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Google Takes Down Anti-Filipino Blog

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Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Sunday asked Filipinos to hold their heads high in the face of discrimination as he thanked Google for taking down an anonymous blog urging Singaporeans to harass Filipinos living in the island nation.

In a post titled “Filipino infestation in Singapore — 5 point guide to showing displeasure without breaking the law,” the blog advised Singaporeans to refuse to be served by Filipinos in restaurants, “accidentally” shove them in crowded places, and not to help Filipinos involved in traffic accidents.

The blog, “Blood Stained Singapore,” was hosted on Google-owned Blogger. It was no longer available by late Thursday.

The Vice President lauded Google’s move and thanked the internet giant “for not allowing itself to be a platform for prejudice and ethnic discrimination.”

A Google spokesperson confirmed that the US web giant removes material from Blogger that violates its policy on hate speech.

The Philippine embassy earlier urged Singaporean authorities to take action against the blogger.

“It is obvious that the blogger, in choosing to hide behind the veil of anonymity, knew he would be held liable for what he wrote under Singaporean law against hate speech. And even as we condemn the hate speech, we Filipinos reiterate our well wishes for the people of Singapore,” he added.

There are currently some 170,000 Filipinos living in Singapore, most of them professionals.

Source: Office of the Vice President of the Philippines.

Photo by iss_thehague at Flickr.com.

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How to Help Philippine Super Typhoon Victims

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It has been three days since Haiyan or Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone or typhoon ever recorded, has brought death to thousands of Filipinos in Central Philippines, and millions more have been affected and displaced with destroyed homes. On top of this, chaos has emerged among the populace because of the lack of food, water and basic social services.

Now, the international call for help has loudly been broadcast by several international relief organizations to come to the aid of the predominantly Catholic country in Southeast Asia.

Here are several ways YOU CAN HELP through the various local and international organizations listed below. If there are any errors to the links, kindly report it to MiniPhilippines.com so the author and webmaster can fix the issue.

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IN THE PHILIPPINES

Philippine National Red Cross (www.redcross.org.ph)
Hotline: 143
Telephone: 527-0000

text RED<space><amount-in-Pesos> to
2899 (Globe)
4483 (Smart)

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Gawad Kalinga Operation Operation Walang Iwanan (Typhoon Yolanda)

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya

Ayala Foundation’s Laging Handa Fund

ShelterBox

Caritas Filipinas Foundation

Victory – Every Nation

St. Scholastica’s College
Cash/check donations pay to “St. Scholastica’s College Manila”
BDO account number 4580-000-210
E-mail your transaction receipts to lizaban2@gmail.com for proper acknowledgment.

One La Salle Relief Drive (Yolanda)

Ateneo De Manila Disaster Response and Management Team

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INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Check the credentials of any charitable organization

Canadian Red Cross

American Red Cross

British Red Cross

Australian Red Cross

U.N. World Food Programme
Text AID to 27722 to donate $10 in the USA

AmeriCares

The Salvation Army USA

United Arab Emirates
LBC in UAE accepts in-kind donations but not “used clothes” a problem with Philippine customs policies. LBC will accept blankets, shoes or slippers, canned goods, and toiletries. All boxes of goods should be addressed to the LBC Foundation that will send the goods to the Red Cross. Drop them at the Karama and Abu Dhabi offices of LBC in UAE. Read more at source.

Oxfam – United Kingdom

Care International – United Kingdom

Care Australia

Médecins Sans Frontières – Australia

World Vision – Australia

International Rescue Committee (IRC) – USA and Canada

Doctors Without Borders

International Medical Corps Emergency Response Fund

Save the Children

United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) – Donate Now

United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) – Australia

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – Australia

Mercy Corps

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada – Government of Canada
Canada launches matching fund to help those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan

Habitat for Humanity
Plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.

Operation USA

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) – USA

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Plan – UK
Plan is a global children’s charity.

