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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Featured Essay: Salt of Life

I would like to share an article I wrote in Riyadh when i was 19yrs. That was 10 years ago and it was my first drop here in Riyadh.  I thought I would never ever cope up with the Saudi life. Now, it seems like leaving this place means to suffer myself from losing the lighter pace of life.

Salt of Life

Human; when we say human probably what comes into your mind is the composition of flesh and blood. Nevertheless, we may explore on some other understandings about it. But what is behind this

DFA : Phil Embassy in Damascus Repatriates 1,008 Filipinos from Syria

27 February 2012 – The Philippine Embassy in Damascus repatriated a total of 1,008 Filipino nationals, who availed of the Philippine Government’s offer to repatriate them to the Philippines, since the beginning of unrests in Syria.

The figure included the new batch of 35 Filipino nationals, all women, who arrived in Manila on two separate Emirates Airlines flights on February 26.

Italy: Huling mga araw para sa questionnaire ng Census

Roma – Pebrero 20, 2012 – Peb. 29 na ang deadline ng submission ng mga questionnaire ng Census. Huling panawagan bago sumapit ang deadline nito para miawasan ang kaukulang multa at ang posibleng epekto nito.

Matatapos sa katapusan ng buwang ito ang deadline para sa pagbabalik ng mga

Ang Inyong Lingkod: Nur Lagasan Salik

OFW Nur Salik teaches Arabic language for free

Nur Lagasan Salik was born on August 20, 1959 in 18 Mabini St. Cotabato City. Nur married Noria Alfonso and they were blessed with 3 children, Fahad, Fatmah and Abdullah.

Community Service

Since year 2000, Nur’s main advocacy is to teach arabic language to non-arabic speakers specially Filipinos. Such advocacy is the first and the only service

People Power Revolution’s 26th anniversary

The People Power Revolution (also known as the EDSA Revolution and the Philippine Revolution of 1986) was a series of popular demonstrations in the Philippines that occurred in 1983-86. The methods used amounted to a sustained campaign of civil resistance against regime violence and electoral fraud. This case of nonviolent revolution led to

DFA warns Pinoys vs. working illegally in Egypt

24 February 2012 – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reminds Filipinos, who are seeking employment in Egypt, and the general public to obtain a working visa/permit prior to departure.

The public is advised not to believe recruiters who are offering tourist visas which could allegedly be converted to a work permit upon arrival in Egypt. Irregular workers, or those who do not have proper documents,


Pagpaninda ug tambal nga inato ang panginabuhi ni Inggoy. Apan daghan na ang nangreklamo sa pagka dili epektibo niini. Hinay-hinay nga nawagtangan siya ug mga pumapalit. Mingaw ug minghoy si Inggoy samtang nagtungtong siya niining panahon sa kuwaresma.

“Gipaamgo ko sa akong mga nabuhat nga dili maayo. Pagpatuotuo. Nabisto na gyud ko. Kagahapon lang, akong nabaligyaan si Pedring ug usa ka garapang lumay. Naunsa ba nga inay maibog ang babayeng anak sa ilang silingan

Mga Lumang Reaksyon mula sa Lumang Kaban ni Tasio: “SOP ng mga KAWATAN!”

From: Joseph Henry B. Espiritu
Subject: YEHEY! – Sandiganbayan OKs General Garcia’s  plea bargain deal!
To: undisclosed recipient
Date: Monday, May 9, 2011, 11:02 PM

Wala naman talagang magnanakaw sa gobyerno. Sila lahat ay malinis at tapat sa serbisyo. Sa mga proyekto ng pamahalaan, marami naman ang naging masaya.. mula sa taas hanggang kay Baranggay Kapitan..

HAGIT: PNOY’s Speech at Cabinet workshop on anti-corruption strategies

[Delivered at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace on February 21, 2012]

Doctor Robert Klitgaard; Doctor Edilberto de Jesus; Cabinet members present; fellow workers in government; ladies and gentlemen:

Good morning.

From the beginning of our campaign, I have maintained that the job of the President is composed of three things. The first is the efficient allocation of resources—that as a country with a sizable debt and limited resources, we must be able to utilize those resources to the maximum benefit of our people. The second is to make certain that, as we walk the path to progress, no one is left behind. I believe it is the government’s job to

Beware of labor-only contracting – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

There may indeed be more fun in the Philippines but, lately, the business sector has expressed some grave apprehensions on the increasing risks arising from the hiring of contractual workers in the light of two major developments in the labor front, namely: First, there have been some supposedly alarming Supreme Court decisions making it more difficult for management to outsource some of their operations. This is driven by that baseless fear of adverse rulings by the labor tribunals and the judicial authorities. Second, the industrial and business leaders are quite concerned by DOLE’s issuance of Department Order No 18-A, which allegedly limits management’s flexibility in managing its human resources.

It would appear that company presidents, CEOs, COOs and business operations managers will be better advised nowadays, if they stay

2012 Index of Economic Freedom: The Philippines scores slightly up, ranks 107th out of 184 countries

The Philippines’ economic freedom score is 57.1, making its economy the 107th freest in the 2012 Index. Its score is 0.9 point higher than last year, with a significant improvement in business freedom. The Philippines ranks

February 21, 2012 – International Mother Language Day: Mother tongue instruction and inclusive education

International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999 (30C/62).

On 16 May 2009 the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/266called upon Member States “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”. By the same resolution, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.


“You will find, as you look back on your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others.” – Henry Drummond

Isa itong magandang kasabihan na nagmula kay Henry Drummond, isang manunulat at evangelist na nabuhay sa Scotland noong 1851-1897. Tama nga naman, napakasarap alalahanin ‘yung pagkakataong may nagawa ka para sa iyong kapwa. Maikakawing natin ito sa naging adbokasiya ng isang organisasyon na kilala bilang ALAB o ALYANSA NG LAHING BULAKENYO, na nagsimula lamang na isang munting organisasyon ng mga taga-

Pinoy Nurse in KSA donates house, lot for poor kids in Philippines

OFW Manuel Cacapit

Published in Arab News on Feb 17, 2012

JEDDAH: A Filipino nurse in Taif who financed his schooling doing odd jobs is now a benefactor for underprivileged children in his home country.

Manuel Cacapit has just donated a house and lot in a town south of the Philippine capital, Manila, to a foundation helping children from very poor families.

“Every time I watch underprivileged or street children on TV, I’m reminded of how far less fortunate I was,”

Events : Riyadh Bikers Club 7th Anniversary

Riyadh Bikers Club 7th Anniversary – February 17, 2012

Cebuano Short Story: ANG GWATSING SI APYOT

“Apyot, maayo unta ug mopahuway ka na sa pamoksing. Nakatigom na ta. Nakapatukod na pud ta ug haruhay nga panimalay. Maayo man pud ang lakaw sa atong negosyo nga patanto” dala parayeg nga pamulong ni Isay ngadto ni Apyot. “Sus, kanimo Isay ang tanan nakong gibuhat para gyud sa kaayuhan sa atong pamilya. Ayaw lang ko pugngi.” Pintok si Apyot sa iyang tubag ngadto sa iyang asawa.

“Si Isay nagmata lang gyud ug buntag. Wala siya masayod sa kadaghan sa akong binuhing anak sa mga babaye nga