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National spirit flickers among Filipino diaspora

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO www.ofwjournalism.net STRASSEN, Luxembourg–BLADES of scissors meet, snips the head, and severs it from other people in the photograph. It’s the head of the 200th undocumented Filipino…

Coercion of victim key in human trafficking

by ISAGANI DE LA PAZ and PATRICIA MARCELOwww.ofwjournalism.net MANILA-RUBY, 17, felt her heart bob with the ferry boat taking her and three other girls to Manila as she overheard their…

U.S. dismisses case vs Sentosa

PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — THE U.S. Department of Justice dismissed on Aug. 31 the case filed by Atty. Vinluan, lawyer of the so-called “Sentosa 26”, against Sentosa Care LLC of…

BPI’s Search for 10 Outstanding Expat Pinoy Awardees

UP Medical Student, Daughter of Expat Pinoy in Oman Leads BPI’s Awardees on Search for10 Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children Ms. Ma. Trina Asuncion, medical student from UP College of Medicine…

Online barangay brings Pinoys closer to home

It’s like being in the Philippines again. That is exactly how Barangay.ph, the Global Filipino Village Online, wants overseas Filipinos to feel once they log on to this website. After…

Helping ‘well-meaning’ social devt amateurs from abroad

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO, Institute for Migration and Development Issues MANILA – CLICKS at the mouse press Antonina “Tonette” Binsol’s attachment to her homeland. At one click, Binsol barrages Yahoo!…

School kindles OFW kids’ knack for life

by RUBY ANNE R. PASCUAwww.ofwjournalism.net MANILA – IN THIS school, students are allowed to stare across the window to daydream during classes. That’s how some students like Cathyrine Tamayo and…

Migrant Pinoys give new swing to Philippine golf

by CANDICE Y. CEREZOwww.ofwjournalism.net PASIG CITY–A DECADE after a regional property bubble burst, the country’s golf industry swings to fresh hits every summer, courtesy of moneyed Filipinos from the United…

Film shows ‘trafficking’ of Pinoy workers

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANOwww.ofwjournalism.net QUEZON CITY–A FINGER-LENGTH shard of metal on a white tissue paper nearly made Ailyn Mateo’s mother faint. Taken from Mateo’s right shoulder, the shrapnel from a…

Pinay migrants doubly-harmed with lack of health access

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANOwww.ofwjournalism.net QUEZON CITY—THE LACK of access to health facilities in host countries aggravates the maltreatment already suffered by some Filipina migrant workers, making them more vulnerable and…

Filipinos abroad are executives

PHILIPPINES NEWS SERVICE — TWO-THIRDS of the 1.515 million Filipinos working overseas are executives, professionals and skilled workers, and only one in every three is an unskilled worker, according to…

Pinoy seaman abducted in Nigeria

PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — A FILIPINO seaman was among 10 workers abducted in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, last Friday, marking the fourth time that a Filipino has been kidnapped in the…

30 OFWs in Kuwait granted amnesty

PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — Another batch of 30 migrant Filipino workers who availed of the amnesty program by Kuwait arrived yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The female domestics…

Peso’s gain is OFW’s bane

By LEO J. SANTIAGO, JR. and JULIE JAVELLANA-SANTOSwww.ofwjournalism.net MANILA – IN A remittance slip, there was an additional US$50 that Cesar Dimasupil’s daughter Arlene sent from London. But he remained…

BPI joins fray to capture remittance from Pinoys in Eur

by WILLIAM ALZONAwww.ofwjournalism.net MAKATI CITY–BEFORE sliding to third position in the Philippine banking industry, Ayala family-led Bank of the Philippine Islands set its eyes on the profitable remittance market that…