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Philippine Festivals: July

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Sandugo Festival. Photo courtesy of PhilJa.com

Parades, street dancing, theatrical plays, religious or cultural rituals, trade fairs, exhibits, concerts, pageants and various games and contests – all these and more give color and life to fiestas around the nation. These celebrations honor the moments in history that has defined identity, culture, and locality in the areas where they occur. They highlight traditions indigenous to the locale.

Philippine Festivals came with Christianity, during the Spanish rule. Many of the communities in the country had a patron saint assigned to each of them. Fiestas were days in honor of them. It became a key to spreading the Catholic religion throughout the nation.

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From top left (Clockwise): Lubid Festival, Kinis Festival, Sagayan Festival, Banana Festival, Banig Festival. Photo courtesy of GMA Network, Floyd Evangelista Flores, TheAmazingAmado, TripWow Trip Advisor, and Joanna Mae Figues, respectively.

Now, there are so many Philippine festivals. And they mean food – lots of them. Usually, houses are open to anybody who wants to eat. It feels as if everyone are friends with each other. Also, festivals could mean day-off to most employees as they are declared as public holidays.

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Photo courtesy of Rain de Ocampo and Wikimedia

Here’s a list to help you experience festivities this July:

DAY FESTIVAL LOCATION DESCRIPTION
1-10 Banana Festival Tagum City Street dancing, agri trade fair to highlight Davao del Norte as “banana country”
1-31 Sandugo Festival Tagbilaran City, Bohol Bohol’s annual commemoration of the Blood compact (mardi gras parade) between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Highlights of the festival are the Sandugo street dancing & Mardi Gras. These dances depict the theme of “friendship among equals and international diplomacy” expressed in the participating group’s traditional culture.
1-2 Feast of our Lady of Guibang Gamu, Isabela Annual feast day of the Miraculous Lady of Guibang
1-2 Feast of our Lady of Piat Piat, Cagayan Annual feast day of Our Lady of Piat highlighted by the procession of the Marian Image being venerated for centuries.
1-7 Gatas ng Kalabaw Festival Cabanatuan City A celebration in promoting Nueva Ecija as the source of Carabao’s mil, with 5 cities / municipalities as top producers of Gatas ng Kalabaw namely: Science City of Munoz, Llanera, Talavera, San Jose City and  Sto. Domingo.
1 San Carlos Charter Anniversary San Carlos, Negros Occidental Usually celebrated with a Thanksgiving Mass, sports activties, concerts, parade, beauty pageant and awarding to the city’s achiever of the year.
1 Araw ng Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental Digos City, Tagum City, Mati Celebration of the division of Davao into three provinces. Consist of agro trade fair, civic military parade, sports competition, horsefight, tribal dances, beauty pageants, etc.
1 Sinugdan Festival Maasin City, Southern Leyte A religious street pageant as homage to the Holy Child Jesus,  with its theme – “One Beat, One Faith, One Southern Leyte” features the different festivals of Maasin City and the 18 Municipalities of the province.
1 Tanggogoan Festival Digos City Celebration of Araw ng Davao del Sur every July 1. Highlights of the celebration are Search for Mutya ng Davao del Sur, street dancing and tribal dance competition.
2 Araw ng Pasig Pasig City A grand celebration of the Pasig day highlighted by different activities like the Mutya ng Pasig Pageant, Dancing Parade, Outstanding Pasiguenos Night, Arts & Literary Competition, Palarong Pinoy, Kusina Pasigueno, etc.
3 Banig Festival Badian, Cebu In celebration of Badian’s Annual Fiesta, the festival showcases the Cebuano & Badianganon culture, tradition, delicacies & local products especially its famous “mats” (banig).
3 Feast of the Holy Cross of Wawa (Pagoda sa Wawa) Bocaue, Bulacan The feast features the Pagoda, which is a gaily-decorated structure riding on a huge banca that glides along the Bocaue River.
4 Sagayan Festival (Maranao War Dance) Tubod, Lanao del Norte This festival depicts the rich Maranao culture pageantry war dance performed by warriors & fan dance by the Maranao maidens held during Araw ng Lanao del Norte.
4 Phil-Am Friendship Day Baguio City Revival of friendship among Filipinos, Americans & other Nationalities accented with the sale exposition of variety products.
5 Araw ng Hagonoy Hagonoy, Davao del Sur Executive Order No. 596 creating Hagonoy into a municipality last July 5, 1953. Highlights include parades, field demonstration, trade fairs & traditional festivities.
8 Alegria de Isabela Isabela City A festival based on a legend that tells how the early townsfolk survived a raging storm, where St. Isabela was seen blocking a giant wave. Celebrated with a regatta & procession of the image and merry- making beside the cathedral
12-16 Lubid Festival Malilipot, Albay A weeklong celebration showcasing abaca hemp – locally known as lubid which the municipality is known to be the region’s major producer. Various activities are highlighted by a street dance parade where participants are colorfully dressed in abaca costumes.
12 Hudyaka Festival Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental Street dancing competition which depicts the historical events of how Laguindingan become one of the municipalities of Misamis Oriental
13-18 Tinalak Festival Koronodal City, South Cotabato An annual celebration of the Province of South Cotabato that demonstrate the importance of T’nalak cloth as the cultural image of the Province.  The variety of activities of the festival mimics the T’nalak cloth, being a piece of cloth weaved to varied designs.  The festival activities are characterized by its focus on people and development anchored on tourism, history and culture and Arts.
