OWWA monitors 24,807 Filipinos in Israel amid escalated tensions

Faith Argosino 10/08/2023

MANILA, Philippines — The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is “closely monitoring” the situation of 24,807 Filipinos in Israel as tensions flared following a surprise assault by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on the Middle Eastern country on…

Undocumented Filipinos in US now estimated at 309,000

09/16/2023

The Philippines is the sixth top source of undocumented (unauthorized) immigrants in the United States, a population estimated at 309,000 in 2021, according to a Sept. 13 report by the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC. The…

More documents needed to travel abroad starting Sept. 3

Zacarian Sarao 08/24/2023

MANILA, Philippines — More documents will be needed by Filipinos traveling abroad to comply with new stricter travel regulations. The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) is set to implement its revised guidelines for the departure of Filipinos…

2023 Forbes list: Sy siblings wealthiest in PH

Adrian Parungao 08/11/2023

MANILA, Philippines – The same individuals made it to the 2023 Forbes Asia wealthiest Filipinos list which was released on Thursday. Headlining the list are the Sy siblings of the SM Group who have a net worth of US$14.4 billion, followed…

Robin Padilla revives call for mandatory ROTC after China’s water cannon attack

Maila Ager 08/07/2023

MANILA, Philippines—The latest water cannon attack by the China Coast Guard  against  Philippine vessels has prompted   Senator  Robinhood Padilla to revive his call for a mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)  program. At a hearing in…

After 715km and 49 hours, 2 Fil-Canadian brothers conquer ‘world’s toughest paddling race’

Amrie Cruz 07/28/2023

Two brothers conquering what’s dubbed The Race to the Midnight Sun sounds like the stuff of movies, but that’s exactly what Filipino-Canadians John, 28, and Josh, 20, Apostol accomplished last July 7. The brothers are the first…

No Filipinos in Russia ask to return home, brave mutiny’s climax – DFA

Beatrice Pinlac 06/26/2023

MANILA, Philippines — No Filipino in Russia has asked to be repatriated after the recent power struggle between the military and a mutinous paramilitary group, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Monday. DFA Undersecretary Eduardo de…

More Filipinos move out of Sudan but are stuck in border -DFA

Beatrice Pinlac - Reporter 04/26/2023

MANILA, Philippines — At least 300 more Filipinos have started evacuating Sudan while the 72-hour ceasefire clock of warring factions in the war-torn country continues to wind down, said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Foreign Affairs…

Are prayers answered?

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 04/15/2023

Holy Saturday being Social Climate’s annual day off, my Holy Week column is always the Saturday after. Last year’s “The religiosity of Filipinos” (4/23/22) looked into “hard” versus “soft” belief in God, and into beliefs in the…

Bringing out our best

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 03/14/2023

In the early part of his 1992 to 1998 term, provincial visits of President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) would usually have local executives publicly presenting him with a litany of local problems and requests for various things…

No cultural deficiency

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 03/11/2023

The phrase, “A damaged culture,” which first appeared in 1987 in The Atlantic magazine, is readily trotted out by lazy writers when things go wrong. But characterizing the Filipino people by it is wrong. It merely sounds…

Are Filipinos too selfish?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 03/07/2023

Are we Filipinos generally more self-centered and selfish than other Asians? Is this a cultural flaw of ours that has kept our country from progressing at the same pace that most of our neighbors have done over…

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