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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

PR: International Blog Awards to honor the homecoming of OFWs & Filipino Expats



International Blog Awards to honor the homecoming of OFWs & Filipino Expats

MANILA, 10 October 2011 – Pinoy Expats OFW Blog Awards, Inc., an international alliance of OFW & Pinoy Expatriate Bloggers will put to center stage the return of Philippines modern-day heroes as PEBA 2011 celebrates the “homecoming” of OFWs and Filipino Expatriates. Joining this year’s celebration are Ayala Malls, Nokia and Globe Telecoms.

PEBA is on its 4th year of recognizing Blogs written from all over the world by Filipino workers and expatriates. This year is unique from the previous awards night as it will also honor the talent of Filipinos abroad in the field of photography.

“We wanted to bring a message to the world that despite the hardship experienced by our fellow Filipinos working or residing abroad, we continuously think of returning to the Philippines with honor and our dignity intact.” according to Mr. Segre, Director of Global Affairs. The focus this year is to promote the beauty of the Philippines and declare that OFWs and Filipino expatriates are returning home to effect positives changes learned from their respective host countries. The theme, "Ako’y Magbabalik, Hatid Ko’y Pagbabago" (I Will Return, I Will Bring Change) brings to life the aspiration of Filipino workers abroad.

PEBA is going back to the basic; it will bring the advocacy to a wider audience by increasing PEBA’s visibility in the shopping malls. We want to come closer to the hearts of Filipino people, including to those who do not Blog, to the mall-going Filipinos and help us campaign for change and support the blogging Filipinos abroad.

We would like to promote the importance of Blogging because it enable and empower Filipinos in various parts of the world, encouraging them to express their thoughts, ideas and share their individual experiences.

The PEBA 2011 awards night will be held in Trinoma Activity Center on December 9, 2011 at 5PM. The winning entries of PEBA 2011 Photo Contest will be exhibited in Market Market Mall and will be attended by OFW advocates in the government, diplomatic corps and NGOs.

Contact Information:

Pete E. Rahon | PEBA 2011 Chairman

Mobile: +63917-733-7152 | Email:


Mark Aethen Agana | Head of Public Relations and Media Affairs

Mobile: +63927.339.1454 | E-mail:


F. Jigs G. Segre | Director of Global Affairs & Strategic Initiatives

U.S. Contact No.: +1510.589.2950 | E-mail:

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Monday, October 10, 2011


Hi everyone!

It took quite a while before we managed to announce the winners of this year's PEBA 2011 "Where The Heart Is" Photo Contest. That's primarily because we've really had a tough time judging and computing scores. All photos are beautiful and worthy of honors. The scores were so close to each other. But the moment has come. This is it!

We made a twist on this year's announcement of winners. Instead of the usual photo plus caption, we made a sortta, kindda coffe table book that features the TOP 30 photographs.

Visit the "Where The Heart Is" book here:

We're anticipating that this will not go as smoothly as possible because some might encounter technical problems getting in the site (depending on your internet connection's speed) and so tonight or tomorrow morning, we will upload a photo album containing the winning entries and the top 27 on the 3 participating Facebook pages: The Pink Tarha, PEBA, and Globe Kababayan.

The TOP 3 will receive gadgets (to be posted later). The most popular entry will receive a Swatch watch courtesy of PEBA and the Most Liked in the Globe Kababayan page will receive a prize from the Globe team. Winners of the 60th and 88th photo entry submitted will be receiving their prizes via mail. We're sending them tomorrow. All participants will receive a certificate of participation from us via email, which we'll send as soon as possible. Winners can claim their prize in Manila from Mr. Pete Rahon. Please bring your ID. If winners can't get their prizes personally, they can send a representative with an authorization letter and ID.

Winning photos will be part of an exhibit in the Trinoma Mall on the day of the PEBA 2011 Awards Night. More details will be announced later.

Thank you very much for supporting the PEBA 2011 "Where The Heart Is" Photo Contest! Good luck and God bless to all.


The Pink Tarha

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