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It’s showtime! Pinoy cruisers show force in TV, united as one family



Image Credit: BSCS & WPCS community

Last Wednesday, May 24, some seafarers working in cruise ships and cruise aspirants jovially appeared on ‘It’s Showtime’, a noontime TV show of ABS-CBN. Led by Pambansang Cruiser and Vblogger Rinell Banda, the group had proven that the Filipino cruise community is just getting bigger and louder to fulfill a special positive role in our society.

I truly commend Rinell Banda’s leadership. Under his watch two other activities, a grand fusion and a gift-giving activity, happened last April 22 and May 14, respectively. The former event had mainly benefited seafarer aspirants as legit recruiters accepted their CVs, as well as inspiring cruisers shared them their cool experiences working at sea and personal guides and tips on how to secure their dream cruise ship job. Meanwhile, the latter made around 100 poor people smile the sweetest that day. They received gift packs of goods from various benevolent sponsors whom Rinell tapped to donate for the needy.


Image Credit: R. Banda

But of course, my friend isn’t Superman. Hence, he called for physical assistance and I’m glad to note that many had responded positively to volunteer from setting the venue of the said two events to recently showing the spirit of true blooded Pinoy cruisers ‘live’ on TV!

On the other hand, the father of Buhay Sa Cruise Ship (BSCS) and an active admin of Working Pinoy in Cruise Ships (WPCS) Facebook groups told me the goal of the said activity, “For group exposure and yung sobrang pera ibibigay sa community.” (“For group exposure and excess money collected will be donated to the community.”)

As the public is not so aware of our profession, I believe appearing on TV could indeed bolster our PH’s modern hero image. More importantly, seafarers become prominent catalysts of nation building.


Kudos to our Pinoy cruisers happy and strong family! Ya’ all look great on TV screen! 🙂

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PHL Passport: A Complete Application Guide for Lost, Retrieved, or Mutilated Passports



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PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for First Timers

PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for Renewal


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Mga Bagong Bayani ng Pilipinas




At the height of the civil war in Yemen on 17 August 2015, the Port of Hodeidah where the MV Horizon was berthed was bombed by the Saudi-led coalition.

It could have been a major catastrophe at sea if not for the decisiveness and maneuvering skills of the 22 Filipino Crew of MV Horizon who are honored as Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employees.

Captain Virgilio A. Javier wasted no time directing his crew to proceed to the lower deck for shelter.

After getting clearance from the vessel owner to leave the port due to the dangerous situation, the crew successfully brought the vessel to safety using their maneuvering skills and sheer determination. They were able to do this amid continuous bombings and zero visibility brought by the thick smoke.

The crew of MV Horizon has shown decisive action and exemplary teamwork in a risky situation that prevented the loss of lives and property and potential damage to the environment. They have set a good example not only to their fellow Filipino seafarers but to all their colleagues at sea.


Captain Belen has been a seafarer for thirty (30) years. His decisiveness and readiness to take action when duty calls has brought him to where he is today.

This was exhibited on the 24th of December 2015 when Captain Belen led a rescue operation of two European crew onboard a race yacht whose lives at that time were threatened by huge waves and rough winds while sailing. His vessel MV Star Isfjor was on its way to The Netherlands from the USA when the call to assist was received. He immediately led his team to battle ten-meter waves and strong winds without any hesitation on the imminent danger that lies ahead. Despite extreme weather conditions and several unsuccessful attempts, Capt. Belen did not waver in his strong determination until he was able to save the precious lives of the two sailors.

This heroic feat and that of his crew was recognized in various media platforms in Europe, once again proving the Filipino Seafarers’ gallantry.

The leadership, excellent seamanship and heroism of Captain Belen makes him truly worthy for the Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employee Award.


A native of Cebu, Captain Sison has been a seafarer for more than thirty (30) years having obtained his Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation at the Philippine Merchant Maritime School-Manila in the 80’s. The formative years he spent at the University of San Carlos in Cebu has greatly influenced his desire to help the needy early on in his life.