14-15 Sinarapan Festival San Buenaventura, Buhi, Camarines Sur Showcase the world’s largest fish locally known as “sinarapan” which is found abundant in the area.  Various activities are lined up highlighted by the float competition.
15-16 Subayan Keg Subanen Festival Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental A week-long trade fair/ street dancing depict songs, dances and other forms of simulated social expression of the rich Subanon cultural heritage
15-30 Cordillera Day Baguio City / CAR Provinces An annual celebration of the creation of Cordillera Administrative Region.
15 S’lang Festival Malungon, Sarangani Province A municipal celebration that gives importance to the B’laanl Culture and traditions being the original inhabitants of the place.
16 Pahinungod Festival Carrascal, Surigao del Sur Highlights include a Mardi Gras performed around the streets of Carrascal in honor of their patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
17-23 Binuhat Festival Tagum City An advocacy celebration recognizing the rights and social contributions of the gay community in different fields of endeavors from technical aspects, business, academe, creative and performing arts that foster acceptance of their gender in the society.
18-25 Kinis Festival Panganiban, Catanduanes Panganiban is one of the municipalities that host natural sanctuaries for hard-shell crabs or locally known as  “kinis”. Dubbed as the “Crab Capital” of the island, the town celebrates its annual ‘Kinis Festival’ on the month of July. The highlights of the festival include the street dance competition, crab racing and trade fare (One Town One Product) that aims to promote the town’s crab industry.
19 Padigosan Festival Digos City The day is utilized to commemorate the founding of Digos as a municipality.
22-25 Libon Paroy Festival Libon, Albay Katalingkasan which means freedom and rebirth, is held in conjunction with the Libon Town Fiesta and the feast of its Patron Saint, St. James the Greater. The festival aims to revive the rich cultural heritage of the town and at the same time promote local tourism.
22 Kaliga Festival (Street Pageantry) Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental Street dancing, trade fair & cultural presentations in observance of the City Charter day.
22 Birth Anniversary of Apolinario Mabini Talaga, Tanauan An annual celebration commemorating the birth anniversary of our Sublime Paralytic.
23 Ibid Festival Caibiran, Biliran Ibid Festival portrays how the town of Caibiran got its name from the species of monitor lizard locally known as “ibid”.
23 Araw ng Nabunturan Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province Founding anniversary of the municipality.
23 Subilan Festival Batangas City An annual celebration wherein a ritual dance is being done to pay homage to the Holy Cross as a sort of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.
24-25 Kinabayo Festival (Battle of Covadonga) Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte A re-enactment of the Spanish-Moor wars, particularly the battle of Covadonga.
24 Sinulog de Tanjay Tanjay, Negros Oriental A street dancing with mock battles between Moros and Christians followed by a reconciliation through the intercession of the patron Señor Santiago.
July 25-Aug 1 Buganihan Festival Compostela Valley Celebration of Buganihan
25-31 Balikcarcanmadcarlan Cantillan, Surigao del Sur Week-long activities participated by all Balikbayans.
25 Kadagatan Festival Cortes, Surigao del Sur A yearly thanksgiving of Cortesanons done through street dancing. Costumes and props of dancers symbolize marine life.
25 Panagsogod Festival Sogod, Cebu A celebration which traces back the roots of the Municipality of Sogod where the white and black sands in the area provided early settlers a productive livelihood.
25 Kutoo Festival Cateel, Davao Oriental Pre-harvest ritual of thanksgiving.
25 Saint James the Apostle Fiesta Compostella Valley Feast of St. James the Apostle celebration.
July 26-Aug 2 Tourism Consciousness Week Butuan City Several tourism-related activities are lined-up for the week such as Nightly Cultural show, Palagsing Festival, Laro ng Lahi, Photo Exhibit, Speech Contest, Quiz bowl, Sining contest in Butuanon Competition; Mountainbike, Motocross and BMX exhibitions.
26 Pakapya-Agtike Socorro, Mindoro Oriental The festival is being held annually to commemorate the town fiesta.  It is a ceremonial tradition practiced by Tadyawan Mangyans as a thanksgiving ritual to praise the Almighty for bountiful harvests.
26 Sta. Anang Banak Taguig River Festival Municipality of Taguig A fluvial parade in honor of the town patroness St. Anne. The thrills and excitement of the fishers are replayed after year by the “pasubo” where fluvial parade participants in Colorful boats and spectators by the riverbanks toss goodies of fruits and native delicacies to each other.
26 Kaumahan Festival Barili, Cebu A festival of revelry where merry making and showcasing of Barili’s agricultural products takes center stage which give rise to the tow’s agricultural and economic development.
30 Anniversary of the Battle of Paye Balimbing, Boac, Marinduque The first officially recorded encounter between the United States troops and the Filipino Revolutionary forces in the island of Marinduque wherein the latter in spite of poor weaponry emerged victorious.
31 Kahimoan Abayan Festival Butuan City A riverside festivity in honor of Saint Anne, Patroness of Agusan River highlighted with baroto races and indigenous games for men, women and children capped by a fluvial procession.
31 San Ignacio de Loyola Fiesta Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province Celebrating the feast of San Ignacio de Lotola.

