Monthly Archives: June 2008
A very interesting and inspiring read.
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Muhammad Al-Maghrabi became handicapped and shut down his flower and gifts shop business in Jeddah after his Filipino workers insisted on leaving and returning home. He says: “When they left, I felt as if I had lost my arms. I was so sad that I lost my appetite.”
Al-Maghrabi then flew to Manila to look for two other Filipino workers to replace the ones who had left. Previously, he had tried workers of different nationalities but they did not impress him. “There is no comparison between Filipinos and others,” he says. Whenever I see Filipinos working in the Kingdom, I wonder what our life would be without them.
Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Filipino workers — 1,019,577 — outside the Philippines. In 2006 alone, the Kingdom recruited more than 223,000 workers from the Philippines and their numbers are still increasing. Filipinos not only play an important and effective role in the Kingdom, they also perform different jobs in countries across the world, including working as sailors. They are known for their professionalism and the quality of their work.
Nobody here can think of a life without Filipinos, who make up around 20 percent of the world’s seafarers. There are 1.2 million Filipino sailors.
So if Filipinos decided one day to stop working or go on strike for any reason, who would transport oil, food and heavy equipment across the world? We can only imagine the disaster that would happen.
What makes Filipinos unique is their ability to speak very good English and the technical training they receive in the early stages of their education. There are several specialized training institutes in the Philippines, including those specializing in engineering and road maintenance. This training background makes them highly competent in these vital areas.
When speaking about the Philippines, we should not forget Filipino nurses. They are some 23 percent of the world’s total number of nurses. The Philippines is home to over 190 accredited nursing colleges and institutes, from which some 9,000 nurses graduate each year. Many of them work abroad in countries such as the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Singapore.
Cathy Ann, a 35-year-old Filipino nurse who has been working in the Kingdom for the last five years and before that in Singapore, said she does not feel homesick abroad because “I am surrounded by my compatriots everywhere.” Ann thinks that early training allows Filipinos to excel in nursing and other vocations. She started learning this profession at the age of four as her aunt, a nurse, used to take her to hospital and ask her to watch the work. “She used to kiss me whenever I learned a new thing. At the age of 11, I could do a lot. I began doing things like measuring my grandfather’s blood pressure and giving my mother her insulin injections,” she said.
This type of early education system is lacking in the Kingdom. Many of our children reach the university stage without learning anything except boredom.
The Philippines, which you can barely see on the map, is a very effective country thanks to its people. It has the ability to influence the entire world economy.
We should pay respect to Filipino workers, not only by employing them but also by learning from their valuable experiences.
We should learn and educate our children on how to operate and maintain ships and oil tankers, as well as planning and nursing and how to achieve perfection in our work. This is a must so that we do not become like Muhammad Al-Maghrabi who lost his interest and appetite when Filipino workers left his flower shop.
We have to remember that we are very much dependent on the Filipinos around us. We could die a slow death if they chose to leave us.
Thanks to SOPCAST (www.sopcast.com) and the internet (of course), we can watch Pacquiao’s match live against David Diaz dubbed as “Lethal Combination”. The World Lightweight Championship set to happen June 28 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1) Get the latest sopcast client/player http://download.sopcast.cn/download/SopCast.zip
2) Sign in or login as anonymous
3) Search for CCTV or HBO PPV channel
Don’t worry, I will post specific sopcast channel/address (ie. sop://broker1.sopcast.com:3912/35999) few days before the match.
And just in case your internet goes down,
GMA 7 and Solar Entertainment has teamed up to air the match – but expect the delay for an hour or two. And the fact that you’ll be indulging yourself with those annoying advertisement that repeats more than twice and eats more airtime than the actual fight.
Live Streaming Channel Update:
1) sop://broker1.sopcast.com:3912/35999 (Sopcast)
2) http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=14025∂=sports (Web)
3) http://www.fighthype.com/sopcastpopup.php?chid=3&PHPSESSID=501966b7fc0df61a16615b2eb04d1225 (web)
A persistence of random friends and peers wanting to have their portraits professionally taken by Manila-based fashion photographer, Niccolo Cosme, so as to bask into the glory of having a glamorized primary picture in their social network web sites. In the beginning, the notion was simply over-the-top preposterous. However, with the cyber uprising of social/career network sites such as ramsey ramos in friendster.com, franco dionco in multiply.com, jivy yarza on facebook.com, Dan Neumeister on Naymz.com, Luwi on inkedin.com : one cannot deny the fact that these avenues foster communication and fortify relationships exponentially that decades past could not have yet accomplished.
Payment of $25 will be at the venue. You will be given a receipt and Headshot stub with your name, batch and number. Two free stubs for drinks will be attached too.
Advance Headshot Clinic session will start at 6PM on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis. Regular schedule and program starts 8PM.
Come in with your make up on and outfits. Resident Make up Artist- CINDY can do light make up for $5 per person. You may bring your own props or choose your looks and style for the night:
- Corporate, Formal or Authoritative for the persona that dictates position, possession and power.
- Gothic, Rockstar or Cutting Edge for the ego that shouts out rebellion, stereo typicality and self- strength.
- Ethnic, Exotic or Traditional for the roots that signifies time, uniqueness and diversity.
- Fancy, Extravagant or Elegance for self proclamation of fashion, trend and style.
- Sporty/Athletic VS. Barely Dare for the drive of physical standouts in muscles and in flesh.
5-minute time allotment per participant with 15 photo shoots. You will sign a photo/model release form. Photos will be given in a CD and one printed out to be scheduled in July.