Captain Sison is a Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employee Awardee for saving the lives of nine (9) Algerian refugees who experienced being aimlessly adrift for days in the Mediterranean Sea without food and water.

On the 24th of August 2015, Captain Sison and his crew, while on their way to Spain onboard MV Star Herdia spotted these helpless refugees who have been refused entry by the European countries. He immediately contacted the Algerian authorities to report about the plight of their fellow nationals but was refused help.

While fully aware that he will get the ire of the Spanish authorities, his fortitude to save precious lives prevailed upon him to rescue the beleaguered refugees. With the help of his crew, he provided them with food and temporary shelter. Capt. Sison never regretted his decision and will continue to risk his life and limb to help others in distress.

This makes him truly commendable as a Bagong Bayani Awardee.


Daniel Galano Cabasa, an electrical engineer by profession, has worked overseas for the past seventeen (17) years holding managerial positions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He is a project manager who possesses solid leadership and technical skills in the field of power and energy sector providing inspiration to other Filipino electrical practitioners and skilled professionals. He unselfishly shared his skills and expertise in the field enabling his fellow Filipinos to work with pride and dignity, as well as uplift their quality of life by having a better job as licensed professionals.

One of his outstanding achievements was his unconditional support for the under-board Filipino electrical practitioners and electricians in Riyadh to become licensed professionals in the field of electrical engineering. His unique way of teaching enabled them to have a better passing rate in the exams by sharing his theoretical and technical skills as Board Reviewer/Instructor in the Special Professional Licensure Board Examination (SPLBE) regularly conducted in Saudi Arabia under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission.

He also conducted skills development trainings and seminars for professional advancement and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program in fulfillment and preparation for registration to the Asean Accreditation for Professional Engineers (ACPE).

Mr. Cabasa was Chapter President of the Integrated Institute of Electrical Engineers – Central Region Chapter- Saudi Arabia (IIEE-CRCA) in 2014 where he also served in various capacities for many years. He strongly advocated for global competitiveness during his term challenging its members to equip themselves with necessary trainings in supervisory and managerial skills, and served as channels for the exchange of knowledge, technical information, and skills development, among others.

In recognition of his significant contributions for the benefit of Filipino workers, including his involvement in many socio-civic activities, he was conferred the prestigious “Gawad ng Pangulo,” award for Banaag Category, representing the IIEE-CRCA in 2014. To this day, he continues to be involved with the organization as its Chapter Adviser.

Earlier, through his dedication and perseverance in helping fellow practitioners, he was recognized by the IIEE National Committee on Selection and Awards as one of the Most Outstanding Electrical Practitioners.

Mr. Cabasa is most worthy of emulation for the Bagong Bayani Award for Outstanding Employee.


Professor Joeffrey Maddatu Calimag, Ph.D., is the only Southeast Asian professor at the University of Ulsan in South Korea teaching in International Business, Trade and Global Management.

As an esteemed professor and scholar, Dr. Calimag has delivered a number of lectures not only in South Korea but in various countries in Southeast Asia including the Philippines as an expert in international business.

He has worked tirelessly as an OFW and has made significant contributions in promoting the welfare of Filipinos and other migrant workers in South Korea. Dr. Calimag is an advocate of financial literacy having conducted several seminars to Filipino communities in South Korea. He is also the adviser of the Financial Literacy Advocates Network (FLAN), a newly organized group in South Korea that resulted from the activities of the Global Filipino Investor (TGFI). Whenever he is in Manila, he is a regular guest and resource person at the ABS-CBN Teleradyo show aired every Sunday, discussing relevant topics on saving and budgeting tips during the holidays and personal finance of migrant workers and their families.

An advocate of volunteerism, he promotes the welfare of migrants by serving as a counsellor at the Korea Migrants Center for almost five years to different nationalities. He was also a news anchor of the Migrants’ Network TV Multilingual Migrant News program at, English editor of Migrant OK News Magazine, Public Information Officer of the Association of Filipino Educators in Korea (AFEK) and editor-in-chief of the Sulyapinoy Newsletter of the Filipino EPS Workers Association (FEWA).

