SPECIAL REPORT: BalikBayanihan, The Global Filipino’s Journey From Diaspora to Philippine Development

SPECIAL REPORT: BalikBayanihan, The Global Filipino’s Journey From Diaspora to Philippine Development

MANILA – In 2014, around 10.5 million Overseas Filipinos (OF) working or residing in more than 200 countries had remitted an astounding $28 billion or P1.2 trillion to the country, according to the World Bank. And yet, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), the primary government agency tasked to protect and uphold the rights and […]

Essay-writing contest on overseas Filipinos attracts 250 plus entries, UP student wins top prize

Essay-writing contest on overseas Filipinos attracts 250 plus entries, UP student wins top prize

More than 250 students from across eight countries shared their research findings, insights and in some cases personal experiences in the recently concluded international essay-writing contest on “The Overseas Filipinos and their Impact on the Philippines.”
Filipino youth with students of other nationalities in a New South Wales public gathering. [TFA photofile]
The contest, divided into two […]

PHL homeland to welcome hundreds of overseas Filipino leaders in diaspora global summit

PHL homeland to welcome hundreds of overseas Filipino leaders in diaspora global summit

The Philippines this week will welcome hundreds of overseas Filipino community leaders to the Third Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora to be held from February 25 to 27 at the historic Manila Hotel.
The 2nd Global Summit in February 2013 in Makati included workshops discussion and development of action plans for overseas Filipino communities. […]

Order of the Knights of Rizal: 20th int’l confab in Vigan attracts large group from Australia-Oceania

Order of the Knights of Rizal: 20th int’l confab in Vigan attracts large group from Australia-Oceania

Members of the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) in the Australia-New Zealand-Oceania (ANZO) region should be proud of their performance in OKOR’s ongoing 20th International Assembly and Conference at the Heritage City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur.
20th International Assembly and Conference souvenir program [Image: Order of the Knights of Rizal IHQ FB]
ANZO […]

Philippines, Indonesia strengthen bilateral relations

Philippines, Indonesia strengthen bilateral relations

MANILA – The Philippines and the Republic of Indonesia have strengthened their bilateral relations with the signing of a joint declaration and several memoranda of understanding (MOUs).
President Benigno S. Aquino III guides President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo, during the Welcome Ceremony at the Malacañan Palace Grounds for the State Visit to the […]

PHL consulates warn travellers on bringing stunning devices into Hong Kong

PHL consulates warn travellers on bringing stunning devices into Hong Kong

The Filipino Australian (TFA) on Tuesday received an email from the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney to warn the travelling public from bringing stunning devices into Hong Kong.
A View of Hong Kong Airport [Image: Wikipedia / HK Arun]
The advisory warns “Filipino nationals, especially seafarers, transiting or entering Hong Kong to refrain from bringing stunning devices […]

1st meeting of Philippines-Viet Nam Joint Commission on concluding a Strategic Partnership held in Manila

1st meeting of Philippines-Viet Nam Joint Commission on concluding a Strategic Partnership held in Manila

MANILA – At the invitation of Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario, Viet Nam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh visited the Philippines on 29-30 January 2015.
DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Vietnam PM and Foreign Affairs Minister Pham Binh Minh. [DFA]
During the visit, the two Ministers […]

Essay writing comp on overseas Filipinos deadline extended

Essay writing comp on overseas Filipinos deadline extended

UPDATE: The deadline of the international essay-writing contest on overseas Filipinos has been extended by another week to February 8, 2015, essay sponsor and organiser US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) recently announced. In her email, USP4GG’s Ad Hoc Committee on Essay Writing Contest chair Dr Celia Lamkin announced: “I would like to inform you that the deadline for submission of essay entries will be extended to February 8, 2015 in order to give opportunities to some students who were involved in the Papal visit” […]

INC inaugurates housing, livelihood projects for Yolanda survivors

INC inaugurates housing, livelihood projects for Yolanda survivors

Manila – The Iglesia Ni Cristo inaugurated on Friday January 23 its housing and livelihood projects for survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Alangalang, Leyte, a few kilometers from Tacloban City. Barely 10 months since the groundbreaking of Sitio New Era, envisioned as a model community nestled on top of a mountain aptly called barangay Langit, it now has some 500 concrete housing units completed and ready for occupancy […]

Second international essay contest on overseas Filipinos launched for PHL and overseas students

Second international essay contest on overseas Filipinos launched for PHL and overseas students

The US Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas chapter (CNMI and Guam) has recently launched its second international essay contest on overseas Filipinos with focus on “The Overseas Filipinos and Their Impact on the Philippines.”
The first contest focused on the West Philippine Sea was held in 2012/2013 in conjunction with the Second Global Summit of Filipinos in Diaspora held in February 2013. The contest is aimed at increasing the awareness of Filipino students on the roles and importance of overseas Filipinos in the future of the Philippines. There are 10.5 million Filipinos working or residing outside the Philippines, according to the estimates of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas […]

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