OFW’s cautioned against illegal recruiters in Malta

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned overseas Filipinos workers (OFW’s) seeking employment in Malta against illegal recruiters. Per POEA Advisory No. 53-2018 released on Tuesday, Dec.11, the agency has confirmed illegal recruiters’ schemes to send send OFW’s to Malta, Italy. A report from the Philippine News Agency says these include “unauthorized recruitment, third country, hiring, and excessive placement fees.” “All Filipinos, who are seeking … Continue reading OFW’s cautioned against illegal recruiters in Malta

Pinoy skater makes TIME’s Most Influential Teens list

After winning a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, skateboarder Margielyn Didal is the only Filipina who made it to the TIME‘s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018 list. The news magazine released the list on December 7, Friday on their website and Facebook page. According to TIME, Margielyn’s win at the Asian Games made her “a national hero in the process.” “That medal … Continue reading Pinoy skater makes TIME’s Most Influential Teens list

Malacañang awards oustanding OFW’s, organizations

  President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday honored 25 overseas Filipino workers & organizations with presidential awards. Citing an appreciation for their hardwork, Duterte gave assurance to the OFW’s that their welfare remains the administration’s  “top priorities.” “This nation will always recognize your invaluable contribution to nation-building, and this administration will continue to craft policies and implement programs that will respond to your needs and protect your … Continue reading Malacañang awards oustanding OFW’s, organizations

“Given the political climate, talking deeply about race and identity is important” (USA)

As is true for many immigrants, Paola Mardo saw moving to America as a dream. She had already been all over the globe, to boot;  Mardo was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Manila and Kuala Lumpur before she turned 15. Upon that age, this Filipino-American joined her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Situations were more complicated than she had hoped. … Continue reading “Given the political climate, talking deeply about race and identity is important” (USA)

“Representing our culinary heritage opened global opportunities” (Singapore)

Business, Gene Gutierrez tells me, is done with the heart. “Even before the golden age of Corporate Social Responsibility, my grandfather taught me well that one’s business would not exist without the people who benefit from it,” says Gutierrez. “There must always be a balance between the existence of your business and your presence in the community.” A former overseas Filipino worker, Gutierrez had already … Continue reading “Representing our culinary heritage opened global opportunities” (Singapore)

A foreigner in my own country

     When I was twelve years old, my parents decided to move the whole family from America back to the Philippines.  At twelve, I had to figure out how to live as foreigner in the country I was born in.    I don’t remember having the same existential worries my peers did upon entering my teenage years. I had worries, of course, but they … Continue reading A foreigner in my own country

Listen: This podcaster explores forgotten Filipino-American histories. – Overseas Filipino

“What does it mean to be a Filipino outside the homeland?” This question spurred journalist Paola Mardo to launch Long Distance, an audio documentary series, last October.  Timely, personal, and evocative, this Filipino-American’s podcast delves into seldom told stories about the Pinoy diaspora. Mardo, who was born in Los Angeles, is Long Distance‘s creator, host, writer, and producer. Its latest episode, entitled “#2 Little Manila,” was … Continue reading Listen: This podcaster explores forgotten Filipino-American histories. – Overseas Filipino

Five books for your OFW family

 There’s nothing like the gift of a good book. Few presents are as intimate and heartfelt than a recommended novel or memoir, especially when it comes from those dearest to you. Particularly, when a story is resonant and powerful, it will take no more than a couple hundred pages to change a person’s life.     For overseas Filipinos workers (OFW), what will inevitably resonate … Continue reading Five books for your OFW family

“It is a tremendous balancing act to create a work of art that takes on real events without being exploitative” (USA)

For visual artist Chico Quizon, an unwitting introduction to the arts came in the form of penmanship lessons. This was at the Conception Parish School in Manila, and part of its curriculum was teaching students proper handwriting technique. “I was given a workbook to practice, but I just drew all over it,” recalls Quizon. “I have been drawing ever since.” A Quezon City native, Quizon … Continue reading “It is a tremendous balancing act to create a work of art that takes on real events without being exploitative” (USA)

“Even as a permanent resident, I always go back to my roots, how I was brought up” (Canada)

It was 2010, and Jourdan Rosell was planning out a family vacation. He had just graduated  with a degree in Technical Theatre at the De La Salle College. He simply wanted to bond with one of his three sisters in Singapore. Eventually, when Rosell’s savings began to run out, he threw all caution to the wind. Rosell, now a theater production manager in Canada, figured … Continue reading “Even as a permanent resident, I always go back to my roots, how I was brought up” (Canada)