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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ang TEMA ng PEBA - Expounded

You are seeing an elegant and beautifully poise promotional logo for PEBA courtesy of Nebz, free for grab from his blogsite. Thank you po so much Nebz!


Ang TEMA ng PEBA - Expounded

"Filipinos Abroad - Hope of the Nation, Gift to the World."


“Pinoy Expats/OFW – Pag-asa ng Bayan, Handog sa Mundo.”

Natatawa ako kasi sa lahat kaming mga members ng Core Group ng PEBA,
ako lang yata ang nagtatagalog ng post. I’ve lost so much traffic
since I started a Taglish post, from monthly hits of 3,000 nasa less
than 1,000 hits na lang. Pero it’s not the traffic that is more
important to me now. Thoughtskoto may not be widely searched in Google,
but I wanted to make myself clear, I will sacrifice my traffic hits
just so I will be understood and so that I can express myself better,
clearer and understandable. I don’t believe that English posts are
nosebleed to Pinoys especially bloggers.

If you are articulate and
inspiring; if you are encouraging and informative; if you are witty
and yet making sense; people will definitely read your posts whether in English
or in our native language.
Filipinos are known to be very good in
English, wise, educated, and yes, bright and smart.

Ang pinakatema ng contest this year is all about
are times I am so sick and tired in watching news back home, and there
are times that I ask myself, may pag-asa pa kaya ang Pilipinas? Kahit
anong bansa dito sa mundo na corrupt, hindi na yata umunlad di ba?

Sinamahan pa ng economic downturn na tuluyang nagpalala ng sitwasyon.
What happens in the USA swings back and forth in every direction and hits
every stock markets and economies of the world.

Hope of the Nation

 Ang mga Expats and OFW, “with their talents, means, resources and
their blogs will serve as voices and beacons of hope”
With 12 Million
OFW’s in  over 182 countries and islands around the world, and with an
estimated minimum annual remittance to the Philippines of
736,000,000,000.00, (P736 Billion) OFWs are
  bearers of

hope to a country so troubled yet beloved.

Thus, Filipinos abroad are hope for the
Philippines – they keep the
Philippine economy afloat with the dollar influx, they feed millions
of families, send kids to good schools, engaged in some livelihood
businesses, helping create more jobs and generate activities of worthy
cause. I can expound it deeper and further, but suffice it to say,
OFW’s are the new heroes and hope of our society. If you are not
convinced that you are for our country, at least you are, to your love
ones left behind.

I’ve read the comment of a visitor in
The Pope, Palipasan  blog in
support of PEBA. He said;  
“I am an OFW son. Nakikita ko kung paano
nag-titiis si tatay to give us good life. Count me in. Suportahan
natin yan!.”

At si Tambay, hari daw siya ng sablay says “Naging interesado ako sa event na ito dahil ang aking erpats at iba pang mga kamag-anak ay nasa ibang bansa.
Nagpapakahirap. Nagpapakasakit.”

Count them twice or thrice and multiply to 12M, you will get an idea
how many millions of OFWs family members look up to them. It is the same reason for which we choose HOPE as a theme. OFW’s are real heroes and heroines, alive and
breathing and its time to stand hand in hand with head held high and
be heard, be counted. Kapit-kamay!

Gift to the World

You must have known or come across a Filipina Chef in the White House? Do you know
that Filipinos are the 2nd highest paid professionals in
America? Do you know
that Filipino seamen are the best and most hardworking sailors of the world’s oceans and seas? Do you know that Filipino nurses and caregivers are the most nurturing and
compassionate health workers? Do you know that there are

more than 4 million Filipinos in the
USA? That there are more than 2
million in Saudi Arabia and hundreds of thousands more in the Gulf countries and
considered as the highest paid-most trusted-accountants, engineers,

technicians, office staff and skilled workers? Do you know that
Filipinos are great examples to the people of Europe? Ask Francesca.
Everywhere you go, Filipinos shine forth as dedicated, hardworking and
fun loving people. Anywhere, when a Filipino touches a caliper, a keyboard, a syringe, a microphone, a machine, oil, water, earth, stone and fire, beauty and magnificence is created. Knowledge and creativity naturally and freely flows. Thus, producing result not only to the economy where an OFW works but also lifts a cheerful spirit, comfort and joy to loved ones back home.