Credits: Wikipedia.org

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OFW News: How to Send Money to the Philippines

We, Filipinos, are fun-loving people. We are known for hospitality and very close family ties. But because of financial problems within the family due to lack of employment options and/or family circumstances like being a single parent, people are driven overseas to find greener pastures. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) sacrifice being together with their family to work abroad, earn, and send a good sum of money to the Philippines to support their family’s needs.

Besides providing for their families back home, these remittances are a crucial component of the Philippines economy according to World Bank estimates. The Philippines is the world’s third-largest recipient of remittances. Remittances, which accounted for approximately 9.8% of GDP in 2015, are an important source of income for many Filipino families and thus a main driver of private consumption. Remittances came mainly from the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.

But despite the fact that there are already a lot of ways to send money to Philippines, some OFWs are still not aware of these options and choose to send money based on the recommendation of their friends or colleagues. It is already a pain to be away from the family, so risking their hard-earned money by sending it through another remittance center, which they haven’t tried or known before, is very much less of an option.

So to help you know them, here’s a list of the top remittance centers that OFWs can use to send money to the Philippines, proven to be secure and accessible for both them and their families:

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  1. Moneygram

MoneyGram is located in more than 190 countries and can deliver both pesos and dollars through three ways. They can send the money directly to the receiver’s residence, make the money available for pick-up at their branches nationwide, or have it retrievable by the use of LBC ATM cards at over 6,800 ATMs in the country.

