Filipinos can visit these 63 countries and territories without securing a visa MANILA, Philippines – Are you looking for the next country to visit in 2018? Good news: Philippine passport holders can now travel to 63 countries and territories visa-free! This makes the Philippines rank 72nd out of 199 passports according to Henley and Partners’ latest Visa Restrictions Index for 2018 – an improvement from last year’s 75th rank. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government is working to improve access to other countries. (READ: 15 destinations around the world for Filipino travelers) “We are assuring everyone that our people at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will continue to work toward securing visa-free access of Filipinos to more co
BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2018 – Here’s what the 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s comment on this year’s set of candidates for the Binibining Pilipinas. The new set for this year’s Binibining Pilipinas has finally been revealed and 40 candidates are set to vie for the crowns to represent the Philippines in the international pageantry. Thus, the former candidate of the said local pageant who eventually brought the Miss Universe crown back in the country way back 2015, Pia Wurtzbach got something to say for the new set of candidates. In a report from the Philippines’ Ultimate Showbiz Hub (Push), she said, “Hindi ko pa sila nakikita lahat, pero sa nakita ko na sa pictures ang daming magaganda this year. 40 candidates. Medyo marami yun kaya good luck to all the candidates.” Accordingl
An abused Filipina domestic helper was rescued by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Kuwait, GMA News' JP Soriano reported no 24 Oras on Thursday. The OFW was rescued after her aunt in the Philippines, Jane Continente, reported the abuse to OWWA. "Namaga 'yung mata niya tapos nung nalaman na nagkokontak [siya] sa magulang, binabatukan at tsaka sinusuntok na sa katawan, tapos hindi nga sila pinapakain. Isang beses lang sa isang araw. Tapos pina-padlock sila sa bahay," Continente said. Continente said her niece left for Kuwait to work as a domestic helper in March last year. "Mag-trabaho ka na ibinigay mo 'yung buong puso mo yung pagtatrabaho mo, tapos makaranas ka pa ng pang-mamaltrato, parang pinaka-mahirap yata na maranasan mo yun," she said. OWWA was...
President Rodrigo Duterte led the launching of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) in Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila on Thursday afternoon. In a portion of his speech, President Duterte stressed about the conditions of overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East, saying that many of them have experienced maltreatment. “We have lost about four Filipino women in the last few months. It is always in Kuwait. Nag-usap kami ni [Foreign Affairs Secretary] Alan [Cayetano], my advice is we talk to them, state the truth, just tell them that it is not acceptable anymore,” he stated. Duterte also said that if there will be no solution to the work condition problems in the said country, he will impose a total ban. “I do not want a quarrel with Kuwait, I respect their leaders, but they have to
DUBAI: An Indian clerk admitted before the Dubai Court of First Instance that he secretly filmed a Filipina while she was naked in the shower. The defendant, who pleaded not guilty before the court but later on signed a written confession admitting the accusation, was convicted of molesting the woman and breaching her privacy and modesty by secretly filming her, reported Gulf News. A document signed by the accused states that he filmed the receptionist three times without her knowledge through the holes of an exhaust fan. According to the victim, she had just undressed and went to the shower when she noticed a reflection of a hand holding a mobile phone on the mirror. She realized that the lens was directed towards her and the phone was in video mode. “I screamed and the han
Several overseas Filipino Workers were left without their pasalubong and other essential items upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) when it was discovered that their luggage were left behind in Dubai. According to a report by GMA News' Marisol Abdurahman on GMA News TV's Balitanghali on Friday, a Cebu Pacific official told passengers two hours after landing in Manila that the OFWs' luggage were left in Dubai to avoid flight delays. Crew members put the luggage aside for later transport after the crew ran out of containers to place the cases in. The airline did not deny their negligence in informing their passengers immediately of the complication. Apologies were offered by Charo Logarta Lagamon, Cebu Pacific Corporate Communications director, ...
Two Filipina caregivers in Taiwan received recognition from the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) for taking care of two abandoned children with cerebral palsy. Joylyn Catulos Camilote and Joyce Ann Cudal Bonilla were honored by MECO after their story was reported by Asia Times in June. Camilote and Bonilla reportedly took care of the two kids after their parents left them. Reports say that the two Filipinas were hired by the children’s mother, but she got into financial trouble and was forced to flee to escape loan sharks. Camilote and Bonilla brought the poor children to their father, who then promised to honor the caregivers’ contracts. However, the father also left; leaving the children to the two women. According to MECO, Taiwan’s Social Welfare and Developm
A Filipina domestic helper in Brazil was a victim of modern slavery She was subjected by her employers to slave-like working conditions Once, the Filipina maid was forced to eat food meant for dog to keep herself from starving A 40-year-old Filipina who applied for work as domestic helper in Brazil in pursuit of greener pastures and better working conditions was subjected by her employers to slave-like working conditions. In an interview with BBC, the Filipina domestic helper said her employers who live in an upscale neighborhood in Sao Paulo made her perform a long list of tasks daily that she barely had time to eat. She said her employers’ apartment has a big living room, a large dining room and four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom that she has to clean
A model has experienced horrific side effects after getting a scleral tattoo – a squeamish procedure where the white of a person’s eye is injected with dye. 24-year-old Catt Gallinger from Ottawa, Canada has experienced blurred and permanently damaged vision following her unusual tattoo – it’s left her with purple ink leaking from her painfully swollen eye. Catt is now in such extreme discomfort, she says she would rather just have the eye removed than continue in her current state. She’s since undergone a number of treatments, with the hope of restoring her vision and is now waiting to have an operation, where the ink filled flap of her eye will be removed. However, she doesn’t have much time and once the ink is solidified, the only course of action will be to remove t
how Do you have too much or too little $ex? The problem is that we have less time to spend some quality time with our partner, plus all the stress of modern times, and the fact how different we are only adds to that. For some people having sexual intercourse twice a week is enough, while a for others that can be either too little or too much. Research conducted at the Institute Kinsey revealed how often individuals have $ex, if we take into consideration their age, and here we show the results: 18-29: On average 112 times a year; 30-39 years: on average 86 times a year; 40-49 years: on average 69 times a year. different we are only adds to that. For some people having sexual intercourse twice a week is enough, while a for others that can be either too little or too much. Rese...