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One mistake that could result in permanent family separation

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One of the more promising provisions of the proposed immigration reform law in the United States is its attempt to improve family-sponsored petitions by eliminating current visa backlogs. Filipino nationals, who happen to be adult children of US citizens currently wait almost 20 years before they are called for their visa interviews. There are also cases where the children being petitioned patiently wait for their visa’s priority date only to receive a denial from the consular officer.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Body of foreign journalist still in PH after kin waive right to claim

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More than a month after he died, the body of veteran correspondent for Manila-based Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Barry Riddell has yet to be buried.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

‘X-Factor Israel’ winner Fostanes suffered humiliation in her country

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TOAST OF ISRAEL  Rose Fostanes, a Filipino caregiver from Taguig, wins the first season of Israel’s “X-Factor,” with her rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”  X-FACTOR ISRAEL FACEBOOK

“Baboy! Bumaba ka diyan! Magigiba ang stage! (Hey, pig! Get off! The stage might collapse!).” This was the heckling suffered by Rose Fostanes, 47, back when she was joining local singing contests in the Philippines.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

4-year-old daughter left behind in Saudi Arabia

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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.

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

Saving Grace: Canadian rushes to Ormoc to rescue fiancee

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Ormoc City in the aftermath of Super Typhoon “Yolanda”.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Bill Godbout

Days before Supertyphoon Yolanda slammed Eastern Visayas killing thousands, an online romance was blooming between Houssam Hammoudi, a 31-year-old Canadian Muslim based in Montreal, and Mary Grace Acojedo, 22, of Ormoc City in Leyte.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

10 finalists picked in “Letter to My Parents” contest in Hawaii

The 10 finalists will read their letters during FilCom Sunday's "Pasasalamat" at the FilCom Center.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The 10 finalists in the first “Letter to My Parents Contest” sponsored by the Filipino Community Center, Sariling Gawa and Reiyukai America will read their letters during FilCom Sunday’s “Pasasalamat” on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Coming home: Fears, prayers and hope

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THE MAYOR FAMILYThe author, his daughter Maria and wife Marilyn are preparing for their final homecoming.

We are coming home for good after more than a decade of working in Saudi Arabia. Like many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) getting ready for their final homecoming, we have worries and fears. How do we start life anew in a country which has become more of a place to furlough than home? For the past 14 years, my family and I have adopted Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s trading capital, as our second home where we have been living in financial comfort and enjoying living standards we sorely lacked when we were in Manila.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

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Facebook detective

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Mel (not her real name) got wind her overseas husband’s illicit affairs several times in the past because she could access his Facebook account.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

‘Family Day’ to honor Fil-Am Olympic hero

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A free “Family Day” event organized by West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service www.westbaycenter.org will celebrate Filipino American History Month and the unveiling of a plaque in honor of the first Fil-Am woman to win Olympic gold medals.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Americas,Events,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

‘Family Day’ to honor Fil-Am Olympic hero

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A free “Family Day” event organized by West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service www.westbaycenter.org will celebrate Filipino American History Month and the unveiling of a plaque in honor of the first Fil-Am woman to win Olympic gold medals.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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