FILIPINOS AND THEIR PRESENCE OVERSEAS

Despite the negative developments overseas, some Filipinos still want to achieve that dream to live in the land of milk and honey. Filipinos need not worry about not finding a “kababayan” (countryman) abroad because there is a big chance they will. Based on the Commission on Filipinos Overseas’ (CFO) 2012 Compendium of Statistics on International Migration, there are about 10.46 million Filipinos outside of the Philippines as of December 2011. “Filipinos overseas” is defined under Batas Pambansa 79, which created the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), as Filipino immigrants and their descendants. Relatively, the Omnibus Rules and Regulations implementing the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, as amended by Republic Act No. 10022, refers to “overseas Filipinos” as the migrant workers. Bulk or 47 percent of the Filipinos who are outside of the country as of 2011 are accounted for by permanent migrants numbering to about 4.86 million followed by the workers at 4.51 million, 43 percent. And while it is unfortunate that some Filipinos travel outside of the country without proper documentation this is a reality. According to the Compendium, 10 percent of Filipinos outside of the Philippines as of 2010 are accounted for by irregular migrants numbering to 1.07 million.READ MORE..

ALSO: Pinoys join celebration of 2 popes’ sainthood

PHOTO-A stone carving of the late Pope John Paul II in Barangay Caingin, Maragondon, Cavite gets a facelift ahead of his canonization in Rome today. Filipinos join the Catholic world in celebrating the sainthood of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII today, Malacañang said yesterday. “We join the Catholic world and all people of goodwill as Pope Francis proclaims the sainthood of Pope John XXIII, who opened the windows of the Church to the modern world, and John Paul II, who proclaimed the Gospel so fearlessly to tyrants and embraced the world,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over radio station dzRB. She said the Palace pays tribute to Pope John XXIII for creating the first Filipino cardinal – Rufino Santos – while Pope John Paul II was close to the hearts of Filipinos for his visits and attention to the Philippines as a Catholic nation. She said Pope John Paul II’s 1981 visit “precipitated the official end of Martial Law” and his World Youth Day visit in 1995 was “unforgettable in a world of anxiety where pastoral example gives comfort to the faithful and inspires dignified discourse among all peoples.” 2 and 1/2 hours -Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines secretary-general Fr. Marvin Mejia said the canonization rites and mass in honor of the two popes could last for about two-and-a-half hours, like that of St. Pedro Calungsod. READ MORE...

ALSO: 2 Pinoy survivors of Korean ferry tragedy returning home

APRIL 26--Two Filipino workers who survived the ferry accident in Korea are safe and coming home soon, the Department of Labor and Employment reported yesterday. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said overseas performing artists Emmanuel Manio and Frances Cabras have expressed desire to go home as soon as the investigation on the ferry accident is completed.At this time, the two Filipinos are under the care of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Korea. The two Filipinos came to POLO last April 18 and recounted the events surrounding the accident and their rescue by the Korean Coast Guard. The sea mishap has so far claimed the lives of over 150 passengers. In their signed statements, Manio and Cabras recalled the ship started its voyage at 9 p.m. from Incheon to Jeju Island on April 15. READ MORE...

ALSO: Cebu City reinvented and revisited

Photo-Mactan Bridge- There used to be pockets of development in Cebu City. First, the Ayala Center was erected right where the Cebu Country Club and Magellan Hotel used to be. Then the IT Center and the numerous eating places around it that brought people, especially the young ones, for dining and evening entertainment. And now, it seems like both cities are being reinvented here, there and everywhere all at the same time and not just in one place at a time. I could barely recognize these places and I would not know now how to go around them. Somehow, though, they have lost their rustic charm which used to be the magnet that made me go back again and again to escape the hustle and bustle of Manila. READ MORE...

ALSO: The First Skate Fest for all the skaters in Lapu-Lapu City Cebu

Grupo Nopo in cooperation with the Lapu-Lapu City Government, organized the very first Skate Fest for all the skaters at the Lapu-Lapu City Hoops Dome. People gathered early in the morning for the Longboard Push Race — created teams and had a little warm up. GN gave the mechanics of the push race and it all became super exciting!! Two of the team members were blind folded and attached the board parts properly before the team could skate!! People were yelling and got more excited for them. Lots of locals participated and watched the teams finished 30 laps (1km per turn) – other team members rested, others surrendered and others got through the finish line. There was only one common attitude between all of the teams, Team Work. VIEW PHOTOS...


