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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.
By Susan K
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.
By Emil Guillermo
As an American Filipino, I look at Larry Itliong and see my father, a fellow immigrant who came to America in the 20s.
By Yasmine Hidalgo
Emily Yan is a rising star in the luxury watch and jewelry sector in the Middle East. It takes someone with sophistication and class to be successful in marketing million-dollar watches and jewelry to high rollers in the Middle East. Today, Emily is senior brand manager of Al Manara International Jewellery, handling prestigious brands such as Chopard, Piaget, Officine Panerai and Richard Mille.
Her parents sent her to business school in the United States after she graduated from the International School in Makati in 1986. At 18, a junior at Barat College in Illinois, the family also set her up with her first business—a deli shop in the northern suburb of Chicago.
By Susan K
MM of Pangasinan has been texting Bantay OCW for assistance in contacting her husband in Saudi Arabia. However, her husband has not replied to our calls so it took us sometime to update MM.
By Corito Fiel
Alexandra Madrigal Eduque, 23, is now on her way to Amsterdam as a finalist—the first Filipino woman ever—in this year’s Global Awards for Fundraising. An international awards program endorsed by national associations of fundraisers worldwide and organized by the Resource Alliance based in London, the ceremonies will be held on October 16 at the International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands.
By Susan K
Salvador Wendica cries that he was illegally terminated from his work. He said he had a misunderstanding with a colleague on the ship and before he knew it, he was ordered by the ship captain to pack his bags and return to the Philippines.