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Monthly Archives: December 2012

USA: Bonifacio Day – Recounting the heinous execution of a hero

By Dionesio C. Grava
First posted in

In her welcome address during a program marking the November 30 birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, Consul General Hellen Barber-De La Vega said: “This observance of Bonifacio Day is important because next year we will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of our hero’s birth. I am, therefore, happy to see among us young Filipino-Americans, because this is also a good opportunity for us to educate them, especially those born and raised in the United States, on the significance of the life and works of Andres Bonifacio in the history of the Filipino people.”

Unfortunately that aspect of history has remained murky more than 115 years after Andres Bonifacio was executed at the height of the Filipino rebellion against the oppressive Spanish colonizers. In an audio-visual presentation during that consulate event, Deputy Congen Daniel R. Espiritu brought into focus that very contentious issue surrounding the death of the Philippine hero.

POEA to vacationing OFWs: Get your exit clearance early

News Release
28 November 2012

POEA to vacationing OFWs: Get your exit clearance early

“Avoid the rush. Avoid the long lines”.

Thus said Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac yesterday as he advised balikmanggagawa or overseas Filipino workers spending the holiday season in the

Philippines to get their overseas employment certificate or exit clearance early and not get caught with the last-minute dash to return to their jobs abroad.

Cacdac said that the POEA, for several weeks now, have been gearing up for the anticipated arrival of thousands of OFWs this December and their subsequent departure after Christmas and New Year’s Day.

“The POEA has been improving its systems and expanding its facilities for the workers’ convenience, but still, we warn our OFWs not to wait for the last day of their vacation to get the exit clearance,” Cacdac said.

Social Media, the rebirth of blogging for Pinoy Expats and OFWs – PEBA 2012

Press Release

Social Media, the rebirth of blogging for Pinoy Expats and OFWs – PEBA 2012

Social Media, the rebirth of blogging for Pinoy Expats and OFWs OFWs clamour for an aginaldo or a Christmas present was realized because of their active presence on the social media particularly on facebook with regards to the issue on Philhealth’s mandatory increase of its members’ contribution. Although it was not the first of the few victories that OFWs has achieved with their online campaign, but for the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards or PEBA it is an affirmation that they are being heard and listened to by the government. It is also a fitting tribute as PEBA celebrates its 5th Annual International Blog and Photo Award.

PEBA Awards 2012: Blog Entry Finalists

OFW and Supporters Blog Entry Finalists
As Posted in

The 5th Annual International PEBA Blog and Photo Awards will be held at the Ramon Magsaysay Hall, SSS Corporate Center, East Avenue Quezon on the 15th of December, Saturday, from 2-6PM.

2012 Theme:  “The Social Media and I: Bridging the Past, Present and Future.”

Please click the screenshots to view their entries


Ang pagtakuban maoy pagpakita ug dili tukmang panagway, panahom ug pakighugoy sa isig ka katawo. Ang pagtakuban mokuha ug pagsalig nga modala sa dili maayong panag-ingnan.

Usa ka binuhat nga nagtakuban ang mamulong, “Bulak, ihatag ko kanimo ang bituon ug tibuok kawanangan buksi lang ang imong kasingkasing alang kanako.”

Ang bulak mitubag, “Tinuod ka? Hala, motuo ko nimo kon wala pa unta nako makita imong singsing sa kaminyoon..

USA: FilAm militants hold mass action in support of veterans

Text and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First Posted in

In connection with the recent celebration of Veterans Day protesters composed mostly of young Filipino Americans crowded the streets of Entertainment Capital-USA and held a rally in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

500 OFW families to “pass the hat” at Christmas party for OFW on Saudi death row and typhoon victims – Blas Ople Center

As Posted in

Over five hundred relatives and families of overseas Filipino workers will celebrate Christmas with their own party organized by the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that assists migrant workers, on Wednesday, December 12 at the Ramon Magsaysay Hall of the Social Security System Building at East Avenue, Quezon City from 1 to 5.30 PM.

HRDP: Urgently Adopt all Necessary Measures to Guarantee Life, Integrity, and Safety of HRDs

As posted in

HRDP Statement on the 64th Int’l Human Rights Day

On the occasion of the International Human Rights day on December 10, 2012, the Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas (HRDP) salutes all working women and men in reclaiming the dignity of persons and those who continuously strive towards the achievement of all human rights for all.

Sadly, sixty-four years after the states adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR), cases of human rights violations especially against human rights defenders are of an alarming number and must be urgently addressed.

Featured Tula: ‎Pangarap sana’y matupad

Pangarap mo’y muli mong
naramdaman, sa matagal
ng hiling tila’y paparating
sa matagal ng pagkabinbin
ay muling lalasapin kung
ito sana’y darating…

Pangarap sana’y matuloy
na sa habang panahon,
na pagka-antala at ngayo’y
nangungulila. pangarap sana
maging masaya tulad ng iba.



Pari: ‘day, unsay imong naiingnan nga nagbakho ‘ka man?
Teria: ‘Dre, si Teria ni, ang asawa ni Tanciong.
Pari: Unsay imong gihilakan?
Teria: ‘Dre, wala na si Tanciong…. namatay gabii..wahahawahawahaha
Pari: Diin, siya mamatay?
Teria: Sa balay, oi, Padre, wala didto sa balay sa iyang ‘baye!
Pari: Maayo, nakahibalo ra gyud ang buang kon kinsa’y iyang asawa.
Teria: wahawhahwahahwahaha


Ang pulong paghinuktok, nagpasabot nga walay imik, walay pupamilok ug walay pagpanginlabot sa kasikas sa iyang palibot. Ang makita ug masud-ongan nato sa binuhat nga maghinuktok, subra kalawom ug daw wala nay kinutobang kamingaw ang paghinuktok.

Usa ka adlaw niana, gibuak ang kamingaw sa paghinuktok ni Peryong. Si Peryong sa pangedarong kalim-an katuig, maayo gihapon kaayong mamostura.

Working Hours and Overtime for Workers in KSA, Explained

Working Hours and Overtime for Workers in KSA, Explained

A. Working Hours

  • The required working hours is only 8 hours a day or 48 hours a week (1 day off per week).
  • It can be raised to 9 hours a day for non-continuous type of work (broken time).
  • Prayer time is not included in the working hours..
  • The maximum number of hours per week is 60 (10 hours a day) for the types of work mentioned in article 106 of the Saudi Labor Law;  which are the following:

Please Help Joselito Zapanta

Nanay Mona witn sister Rosemay and Joselito (inset)

For those who wish to help Joselito Zapanta, donations for bloodmoney can be deposited to the bank account set up by Joselito’s mother Mona.

Account name: Mona Lidasan Zapanta
Account Number: 0713-5180-77
Bank name: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Branch name: Guagua Pampanga Branch