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Official Philippine Holidays for 2012

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Planning your holidays for 2012

Malacañang Palace came out with an official decree declaring the different types of national holidays for the year 2012 for government units, businesses and schools in the country.

Only the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha has not yet been officially declared. The exact dates of the national holiday for these religious holidays shall be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined upon the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) informing the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.

Source: Official Gazette of the President of the Philippines

Download PDF: Proclamation 295

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More on How to Help Typhoon Sendong Victims

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More updates on how to help Typhoon Sendong (Washi) victims in Mindanao through the United Nations, Canadian Red Cross and the La Salle community – donations, volunteers, wire transfer and bank deposits. PLEASE SHARE!

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New Training Center in Philippines for Cebu Pacific Air

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The ATR cockpit is state-of-the-art technology

Cebu Pacific Air and CAE, the world’s leader in aviation training, recently signed a joint venture agreement amounting to 40-50 million U.S. Dollars seeks to establish an aviation training center for airline companies in the Asia Pacific region. This center will be build inside the Clark Freeport Zone.

The new center will initially cater to pilot type-rating training and “wet” instructor-led type-training for the Airbus A319/320/321. Initial, recurrent, conversion and jet indoctrination training will be available to other Airbus operators. The state-of-the-art training center will be developed in consultation with CAE’s training facilities design team. It will initially be equipped with two Airbus A320 FFSs with capability to expand by two additional simulators.

The aviation academy is expected to provide training for other aviation personnel in the future, such as cabin crew, dispatch, ground handling personnel and cadets.

Read more at Market Watch (WSJ)

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American Electronics Company to Invest $300m in Philippines

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Philippine Stock Market Board.

An unnamed American company that produces computer parts and accessories may invest $300 million in the country by transfering its current facilities from Japan to the Philippines, Ma. Elisa P. Osorio of the Philippine Star reported last Monday. It looked into leasing facilities at the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles City or TIPCO Industrial Estates in Mabalacat, both located in the province of Pampanga.

The Chicago-based company already has three sites outside the United States: Japan, China and Singapore. The Philippine site will be producing products for its clients in the ASEAN region and the United States. Philippine Trade Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio refused to name the company but said “it is the second largest in the world in its line of business.”

Read more at The Philippine Star

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

December 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Century Properties Uses Facebook for Charity Work

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Century Properties embarked on a Facebook Page campaign by promising to fund 50 operations of children born with cleft lip or cleft palate deformity. The only thing they ask is you “LIKE” the Facebook Page. They are shooting for 15,000 page fans by New Year’s day.

Even global celebrity Lea Salonga retweeted (RT) a Tweet on Twitter about “liking the page.”

Go to Century Properties Facebook Page now!

Poster taken from Century Properties Facebook Page


Written by Raffy Pekson II

December 8, 2011 at 2:57 am

Free Money Talk Seminar for Filipinos in Macau

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The Philippine Consulate Office in Macau, with Every Nation Macau, has invited Randell Tiongson to a talk on personal finance on Friday, December 9, 2011.

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December 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Postcards from the Philippines

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December 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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Expanded Family Visa Bill in U.S. to Benefit Filipinos

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United States tourist visa stamp on a passport

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure to expand the number of family visas for hopeful immigrants with relatives in the U.S. on Wednesday.

The legislation, which passed 389-15, was a rare example of bipartisan accord on immigration, an issue that largely has been avoided during the current session of Congress because of the political sensitivities involved. The bill, said its sponsor, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, “does encourage high-skilled immigrants who were educated in the U.S. to stay and help build our economy rather than using the skills they learned here to aid our competitor nations.”

Currently, the State Department issues about 140,000 such green cards a year to foreign nationals working in the United States, often after getting degrees from U.S. universities.

These visas cover relatives like sons and daughters, over the age of 21, of U.S. citizens; spouses and minor children of legal U.S. permanent residents; and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, among others.

The Obama administration in its first two years failed in several major efforts to change immigration law, and this year the issue has largely been off the table, with Republicans making clear that anything suggesting amnesty for those in the country illegally would be rejected.

The approved house bill will now go to the Senate for a vote.

Source: Balitang America | News Channel 8 | KIRO-TV

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