Philippine Press Secretary Ernesto Abella in one of his press conferences confirmed that President Duterte has decided to reject grants with certain conditions from the European Union (EU). He further clarified that the Government is only refusing EU grants that impose conditions, which the Government considers as allowing EU to interfere with the country’s affairs. The Executive Secretary also mentioned that the Government is “willing to forego about 250 million Euros ($278.88 million) worth of grants to prevent EU from meddling in its internal affairs”. A top government official likewise stated that the Philippines’ decision to stop development assistance from … Continue reading PHL Refuses EU “Conditional” Aid/Grant- Why?
Halloween is actually celebrated on the eve of October 31, a prelude to Christians back-to-back feasts of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. Halloween origin is associated with Celtics pagan ritual involving “demonic” and “evil” sacrifices during the season of darkness and cold, as opposed to Christian perspective on Halloween which basically calls for prayers and intentions for departed loved ones. However, in this day and age of commercialization, young and old alike opt to participate and enjoy the fun of Halloween despite its negative significance. Ready-made costumes, decors, and special candies all became widely available in malls. The kids … Continue reading Halloween: It’s Nothing But Just Fun!
U.S. Census Bureau showed that Filipinos in the United States are currently the second largest Asian community (about 3.4 million immigrants plus 1 million undocumented), majority of them are in the West Coast (e.g. California, etc.). However, there is also a growing Filipino community in the East Coast particularly New York and New Jersey but it is the Chinese and Indians who occupy the top immigrant post. As mentioned in my previous blogs, some Filipino-Americans (Fil-Ams) are making waves in the U.S. considering their nature of work and valuable contributions to the entire community, Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. As previously … Continue reading Meet The 2015 Distinguished Fil-Am Women in NY!
The right to vote is a fundamental human and political right in which everyone around the world should have. And if there is some sort of “pre-screening” or an undue influence from another political body specifically on whom to vote, there could be harmful consequences to the rule of law and it could be damaging to democracy. And that makes me really sad! When I saw on tv Hong Kong citizens (Chinese nationals) mostly students converging along the main thoroughfares of Hong Kong Central (Admiralty and Causeway Bay), I felt I was with them. I was with them in my … Continue reading The “Sea of Umbrellas”: Where Are They Now?
So, why do people pull up stakes in their respective homelands, move their families out and rebuild their lives in another country foreign to them, and with no guarantees of any sort? There are so many reasons behind this, but one thing is sure, everyone who goes out would like to bring home the “bacon”! The following brief discussion on the subject explains for itself. Let’s backtrack a little bit. The United Sates of America (U.S.A) has the most immigrants (both documented and undocumented) throughout the world, hence its label as the “nation of immigrants”. Based on U.S. history, America’s … Continue reading The New Wave of U.S. Immigrants
The Philippines is the last leg of President Barack Obama’s 4-nation, 8-day Asian Tour for 2014. Few days ago, the President has had successful bilateral talks with heads of Japan, South Korea and Malaysia. It”s the President’s first time to visit the said countries. So far, he is the 8th U.S. President to visit the Phlippines. Apart from trade, development and certain common issues (diplomatic, economic and security) for the said countries, reports indicated that the agenda could zero in on strengthening and protection of U.S. interests and influence in the said Asia-Pacific regions, a strategic move, a symbolism of … Continue reading Obama’s 4-Asian Visit: A Strategic Move For The U.S.
Did you know that there are 925 million(almost a billion) undernourished throughout the globe, majority of whom are children in South Asia, particularly China and India? Yes folks, the said data was culled out from the UN’s World Food Program (WFP), a large humanitarian organization whose primary goal is to end world hunger. But of all places worldwide, why China and India? Of course, one may be surprised how come there are still millions of hungry people in the said countries despite their progress in terms of building major national and agricultural infrastructure. We are likewise cognizant of the fact … Continue reading A Grain of Rice for the Poor! – Tips and Thoughts
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me”, a famous verse as inscribed in the Holy Scriptures by St. Matthew concerning Jesus’ description of the Last Judgment. Jesus message was clear and pretty straightforward, He merely wanted to inform all of us through His disciples that those who have done good things (e.g. giving food to the hungry/drink to the thirsty, welcoming a stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, visiting the imprisoned) here on earth shall be granted the blessings of heaven and have … Continue reading “40 Years of Welcoming the Stranger” – A Universal Celebration
As a tribute to my Mom,”Inay Aying” (who was in herself an epitome of an ideal homemaker and an empowered woman in her own right) and to all the women worldwide, myusefultips.com will reserve the month of March blogging on various tips on certain matters concerning women in general. There are other complementary reasons: 1. The International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on March 8, 2010; and 2. The Month of March particularly in the US has been designated as the “Women’s History Month”. I have always been proud and enjoy my life as a woman — not just because … Continue reading A Special Tribute