 

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  1. Xoom Money Transfer

It is a tried and trusted option for many Filipinos and with more than 10,500 pick-up locations in the country. It definitely has a wide reach and a solid customer base and network partners like M Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier, as well as bank deposits thru BDO, BPI, and Metrobank among others. Plus, Xoom offers a money-back guarantee for your peace of mind.

 

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  1. M Lhuillier

Powered by M Lhuillier Financial’s expansive network of branches in the Philippines, an equally strong partner network abroad and an extremely reliable technology-based system, Kwarta Padala is delivered whenever and wherever it is needed. Money can be then received through any of the 1,850 branches of M Lhuillier all over the Philippines.  Pick-up your money anytime at any of the 150 branches operating 24/7 in the key cities of the country, or as late as 10:00 p.m. in most other branches.

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  1. Cebuana Lhuillier

Cebuana Lhuillier’s Pera Padala service is an easy, quick, and safe way to send and receive money. With more than 1,800 branches nationwide and accredited international partners, this money transfer service is made available to clients within and outside the Philippines. All transactions are real time, which enables clients to claim the money as soon as the sender completes the sending process in the branch.

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  1. SBI Remit

SBI Remit works with MoneyGram, who’s a global network of more than 350,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. The SBI Group has extensive knowledge and experience of the internet and the financial markets. This service can be accessed from both the website and mobile site. This is widely used by OFWs in Japan.

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  1. Palawan Express

With over 1000 branches nationwide and growing numbers of remittance partners and agents, including LBC and SM Malls, Palawan Express Pera Padala is one of the country’s leading money remittance companies today. Being a local company, Palawan has partnered with international money transfer companies like Xoom and MoneyGram to serve OFWs around the world.

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  1. LBC

With over 3,000 branches nationwide and partner agents nationwide, they also make money transfer easier. With partners internationally, like Xoom and Zenje, money remittance is much more possible and safe.

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  1. Sigue Money Transfer

Internationally, Sigue’s global arm is headquartered in London and is a UK payment institution duly authorized to do business in 30 European Economic Area Member States, in order to provide money remittance services pursuant to Directive 2007/64/EC (PSD). Sigue agents, offices and support centers are available all around the globe in over one hundred countries and is partnered with local money remittance centers in the Philippines like M Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier.

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  1. Money Express

Money Express is a subsidiary of Groupe Chaka born in 2002 to meet a need for reliable electronic money transfer, fast and secure. Money Express has quickly established itself as a money transfer solution on the African space.

Doing research will help OFWs feel at peace when sending their hard-earned money. Hope this list helped! You can click on each Remittance Center in the list to know more about them. Take care!

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Who is Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte?

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Photo by Rogue Philippines

Many have already been rejoicing over Mayor Rodrigo (nicknamed Digong) Duterte’s landslide victory based on the unofficial vote counting from the COMELEC. Having a huge lead from his rivals, he will soon be the Republic of the Philippines’ 16th President. As the Philippine Elections draw to a close, let’s take a closer look at Digong’s history aside from the several news stories we see, hear and read about him.

Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte was born to Vicente G. Duterte and Soledad Roa on March 28, 1945 in Maasin, capital of Southern Leyte. His father is a Cebuano lawyer, while his mother is a native of Cabadbaran, Agusan, and was a school teacher and a civic leader of Maranao descent. His father used to be mayor of Danao in Cebu. Other relatives has also served political positions in Cebu and Davao Provinces. The Dutertes finally settled in the Davao Region in 1951, where Vicente as a lawyer engaged in private practice, while Soledad taught in public schools as a teacher, but later retired as a supervisor in 1952 when her lawyer-husband entered politics there. She left government service owing to the demands of being a wife of an active politician. As wife of the governor, she became familiar with the social and economic problems of the people, especially out-of-school youth, women, children and the disabled.

Duterte went to Laboon Elementary School in Maasin, for a year, then spent his remaining elementary days at the Santa Ana Elementary School in Davao City, where he graduated in 1956. He finished his secondary education at the Holy Cross Academy of Digos after being expelled twice from previous schools due to misconduct. He went to college at the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila, where graduated in 1968 with a degree in the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also obtained a law degree from San Beda College of Law in 1972. In the same year, he passed the bar exam. Duterte eventually became Special Counsel at the City Prosecution Office in Davao City from 1977-1979; Fourth Assistant City Prosecutor from 1979-1981; Third Assistant City Prosecutor from 1981-1983; and Second Assistant City Prosecutor from 1983-1986.

He has siblings named Benjamin “Bong” Duterte, a one-term city councilor of Davao between 1992 to 1995; younger sister Jocelyn Duterte, who lost in several attempts to grab a Third District city council seat as well as for the mayor post in 2001; and Blue Boy Duterte who ran and lost in the First District congressional race in 1998.

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Digong is also an avid fan of big bikes, and loathes luxury cars. He once owned a second-hand Harley Davidson and currently a Yamaha Virago. Once a habitual smoker, he eventually quit after a doctor’s suggestion due to health concerns. He is also openly supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and is an enthusiastic reader of Robert Ludlum and Sidney Sheldon novels.

He has his own local show in Davao City called Gikan Sa Masa, Para Sa Masa (“From the Masses, For the Masses”) aired as a blocktimer on ABS-CBN Davao. He is also a member of Lex Talionis Fraternitas, a fraternity based in the San Beda College of Law and the Ateneo de Davao University.

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He was once married to Elizabeth Abellana Zimmerman. She is a flight attendant from Davao City and is of German American descent with roots as well in Tuburan, Cebu. Together, they have three children: Paolo (“Pulong”), Sara (“Inday Sara”) and Sebastian (“Bastê”). Paolo and Sara ventured into politics while Baste concentrated on business. Duterte’s father Vicente died in 1968, while his mother Soledad died on February 4, 2012, at the age of 95. Zimmerman was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2015.

Duterte has been publicly very open about his infidelity and philandering while married to Zimmerman and cited it as the reason for his failed first marriage when asked in interviews. In 1998, Zimmerman filed a petition with the Regional Trial Court in Pasig to nullify her marriage. Duterte never appeared in court and did not contest Zimmerman’s petition. Two years later, the court decided in her favor, ending the 27-year marriage of Duterte and Zimmerman. Duterte and Zimmerman have been on good terms in recent years with Zimmerman stating, “Yes, he [Rodrigo] is really a very good leader. That is all he is. But when it comes to family, he is not capable of taking care of it.” In 2001, Zimmerman eventually ran for a seat on the city council but lost. Duterte and Zimmerman are said to have patched things up and appear to be civil to each other, 15 years after their marriage was declared null and void. Zimmerman eventually joined the campaign trail for Duterte’s presidential candidacy in early 2016 called Byaheng Du30 in which she would travel by bus to major cities together with her daughter Sara and a number of delegates.

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Photo by NewsFlash.org

Despite his status being listed as “single” in the Davao City government website, Duterte is currently living with his common-law wife Cieleto “Honeylet” Avanceña, a nurse, with whom he has one daughter named Veronica (“Kitty”). Duterte has eight grandchildren, half of whom are Muslims and the other half Christian.

Despite being raised as a communicant of the Catholic Church, on January 19, 2016, while meeting with businessmen in Binondo, Manila, he clarified that he has not attended Mass for quite some time already since he deemed it incompatible with his mayoral responsibilities: “(Kung) pakinggan ko ‘yang Ten Commandments, pati ‘yong pari diyan, wala na akong magagawa sa pagka-mayor ko” (“If I listened to the Ten Commandments or to the priests, I would not be able to do anything as a mayor”). Duterte then clarified that he had not abandoned God, only “forfeited” his religion for the meantime.

Duterte personally disclosed that he suffers from Buerger’s Disease, an inflammation of blood vessels mostly in the limbs that has been traced to previous habitual smoking, contrary to earlier rumors of throat cancer.

 

Credits to: Wikipedia

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No Number Coding Scheme on Philippine Elections, May 9

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be lifting the Number Coding Scheme in ALL cities and municipalities in Metro Manila on May 9, 2016 for the Philippine Elections in an advisory they released last Saturday, April 29.

