• In this 8,000 sq. km.-wide city of some 320,000 residents, Fe Arquisola-Obaga (see horizontal photo) is Valladolid’s only Filipino nurse —working at the Sanidad Castilla y Leon (SACYL).
  • Allan Cabiles, an automobile engineer, think that salaries and benefits that Malaysians will offer to Filipinos matter more than a new immigration perk that allows skilled foreign workers in stay longer in this Southeast Asian country.
  • THE outlet of the popular Brazilian coffee shop Bracafe in Paloma district is Filipinos’ favourite hangout, like this gentleman in a cap.
  • The exhibit “Rizal in Our Midst: A Homage to Greatness” showcases the different denominations ranging from five centavos to as high as 100 pesos since 1903 where the image of Rizal or his monument appears.

News Flash

  • Central Bank:
    OFW remittances slowed down in February 2012

    Read here...

    Exclusive: Crisis won't cut off Pinoys' Social Security Benefits from Spain
    Read here...

    Exclusive: Pag-IBIG hands out P36B housing loans to OFWs
    Read here...

  • Here is another sample of a news ticker.

News Digest: Kin seek help to find missing Negrense OFW

Written by Jeremaiah Opiniano on . Posted in News Flash

from a March 29 report by the Visayan Daily Star

BACOLOD CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL-RELTIVES of a missing Negrense domestic worker who left for Saudi Arabia are asking help to locate her.

Joebie Claraga Bautista, 41, was believed missing since June, 2011. In a Visayan Daily News report, John Leonard Monterona of Migrante-Middle East said a friend of Bautista informed her family last August, 2011 that she was being maltreated and sent back to the Philippines.

News Digest: Middle East is top source of OFW members to Pag-IBIG

Written by Jeremaiah Opiniano on . Posted in News Flash

from an April 1 report by Mariecar Jara-Puyod of Gulf News

MANILA–OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia are among the most number of members to Manila’s Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund.

Pag-IBIG’s membership and collection data showed that over 169,558 OFWs from the Middle East signed for Pag-IBIG for reactivation of membership or for first-time membership in 2011.

News Digest: PRC revises board exam rules for OFWs

Written by Jeremaiah Opiniano on . Posted in News Flash

from a March 29 report by Janice Ponce de Leon of Gulf News

MANILA–THE Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) has revised the implementing rules on the conduct of Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations (SPLBE) for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz bared this news in order to make the process easier and faster for OFWs in taking the board exams in host countries.

The few Filipinos who are at home in Valladolid, Spain

Written by Jeremaiah Opiniano on . Posted in 2012-News-Packet-Vol-11-01-02, News Flash

Texts and photos by Jeremaiah Opiniano

VALLADOLID, Spain—SPANIARDS coming from this place, like a former king and some Augustinian priests who became bishops in Manila and Cebu during the 17th century, conquered Filipinos and their land about four centuries ago.

But today at Spain’s former seat of power and the capital of the Castilla y Leon region, a small pack of Filipinos —around ten— quietly made this quiescent city their home.