Child Fund – Australia

Caritas – Australia

Christian Aid – Australia

Catholic Relief Services

Convoy of Hope

Samaritan’s Purse International Rellief

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Sources: USA Today | CBS News | In-a-gist Forum | NBC World News | SBS Australia | CNN International

photo by salingpusa at flickr.com

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TESDA to Launch 7 New Programs This 2012

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TESDA classroom

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) recently announced its plan to launch seven new programs this year intended to increase employability, provide more livelihood and spark the entrepreneurial skills of Filipinos. Dubbed REAL DEAL TESD (Reach the grassroots, Empower the reached. Assure quality training and Lifelong education Development. Enable, and Actively-engage Labor force members in job opportunities thru employability and livelihood skills), this initiative is a response to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s call for “Landas na Matuwid.”

The seven programs are:

  1. IT-BPO Talent Investment Program that will train 65,000 scholars to qualify for jobs in the business process outsourcing industry;
  2. TESDA-SEIPI (Semi-conductor and Electronics Industry of the Philippines) Partnership for the Semi-Conductor Electronics Industry that will train more than 9,000 new and existing workers to keep them geared up for the demands of the semi-conductor and electronics industry;
  3. Partnership with PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.) for the training of 1,300 technicians;
  4. TESDA-Holcim Partnership to train some 2,200 out-of-school-youths in construction trades such as masonry, carpentry and blueprint reading certification;
  5. Partnership with LTRFB (Land Transportation Regulation and Franchising Bureau) in PUV (Public Utility Vehicle) driver’s certification;
  6. TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Programs that brings together stakeholders to serve the multifarious service requirements of households and small communities; and
  7. Updates on TESDA-Coke National Convergence Program on Empowering Women Retailers.

Source: News Desk, president.gov.ph

Photo by netstreamph at Flickr.com

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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.

Image from RandellTiongson.com

Source: RandellTiongson.com

Image from RandellTiongson.com

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

December 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

28 Percent of US Immigrants Come from Asia

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In operation until 1954, the immigration station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) reports that 28 percent of all immigrants in the United States – about 11 million – hail from Asia. Asians are the second largest immigrant group after Latinos, with nearly half coming from the Philippines, India and China and residing in California, New York and Texas.

Asian immigrants are perceived as “model minorities” who work hard, do well, and don’t complain. In the American imagination, they do not seem to share the challenges faced by other immigrant groups.

Nearly half of Asian immigrant adults have a college degree or higher. Among all immigrants, Asians are more concentrated in management, information technology, and science and engineering. A majority of immigrant doctors and nurses are from Asia.

MPI estimates that Asian immigrants accounted for 11 percent of all unauthorized immigrants in 2010. The Department of Homeland Security counts among the undocumented 280,000 Filipinos, 200,000 Indians, 170,000 Koreans and 130,000 Chinese.

Read more at WNYX New York Public Radio

Photo by wallyg at Flickr.com

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Philippine Catholic Online Site for the Dead

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Banner image at Undas Online

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has created a website designed to service Filipinos away from the country who would like to seek prayers and requests for masses for their departed loved ones. This is in line with the annual All Saints Day and All Souls Day ritual where Filipinos congregate at cemeteries and columbariums to honor their dead, the tradition known as “Undas.”

The site lists news and resources, prayers, requests for masses (the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of souls) and a FAQ page. When one sends a mass request for their departed loved one, the name of the person will be included in the masses that will be celebrated at the CBCP Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, from November 1 to 8, 2011, at 11:30 in the morning.

Sources: Undas Online | Manila Bulletin | Vancouver Sun

Image from Undas Online

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 1, 2011 at 6:07 am

11-city Smithsonian Exhibit Depicts Filipino Struggle Against American Colonialism

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The original Smithsonian Institution building, popularly known as the Castle. It now houses administrative offices and the Smithsonian Information Center.

Photo by ralph-toyama at Flickr.com

The Smithsonian Institution chose Charlotte as a stop for a traveling exhibit that tells the story of Filipinos who struggled against American colonialism and ultimately became U.S. citizens. “Singgalot: The Ties That Bind,” is coming to Charlotte Museum of History from Saturday through Oct. 16, 2011.

The 11-city exhibition made its first stop in Los Angeles last month. It will land in Kansas City, Seattle, Chicago and Philadelphia before a final stop in November in Santa Rosa, California.

The exhibit is intended to help the nation’s 2.5 million Filipino citizens trace their history and contributions in the United States through about 30 photo panels and images.

Read more at Charlotte Observer

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