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...
Having a child not only brings happiness, but it also strengthens the couple’s relationship as they enter another transition as a family. There is no turning back when it comes to having kids. Parenting is a complicated process by itself, looking after mini-humans and grooming them to become the best person that they can be. But what could be a more challenging arrangement between a parent-child relationships? Painful decision The “Expanded Maternity Leave Law” in the Philippines grants pregnant mothers a 120- day maternity leave and 30 days from previously 7 days paid leave for fathers. This gives parents enough...
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...