Dr. Calimag has helped bridge friendship and foster goodwill between Filipinos living in South Korea and the Koreans. He has been the editor of several Korean-Filipino language guide books intended for the use of multicultural families and migrant workers, thus, bringing new insights in multiculturalism in South Korea.

His expertise in the Korean language and knowledge of labor laws and immigration policies proven useful as a mediator and translator in conflicts and labor disputes involving migrant workers.

For his numerous accomplishments as an OFW and his great efforts in promoting the welfare of Filipinos and other migrant workers in South Korea, Dr. Calimag is bestowed the Bagong Bayani Award for Outstanding Employee.


Dr. Juan Cruz Lucero, Jr. is a teacher for 25 years specializing in the field of special education for children with autism, having spent the last four (4) years in the United States of America. He has completed numerous trainings on special education for children with autism and was given a certificate of appreciation for mentoring students with special needs.

Owing to his excellent performance in classroom teaching, he was selected as one of the teachers of Gallup-McKinley County Schools to qualify for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) retention, an education grouping used worldwide when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness of students in the science and technology department.

Further, in recognition of his teaching competencies, the State of New Mexico granted him a Level III-A Instructional Leader Special License.

True to his commitment, Dr. Lucero wrote a workbook on mentoring that is being used by students for career readiness pathway.

His hometown in Norzagaray, Bulacan has also recognized his notable achievements. In 2006, the Norzagaray Smiles Club, in appreciation of town mates who have accomplished their goals in life, awarded him a Plaque of Recognition as an Outstanding Citizen in the field of education.

For having exhibited excellence in the field of special education for children with autism, Dr. Lucero is accorded the Bagong Bayani for Outstanding Employee.


A nurse by profession, Henelyn De Ruña-Collis rose from the ranks to become Assistant Director of Al Jahra Hospital in Kuwait where she dedicated 30 productive years of her life. She went through numerous experiences such as war, fire, terror attack and trauma which strongly put her skills, courage, patience and strength to the test. Her selfless actions towards patients, regardless of their color, race or belief, saved the lives of many, thus earning the admiration and respect of various nationalities.

In 1990, when Kuwait was invaded by Iraq, she remained steadfast despite imminent danger. Neither did she opt to escape or leave. She bravely stayed behind to attend to the sick and wounded civilians and military soldiers alike. She also helped her colleagues overcome their fears and focus on saving lives which uplifted their morale and gave them the drive to help others.

In March 2003, when Iraq again attempted to invade Kuwait and spread the use of nerve gas as a potent means for mass killing, Ms. Collis immediately volunteered to spearhead a comprehensive training program for nurses and hospital personnel on how to handle and treat patients exposed to the harmful substance. She was a leader, a teacher, a health care provider who inspired the hospital personnel to contribute their precious time and share their knowledge to avoid major casualties.

In 2008 and 2011, she fearlessly led rescue operations beyond her duty and capacity when a fire broke during a wedding in two separate occasions. These were considered biggest emergencies in Kuwait where hundreds of children and women suffered severe burns, resulting to death of thousands.

Ms. Collis is also an active Filipino community leader and volunteer in various socio-civic activities and outreach programs in Kuwait. She heads the Filipino Nurses Association in Kuwait (FNAK) which initiated medical missions and the promotion of welfare of Filipino domestic helpers in close coordination with the Philippine Embassy. She is also the President of Hiligaynon Community in Kuwait (HCK) which organized fund raising campaign and charitable activities for the benefit of distressed OFWs and calamity stricken areas in the Philippines.

Ms. Collis is a living modern hero who truly deserves the Community and Social Service Award and the distinguished Blas F. Ople Para sa Natatanging Bagong Bayani Award and worthy of being dubbed as “Florence Nightingale of the Philippines.”


An exemplary IT professional, a philantropist, a well regarded Filipino community leader, a true National Pride perfectly describe Fidel Manzo Escurel.