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Filipinos and their presence overseas

MANILA, APRIL 28, 2014 (MANILA TIMES)- Despite the negative developments overseas, some Filipinos still want to achieve that dream to live in the land of milk and honey.

Filipinos need not worry about not finding a “kababayan” (countryman) abroad because there is a big chance they will.

Based on the Commission on Filipinos Overseas’ (CFO) 2012 Compendium of Statistics on International Migration, there are about 10.46 million Filipinos outside of the Philippines as of December 2011.

“Filipinos overseas” is defined under Batas Pambansa 79, which created the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), as Filipino immigrants and their descendants.

Relatively, the Omnibus Rules and Regulations implementing the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, as amended by Republic Act No. 10022, refers to “overseas Filipinos” as the migrant workers.

Bulk or 47 percent of the Filipinos who are outside of the country as of 2011 are accounted for by permanent migrants numbering to about 4.86 million followed by the workers at 4.51 million, 43 percent.

And while it is unfortunate that some Filipinos travel outside of the country without proper documentation this is a reality.

According to the Compendium, 10 percent of Filipinos outside of the Philippines as of 2010 are accounted for by irregular migrants numbering to 1.07 million.

As expected US remains the top destination of Filipinos who want either to work or immigrate.

The Compendium said some 3.43 million or 32 percent of those living and working abroad are based in the US.

Of the total, 3.06 million of Filipinos in the US are permanent migrants, 112,997 are temporary migrants and 260,335 are irregular migrants or undocumented persons.

This is given due in part to Filipinos’ exposure to the American culture, thus, the want to be part of it.

The second top destination is Saudi Arabia followed by Canada, UAE, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, UK, Italy and Singapore.

The CFO report noted that more than 80 percent of Filipinos currently based in the US, Canada, Australia, Germany and Austria are permanent residents.

The number of those who have immigrated has surpassed the number of those going abroad just to work, it said.

While Saudi Arabia is the top 2 destination of Filipinos going abroad, it is the first in the list in terms of destination of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

The Compendium said some 1.55 million Filipinos are based in Saudi Arabia as of 2010.

During the 10-year period from 2003-2012, most of the Filipinos who went abroad to either work or permanently transfer went to the US totalling to 406,881 or about 53.8 percent of the total 756,298.

The other country-destinations of Filipinos during the same period are Canada, Japan, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Korea, Spain, UK, Germany.

Other countries not identified accounted for 2.27 percent of the total.

Women took a bigger share of the pie for those who have emigrated at 452,897 of the total from 2003-12 while male totalled to 303,401.

During the same 10-year period, most of the Filipino emigrant came from the National Capital Region (NCR) at 219,100 followed by those who came from Region IV-A, 133,479; Region III, 117,226; Region I, 82,360; and Region XI, 25,221.

Filipino workers abroad have been a big contributor to the continued growth of the domestic economy because of the impact of the remittances on private consumption.

Remittances account to about nine percent of gross domestic economy (GDP) in recent years and economic officials remain confident that remittances will continue to be among the main drivers of the domestic economy.

Among the job segments, most or 11.16 percent of the Filipinos abroad from 2003-12 are in the professional, technical and related industry, 84,426; followed by those into sales at 31,690; equipment operators and laborers, 23,788.

The others are are clerical workers; managerial, executive, and administrative workers; service workers; workers and fishermen, and members of the armed forces. PNA

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Pinoys join celebration of 2 popes’ sainthood By Aurea Calica and Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 27, 2014 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


A stone carving of the late Pope John Paul II in Barangay Caingin, Maragondon, Cavite gets a facelift ahead of his canonization in Rome today. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos join the Catholic world in celebrating the sainthood of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII today, Malacañang said yesterday.

