Today’s Top OFW Blog Posts

by Narciso Dichoso on October 15, 2013

  • Donate: Bohol - Cebu Earthquake-Affected Families Need Your Help

    Donate: Bohol - Cebu Earthquake-Affected Families Need Your Help

    FOOD. Water. Tents. Besides prayer, those three items are the most urgent needs of families in Bohol and Cebu affected by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake of October 15. Your help is needed. We appeal for your generosity. Wherever you are, you can help. Donate in-cash or in-kind. If you are far away from the epicenter or outside the Philippines, ...

  • OFWs / Expats in Saudi Arabia: Legalize your status by November 3

    OFWs / Expats in Saudi Arabia: Legalize your status by November 3

    IF YOU ARE an expatriate in Saudi Arabia, most likely, you have received lately on your cellphone an Arabic message from the Ministry of Labor (MOL). The content looks like the text in the image above. And it may require your action on or before November 3, 2013. Iqama and Work Permit It is a warning message. ...

  • OFWs: How to open an online Philippine stock investment account

    OFWs: How to open an online Philippine stock investment account

    OPEN AN ACCOUNT with a Philippine stockbroker today. That, I think,  is the most concrete step you can do if you want to start investing in the Philippine stock market. The Philippine economy is booming. And even if the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) index drops from time to time, today --more than ever-- is an auspicious and ...

  • Stocks Investing for OFWs

    Stocks Investing for OFWs

    AS AN OVERSEAS Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia, I discovered that stocks investing in the Philippine stock market is exciting, challenging, and if done properly, profitable. And for this reason, I invite you to try stocks investing, too. Besides helping the Philippine economy, your stocks investing may be one of the ways to help improve your ...

  • This Christmas, don't forget our typhoon-hit kababayan in Mindanao

    This Christmas, don't forget our typhoon-hit kababayan in Mindanao

    UNLESS WE MAKE Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all our wishes for typhoon-hit Mindanao won't make Christmas 'merry and fun'. Tonight comes Christmas Eve. While most of us, Filipinos, prepare for noche buena, some 300,000 of our kababayan in evacuation centers in Mindanao will be missing the traditional family salo-salo. By now, many of us ...

  • COMSOFIL: Could you be the next OFW startup?

    COMSOFIL: Could you be the next OFW startup?

    HAVE YOU EVER thought of establishing your startup business when you go back to the Philippines for good? Consider yourself lucky if you are an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia and you have interest and passion for computers and information and communications technology (ICT). Are you a computer newbie? That's not a problem. The good ...

  • 2012 Philippines Floods: Person Finder

    2012 Philippines Floods: Person Finder

    In response to the continuing flood disaster in the Philippines, Google has launched an online tool called Person Finder.

  • A view on the SONA 2012

    A view on the SONA 2012

    WITH REGARD TO the recent SONA of Pres. Noynoy Aquino, it was a litany of accomplishments and a wish list of what will be accomplished at the end of his term. To me it was all bluster, pandering to the select political audience in the hall (party allies) and to the public at large (his ‘boss’). ...

  • OFWs in Saudi Arabia: ‘Toilet paper’ spirituality at work

    OFWs in Saudi Arabia: ‘Toilet paper’ spirituality at work

    HOW MANY TIMES do you usually pray in a day? And, where and how? Let’s say — you are in Saudi Arabia and you are not a Muslim. You may be wishing that soon non-Muslim public places of worship be allowed in the Kingdom. But with the present state of things, you would only do your individual ...

  • OFW Opinion: On the EDSA I People Power Revolution

    OFW Opinion: On the EDSA I People Power Revolution

    We had just celebrated the anniversary of "people power" again. What have we to show for it except that the dictatorship that was overthrown was replaced by institutionalized corruption and break-down of the rule of law. Indeed democracy and freedom were restored. But are we really free? With genuine freedom, comes responsibility, self-discipline, tolerance, respect, ...

  • OFW Tour: Ang Hiyas ng Palawan

    OFW Tour: Ang Hiyas ng Palawan

    Kabayan, nasilayan mo na ba ang ganda ng underground river ng Puerto Princesa? At kung hindi pa -- inaanyayahan kitang tuklasin mo ito sa susunod mong bakasyon sa Pilipinas. Marahil ay alam mo na na ang ilog na ito sa Palawan ay itinanghal bilang isa sa New 7 Wonders of Nature sa mundo. Iyan ay kamaikailan lamang ...