He ardently served the Filipino community in various capacities such as the Founder and Vice-Chairperson of Foundation of Filipino Workers Worldwide (FFWW) offering socio civic service and lending credibility to Filipinos in Qatar, USA, and other countries; President of Romblomanon Diri sa Qatar (RDQ) which spearheaded a donation campaign for typhoon victims in the Philippines. He was also Overall Chairperson for the 2012 Philippine Independence Day Organizing Committee (PINOC); Overall Leader/Coordinator for the preparation of Philippine festivals, parade, trade fairs, publication of “Isang Sulyap Souvenir Program and various Philippine Embassy outreach programs and charitable projects.

Mr. Escurel organized a series of financial literacy trainings/seminars for our kababayans and actively engaged in the promotion of human rights, gender equality, health care access and opportunity for low income earners.

He has consistently gone beyond the call of duty to be of service to his countrymen. He always extends volunteer service to the Philippine Embassy in Doha. His noble acts to help the Filipino community made him a recipient of several citations.

His leadership in socio-civic activities has benefitted not only the overseas Filipino workers but his kababayans as well. He was active in various programs such as Rebuild: Convergence for Sustainable Livelihood Project Assistance under the “Bangon Western Visayas” through CFO-LINKAPIL.

Fidel Manzo Escurel is worthy of emulation of Filipinos overseas and deserving of the Bagong Bayani Award for Community and Social Service.


Lito Rayman Navarro joined Cornwall Enterprise Company Ltd. in 2004 as Machine Operator. Although that was his main job assignment, he willingly volunteered to do other tasks whenever a co-worker is unavailable or a department needs additional manpower. He did not only volunteer for the sake of earning extra income, but completed each task promptly and diligently. Having gained full knowledge of the different aspects of the company’s operations, he was designated as a Quality Controller.

He is a friend to his co-workers, always ready to assist and share technical knowledge. He was able to adapt well to people in all levels of the organization and is a dependable and trustworthy employee.

With these traits, he was the only foreign worker who was granted an all access authority in the company’s premises. He was also given the responsibility to lead the workers in the start and end of daily job routine. His efforts were considered as a vital contribution to the company’s growth and success. He was conferred the prestigious “Outstanding Foreign Worker Award in Taiwan” by the Council of Labor Affairs in April 2014 for his exemplary work ethics.

Despite working overseas, Mr. Navarro did not forget to give back to his countrymen. He spearheaded several advocacy work such as the establishment of scholarship funds, medical outreach, cultural, sports and environmental programs through a local non-government organization “INARO – KABABALI/IYO.

Mr. Navarro has not only proven to be an exemplary Overseas Filipino Worker who brought honor to the Philippines but an outstanding Filipino willing to extend selfless contribution to his motherland and uplift the lives of his fellow countrymen. He proved that distance is not a hindrance to a willing spirit making him completely worthy to be recognized as recipient of Bagong Bayani Award for Community and Social Service!

Source: Bagong Bayani Awards


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13 Reasons Why Filipina Ship Capt. Che Javellana is ‘Beauty and the Best’

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Master Mariner Ma. Kristina ‘Che’ Javellana, our Sailing Republic’s newly crowned ‘Beauty and the Best’ queen.


Her majesty joins the rank of female sea rulers Capt. Jasmin Labarda and Chief Engineer Nina da Silva. In fact, they all graduated from the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP).

The truth is, the dear captain has got not merely my attention. After some research and online interview, (just a little change; small, to say the least) her peerless personality captured my keen interest and respect.

Like Belle of the hit movie Beauty and the Beast, Che is a beautiful person you would like to hang-out with. She is strong, confident and bright. Capt. Che doesn’t need a beast though, to unleash her best. She have had courageously traverse the oceans and sailed continents from coasts to coasts. She spent most of her time at sea, away from her beloved family, friends and even without prince charming. As a seafarer myself, I must say her highness’ journey was never been a fairy tale.

Perhaps, you’re aware that to toil at sea is not easy (a tale as old as time, true as it can be) but through the years, Capt. Che built herself a prominent queen. She certainly (certain as the sun, rising in the east) composed herself well to reign on time.

