo-boos to avoid on the way to the Philippines

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I didn’t plan on getting stranded in the Philippines. It was only supposed to be a three-week trip. Yet the pace of life and how things are done in this tropical paradise required that I stay as long as necessary.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Diplomats Offer Special PH Tour Package


Philippine diplomats and tourism officials are offering a modestly priced tour package that includes an audience with President Benigno “Noynoy” III at the presidential palace.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Foreign arrivals this year top 2010 figures, says immigration bureau


More than 3.5 million foreigners visited or entered the country this year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Wednesday.

Posted: December 29th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

OFWs, balikbayans enjoy more time for Christmas shopping at Duty Free


OFWs and balikbayans returning home for the holidays can now enjoy a more meaningful and convenient Christmas shopping experience as Duty Free Philippines Fiestamall extends its shopping hours to 4 a.m. until December 23.

Posted: December 23rd, 2011 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Immigration braces for holiday influx of balikbayans


MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday ordered its personnel at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and other gateways to brace for a greater influx of overseas Filipino workers and other balikbayans (returning Filipinos) coming home for the holidays and adopt measures for their “hassle-free” entry into the country. In a memorandum order, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo [...]

Posted: November 30th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »


Looking for Lapu-Lapu and the Bisaya in me


I speak, think, write, even dream in Tagalog. It’s my first language. Yes, I also refer to it, as many others do, as Pilipino. I know that rubs many Visayans the wrong way. But perhaps they would be appeased by me saying that I also love Cebuano. It’s the Bisaya in me, maybe. (Not sure [...]

Posted: July 16th, 2011 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


Binagyong Balikbayan: Snapshots from a visit, from our Diaspora


My father greets me as I enter our home in Quezon City: “I’ve reached the end of the line, the point of no return.” It’s his standard greeting. Every time I come home, he casually talks about the end. It’s disconcerting, naturally. The only thing that makes it bearable somewhat is this: He’s been predicting [...]

Posted: July 13th, 2011 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

Gala dinner kicks off ‘balikbayan’ campaign in US

Emma Ruth delivers welcome remarks. IVAN ROQUE

Like an ‘ilustrado’ soiree at the turn of the century, more than 200 community leaders and Philippine government officials resplendent in their ‘barong’ and ‘terno’ gathered at a gala event  in New York promoting the Pinoy Homecoming and Balikbayan Plus campaign of the Department of Tourism (DOT). The dinner, commemorating the declaration of 2011 to 2016 as [...]

Posted: July 5th, 2011 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »



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