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Thousands join PH Independence Day parade in NY

NEW YORK CITY – The Philippine Independence Day parade in New York City is the largest celebration of its kind outside the Philippines attracting tens of thousands of people from across the northeast coast. “We have elevated our presence here in the United States. We’re the second largest Asian ethnic minority, so we are doing it in a big way ...

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Family seeks justice for Pinay burned to death in Malaysia

  MANILA – The family of a Filipina burned to death in Malaysia is appealing to the government for help as they continue to seek justice for their loved one. Rovelyn ”Ruby” Lloren Repotente, 35, was found burned to death inside her house in Johor Bahru last week, June 2, but until now her family does not have a clear ...

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Pinay maid in viral photo rescued in Jeddah

JEDDAH – The Filipina household service worker, who posted on Facebook a photo of herself covered in bruises, has been rescued. Jocelyn Lucena is now under the custody of the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah. “Malaking pasasalamat ko talaga sa Facebook, saka ang bilis-bilis din agad ng pagka-rescue [ng Philippine Consulate] sa akin. Napakabilis talaga,” said Lucena. Lucena took to the ...

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By: Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau OAKLAND, California – Grammy winner and The Voice Philippines coach was in the Bay Area recently to help promote the new innovations of Filipino food. The event, “Savor the Night”, allowed guests to try new takes on Filipino food and to meet and interact with Apl himself. “We’re very passionate with our ...

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US Pinoy claims manager urinated on him, called him ‘monkey’

By: ABS-CBN North America News Bureau | 06/02/2015   REDWOOD CITY, California – The Equal Opportunity Commission is suing an oil service company for discriminating against a Filipino worker in Williston, North Dakota. The EOC also alleges that the oil service company American Casing & Equipment fired Pinoy worker Matthew Clark in retaliation for his complaints about the harassment. According to a ...

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Pinoys in Saudi urged to check only embassy website

By: MANILA – The Filipino community in Saudi Arabia has been advised to check only with the embassy’s website for any official information and announcements on passport release. This after a website called OFWToday was found to have embedded the embassy’s “Passport for Release” search system in its website without authority from the post or from the Philippine government. “The ...

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Japan eyes new laws to help Pinoy nurses land jobs

By: Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News TOKYO – Japanese lawmakers are working to create new laws that will help facilitate the employment of Filipino nurses and caregivers. Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said this was the commitment made by lawmakers belonging to the Japan-Philippines Parliamentarians Friendship League who met with Aquino at the sidelines of his state visit here. Aquino had noted that ...

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June declared as PH Independence Month in Guam

By: MANILA – The month of June has been declared as Philippine Independence Month in Guam. Guam Governor Eddie Calvo signed Proclamation No. 2015-055 on Monday, which also honors Filipino-Guamanians as part of this year’s commemoration of the 117th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day. The proclamation highlights the continued historical and cultural connection between the Philippines and Guam ...

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Pinoy seafarers sailing to Yemen ports to get premium pay

By: MANILA – The deteriorating political and security situation in Yemen has prompted the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration governing board to declare it as war risk trading area for seafarers. “The POEA, after consultation with its social partners, determines war risk trading areas and ports under warlike operations, and the amount of premium pay to which seafarers shall be ...

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