She had been on the battlefield for years. With iron boots on, she fought the hardest to help serve the global economic boom. Amidst stormy seas, she sagaciously led her men to execute their mission. Filipino migrant workers like her are indeed prolific and world class (a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme).

As a seafarer advocate, I was able to meet a handful of women sailors but candid Capt. Che is exceptional among others. In our fun chikahan, we can learn these 13 valuable life skills from her:

























and lastly,



Thank you for providing our sailing republic sunshine, Capt. Che Javellana!

We wish you and your crew safe sailings, always.

Hart. Hart ❤



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5 reminders new WALK-IN APPLICANTS of Seaman’s book should not ignore

Before you can work on any foreign-flagged ship or a Philippine-registered ship which is 35 Gross Tonnage (GT) and above, you need a Seafarers Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or what is commonly known as seaman’s book.


Since it’s your first time to apply, The Sailing Republic would like to remind you of the following:

  1. Requirements – For new applicants, bring the ORIGINAL COPY and ONE (1) PHOTOCOPY of below documents:
    Birth Certificate on Security Paper (SECPA) or Passport
    1. Valid NBI Clearance
    2. Valid Basic Safety Training (BST) or Basic Training (BT) Certificate; and
    3. Official Receipt of Basic Safety Training (BST) or Basic Training (BT) Course
    Meanwhile, if you are a cadet and you would like to wear your shoulder board, you must submit Transcript of Records (TOR) or if not available, a certification from the school duly signed by the school Registrar, as proof of your enrollment in a maritime course.
  2. Payment – A regular processing costs Php 800.00 but if you needed it ASAP, prepare to shed off Php 1,500.00 from your pocket.
  3. Entitlement – If your regular application is successful, you can claim your first seaman’s book the next working day but within 4 hours only if you have had chosen an expedite application.
  4. Office hours – Your nearest MARINA Office is open daily, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM without noon break (Monday to Friday only).
  5. Exemptions – If you plan to work onboard warships/naval vessels/naval auxiliaries or fishing vessels regardless of tonnage engaged in domestic fishing operation, you are not required to possess a SIRB.

All set to apply? Visit the MARINA Main office at 984 Parkview Plaza, Taft Avenue corner Kalaw Street Manila, Philippines or a regional office nearest to your location now!

Oops..wait! I think an online application is more convenient.



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Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s Your Ultimate Guide To Get Quickly Hired

Who wouldn’t love to sail with these fantastic floating behemoths?


Image Credit: Royal Carribean

Who wouldn’t like a successful cruise career? Princess Cruises, a leading cruise company, says that working in a cruise ship is a guaranteed way for someone to travel in style!

Related Reading: Ten true-to-life experiences of the ‘luckiest’ Pinoy cruiser alive which can change your life today

If given a golden chance, I bet you’ll hit the ground running like Mr. Routh Gar Flogio. Way back 2015, Routh was just 23 years old then when he started to work as a restaurant utility trainee in a cruise ship.


Image Credit: RG Flogio

In Facebook, Routh shares his personal shipboard experiences and as well as guide and tips on how to apply for and get accepted to work in a cruise ship.

My sincere appreciation by the way to Routh. He’s a gentleman worthy of emulation. We collaborated to make this blog post and to make the long story short, here’s what we would like to share to you, big dreamer!

First step: Secure travel documents and a Basic training (BT) Certificate.

If you don’t have any shipboard experience yet, your chance to get hired would be likely 0-5% only.

” 5% is more like chambahan or kung may backer ka na sinasabi eh, di goodluck pero kung wala, you should work harder,” Routh said.

Increase your chance to get hired by being travel-ready. Secure two important travel documents a sea-based worker needs – a passport and seaman’s book.


For passport application, read my other blog posts:

PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for First Timers

PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for Renewal

PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for Lost, Retrieved, or Mutilated Passports

On the other hand, please be informed that a Basic Training (BT) Certificate is a prerequisite when applying for a seaman’s book.

I suggest you read ‘BT, SDSD & CROWD: 3 trainings to jump-start your cruise career‘ and ‘BT: A fun and memorable training‘ to gain more insights about Basic Training.

