Christmas is almost upon us and for Filipinos this is the most awaited event of the year as families and loved ones come together. It’s just fitting Disney’s latest Christmas ad depicted Filipino values during this time. For everyone to know, Philippine Christmas is unique, it’s genuinely and surprisingly warm. Pure joy is in the air, you can smell and feel it. People are all smiles, families and friends come together to celebrate. It’s just different, and anyone should experience it for themselves.
Check out this heart-warming story #FromOurFamilyToYours of Lola (”grandmother” in Filipino), it brings back the nostalgia of the past and how lanterns and old Mickey could bring back beauty, warmth, love in families.
Google PH honors the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), with this sweet, heart-wrenching video. Encouraging PINOYs to “Share the everyday no matter the distance.” See more g.co/balikbayan – a community for all PINOYs by connecting and sharing their stories via Google OFW Circles.
an email scam has been recently reported targeting the PINOY Overseas Contract Workers (OFWs). the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advised everyone to ignore emails telling them they have qualified and may apply as a nurse or caregiver at the Canadian Virtual Hospice in Winnipeg, Canada. the said email further added that applying for the job does not have hidden charges and that the employer will shoulder the airfare, work permit fee, and working visa (sounds interesting huh?). now the catch… the candidate is told to pay at a designated Western Union and/or LBC account, for the coaching and medical exam fees and to reserve a slot at the embassy for the coaching seminar. its unnerving how some take advantage of people who are just trying to earn a better and honest living. please share this, be aware. read more [inquirer.net].
more PINOYs working abroad might just have a chance to vote as Philippine congress proposes opening up the overseas absentee voting – online.
“We should go to Internet voting. Mailing ano pa yan eh. let’s go international through internet voting,” Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez said as he also showed a report that only 300k of the 9mil PINOY overseas are registered, of which only about 200k actually voted.
fil-am lawyer and businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis presented her research on how other countries allowed expatriates the right to vote, which increased voter turnout as proven in Dominican Republic and Spain.
the low turn out of PINOY voters was said to be due to the requirement the the OFWs should submit an affidavit to return to the country 3yrs after registration.