BalikBayan - updates

Rappler's latest stories on BalikBayan


The rise and resonance of Ruby Ibarra

Mar 08, 2019 - 3:55 PM

From representing the misrepresented, to smashing the patriarchy, this Filipina-American rapper proves unstoppable

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Ruby Ibarra and the Balikbayans

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:13 PM

The Filipino-American hip-hop collective wakes Rappler HQ up with their music

LIST: Where to take Balikbayans for good Filipino food in Metro Manila

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:30 PM

For people craving a taste of home

Tony Labrusca prompts immigration warning on limits of Balikbayan privilege

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:53 PM

The ‘Glorious’ actor Tony Labrusca reportedly makes a scene at the airport after he is given only 30 days to stay in the country

AIRPORT OUTBURST. Actor Tony Labrusca reportedly makes a scene at the airport when Immigration Officers only grant him 30-day stay at the Philippines for being an American passport holder. Photo by Rappler

Journey of a podcaster: from a hate crime to the manongs of Stockton

Nov 25, 2018 - 10:40 PM

A podcast series by Filipino-American millennial Paola Mardo on the Filipino diaspora takes us back in time to Little Manila in Stockton, California

OFW saved from UAE death row coming home to PH

Nov 01, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Jennifer Dalquez, who was sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates for murder but later acquitted, is expected to arrive in the Philippines on Friday, November 2

Cash remittance of Filipino seafarers may exceed $6B this year – lawmaker

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:40 PM

'We expect the enlistment of Filipino sailors to increase along with international ship traffic, as the global economy continues to expand,' says ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto 'John' Bertiz

DOLE eyes OFW deployment to Russia

Apr 26, 2018 - 6:31 PM

'There is a demand for construction and household service workers in Russia,' says Labor Secretary Sylvestre Bello III in a statement

ALTERNATIVE MARKET. The Philippines is considering Russia as an alternative market for OFWs. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

HRW: Deployment ban to Kuwait increases risk of OFW abuse

Feb 22, 2018 - 4:04 PM

Human Rights Watch also says Kuwait should 'confront the outcry' over the reports of abuse by taking 'immediate steps to reform the kafala system'

INCREASED RISKS. Human Rights Watch warns that the deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait would increase risk of abuse. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Mestiza in Manila: What no one tells you when you move to the homeland

Feb 11, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'I do my best to use this privilege and power to contribute back to Filipino society. I’m incredibly proud to be Filipino. Manila may be melty and monstrous, but I love it.'

DOTr: No baggage pilferage in NAIA Terminal 1

Feb 06, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade makes the announcement after a social media post claimed that the baggage of a Filipino couple was pilfered at NAIA 1

NO PILFERAGE? The Department of Transportation disputes a social media post on an alleged case of luggage theft at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Image of NAIA Terminal 1 from Wiki Commons

OFWs ask for more seats on Overseas Filipino Bank's board

Jan 29, 2018 - 9:16 PM

'Ang banko na iyan ay ipinatayo para sa mga OFWs, nararapat lamang na ang magkokontrol nyan at magpapalakad ay mga OFWs!' says the group's chairman

OFW BANK. A group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to open up more seats for OFWs in the Overseas Filipino Bank’s board. Photo by Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photo

Experts divided on OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

Jan 20, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Experts on migration and overseas recruitment weigh in on the government's decision to suspend the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait

CFO launches 2018 Presidential Awards for Overseas Filipinos

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:31 AM

All nominations should be coursed through the Philippine Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction in the country/area

OFW bank to open on January 18

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the launch of the Overseas Filipino Bank on Thursday, January 18

These are the top killers of OFWs in Dubai and Northern UAE

Dec 12, 2017 - 9:29 AM

Cardiac and pulmonary arrest are the most common causes of death among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Dubai and the Northern Emirates

Giving a gift to new employer can benefit domestic workers abroad – study

Oct 25, 2017 - 5:50 PM

A study shows that making a favorable first impression on an employer can have long term benefits for some OFWs

House committee pushes travel tax exemption for all OFW kids

Oct 12, 2017 - 5:24 PM

A bill seeks to amend the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 to extend travel tax exemption to children of both solo and married OFW parents

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 6, 2017

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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As holiday season starts, Customs suspends revised balikbayan box rules

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The revised rules on balikbayan boxes are suspended until March 21, 2018

Changing the narrative on OFW reintegration

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:30 AM

“Reintegration is an empowering concept. You are leaving to reintegrate," says OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac

File photo by Joel Nito/AFP

#OFWRights: Duterte's migration policy

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:56 PM

More than a year since he sat in office what has President Rodrigo Duterte done to stay true to the promises he made before OFWs?

Dubai OFW wins P14 million in raffle, says 'I am coming home'

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:21 PM

After working 11 years in the UAE Bansil looks forward to being with his wife and daughter every day for the rest of his life

Photo courtesy of The Filipino Times

IN PHOTOS: OFWs protest Kian slay

Aug 25, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Various OFW groups condemn the killing of 17 year old Kian delos Santos and other deaths linked to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs

OFWS FOR KIAN. Overseas Filipino workers from Hong Kong, Canada, and Australia join the global protest to condemn the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos. Photos courtesy of Migrante International and the #OFWs4Kian movement

[Balikbayan Voices] Of passports and salad bowls

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Exposure to different cultures and cities reminded me of what being Filipino is all about

LIST: Customs-certified forwarding companies OFWs can tap

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Bureau of Customs urges Filipinos abroad to transact only with these certified deconsolidators

[Balikbayan Voices] OEC stands for Overly Excessive Crap

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:30 PM

DOLE and POEA should realize that the world does not revolve around their ludicrous and antiquated bureaucratic procedures OFW Bertrand Rodriguez says

Recto asks Customs to amend new balikbayan box rules

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator warns that the BOC s new rules might make the balikbayan boxes vulnerable to theft and pilferage

AMEND NEW RULES. Senator Ralph Recto says pasting a detailed list of content on the balikbayan boxes might make it vulnerable to theft.