I’m a BT instructor, so I hope you believe me when I say BT is just the ticket you need to start working at sea.

There’s a lot of accredited Maritime Training Centers (MTCs) which offer quality and affordable Basic Training (former but still widely called SOLAS Training) like Magsaysay Training Center, TMTCP, Far East Maritime and PNTC , among others, in Manila.



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Moreover, Routh suggested that you enroll on a training center nearby your aimed employer –

“Marami nagkalat sa kalaw or search na lang kay pareng Google ( ang training center) but for me convenient yung malapit sa mga agency na target mong applyan.”

BT usually takes 7-8 days of combined theoretical and practical training to be completed. The practicum is usually set on the last day and depending which training center you chose, you’ll be travelling to places like Cavite, Laguna or Batangas. Most usually, a bus trip departs from Manila as early as 0500H to avoid congested roads.

After completion of BT, claim your course completion certificate, official receipt and Training Certificate and Records of Assessment (TCROA) from the training center. You need these documents to process your BT Certificate of Proficiency (COP) in MARINA later on and of course, to apply for a Seafarers Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or seaman’s book.


These are must-to-read guidelines when you want to apply for a seaman’s book, whether online or walk-in.

Five (5) reminders walk-in seaman’s book applicants should not ignore

No need to wait and fall in-line, get your seaman’s book online

For a  handy guide, download Seaman’s Book Application Guide  – a pdf guide I got from MARINA website and I’m sharing it thru this blog for free.

And here’s another tip. Once you claimed your seaman’s book, take good care of it and you may now get a Seafarer’s Registration Number (SRN).

To help you understand what is the purpose of SRN and how to have one, I wrote ‘What is SRN and how to get it for FREE?‘ . Read it know the answer.

Ooohrayttt. Now that you’re trained and document-ready, time to move to the next level.

Second Step: Apply, apply and apply

Applying for cruise job by walk-in or online are booth ad rem.

Apply, apply, and apply – never say die until you’re accepted!

Submit your resume and other documents (if required so) to these legit recruitment agencies in Manila.


Most usually, once you submit a CV, a hiring agency will tell you, ‘We will contact you for interview. Unfortunately, some will ‘seenzone’ you as early as this stage. I hope not.

On a positive note, if good news strikes, get ready for next step!

Step three: Nail the job interview & company specific exams

Routh said, “Kapag tinawagan ka for interview eto na, its your show. Time mo nang magpasikat,”

To pass the interview, he personally reminds applicants to:


    • Wear a formal or semi-formal dress to look proper.
    • Don’t forget to smile always
    • Act confidently and professional
    • Bring all the necessary documents
    • Humbly showcase yourself and express clearly why you’re the most qualified candidate for that position who had applied for, and lastly,
    • Be on time. 

Finally, be positive and learn to wait for the right time.

A completed job interview does not guarantee you the job but if you’re the kind of employee a particular recruiter is looking for, you’ll be notified immediately.

 “In God nothing is impossible, so pray for His guidance,” Routh reminds us.

Congratulations in advance for landing a career in a cruise ship! I’m sure you became the best version of yourself when you’re applying for your dream job.

However, when not given the chance yet, never lose hope and be patient to start all over again.

“Maging matiyaga sa paghihintay. Trust in God’s given timing for it’s better to wait a while and have things fall into places than to rush but have these things fell apart. In God nothing is impossible, so pray for His guidance.” Routh said.



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PASSION & STRENGTH IN SACRIFICE dignify OFWs as the world’s leading migrant workers


Travelling foreign lands just to bring home honey and bread is not an easy task.  We are not a stranger to home sick, long distance relationship, and emotional struggles and adjustments.  If we are not strong, we could have been a victim of depression.  Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) is nothing to be ashamed of.  We have to be proud of it for achieving extra-ordinary milestones in our lives.  Our race is known to be very close with family ties but we emerged strong enough to leave our country and take risks to improve our living conditions.