Filipinos make this world a better place, I know, that sounds proud
and big-headed. But delete this 12 million people scattered in almost
every corner and continent of the world and you will see a grim world of
  Nation will be doomed to falter and perish. That’s not
exaggeration, that’s neither an assumption, that’s a fact and certainty! We

draw strength from the character that makes us great and we focus on
the positive within us. Without too much pride and arrogance, 
success is guaranteed.

We can do it.

Support PEBA.

In behalf of the great guys and gals of PEBA, iniimbitahan ko po ang
lahat na sumali. Don’t hesitate. It is for fun and at the same

time, laudable effort na pinapakita natin sa mundo that we have
voices, and we wanted to be heard. We begin by sharing hope to those
around us. With that hope and unity of purpose, we may have a sense of
inspiration to carry on despite of the troubling times we are living
and the uncertainties of the future.

Simultaneous Posting to PEBA, KABLOGS & THOUGHTSKOTO

Saturday, April 25, 2009

PiNoY EXPATS BLOG AWARDS' New Home: A Milestone!

PiNoY EXPATS BLOG AWARDS' New Home: A Milestone!

Every time I drive in a desert freeway, I always pay attention to signboards and mile markers. These markers always give me information on where I am; how far I am from where I’ve been; how far I am to my destination; what is the required speed limit at a certain kind of road; and a lot more other helpful information.

The “milestones” help me head to the right direction and guide me when I’m straying from the right direction.

On Friday, 24-April-2009, at around 4:30 pm in Saudi Arabia and 9:30 pm in the Philippines, after almost a year of being a free-lance resident of the blogspot community, the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards (PEBA) Philippine-flag-colored butterfly flew to a place she can truly call her home.

It’s a “milestone” in the journey of 
PEBA towards its aim of being recognized as a serious and determined platform for the blogging talents and brilliance of the Filipino expatriates and Overseas Filipino Workers. It’s a “milestone”, in PEBA’s desire to act as a conduit showcasing the notable and significant writings and expressions of the Filipino diasporic community in this phenomenal new media industry.

I found two definitions of “milestone” that I feel are both relevant to 
PEBA. It is either a stone or a monument that serves as a milepost and as direction information or as a significant point in development. 

When I opened, this is what I saw! I had to capture what was displayed on the screen as this is a milestone for PEBA.

You're about to be redirected
The blog that used to be here is now at

As I look back at the success of the 1st Season of 
PEBA (I’m always enamored by seasons…though this simply means 2008), and the way things are shaping for PEBA’s 2nd Season, I am amazed at the progress of the journey of PEBA.

In my 
previous post, I made a bold statement that “given a few more seasons and PEBA will not just be a prestigious award-giving body for Pinoy Expats and OFW bloggers but will become a cause-oriented organization of Pinoy Expats/OFW Bloggers that will have its projects and beneficiaries.” My gut feel tells me that this may not take ‘a few more’ but just ‘some few’ seasons more to be realized.

Remember Lao Tzu’s “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Yes, the journey of
PEBA begins beneath the expats and OFWs’ feet.

May we all continue this journey, staking more ‘milestones’ to serve as monuments and significant points in the growth and development of 

Post from NJ of Desert Aquaforce of the PEBA 2009 Team


Monday, April 20, 2009

Global Launch of the 2009 Top 10 Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Award

Any successful endeavor is worth repeating and much more sustained. Especially when it touches and inspires the lives of the people for whom it dedicate its toils, pain, and achievements. Such are the motivations for which the 2009 Top 10 Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Award (PEBA) is once again being launched online. Wikipedia mention of PEBA  here.

In its second year, PEBA will recognize Pinoy Expats and OFWs bloggers making a difference in their lives, workplace, community, the Philippines and the world in general. 