  • OFW's Guaranteed Way to Save for the Future

    OFW's Guaranteed Way to Save for the Future

    AS AN OFW, isn’t it your aim to save and invest what you earn for eventual return and re-integration back home? Do you have problems saving your money as the expenses pile up and nothing is left of your income? No matter how you budget, it ends up with zero saving at the end of the pay ...

  • OFW Opinion: Why did I deactivate my Facebook?

    OFW Opinion: Why did I deactivate my Facebook?

    ARE FACEBOOK AND other social media like You Tube and Twitter relevant? Yes and no, depending on the user and his motives. Yes, if it can impact our lives and inter-personal relationships. It can be a powerful tool for change like in the “Arab spring” uprisings which overthrew dictatorships and want change in governance in Tunisia, ...

  • OFW Opinion: Migration Advocacy and Media Awards (MAMA)

    OFW Opinion: Migration Advocacy and Media Awards (MAMA)

    REGARDING THE RECENT advisory from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh about the Migration Advocacy and Media Awards, following is my comment: Without any disrespect to the current OFWs' toiling to make a living and help their families, it is my humble opinion that advocating and promoting migration does not promote the long term welfare of ...

  • Saudi Arabia OFWs: How to know the expiry date of your Iqama

    Saudi Arabia OFWs: How to know the expiry date of your Iqama

    DO YOU KNOW how to decipher the Arabic expiry date of your Iqama? If you are in Saudi Arabia, this question may matter much to you. Not an Arabic reader? Not a problem. Today —hopefully by the end of this article— you would learn how to determine the expiration date of your Iqama. Importance of an Iqama As you may ...

  • Saudi Arabia: White Panthers prevail over Blue Eagles to retain IPSA Sportsfest Overall Championship title

    Saudi Arabia: White Panthers prevail over Blue Eagles to retain IPSA Sportsfest Overall Championship title

    AL-KHOBAR:   Inspired by the jam-packed crowd at Al-Gosaibi hotel tennis court here Friday, power serving Nilo Aliasut and Sam Vallaritplayed a crucial role in White Panthers’ victory over Blue Eagles’ hard-hitting duo, Vic Diputado and Monid Adoma, in the Lawn Tennis Pro-8 Finals which sealed the Panther’s bid to retain last year’s overall championship crown ...

  • Saudi Arabia: IPSA Blue Eagles clinch 2nd Basketball championship title in IPSA’s 6th Annual Sportsfest 2011

    Saudi Arabia: IPSA Blue Eagles clinch 2nd Basketball championship title in IPSA’s 6th Annual Sportsfest 2011

    AL-KHOBAR: The IPSA Blue Eagles recently clinched its 2nd Basketball Championship title in the IPSA 6th Annual Sportsfest 2011 via an 89-87 victory over the gritty White Panthers before a good crowd at the International Philippine School in Al-Khobar (IPSA) gym here. The Blue Eagles unleashed a strong 4th quarter surge on their way to a hard-earned ...

  • How To Join SSS Promo To Win Round Trip Ticket To Manila

    How To Join SSS Promo To Win Round Trip Ticket To Manila

    Want a free round trip ticket from your country of work to Manila? How about a Boracay 4-day-3-night escapade for two -- and with free accommodation and a P45,000 pocket money? If you are lucky this year, you’ll have them both. But you only have until June 30 this year to get those. SSS Member-Get-Member How? Join Social Security System’s (SSS) ...

  • How To Locate The New Home Of Pag-IBIG Fund (Housing Operations Sector) In Mandaluyong

    How To Locate The New Home Of Pag-IBIG Fund (Housing Operations Sector) In Mandaluyong

    Planning to visit Pag-IBIG Fund's office in Manila? If your concerns relate to housing loan application or late payment of loan amortization, then you need to know the new location of the Pag-IBIG Fund's Housing Operations Sector. This Sector (Office) includes Loan Origination, and Billing and Collections Departments. New Address According to Home Development Mutual Fund's (Pag-IBIG Fund) website, ...