As a fellow OFW, I could never imagine leaving Philippines without bringing back more opportunities to my family and to the society.  I dream of living in a progressive country but we have to admit our Mother Country cannot provide it yet.  But here we are, the wanderers of the world to the land of opportunities, struggling our ways to make a living and make worth of our risks in exploring the land of others.  We, the OFWs, are very essential in the improvement of our country, aren’t we?  It is considered by many that Philippine’s main export is human capital because of the increasing number of Filipinos leaving the country to work abroad.  Though I do not necessarily agree with it, it just only rooted to the necessity of uplifting the conditions of our family.  We are not a subject of belittlement, we are standing proud and strong in service for our fellowmen.

We should be proud as an OFW because we promote inclusive growth of our country.  We are a major source of human capital development.  The remittance we sent home goes straight to households to appease the basic needs such as shelter, education, and food.  We are passionate, selfless, and hard working and this is the reason why foreign cultures admire our abilities and work ethics.


We should be proud because we braved off the unbearable emotional anguish when we left our family home and start anew in a foreign land.

We are culturally flexible and adaptable because we survived in dealing with the various cultures of the world which are far more different in the Filipino culture.  We dared to taste unusual food, clothed ourselves differently, and speak other languages.  This is a form of cultural mastery of the world and we OFWs are able to experience it. It is a dignifying experience!

Lastly, we love the value of human life. Wherever we are in the world, in the North, South, East, or West hemisphere, we are forever grateful that we are raised in a Filipino culture that loved the idea of respect to humanity and love for all despite of the races.  We are proud that we bring to the world the appreciation of humanity.

We are passionate. We are selfless.  We boost our strength through sacrifice.  Who else would not be proud of this?

Sail on, OFWs!


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Things to remember when signing an employment contract. A MUST READ TO PREVENT FUTURE WORK PROBLEMS





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Without Filipino Nurses, Saudi Hospitals May Sink

A week ago I highly encouraged a friend to work in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). She has been working as a nurse in a provincial hospital for about 3 years already, and just like those who want to find greener pastures abroad, she eventually applied for a job overseas. In one way or another, her dreams to go out of the country and earn a better salary would be likely fulfilled.
I feel worried for my close friend lately though upon reading a Saudi Gazette article post for Khaled Almaeena, editor-at-large, wrote what he personally observed.




To dig the issue deeper, he even visited some Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and was able to talk with them. Upon learning the real score, he then reminded his countrymen to be true leaders of society and embody the holy principles of Islam.


Khaled had divulged how patients and hospital managers rudely dealt with some of our Filipino health workers, urging them at the same time to change their respective attitude.


It bleeds my heart to know that some forms of discrimination, both in public and private sectors, are prevalent in Saudi, and our dear Filipino nurses feel humiliated about it.


Eventually, those who work in remote areas would be likely usual victims of prejudice.


Indeed, the issue calls for respect of worker’s rights or of human rights in general.



If an Arab was aware and alarmed, we should genuinely feel more concerned, as true Filipinos, for our kababayan nurses working in KSA.

We’re on the same boat Khaled, the reason why I wrote this blog post is to raise the general public’s awareness about our Filipino nurses’ plight, too! Thanks for your compliments and concern.


For years, many OFWs have had considered KSA as their second home, next to Philippines. In fact, my father is one of them. He works in Riyadh up to date and I can’t help but to be thankful of the job opportunity the rich Arab nation has offered him. And of course, with regards to providing health manpower, we don’t want Saudi hospitals to be greatly affected like what Khaled has perceived.


To end, Khaled encourage the public and private sectors of Saudi to foster Filipino nurses’ rights and welfare. We should join his cause, without reservations.


What can you say about our nurses being discriminated in Saudi?

How will you advise a nurse friend who’s eager to work in there?

Whatever your thoughts are, feel free to leave a comment below.




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Proud to be an Overseas Filipino, Proud to be a modern hero


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We, the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are dubbed as Philippines’ modern heroes.

We serve as backbone of our country’s rising economy. The billion-dollar remittances (Yes, it’s billions with a B!) we send home are indeed beneficial for nation- building.

Furthermore, we are figuratively remarkable based on this data.


The growing figures have spoken.

We are forever grateful and proud to be OFWs!



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