Filipinos abroad - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Filipinos abroad


Undocumented in a pandemic: Thousands of Filipinos in UK suffer in silence over COVID-19

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Advocates and lobbyists urge the UK government to now grant legal status to all undocumented migrants and refugees

Photos courtesy of Kanlungan Filipino Consortium

Being a Filipino abroad in the time of Duterte

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:00 PM

At the end of the day my passport says Pilipinas and not Duterte so I represent the values our heroes died for I do not represent Duterte says a Filipino abroad

TIMELINE: Jennifer Dalquez's journey to death row and acquittal

Mar 31, 2017 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs confirms in a statement that Jennifer will be released from prison and repatriated back to the Philippines in November 2018, or more than a year after her acquittal

Filipinos from these countries remit more money for Valentine’s Day

Feb 13, 2017 - 5:22 PM

For Valentine s Day these overseas Filipinos send to their relatives in the Philippines 12 5 to 32 5 more than usual

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

When OFWs party

Dec 02, 2016 - 4:27 PM

It’s a night of happiness and games and good food – but also a night to remind them of all the things they miss from home

Fil-Am candidates aspire to break racial barriers in US elections

Oct 26, 2016 - 12:22 PM

These Filipino Americans hope to break racial barriers in their respective bids for elected offices on November 8

#OFWTips: Love, money and making both work

Aug 04, 2016 - 6:52 PM

Fear of not being loved prevents many OFWs from making rational financial decisions

PH to be test country for ILO's fair recruitment project

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The United Nations labor agency selects the Philippines as a pilot country for its program on establishing a model against illegal recruitment

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. Overseas Filipino workers have fallen to the trap of illegal recruiters due to the government's slow processing of their documents. Photo by Noel Celis/Rappler

Lawmaker wants crisis management team for laid-off Middle East OFWs

Jul 14, 2016 - 8:34 PM

Party list ACTS OFW says thousands of OFWs are affected by the economic downturn in the Middle East

LAID OFF. ACTS-OFW says thousands of OFWs are affected by the economic downturn in the Middle East caused by terrorism, armed hostilities, and steep declines in the global prices of oil. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Overstaying Pinay in HK pleads guilty to dumping aborted baby

Jul 02, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Maribel David awaits sentencing by a Hong Kong district court on July 13

SPATIAL NETWORK. While interlinked footbridges connect buildings in Hong Kong Central, it is a place where OFWs reconnect with fellow Filipinos.

My food tour, my 1st stop: Cagayan de Oro

Jun 24, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Hours after leaving Toronto my first regional culinary tour begins in the City of Golden Friendship

Filipino concert promoter charged with fraud, alien smuggling

Jun 23, 2016 - 7:59 PM

In Guam Jemuel Luciano is charged with 29 felony counts of visa fraud conspiracy to commit visa fraud harboring an illegal alien and alien smuggling

Luciano has been charged with a total of 29 felony counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, harboring an illegal alien and alien smuggling.

Stories from the diaspora: PH Independence Day for young Filipinos abroad

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:16 PM

For Filipinos who grew up miles away from their home country does Independence Day mean anything?

The 'OFWS' agenda: Recommendations for next president

Apr 18, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Migrants rights groups propose an agenda for OFWs meant to guide voters and candidates in the May 2016 elections

#AnimatED: The OFW vote

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Can their ballots be as powerful as their remittances?

#OFWVote: Presidential bets on solving illegal recruitment, abuse

Apr 09, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Check where presidential candidates stand on issues affecting OFWs based on what s been shared with Comelec

PH officials to OFWs in Italy: Go out and vote

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The consul general in Italy says they’ve implemented programs that will reach out to OFWs who live far from the polling precinct in Milan

OFW VOTE. Consul General MarichuMauro explains the process of absentee voting to the community. Photo from Philippine Consulate General, Milan.

Martial law helped define me as a photographer

Feb 25, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The training I learned in confronting authorities with or without a camera during martial law are valuable lessons I used later in my investigative photojournalism work

#BalikBayan: Love letters from OFWs

Feb 14, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Does love truly conquer all? Even distance?

Coming home? Some survival tips

Feb 11, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Manila is a city that will adapt to how happy sad angry or in love you are

‘Can you adopt us?’: 4 sisters and an American dream

Dec 30, 2015 - 8:02 PM

They were promised greener pastures but what they experienced changed their lives forever

My issue with Grace Poe

Oct 07, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Here s a little piece from me a former Filipino to you a former American: renouncing one s citizenship is a major decision

PESO Sense launches new app for OFWs

Aug 29, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The mobile app will also allow overseas Filipinos to directly pay and monitor household expenses of their families in the Philippines

LAUNCH. Titon Mitra, country director for UNDP Philippines, leads the opening marks at the PESO Sense app. All photos by Kimberly Go/Rappler

The failure of the #balikbayanbox warning

Aug 28, 2015 - 9:30 PM

This recent BOC debacle reveals the shallow understanding of and appreciation for the country’s modern day heroes