  • How To Save Money On Remittance Fees Through Internet Banking

    How To Save Money On Remittance Fees Through Internet Banking

    Are you regularly sending money to multiple accounts in the Philippines? If yes, you may want to save money by avoiding multiple remittance services fees. One way to do this is —  through internet banking. Internet banking lets you remit money online using your computer. You can do this anywhere, anytime — even outside banking hours. Activating Your Internet Banking Account The ...

  • How To Get Facebook Timeline

    How To Get Facebook Timeline

    Wondering how that big feature photo -- stretching across the FB page's width -- appears at the top of your friend's Facebook (FB) profile? Chances are you are not into Facebook Timeline yet. Of course, you can install or configure your FB profile to display the new FB Timeline. What is Timeline? Basically, Timeline is the new profile ...

  • How to get into Google Plus? So, what does Google Plus have to offer you, Facebooker? ;-)

    How to get into Google Plus? So, what does Google Plus have to offer you, Facebooker? ;-)

    Just as you and other OFWs and Global Pinoys are enjoying much Facebook for the last few years, along comes Google’s own social network — Google+ (pronounced Google Plus). Google+ is just an infant -- having been born less than a year ago.  However, obviously, social network king - Facebook - has now a contender. If you are ...

Donate: Bohol – Cebu Earthquake-Affected Families Need Your Help

by Narciso Dichoso October 15, 2013
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FOOD. Water. Tents. Besides prayer, those three items are the most urgent needs of families in Bohol and Cebu affected by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake of October 15. Your help is needed. We appeal for your generosity. Wherever you are, you can help. Donate in-cash or in-kind. If you are far away from the epicenter or […]

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OFWs / Expats in Saudi Arabia: Legalize your status by November 3

by Narciso Dichoso October 7, 2013
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IF YOU ARE an expatriate in Saudi Arabia, most likely, you have received lately on your cellphone an Arabic message from the Ministry of Labor (MOL). The content looks like the text in the image above. And it may require your action on or before November 3, 2013. Iqama and Work Permit It is a […]

Read the full article →

Stocks Investing for OFWs

by Narciso Dichoso February 14, 2013
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AS AN OVERSEAS Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia, I discovered that stocks investing in the Philippine stock market is exciting, challenging, and if done properly, profitable. And for this reason, I invite you to try stocks investing, too. Besides helping the Philippine economy, your stocks investing may be one of the ways to help improve […]

Read the full article →

This Christmas, don’t forget our typhoon-hit kababayan in Mindanao

by Narciso Dichoso December 24, 2012
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UNLESS WE MAKE Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all our wishes for typhoon-hit Mindanao won’t make Christmas ‘merry and fun’. Tonight comes Christmas Eve. While most of us, Filipinos, prepare for noche buena, some 300,000 of our kababayan in evacuation centers in Mindanao will be missing the traditional family salo-salo. By now, many […]

Read the full article →

COMSOFIL: Could you be the next OFW startup?

by Narciso Dichoso September 23, 2012
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HAVE YOU EVER thought of establishing your startup business when you go back to the Philippines for good? Consider yourself lucky if you are an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia and you have interest and passion for computers and information and communications technology (ICT). Are you a computer newbie? That’s not a problem. […]

Read the full article →

2012 Philippines Floods: Person Finder

by Narciso Dichoso August 8, 2012
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In response to the continuing flood disaster in the Philippines, Google has launched an online tool called Person Finder.

Read the full article →

A view on the SONA 2012

by Andy L. Reyes July 24, 2012
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WITH REGARD TO the recent SONA of Pres. Noynoy Aquino, it was a litany of accomplishments and a wish list of what will be accomplished at the end of his term. To me it was all bluster, pandering to the select political audience in the hall (party allies) and to the public at large (his […]

Read the full article →

OFWs in Saudi Arabia: ‘Toilet paper’ spirituality at work

by Narciso Dichoso June 23, 2012
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HOW MANY TIMES do you usually pray in a day? And, where and how? Let’s say — you are in Saudi Arabia and you are not a Muslim. You may be wishing that soon non-Muslim public places of worship be allowed in the Kingdom. But with the present state of things, you would only do your […]

Read the full article →