This year the theme is 

“Filipinos Abroad – Hope of the Nation, Gift to the World”

Cognizant and directly affected by the brunt of global financial crisis, Filipinos continue to anchor their hope and trust to their family members abroad as herald of better news and good tidings. Thus, reinforcing the OFWs and Filipino expats role and image as new heroes and saviors.

PEBA also recognizes that Filipinos wherever they are, be it land-based, sea-based or air-based as the case maybe, are shining examples of dedication, diligence, and excellence in almost anything they do. It is not uncommon for them to be praised as assets to companies and organizations contributing to the social and economic well being of their host country. PEBA considers the more than 12m overseas Filipinos scattered abroad as gifts to make this world a better place to live.

The award which started last year had a very simple objective. It was created to award bloggers who infuses enthusiasm and inspiration for others to do good and be hopeful in this world of hopelessness. Filipino expats and OFWs with their talents, means, resources and blogs unfailingly served as voice and beacon of hope. Ten top bloggers were identified from around the globe such as the Americas, Europe, Africa and Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific, who, up until these days continue to blog and their commitment re-ignited in contributing change through their own little ways.

So for this year with the valuable help of numerous individuals from around the globe, the search is on again. Filipino bloggers and netizens are invited to recognize Pinoy Expats/OFW who tireless blog in making the blogosphere a better space and place for exchange, discussion, and service of the Filipinos and the citizens of the world alike. It is worth knowing and learning those stories of Filipinos overcoming difficulties and challenges. Although it is a reality that not everyone is successful but still their stories are way for others to gain insight from their life lessons and experiences.

From May to October 2009 any Filipino blogger can nominate or be nominated except for last year’s top 10 PEBA awardees. Guidelines are available from its official blogsite (click here). By December 2009 winners will be announced in a public event in the Philippines whose details are still being prepared and ironed out. Sponsors, supporters and volunteers are very much welcome to make this endeavor a success.

Be part of another historic event of Pinoy Expats and OFWs!

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Prior to the launching of the 2nd Season of the PINOY EXPATS - OFW BLOG AWARDS, we have a badge/banner making contest with the theme;


Who can join?

  • Any Blogger in the world. Only one entry per blogger. A blogger's profile and e-mail should be accessible or visible online.

To join, you should:

  • We are giving these three images as pre-requisite, you can add more images as long as these three images appear in the badge or banner. You can make another PINOY EXPATS BLOG AWARDS LOGO with the same color and font for a more clearer picture with the INCLUSION of OFW to stand as PINOY EXPATS-OFW BLOG AWARDS.

Font and background should be any color that can be found in the Philippine Flag and/or the custom black and white

  • Size of the badge/banner is width = 200 pixels and height = 180 pixels
  • Post an entry along with the image/banner/badge that you've made and explain why the design should be chosen and what's the relevance with the theme.
  • Send us an email at or leave a comment providing the link of your entry  in the post below..
  • Include a link of the PEBA Project patungkol sa pakontest na ito at sa nalalapit na launching ng 2009 Pinoy Expats-OFW Blog Award.
  • Ang cut-off date ng posting ng entry is on Thursday, April 30, 2009. The winner will be announced on the first week of May, 2009. Then, nominees can start displaying the official banner/badge that can be downloaded in this site.
  • Ang mga image entry will be collated and posted sa blog site ng PEBA at kung ifefeature ng mga Chairperson ng Search Committee sa bawat blogs nila.
  • Bibigyan ng premyo ang mananalo, ang premyo ay iuupdate namin sa post na ito at iaannounce sa mga susunod pang post entry.
  • Ang mananalong image ay gagamitin para gawing banner ng mga nominado at mga winners sa 2009 PEBA Award pati na rin pagsama sa mga posters and images na ipopost sa mga blogs at other means of advertisements.
  • Automatic na magiging isa sa mga sponsor ang mananalo, at mabibigyan ng bloglink sa home site ng Search Project.
  • Duly na irerecognize ang badge/banner maker sa awarding ceremony sa December 2009 sa Manila Philippines.
  • Bibigyan ng Badge ang mananalo na ididisplay niya sa kanyang blogsite bilang winner ng PEBA Banner/Badge Maker Award.

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