“We join the Catholic world and all people of goodwill as Pope Francis proclaims the sainthood of Pope John XXIII, who opened the windows of the Church to the modern world, and John Paul II, who proclaimed the Gospel so fearlessly to tyrants and embraced the world,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over radio station dzRB.

She said the Palace pays tribute to Pope John XXIII for creating the first Filipino cardinal – Rufino Santos – while Pope John Paul II was close to the hearts of Filipinos for his visits and attention to the Philippines as a Catholic nation.

She said Pope John Paul II’s 1981 visit “precipitated the official end of Martial Law” and his World Youth Day visit in 1995 was “unforgettable in a world of anxiety where pastoral example gives comfort to the faithful and inspires dignified discourse among all peoples.”

2 and 1/2 hours

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines secretary-general Fr. Marvin Mejia said the canonization rites and mass in honor of the two popes could last for about two-and-a-half hours, like that of St. Pedro Calungsod.

Mejia said the rites would begin with a petition wherein the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints with the postulators, or those who present the case for the canonization, would give an explanation and present documents why Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII should become saints.

He said there would be a pause of silence for prayer to be followed by the cardinal prefect of the Congregation making a second petition to enroll the two among the saints. Part of the petition is the invocation to the Holy Spirit for enlightenment.

Pope Francis would then make a third petition, after which he would recite the formula for canonization.

“There are three reasons why the church does canonization for the honor of the Blessed Trinity, for the exultation of the Catholic faith and for the increase of the Christian life,” Mejia said.

He said the rite would end with the prefect thanking the Pope and requesting that he issues an apostolic letter to formally announce that Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII are now saints.

A Mass honoring the two saints would follow.

Close to Blessed Pope John XXII

Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes said Filipinos are not only close to the heart of Blessed Pope John Paul II but also to Blessed Pope John XXIII even though they are not that familiar with him.

Reyes, who said he met Pope John XXIII when he was still studying in Rome, described him as a “very simple man, very jolly.”

“He was the one who created the Second Vatican Council in 1959, ‘which was like the windows that brought fresh wind into the church’,” he said.

He said Pope John XXIII blessed the Ponteficio Collegio Filippino, which serves as the home of Filipino secular diocesan priests studying in Rome, in 1961.

“The many rivers and plenty of rain would not extinguish my love for the Philippine Islands, for the Filipino people,” Reyes quoted the Pope’s opening line.

“It was just that he never got the chance to visit the Philippines because during that time popes seldom travel,” he said.

Relics

The relics of Pope John XXIII would be toured to different parts of the country to help promote the Filipino Catholics devotion to him, events coordinator Dave de la Cruz said.

“While it is common knowledge that we Filipinos have a bias towards Pope John Paul II who will also be canonized with him, as Catholics it is just as well that we learn as much as we can about the life and legacy of John XXIII,” he said.

He said the first leg of the tour is the Radio Veritas Chapel in Quezon City.

To be featured in the tour is a piece of the funeral cassock, which the pope wore when he was buried in 1963. The cloth is drenched in the pontiff’s bodily fluids, making it a first-class relic.

The faithful can also see one of the commemorative medals, which John XXIII gave as souvenir to the participants of the Second Vatican Council.

The relics would be at St. Joseph Parish in Upper Bicutan, Taguig City from May 9 to 12, Holy Cross Parish in Matingain, Lemery, Batangas (May 13 to 16), Holy Family Parish in Kamias, Quezon City (May 17 to 18), Santuario de San José in Greenhills, Mandaluyong City (May 23 to 25), Santa María de la Cabeza Mission Station in Barangay Mangoso, Sigma, Capiz (May 23 to 26) and St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Concepcion Dos, Marikina City (May 31 to June 1).

Intercession

Meanwhile, the independent bloc in the House of Representatives called on Filipinos to pray for the two popes’ intercession in solving the problems facing the country.

Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, leader of the bloc, said the Philippines had a soft spot in the heart of St. John Paul II.

St. John Paul II visited the country twice during his papacy. The first was in 1981 when he beatified the first Filipino martyr, Lorenzo Ruiz, and in 1995 when a crowd of almost five million Catholic faithful trooped to the Quirino Grandstand for the mass he celebrated on the last day of the 10th World Youth Day. It was the biggest gatheringin the pontiff’s 16-year reign.

