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Must-taste Street Food in the Philippines

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Everywhere you look in the Philippines, it is common to find people crowding make shift or portable stalls in the streets. These street foods are easy to find outside school gates, churches, parks and even in malls where they offer most exotic delicacies. Let’s take a trip to the streets of the Philippines and rediscover Pinoy street food.

Photo from filipino-foods.com

Read more at Filipino Foods

Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 24, 2010 at 6:22 am

99 Pesos a Day for Unlimited Calls to the US and Canada

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Globe recently introduced its newest mobile phone service offer – SuperIDD which gives Globe Handyphone prepaid and postpaid subscribers unlimited calls to the continental US and Canada at 99 Pesos per day or 1,999 Pesos in a month.

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Unlimited calls can be done daily during the hours of 11:00pm up to 5:59am Philippine time zone (GMT+8:00). That’s 8:00am – 2:59pm in the westcoast (Pacific Standard Time or PST) for British Columbia, Washington and California residents.

This service is only available while in the Philippines and will not work if you are roaming outside the country.

If you call outside the allowed hours and you are a prepaid subscriber, your call will be dropped. However, for postpaid subscribers, the call will go through at normal rates of US$0.30 per minute. Calls made within the allowable hours but extend beyond 5:59am will still be considered under the SuperIDD service.

Read more at Globe’s website

Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Philippine Consultate in Canada will not report undocumented Filipinos

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‘We’re Not Going to Squeal on You,’ RP Labor Official Assures Undocumented Filipinos

By Romeo P. Marquez, Editor, Philippine Village Voice, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Volume 4, Issue no.19, June 21, 2010

Eric Parungao makes an assurance that the Philippine consulate will not tip-off Canadian authorities on the presence of undocumented Filipinos in Toronto.

TORONTO — A Philippine labor official assured dozens of Filipino caregivers attending a local forum here not to fear being reported to Canadian authorities even if they did not have the documentation to work or stay legally in Canada.

“Ang konsulado hindi po nagsusuplong ng mga kababayan. Ayaw natin mangyari yun — na ma-deport kayo sa Pilipinas,” (The consulate does not report on illegals. We don’t want them deported to the Philippines) declared Eric Parungao, Welfare Officer of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office here.

He was addressing the whole-day Newcomers Orientation Conference on Saturday (June 19, 2010) where an estimated 150 Filipino workers and newly-arrived jobseekers were in attendance at the Lady of Assumption Church in Toronto’s North York region.

Read more at Currents & Breaking News

Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 21, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Marriott launches timeshare program in the U.S. and the Caribbean

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Marriott Vacation Club on Monday launched a new points-based timeshare program in the U.S. and the Caribbean called Marriott Vacation Club Destinations.

The Marriott Vacation Club Destinations program allows owners to redeem Vacation Club points to travel within any of four Vacation Collections.

Read more at Orlando Business Journal

Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm

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2010 National Retail Conference & Expo (Philippines)

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The conference and expo will be held on August 11-12, 2010, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. 100+ exhibitors are expected to join the event.

National Retail Conference & Expo is the country’s biggest and most important retail industry event in the Philippines. Attended by top retailers, major players, mall developers and service providers to the industry. Back to back with Stores Asia Expo: the only focused and dedicated retail suppliers exhibition in the country.

2 days education conference featuring Tony Tan Cak Tiong, the country’s biggest fastfood operator and branding guru and strategist martin roll as keynote speakers. Plus more than 20 industry experts on various aspects of retailing.

Exhibitors’ profile include retail technology providers, IT solutions, shopfittings, display racks, retail security providers, licensors/franchisros, LED display, ad agencies, shopping bags suppliers, POS solutions, supply chain, printers, etc.

Source: Biz Trade Shows

Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 21, 2010 at 4:50 am

Ironman 70.3 Philippines Triathlon Competition on August 22, 2010 at Camarines Sur

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The Ironman 70.3 Philippines triathlon competition, which is open to Filipino and international triathletes, will be held on August 22, 2010 in the scenic province of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of Luzon island.

The event is a physically intense, 70.3-mile triathlon race where competitors swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles around a demanding course in Camarines Sur, which has gained worldwide attention as the newest sports tourism capital of the Philippines.

The race starts at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC), which boasts of the largest wakeboard park in the world, where the athletes dive into the freshwater lagoon and tackle the swim leg.

They then get on their bicycles and pedal through the national highway, where a spectacular view of Mount Isarog awaits them.

After completing the cycling leg, they run a lung-busting half-marathon through several towns towards the provincial capital Naga City, before finishing back at the CWC.

The competition is open to men and women aged at least 18 years from across the globe. Participants compete individually or as part of a relay team comprising three athletes regardless of gender or nationality under a corporate or collegiate set-up.

Source: Positive News Media

Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm