Jordanian art scene’s rising star has Pinoy roots; loves adobo, too

DUBAI, UAE: When he was 20 and a homeless college drop-out, a friend gave him $20 for food. “Yet, I was having this urge to buy what I had always wanted but couldn’t afford, which was a canvas,” Jad Cordero, self-taught multimedia artist, told Rappler in an interview from Amman, Jordan where he is basedContinue reading “Jordanian art scene’s rising star has Pinoy roots; loves adobo, too”

Bicol market vendors’ son now operates UAE’s fastest-growing seafood restaurant chain

DUBAI: Five years ago in May 2016, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) opened a seafood restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Today, the establishment, which has grown to become a popular dining destination not only among Filipinos, but for locals and tourists as well, has eight branches, the ninth set to open in April this year. “NangContinue reading “Bicol market vendors’ son now operates UAE’s fastest-growing seafood restaurant chain”

Dubai OFWs share hair- raising Covid experience as fatalities stay high

Dubai, UAE – Amid the backdrop of a record-high 18 Covid-related deaths reported by the government and daily new cases breaching the 4,500-mark early this week, Filipinos, who have had brushes with the infectious disease, share their ordeal to remind everyone that complacency could cause their life. A number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) interviewedContinue reading “Dubai OFWs share hair- raising Covid experience as fatalities stay high”

HOW’D SHE DO IT? Jobless OFW opens milk tea store during Covid pandemic; becomes successful

DUBAI, UAE – A jobless overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who spent 10 years of her savings on a milk tea store that coincidentally opened just as the Covid-19 pandemic was creeping in last year, has managed to pull through despite the odds and recently opened a second store, with plans to operate a third beforeContinue reading “HOW’D SHE DO IT? Jobless OFW opens milk tea store during Covid pandemic; becomes successful”

Filipino community in UAE mourns death of Pinay expat

 PH embassy UAE vows justice for missing OFW who was found dead last month ABU DHABI, UAE – The million-strong Filipino community in the United Arab Emirates is mourning the death of a Filipina receptionist who was reported missing in March last year and whose remains were found last month. Social media have been floodedContinue reading “Filipino community in UAE mourns death of Pinay expat”

Close to 100K Dubai OFWs applied for DOLE’s Covid ayuda in 2020 – government report

DUBAI: A total of 99,465 applications for the Department of Labor and Employment’s Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (DOLE-AKAP) program was received by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) here as the coronavirus pandemic halted business activities across the city last year. This, according to POLO data obtaine from Labor AttachéContinue reading “Close to 100K Dubai OFWs applied for DOLE’s Covid ayuda in 2020 – government report”

OFW grandma dances on TikTok while undergoing Covid treatment

DUBAI: While most people infected with the coronavirus would be sulking, praying that they make it, a 60-year-old overseas Filipina worker (OFW) in Abu Dhabi instead took it in stride, dancing on TikTok to “entertain” her loved ones back home and allay their anxieties. Emma Wenceslao Sentones of Isabel, Leyte, who lives alone in theContinue reading “OFW grandma dances on TikTok while undergoing Covid treatment”

PH consulate in Dubai halts operations due to Covid-19 risk

DUBAI: The Philippine Consulate General’s (PCG) office here was temporarily closed for two days from yesterday, Sunday, Jan. 17 to “undergo extensive sanitation procedures after possible exposure to Covid-19.” This, even as a travel advisory has been issued on Friday, Jan. 15 by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi advising Filipinos travelling to the PhilippinesContinue reading “PH consulate in Dubai halts operations due to Covid-19 risk”

Nearly 30K distressed Dubai OFWs received help from consulate during 2020’s Covid pandemic

DUBAI: Despite the restrictions imposed on the movement of people at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, nearly 30,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) received aid from the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in the form of a one-time financial assistance or food support, while 3,500 more were repatriated. Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes saidContinue reading “Nearly 30K distressed Dubai OFWs received help from consulate during 2020’s Covid pandemic”

Pinay nurse in UK bestowed coveted award; makes it to Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honor List

DUBAI: A Filipina nurse working at a care home in the United Kingdom (UK) was among recipients of the coveted British Empire Medal (BEM), bestowed upon her for her contributions in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. — a feat that has qualified her to be on Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honor List. HailingContinue reading “Pinay nurse in UK bestowed coveted award; makes it to Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honor List”

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