“Exactly 33 years ago today, he also issued a papal bull or decree bestowing to the Manila Cathedral the title of Basilica of the Immaculate Conception,” Romualdez said.

“But what made that decree extra special is it was issued by then Pope John Paul II on his own, without the intercession of anybody, because he found us Filipinos worthy of that gift. He kept a close watch on us during his papacy,” he added.

The House leader said that with all the trials and crises the country is going through, “divine intercession is the best hope of the people for guidance and relief. –With Paolo Romero

2 Pinoy survivors of Korean ferry tragedy returning home By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 26, 2014 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Rescue helicopters hover above a sinking South Korean ferry to evacuate 476 passengers and crew 20 kms off Byungpoong in Jindo, South Korea on Wednesday, April 16. The ferry was on its way to Jeju island from Incheon when the incident happened. AFP/Yonhap

MANILA, Philippines - Two Filipino workers who survived the ferry accident in Korea are safe and coming home soon, the Department of Labor and Employment reported yesterday.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said overseas performing artists Emmanuel Manio and Frances Cabras have expressed desire to go home as soon as the investigation on the ferry accident is completed.

At this time, the two Filipinos are under the care of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Korea.

The two Filipinos came to POLO last April 18 and recounted the events surrounding the accident and their rescue by the Korean Coast Guard.

The sea mishap has so far claimed the lives of over 150 passengers.

In their signed statements, Manio and Cabras recalled the ship started its voyage at 9 p.m. from Incheon to Jeju Island on April 15.

While resting in their cabin the next morning, the two said the vessel made an abrupt turn and they noticed that the ship was listing.

When things in the cabin started falling, they decided to get out and crawled until they reached the bridge where they met other crewmembers.

They stayed at the bridge for about 40 minutes until rescue arrived. They were then transported to an evacuation area where they were given relief goods since they left all their things on the ship.

Manio, along with other survivors, was sent to Jindo Korean Hospital for treatment of his injured foot.

Baldoz assured the two Filipinos that they would be provided the necessary assistance.

They will be allowed to take a leave from work to recover from the shock and trauma they suffered.

“We are happy that the two overseas Filipino performing artists who survived the accident are safe and in good condition, although we are deeply saddened by what happened,” Baldoz said.

“We are offering our prayers and sympathy for those who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate event,” she added.

Cebu City reinvented and revisited April 25, 2014 9:10 pm Moje Ramos-Aquino MANILA TIMES


By Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

I am here in Cebu City and I am amazed at the transformation of Cebu and Mandaue cities.

There used to be pockets of development in Cebu City. First, the Ayala Center was erected right where the Cebu Country Club and Magellan Hotel used to be. Then the IT Center and the numerous eating places around it that brought people, especially the young ones, for dining and evening entertainment.


View of Cebu City, Philippines -Cebu City has plenty of discos, bars and restaurants that you can choose from should you stay in the city. The night life is very much like the night life in Manila and offers some choice. If you don't now what to do in the city please don't hesitate to ask people. In addition, if there is anything which you need from Cebu City or if you need to go there yourself, ask first and somebody will give you help or advice as appropriate.FROM About Cebu City APRIL 26, 2014

And now, it seems like both cities are being reinvented here, there and everywhere all at the same time and not just in one place at a time. I could barely recognize these places and I would not know now how to go around them.

Somehow, though, they have lost their rustic charm which used to be the magnet that made me go back again and again to escape the hustle and bustle of Manila. They are now like any other small city in the world. I think I will try Dumaguete and Capiz next time.


Mactan Bridge Cebu City, Philippines -Cebu City airport (Mactan Airport) serves both international and domestic; you do not need to fly via Manila in order to reach Cebu. International and domestic tickets can be purchased in Cebu. Airlines that fly to Cebu direct include: Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Silk Air. Domestic airlines include: Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Seair and Asian Spirit. Note that most of the domestic airlines offer substantial discounts on some flights if you buy your ticket more than 4 days or so in advance. This can save you up to 40% of the purchase price. FROM About Cebu City APRIL 26, 2014

Speaking of getting away and letting go, many Manilenos are appreciating the countryside and going places around the country. Local tourism is alive and robust. Here are some tips to remember to help preserve the beauty of our destinations:

• Whatever you do and wherever you are, clean up when you go and dispose of your trash properly. Leave no trace behind that you have been there so the next people to visit will enjoy.

