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PhilEmb-Ruh Web Site

PhilEmb-Ruh Web Site Last week I happen to visit the Philippine Embassy-Riyadh web site upon advised by Philippine embassy staff that I could download the lists of OAV absentee voters in the site. Luckily I was, and copy of it was emailed to some of my friends in Al Khobar.  The site is having a good […]

Go out and Vote Campaign

Posted 27 April 2007 It was quite exhausting but happy indeed that once again we were able to do the task in line with our “go out and vote campaign”. Yesterday night I and Ka Francis Oca with ka Alex Bello were busy preparing  the materials necessary for what we have accomplished today. We went to Batha this morning […]

An Open Letter of Appeal to Absentee Voters

  An Open Letter of Appeal to Absentee Voters We all know that during elections, like the one we are having this year, is the best and only time that we can make our voice as citizens be heard. It was also in cognizance of this right that for years we fought it out with […]

Hangyo lang! Mr. Secretary

News item reported in the Daily Tribune dated today 04/24/07 that DOJ Chief Raul Gonzalez buys vote of Barangay heads of Iloilo, his bailiwick. The report said, he even admitted it in a radio station interview that he offered P10,000 to Barangay Captains in exchange for Team Unity sweep in the area.   HUH! I don’t […]

Not Again!

Not Again! HUH! Bad Mood Today.

PhilEmb reaches out to 68 companies

Press Release No.APV-21/2007 22 April 2007   Philippine Embassy reaches out to 68 companies to increase voter turnout   22 April 2007 – The Philippine Embassy today reported that as part of its efforts to increase voter turnout, it has written to 68 companies in the Riyadh area and Eastern Province to request these establishments to […]

OFW Sarah Jane Dematera

I cast my vote last Friday at our Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and after casting my vote I roamed around to observed the OAV electoral process as part of our campaign “Ang Boto mo ay  Mahalaga, Bantayan Mo”. When I went to the basement area I caught my attention of a donation box on the […]

1st Friday of OAV in Riyadh

The 11th hour Filipino syndrome is one of the negative traits we have Filipinos and I personally acknowledged it. Probably, this is the main reason that progress within us and the whole Filipino nation is very slow due to the mentioned sickness. Yesterday I was there at our Philippine Embassy and casted my vote. Sadly, […]

Back in the Mood

I received 3 important calls/message since yesterday.   One from His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Villamor assuring us that the Embassy will do the necessary for the immediate repatriation of an OFW who just passed away.   The other one was a call from a long time friend in Mandaue City, Cebu asking support for the candidacy […]


Funchain is not in good mood today!

Memorandum from Royal Embassy-Manila

  Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia-Manila   MEMORANDUM   To :  All Saudi Embassy-Accredited Recruitment Agencies From  : Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia (Consular Section) Date  : 03 April 2007   Kindly be informed that effective Monday, 16 April 2007 all visa applicants except household workers (domestic helper, family driver, houseboy, babysitter, family dressmaker, family cook, private nurse) are required to […]

KSA Restricts Re-Entry of Ex-OFWs

E R R A T U M   In the April 16 article “Saudi Arabia Restricts Re-Entry of OFWs”, the relevant Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia memorandum to accredited  recruitment agencies says that all Visa applicants except household workers are required to submit their old passports, if any.   Visa applicants without old passports are […]

Online Magazine for Filipinos Worldwide, etc.

Just found an interesting online magazine today. Excerpt of an article I read hereinbelow: Textbooks say that the Philippines is composed of 7,100 islands. The truth is, no one knows exactly how many there are at any given point, it depends on the tide. So it is with Philippine culture. There are so many different […]

First to Vote – OAV Riyadh Update

4/14/07,Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – OFW Congress-Riyadh President Mr. Alex Veloso Bello is urging Filipino community leaders in Saudi Arabia to set an example to their members by casting their votes early this week. A call received from Mr. Alex Bello who is now at Philippine Embassy, one of the first Absentee Voters who sacrificed the first […]

I’m proud of you Anak!

Year of 1996, it was a month vacation in Philippines when I got married in a civil wedding. After I finished my contract in Jeddah, KSA I decided to go home for good and married my wife in Church.     Without savings as an OFW for 4 years I found myself again at the doorsteps […]

Diplomatic Initiative

Labor Secretary Arturo Brion and his UAE counterpart Dr. Ali Bin Al-Kaabi had just recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further improve the welfare and protection of overseas Filipino workers in the emirates.    Why not doing it in KSA?   Diplomatic initiative for the welfare and protection of OFWs should be given […]