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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Prayer for OFWs

A Prayer for OFWs

Dear God,

You crossed every border between divinity and humanity to make your home with us. Bless our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who have travelled to foreign lands with faith in their heart leaving their families behind as they break through the barriers of people, cultures, and languages to escape oppression and poverty.

There are many things going on that are beyond us even with our collective power. We come to thee in supplication and heartfelt pleadings as we are mindful of the ordeals of others.

We thank thee for hearing the prayers of your people as China grant reprieve to our three OFWs and may the Chinese government grant a lesser penalty to their case.

We pray for the thousands of OFWs who were incarcerated and imprisoned in the Middle East, Asia and other continents, may thou please grant them the chance to get back to their families and find a new life, justice and freedom as they entrust their lives into thy hands. May Thou enlighten our leaders to put the plights of distressed OFWs as a priority and withdraw from plans to cut the DFA social service and legal assistance funds.

We pray to Thee that our OFWs in Taiwan will soon be reprieved of taking all the heat of the current Taiwan-Philippines rift. May the government emissary would soon find resolution to this issue so that those more than five thousand scheduled for deployment will now be allowed to take on their jobs, and the nearly a hundred thousand currently employed may keep their jobs and be able to sustain their families. 

We pray that may Thou please keep our overseas Filipinos safe in the escalating conflict in countries where democratic renaissance in Muslim nations is unfolding from Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya as they await the immediate repatriation efforts being taken by our government agencies.

We pray for Thy protection and guidance of the more than thirty thousand OFW’s in Libya. May their families in the Philippines be freed from fear and worries of their condition and that the OFWs safety is assured despite the worsening condition.

We pray that may Thou save from harm our Filipino workers in war torn countries of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as OFWs in Nigeria, Somalia, Lebanon and Jordan, who have taken great risks to continue their fight against poverty to support their families in the Philippines despite of the work deployment ban imposed in these countries.

We pray for the safety of the Filipino nurses trapped in the rubbles during the earthquake in New Zealand, and the rest of the OFWs and Expats around the world who are suffering from natural calamities, diseases and injustices that they may find comfort through faith in Thee.

Hear our prayer Lord, to end the corruption that has become the plague of our nation, to end poverty that afflicts and besets Thy people, to end violence and war that displaces millions of our Filipinos from their homes, which separate, divide and break families.

As we await for the signs of time when the Filipinos around the world, the fathers and mothers brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters may be reunited as one happy family.

We pray for Thine tender love and kind mercy, with our faith, with our hope, with our love to thee, we pray for power greater than us all, we pray for divine intervention.

This is a joint call from the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards, or PEBA, Inc, along with its 300+ KABLOGS, the RMN News Bantay OFW radio program and the Blas Ople Policy Center and we are asking for your prayers or support by reposting this to your blog, posting this link in your FB, Friendster and Twitter accounts or sending this as email to your networks.

The original photo where the image was taken in this post was an official entry by Erwin Serrano from Riyadh Saudi Arabia, 10th rank winner to the 2010 PEBA International Photo Contest.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

PEBA Cares

PEBA CARES goes to Bethany House Orphanage

“Sa langit. Nagdadasal kami para matugunan ang pangangailangan namin para sa lahat ng bata dito sa ampunan.”

(In heaven. We pray to provide our needs for all the kids here in the orphanage)

Those are the words from Sister Jess, the administrative incharge of the Bethany House when the PEBA 2011 Chairwoman asked here where do they get the budget in running the orphanage. The three sisters under the Archdiocese of Malolos Bulacan have 59 kids, ages five to twelve years old, 4 of them, small babies.

We feel great with the kindness and patiences of the sisters in taking care of these orphaned kids. During the conversation, Ms. Yanah and PEBA Volunteer Marco found out that the orphanage is consuming one sack of rice a day, and the local government is rationing them with 10 sacks a month. Which is really not enough. She also found out that during December, they have enough, and the sisters can stretch it until June. Once the rainy season comes, that's the time that they're having trouble sustaining the foods for the kids. That’s the time they start to really pray hard and seek for help.

