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Filipino teachers are in Laos, too

DONNA (right) with the author at Hanuvong Park  fronting the Mekong River which divides Thailand and Laos

Three years ago, this capital city looked like a small municipality in the Philippines with few vehicles and buildings. A different Vientiane welcomed me this time: the main road was now similar to Ayala Avenue in Makati City; new vehicles were on the road; buildings indicated Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese investments. Behind those developments, particularly in the education sector, Filipinos can also take their place.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Alerts raised in Kenya, Gaza

Israeli infantry soldiers get ready to walk to their armored personnel carriers to take up new positions on the Israel-Gaza border, Saturday, July 12, 2014. AP

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday announced it had suspended the deployment of newly hired overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kenya where crisis alert level 2 had been declared due to the “deteriorating security situation.”

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

No ban on UAE deployment of domestic workers with verified contracts

Hans Leo Cacdac

There is no ban on the deployment of household service workers to the United Arab Emirates despite the UAE government’s adoption of a new policy that bars foreign embassies from verifying the work contracts of their nationals.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

‘I don’t feel like an OFW, just a girl with a camera’ shooting HK’s street life

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BACANI A man prepares to open his stall for the night market on Temple Street in Mongkok District in Hong Kong. Her stunning B&W photos have brought acclaim to the Filipino domestic worker.   XYZA CRUZ BACANI

On weekdays, domestic worker Xyza Cruz Bacani uses a sturdy, white mop to clean her elderly employer’s flat, if she’s not taking care of the latter’s seven grandchildren who visit every day.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A story of survival and surprise blessings


A cheerful Beatriz showed up for the Bantay OCW program at the Inquirer Radio studio early this month, seven years since she escaped harrowing abuse in a household in Saudi Arabia.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Featured Columns,Global Pinoy,Headlines | Read More »