HK OFWs protest extra charges on balikbayan boxes

Aug 28, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Vicky Casia Cabantac chairperson of Migrante Partylist HK says Aquino s backtracking on random inspection of balikbayan boxes will not soothe the anxiety of Filipino migrants

'Don’t abuse balikbayan box privileges' – Customs

Aug 19, 2015 - 8:45 AM

The Philippine Bureau of Customs BOC reminds Filipinos abroad to follow rules on sending balikbayan boxes

Fury over DOLE’s decision in ex-labor attache's case

Aug 16, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz says complainants could still appeal the decision by the DOLE panel

POEA-accredited jobs await in new job-listing site

Aug 16, 2015 - 12:46 PM

To ensure security for job seekers OFWguru only accepts POEA licensed employment agencies to post their job listings

Not all drug mules are OFWs – Ople

Aug 15, 2015 - 9:16 PM

There are at least 94 Filipinos imprisoned in China Malaysia and Saudi Arabia a huge number because of drugs but they are not all OFWs

December 31 deadline for Bahrain OFW amnesty applicants

Aug 15, 2015 - 4:30 PM

The Philippine embassy in Manama Bahrain is assisting overseas Filipino workers applying for Bahrain s amnesty program

Filipina Harvard grad: 'Go abroad, then come home'

Aug 15, 2015 - 4:05 PM

Filipinos should have the opportunity to leave but should then come back with the skill sets and expertise they’ve acquired

More OFWs leaving PH under Aquino – Migrante

Aug 15, 2015 - 1:30 PM

The militant migrant organization counters President Benigno Aquino III s claims that more OFWs have returned home and found jobs during his term

OWWA to OFWs: 'Beware of loan scam'

Aug 15, 2015 - 12:30 PM

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration alerts OFWs on a new loan scam by predators pretending to be OWWA

'Next president should have jobs roadmap' – OFW advocate

Aug 15, 2015 - 11:02 AM

OFW advocate Susan Ople wants the next administration to create a separate department devoted to OFWs among others

JOB FAIR. A total of 96 local and foreign employers participate in the event organized by DOLE-NCR. Photo from PIA-NCR Facebook page

Neglect charge dropped vs mom of dead HK-Filipina teen

Aug 13, 2015 - 6:37 PM

The 53 year old Filipina still faces a charge of breach of condition to stay in Hong Kong

#SG50: Filipinos in Singapore: Top chef, managers, go-getters

Aug 08, 2015 - 11:00 AM

In fast paced cosmopolitan Singapore Filipinos get to compete with the best meet global standards learn diverse cultures and enjoy the food too

EXECUTIVE CHEF. Filipino Karla Mendoza is one of a few female executive chefs in Singapore, running Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

INFOGRAPHIC: The traits of a modern-day Pinoy abroad

May 19, 2015 - 10:55 AM

What makes the modern Pinoy abroad more empowered in this day and age?

Going to work abroad? Don't leave as tourist – POEA

Mar 12, 2015 - 8:09 PM

Hans Leo Cacdac warns OFWs not to accept job offers abroad if they are asked to leave using tourist visas

Late Saudi king ‘great friend' of Filipino workers

Jan 23, 2015 - 4:31 PM

Malacañang says Saudi Arabia s late King Abdullah granted clemency to Filipinos under trial and reached into his own coffers to assist OFWs on death row

HELPING FILIPINOS. Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah was known for helping overseas Filipino workers, especially those on death row. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

10 reasons why OFWs are global rockstars

Jan 11, 2015 - 5:04 PM

OFWs have inspired me to see the world at such a young age I ve learned a lot from them and I want to share why I think Overseas Filipino Workers are global rockstars

When OFWs come home

Dec 25, 2014 - 11:48 AM

The OFW will say he or she wants nothing because they can always buy it abroad The truth is that they d spend their last money on something that would make someone else smile

'Bibingka, hamon, tsokolate': Enjoy Filipino food this Christmas!

Dec 23, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Continue celebrating Christmas the Pinoy way even if you re abroad with these classic Filipino Christmas recipes

HOLIDAY HAM. Noche Buenas would not be complete without hamonado.

'Ang yabang mo na!' and other things balikbayans are told

Nov 20, 2014 - 8:38 AM

Why do we call balikbayans mayabang ? Even before they say a word the difference in their attire mannerisms or speech suddenly brands balikbayans as boastful

A Pinoy teacher in the Bahamas

Aug 23, 2014 - 2:19 PM

There s worry over the planned Bahamianization of the local workforce

Why Filipinos need to be cosmopolites

Aug 16, 2014 - 8:10 PM

The world belongs to us and we must promote ideas that will help shape the next generations to come

Being Filipino abroad: Facing stereotypes and racism

Aug 16, 2014 - 6:08 PM

Many of us know how Filipinos in general are being stereotyped to perform specific roles in different countries

Filipino Cornell grad to lawyers: 'Serve your people'

May 14, 2014 - 2:39 PM

A Filipino graduate student of Cornell University issues a challenge to his fellow lawyers

Fil-Am musician Jeremy Passion: 'It's not about the views'

Mar 24, 2014 - 6:26 PM

What is a million views if you’re not using a million views for something that’s important?