In line with coming elections, Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro has created an Election Task Force to assist 240,000 public school teachers who will render services in the election precincts as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) during the May elections.

The 146-man Election Task Force is said to be composed of eight sub-groups covering operations, communication, call center monitoring, logistics, legal defense, secretariat, external communication and even a medical unit.

In his order, issued Thursday, Luistro said, “The DepEd Election Task Force shall ensure that teachers shall be provided with adequate information, technical and legal assistance in their performance of duties as members of the board of election inspectors (BEI), as well as principals, supervisors, schools division/city superintendents and other employees of DepEd who will serve during the May 13 automated national and local elections.”

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/390105/deped-task-force-to-assist-teachers#ixzz47T3bLrOg

According to Comelec Resolution No. 10031, the chairperson and members of the BEIs shall receive a total allowance of Php 4,500, covering the three days of work.

Credits: CNN Philippines and Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Holiday: Labor Day

Labor (also spelled as Labour) Day or Araw ng Manggagawa is a public holiday celebrated in most countries worldwide in tribute to the workers, workers’ unions, and a time to remember their hard-fought rights. Also called or linked to the International Workers’ Day, it originated from the labour union movement, which fought for an eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. In the Philippines, we celebrate it on May 1, like most countries. Some countries, on the other hand, celebrate it on a different date significant to the labour movements that occurred in their country. Most workers usually enjoy a day of rest from work during this holiday. Sale or discounts also become available in malls and other stores, including online stores. If you’re working or living abroad, BayanMall.com can help with the stuff you want to send to your family and friends back in the Philippines.

Filipino workers and activists gather near the Malacañang presidential palace during a Labor Day rally in Manila, Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2011 to call for the immediate implementation of wage increase. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipino workers and activists gather near the Malacañang presidential palace during a Labor Day rally in Manila, Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2011 to call for the immediate implementation of wage increase. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Unions use this day as well to organize demonstrations at Malacañang and other major cities in the country to get attention about their grievance issues as workers like demands on higher wages and benefits. In the Philippine history, the Union Obrera Democratica Filipina (Filipino Democratic Labor Union) held a rally of 100,000 people at Malacañang in demand of economic rights and Philippine independence on May 1, 1903 when we were still under the American rule. The Labor Code of the Philippines, the legal code governing employment practices and labor relations in the Philippines, was enacted on Labor Day of 1974 by then-President Ferdinand Marcos. In May 1, 2001, the EDSA 3 mass demonstration occurred near the palace aiming to remove then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and reinstate Joseph Estrada.

With this holiday, we pay tribute to all Filipino workers, may it be here and abroad. It is you who make this country move and progress. It is you who provide for the family. It is you who keep us alive. This Labor Day, we would like to express our gratitude to the talents, skills, effort, and time that you give for us. You are the warrior and hero in our lives. You also inspire us to keep going.

In December of 2014, Google Philippines released a touching video dedicated to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who can’t make it to be home for Christmas with their families and friends. In this video, we see muted clips of conversation between the Overseas Family Workers and their loved ones as a child is heard singing Basil Valdez’s “You” in the background. The video, entitled Miss Nothing, is part of their campaign of getting OFWs to use social media and the internet messaging to not miss significant moments and still be part of the lives of their loved ones back home despite the distance. While this may be focused on the OFWs, it still shows and pays tribute to the hard work of all Filipino workers, both here and abroad.

 

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Overseas Elections

Overseas Filipinos were only given the privilege of voting overseas starting 2004 by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). With over 1.4 million registered overseas Filipino voters for the 2016 Presidential elections, according to the Comelec, it can truly make an impact on the results of the upcoming elections.
Below is the breakdown of the count of total registered voters per area, country and territory under jurisdiction as of January 12, 2016:
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When will the Overseas Elections be held?
The overseas election period will be on April 9 to May 9, 2016. Overseas Filipinos will be able to vote for President, Vice-President, 12 Senators, and Party-List Representatives.