• Take only pictures, not plastic. We love souvenirs (and they are now mostly made from plastic) and we buy them whenever we see them. Then, as soon as we arrive home, we lose our interest in them and they end up on some table top to gather dust or in our closets or, eventually, in the trash bin and into the junkyard to decompose in hundreds of years, thus adding to the pollution of our environment. Take souvenir pictures instead. Capture those Kodak moments that will continue to bring smiles to your heart for the rest of your life.

• Reuse your hotel towels. Help your hotel conserve energy, water cleaning materials and towels and even linen. Just because you have the option does not mean that you need a new towel every five hours. Try to use your towels and linen for as long as you would if you were at home.

• Choose green hotels. Environment-friendly hotels have programs that save water, energy and reduce waste. Some even serve foods made from organic produce. I am staying here in Dragon Home Inn and my room looks like a giant office cubicle, no frills, with just the requisite bed, an open closet, a small drawing table, a flat TV, a nice frame picture, a .5 hp aircon, wifi (yes!) and a clean bathroom. You buy any extra like drinking water or rent an extra pillow. I don’t really need a big room because I just sleep and take baths in it. I am away most of the time. And it is costing me much less. However, Ms. Kim Henares will be disgusted at this news: They did not issue me a receipt despite my asking them twice. They just gave me the credit card receipt. Hmmmmmmm

• When it is time to clean your car, look for professional car washers that recycle the water and use biodegradable cleaning materials.

• Remember, the more weight you carry in your car, especially the trunk, the harder your car works. This means it burns more gas and adds more CO2 into the atmosphere. Travel light. Just bring the essentials and leave out the junk in your trunk that have been there for the longest time. Leave behind most of your homey things. Be adventurous and try new things. Remember that you are on vacation away from home so don’t bring your home with you.

• Stick to the posted speed limit for your safety and the safety of others around you. Drive safe and sound and save gas. The faster your speed, the more gas your car guzzles.

• Keep your tires inflated properly to improve your gas mileage. Every liter of gas saved keeps more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Next time you gas up, have your tires checked as well. The gas station attendant will be able to help determine the right amount of air in your tires.

• Otherwise, take public transportation. On the long drive to Naga City, for example, buses have fully reclining seats that make the ride relaxing and comfortable. You can sleep throughout the 10-hour road trip and wake up after disembarking ready and happy to explore the natural fun places of the Philippines. Feedback to moje629@gmail.com

LAPU-LAPU CITY SKATE FEST LAST YEAR

Opon Skatefest: The First Skate Fest for all the skaters in Lapu-Lapu City Cebu BY BUBBLES QUERUBIN – NOVEMBER 29, 2013 POSTED IN: LONGBOARDING NEWS AND EVENTS, NEWS, VIDEOS & EVENTS 16th of November, 2013 -


Grupo Nopo’s top caliber rider and MLOB Ambassador Dandoy Tongco soaring high during the Opon Skatefest.

Grupo Nopo in cooperation with the Lapu-Lapu City Government, organized the very first Skate Fest for all the skaters at the Lapu-Lapu City Hoops Dome. People gathered early in the morning for the Longboard Push Race — created teams and had a little warm up.

GN gave the mechanics of the push race and it all became super exciting!! Two of the team members were blind folded and attached the board parts properly before the team could skate!! People were yelling and got more excited for them.

Lots of locals participated and watched the teams finished 30 laps (1km per turn) – other team members rested, others surrendered and others got through the finish line. There was only one common attitude between all of the teams, Team Work.

Next category – longboard freestyling and skateboarding. Individuals gathered for the tournament and determined to do good. Each of them showed off their talents in free styling and landing their tricks got the audience so stoked!Photos by Jonathan James, Renz and Keith Ramirez


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