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OFWs help bring in investors

JILL VARGAS-FIJO, Jollibee Brunei’s first country manager

Over two decades ago, Filipinos introduced the first hamburger, the first fast food restaurant, the first bowling center and the café concept to Brunei.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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Maltreated by her own aunt in Qatar


Kristina of Aklan cried when she related her unfortunate experience in the Middle East at the hands of her own aunt.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

Reuniting with the deported parent


In 2012, President Obama deferred deportation proceedings and gave temporary employment permits to thousands of undocumented young immigrants under a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. But while these young immigrants were given temporary relief, their parents who brought them to the United States were left without options to legalize their status. So when young undocumented immigrants apply for DACA relief, they will be faced with the possible separation from their parents, who may be deported. If this happens, will there still be an opportunity for the the children and their parents to be reunited? What if a parent is already in the Philippines? What steps may be taken for the parents’ return?

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Don’t forget the soap

THE BOOK will be launched on Dec. 6 at Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. Proceeds of the book launch will go to the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

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.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Migrants need to keep their hearts at home

LIM MOORE  (center) with her mother Lenore and husband Alex.

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.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipino nurses spearhead relief drive in UK

A FILIPINO with a child-volunteer during the relief operation. Photo from PNA-UK Facebook page

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.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A foreign officer’s secret ace

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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.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Amid disaster, overseas Filipinos reassess issues of trust


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.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Blogs,Global Pinoy | Read More »

Overseas marital status: It’s complicated


Bantay OCW once assisted Edith of Caloocan City when her husband encountered employment problems in Saudi Arabia and was repatriated to the Philippines. But after several months home, her husband took off again for overseas work, this time in Brunei.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Uncategorized | Read More »

A Filipino in the fields: Larry Itliong on his 100th birthday


As an American Filipino, I look at Larry Itliong and see my father, a fellow immigrant who came to America in the 20s.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Blogs,Viewpoints | Read More »



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