Lack of guidelines on newly launched OFW ID causes confusion

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:03 PM

OFWs slam the agency for announcing the IDs without clear guidelines

OFW ID. Sample OFW ID card launched Wednesday, July 12. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Filipino students in Australia to form nationwide alliance

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:02 PM

For the first time in the history of Filipinos in Australia the creation of a nationwide student alliance comes closer to reality

 PHILIPPINE PRIDE. Filipino student participants pose for a photo with Ambassador Minda Cruz (lowest, 3rd from left), Philippine Honorary Consul of Victoria Felix Pintado (lowest, 2nd from L), and Minister and Consul General Nina Cainglet (lowest, 1st from L). Photo courtesy of FASTCO.

From vegetable vendor to Bicol's salon magnate

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:18 PM

While walking through a flooded market in Manila a young Yco Tan decided that he was going to change his life And he did

THE TANS. Yco Tan with wife Elizabeth. Photo courtesy of Yco Tan

The modern slaves of Hong Kong

May 25, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Sa Hong Kong mapalad na ang kasambahay na may privacy sa kanilang sariling kwarto na karaniwang sinlaki lamang ng banyo sa mga fastfood sa Maynila

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Number of abandoned Filipino babies in Middle East on the rise

May 19, 2017 - 9:55 AM

The reason? Women who get pregnant but can t produce a marriage certificate face detention

DOLE mulls limiting OFW deployment to Middle East

May 10, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs especially those in the Middle East remain vulnerable to abuse by their employers

The challenge of being a Milan OFW

May 09, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Working multiple jobs is the reality for many OFWs in Milan

MULTIPLE JOBS. Junjun Paran selling Filipino treats outside the Philippine Consulate office in Milan, Italy. Photo by Don Kevin Hapal/Rappler

Why we should celebrate April 21: An invitation from Kidlat Tahimik

Apr 20, 2017 - 10:26 PM

Through Balikbayan 1 which will be shown for a week starting April 21 filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik introduces Enrique de Malacca the favorite valet or chef of Ferdinand Magellan

MAGELLAN'S SLAVE. Enrique de Malacca, wood carving by Kidlat Tahimik. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Fil-Am is Trump’s pick as next U.S. Solicitor General

Mar 12, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Noel Francisco the son of a Filipino immigrant will hold the position full time pending US Senate approval

Bello wants unrefunded OFW terminal fees returned to OWWA

Mar 03, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The labor department says most OFWs don t get their refunds because of lack of time and awareness

 GIVE IT BACK. Labor Secretary Sylvestre Bello III wants unrefunded OFW travel tax and fees remitted to the OWWA.

Fate of Jennifer Dalquez in hands of victim’s children

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The Court of Appeals in Al Ain Judicial Court has postponed its ruling on the OFW s case originally set for February 27 to March 27

VLOG: Fil-Am senators at ang 'glass ceiling' sa Hawaii

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:20 PM

While Filipino Americans in Hawaii grow in number Filipino American Senator Donovan Dela Cruz says their community cannot rest on their laurels

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Tax on Valentine's?

Feb 14, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz answers questions about donor s tax sending gifts to loved ones through balikbayan boxes and value added tax

VLOG: Mga Fil-Am sa U.S. amphibious ship John P. Murtha

Feb 09, 2017 - 5:31 PM

Filipino American members of the US Navy say it helps that Filipinos know the value of hard work

Overseas Filipinos and the death penalty: Cases that made headlines

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

This is not the first time the country has mourned the execution of a fellow Filipino abroad

OFW in Kuwait executed while asserting innocence

Jan 25, 2017 - 2:35 PM

UPDATED She has professed innocence since the day she was arrested in 2007 and has not changed her statement until now Senator Cynthia Villar says

When the bell rings: My story of getting bullied

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Bullying is more than just physical harm. It’s the harshest form of rejection, one that gets in the way of our growth and self-discovery

Studying in the US alone and at 15

Jan 07, 2017 - 6:16 PM

It was my vulnerability which forced me to be braver and more independent than I was

OFWs suffer long lines in NAIA due to broken system

Jan 02, 2017 - 7:41 PM

Bureau of Immigration Spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang says the problem is not with BI but with POEA

HOLIDAY RUSH. Several OFWs were stuck at NAIA Terminal 3 due to the faulty validation system of the Bureau of Immigration. Photo by Don Michael de Leon

PH customs seeks Malaysia's help in smuggled diamonds probe

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:09 PM

The Bureau of Customs says it is asking Kuala Lumpur for information on the business of the personalities and companies involved as well as the legality of their stay

At least 22 pieces of allegedly stolen diamonds were found inside a balikbayan box.

‘Stolen’ diamonds seized in balikbayan box

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:35 PM

The 22 pieces of allegedly stolen diamonds are found inside a balikbayan box from Malaysia