The almost 60 kids have needs. They need to eat, have clothes, go to school, and live a decent life. Most of these kids are abandoned, they were just left anywhere by their parents, while some others were purposely left by their parents there at the orphanage for an obvious reasons - they can't sustain them. Yanah reported to the PEBA that "some of these kids came from the streets, were picked up by DSWD and brought to the orphanage. The nuns who runs Bethany, really tries their best to make ends meet for these children.  They feel the need to provide them with their basic needs, they feel the need to give these children not only their material needs but their love and care as well."

PEBA Cares is another social project of PEBA, along with PEBA Scholars, and PEBA Help. PEBA may not have that much budget, but we can do so much by appealing to our friends and fans to support our programs because goodness is everywhere and we believe that we can do so much to help and lift others.

The tentative schedule of the project to revisit the kids and bring them some help will be announced here as we appeal for support and donations . You can also purchase for the PEBA Scholars and PEBA Cares funds.

For more information, you can email or

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Saturday, February 5, 2011


OFW and Expats homecoming or popularly called "BalikBayan" is a not just a classical journey of an OFW to his hometown but rather it is a homecoming beyond emotions. For every returning "Balikbayan Pinoy" is a fulfillment of his promise that he will return to his family and native land filled with stories of success from his battles overseas. For each homecoming, the nation benefits from each balikabayan family gatherings as they fill the super malls, fine restaurants, resorts and theme parks with each spendings promote tourism, investments and creates job opportunities to our kababayan in the Philippines.

Thus, the PEBA 2011 Organizing Committee has conceptualized this year's theme "Pagbabalikbayan Tungo sa Pagkakaisa at Kaunlaran" which aims to raise the conciousness not only of our Pinoy OFWs and Expats, but the entire Filipino people all over the world that Balikbayan is not just as poignant voyage and reunion of flesh and blood but it is a renewal of love; brings new hopes; drives tourism & investments and raises the spirit of nationalism.

PEBA also pins its hopes through the power of blogs to institute change in the Government policy that will provide a real and effective program with a clear implementing  guidelines that will benefit our OFW kababayans on the reintegration of our distressed OFWs and the influx of thousands of OFWs from Iraq and Afghanistan that will be coming home full of uncertainties as they will soon be joining the oceans of unemployed souls in our country.

Compose a brief, catchy slogan or tagline to popularize PEBA 2011 theme concept on "Coming Home Towards Solidarity and Progress" ("Pagbabalikbayan Tungo Pagkakaisa at Kaunlaran")

Entries are now accepted to the Slogan/Tagline competition. These must capture and convey the theme of "Pagbabalikbayan Tungo Pagkakaisa at Kaunlaran" ("Coming Home Towards Solidarity and Progress")

1. Who May Join: All Kablogs members (OFW Bloggers and Non-OFW Supporters) either currently residing in or outside the Philippine Archipelago that displays the Kablogs banner/logo on his sidebar. New bloggers must display the Kablogs Logo/Banner in their blogsite sidebars to automatically qualify them in this contest.

2. The slogan must be in both English and Filipino (conversely translated) with a short explanation

3. How to Join: Entry and accompanying explanation must be posted in the comment box below.

4. The slogan must convey its message based on its relevance to the PEBA 2011 concept and to revolve on the recommended words/tagline as follows: 


However, it does not require that entries to literally adopt or use these tag words in the slogan making but rather to serve as word references only.

5. There is no limit to the number of entries that a blogger can submit.

6. Participating bloggers who has posted their entries on the comment box must ensure that they have properly linked their blogsite accordingly for verification requirement on Step 1.

7. Please make sure that the slogans/taglines is not more than 80 characters long (including spaces and functuation marks) on each language slogan.

   example: Filipinos Abroad - Hope of the Nation, Gift to the World (56 characters)

                 Pinoy Expats/OFW – Pag-asa ng Bayan, Handog sa Mundo (52 characters)

8. There will only be one winner. If there will be a duplication on entries received (two identical entries send by two different persons), it shall be credited to the participant who has posted the earlier entry.

9. The winner will win prizes of a gift packs of Smart Plug and Talk and Books and Tote Bag from Book Divas.

10. Criteria for judging: relevance to the theme, clarity and impact as a slogan, catchiness and originality. The Board of Judges will be composed of the PEBA Core Group.

11. The deadline of posting entries will be at midnight of February 21, 2011 (Manila time).

12. Winner will be announced on March 01, 2011.

What are you waiting for? Let us join now and may this Season serve as a reunion of bloggers across the globe - let the PEBA 2011 opening countdown begins.

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