Automated Election System Modified Postal Voting in San Francisco
In San Francisco, the Comelec announced the adoption of the Automated Election System Modified Postal Voting. Duly registered overseas voters of the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco should register by personally visiting the Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG) or sending the request via fax (fax: +1-415-421-2641), e-mail (vote@philippinessanfrancisco.org) or calling telephone number +1-415-333-6666 ext. 888 attn: Mr. Michael Angeles / Ms. Shiela De Jesus Tabo before April 22, 2016. Once registered in this scheme, voters will be receiving their ballots through mail.

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Who are we voting for this 2016 Elections?
This May 2016, less than 2 months to go, Filipinos in the Philippines and all over the world will be putting a new president, a vice-president, 12 senators, congressmen and party-list representatives in position. It is another chance for us to elect government officials that we believe will be able to help our country soar to greater heights.

Here are your options for the Presidential and Vice-Presidential seats. There are 5 candidates running for president and these are (in alphabetical order): Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe, and Mar Roxas. For Vice President, the candidates are (in alphabetical order): Alan Peter Cayetano, Chiz Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Bong Bong Marcos, Leni Robredo and Antonio Trillanes.

Vote Wisely!

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What is the Zika Virus?

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We’ve all heard the news about the Zika Virus spreading in some parts of the world, but do we really understand what it is?

The Zika Virus infection was first detected in Uganda and outbreaks were reported in 2007, 2013, and 2015 in different parts of the world.

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This virus is usually spread by mosquitoes and it is the same one that transmits dengue and yellow fever. This mosquito is known as the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus or tiger mosquitoes, which is usually found in tropical regions.

People who have the Zika virus may experience mild fevers, skin rashes and conjunctivitis or red eyes. Other symptoms, which may last for up to 7 days, include headaches, fatigue and joint and muscle pains.

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It is believed that the Zika virus and microcephaly in babies, the rare condition of having an abnormally small head and incomplete brain development, have a link. Some countries have asked women in their areas to refrain from having babies until 2018 because of the spread of the Zika virus infection. But the World Health Organization issued a statement saying that this relationship should still be further investigated and researched on.

The Zika Virus is now spreading throughout 20 Latin American and Carribean countries including Brazil and Mexico. The surge in incidents in Brazil has caused some countries to issue travel warnings to Zika-stricken countries, especially pregnant women, to avoid contamination. Brazil has recorded 3,893 microcephaly cases in October 2015 as compared to an average of just 160 cases. This is a troubling thought, especially since the 2016 Olympics will be held in the country and thousands of people from around the world are expected to travel there for the event.

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There is still no known treatment from the Zika virus infection and it is treated as a normal fever with common fever medication, getting plenty of rest and drinking a lot of fluids to hydrate the body.

According to the DOH, one of the ways to prevent the Zika Virus is to keep our area mosquito-free. We should always practice to make our surroundings clean.

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Deal of the Day: Fly to Bangkok, Manila, or Singapore for Under $250

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Japanese carrier ANA is offering great deals from the U.S. and Canada.

Thanks to some mistake fares from Japanese airline ANA, you can score a multi-city Asian vacation this spring for rates as low as $245. The trick to finding one of these fares is to use the travel search site Momondo and select different destination and departure cities in order to make it work. You will most likely need to either drive one leg or buy another ticket to complete the trip, but the deals are good enough that even with an additional segment you’ll still be saving money.

Here’s one example: A flight from Los Angeles to Bangkok, with a return from Manila to Vancouver, costs $245. That does mean you’ll need to figure out how you want to get from Bangkok to Manila and from Vancouver to L.A., but if you can be flexible and like the idea of hitting multiple destinations on a single trip, this is a great deal. That said, you may need to do a bit of digging to find the best routes for you.

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In addition to Bangkok and Manila, the other Asian city with ANA deals is Singapore. According to blogger Scott Keyes of How to Fly For Free, you must leave from one of seven U.S. airports (Chicago-O’Hare, Houston Hobby, Los Angeles-LAX, New York-JFK, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco, or Washington-Dulles), but you can return via Vancouver or Toronto, with dates in April and May. Happy hunting!

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