Sports Day for Domestic Helpers
The sports day involved games and activities such as futsal, an obstacle course and Zumba classes, organized by charities Aidha and the Humanitarian Organisation for Migrant Economics (Home) open to all domestic workers of Singapore. Half of the maids from Aida were participants of the event, while the rest are from Home; all took part in the Sunday sports activities. Non-members of either organization were also welcomed to join the fun. Domestic workers were given door gifts from sponsors. Representatives from the Myanmar, Philippine and Indonesia embassies also came as guests for the sports day event. Marilyn Orit, 39, a...
Jollibee store
Jollibee Food Corporation (JFC) is to open 500 stores worldwide, and one to enter in Sabah, closest to its home country the Philippines, and home to a massive Filipino Community in Malaysia.  “For Malaysia, we are doing it first in the eastern part, Kota Kinabalu. There are a lot of Filipinos (there), so we first focus on the Filipinos and then start spreading”, Jollibee founder and chairman Tony Tan Caktiong said. As the Philippines’ No. 1 fast food chain, it plans to conquer new markets around the globe. A budget of $131 million has been set aside for its expansion...
BANGKOK, THAILAND – In 2015, the Philippine Embassy reported that there were 15,662 Filipinos in Thailand. This was accounted as follows: 1,025 are permanent migrants (they are married to Thais); temporary migrants, 13,266 are temporary migrants or those issued with work permits by the Thai Ministry of Labor, and the irregular or undocumented accounted to 1,371. However, the numbers could be higher because most Filipinos coming here to work entered as tourists. They have either friends or family members who encouraged them to work in the Kingdom. As an ASEAN member, Filipinos can stay up to 28 days in Thailand...
Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in Hong Kong are urging fellow migrants to join the call for an end to alleged extrajudicial killings under the fierce war on drugs in the Philippines. The OFWs, led by UNIFIL-Migrante-HK, trooped to the Philippine Consulate as they feared for the safety of their loved ones back home. “The innocent lives brutally taken are enough proof that anyone has to fear the almost-nightly raids by the police. The war on drugs of the Duterte government has given blanket authority to the police to murder anyone arbitrarily and with impunity,” said UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK chair Dolores Balladares...
Nowadays, it has becoming socially acceptable for mothers to work outside due to the increasing economic demands. Filipino mothers have opted to work abroad and toughly endure the consequences of living away from their families in exchange for a better and brighter future for their loved ones. Despite homesickness, work pressure, family problems, etc., they stand strong with hopes that all these sacrifices would lead to a happy life they are dreaming for their families. But what if your only source of strength and hope has been murdered by the administration you campaigned for and supported? Anguished Arrivals Going back...
One day, Leolalinda Petinglay-Plameras, 48, visited a second house that she owned, a 15-minute drive from her home. She found the glass back door broken. The house intended for rent was in the middle of a gang-infested area in Aiken, South Carolina. Aside from the broken glass door, everything was in place, even a few dollars left on the table were untouched. But when she opened the refrigerator all the chocolates were gone. “Instead of getting scared, I felt pity for those intruders. They were hungry. The broken glass was their shattered lives. I knew then that I had a...