Proudly Pinoy – JOSE RIZAL

Hero of Philippines

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How much Do You Know About Jose Rizal?

JOSE RIZAL, the national hero of the Philippines, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna. He was the seventh child in a family of 11 children (2 boys and 9 girls). Because of his fearless exposures of the injustices committed by the civil and clerical officials, Rizal provoked the animosity of those in power. This led himself, his relatives and countrymen into trouble with the Spanish officials of the country during the time and the authorities were not only finding faults but even fabricating charges to pin him down and he was imprisoned in Fort Santiago. When the Philippine Revolution started on August 26, 1896, his enemies lost no time in pressing him down. They were able to enlist witnesses that linked him with the revolt. In his prison cell, he wrote an untitled poem, now known as “Ultimo Adios” which is considered a masterpiece and a living document expressing not only the hero’s great love of country but also that of all Filipinos.

Timelines of Rizal

• At the age of 3, he learned the alphabets
• At 5, while learning to read and write, he already showed inclinations to be an artist
• At 8, he wrote a Tagalog poem, “Sa Aking Mga Kabata” the theme of which revolves on the love of one’s language.
• At 16, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree with an average of “excellent” from the Ateneo Municipal de Manila; enrolled himself in Philosophy and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas, and also took courses to a degree of surveyor and expert assessor at the Ateneo, passed the Surveyor’s examination but because of his age, 17, he was not granted license to practice the profession until December 30, 1881
• At 20, he sailed for Spain where he continued his studies at the Universidad Central de Madrid • At the age of 23, he was conferred the degree of Licentiate in Medicine
• At 24, he finished his course in Philosophy and Letters with a grade of “excellent”
• He mastered 22 languages which includes Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Tagalog, and other native dialects
• At 25, he completed his eye specialization under the renowned professor, Otto Becker in Heidelberg
• His daring book, NOLI ME TANGERE, a satirical novel exposing the arrogance and despotism of the Spanish clergy, was published in Berlin
• EL FILIBUSTERISMO, his second novel and a sequel to the NOLI and more revolutionary and tragic than the latter, was printed in Ghent.
• At 31, he formed a civic movement called La Liga Filipina. The league advocated these moderate social reforms through legal means, but was disbanded by the governor. At that time, he had already been declared an enemy of the state by the Spanish authorities because of the publication of his novel.
• At 35, in the cold morning of December 30, 1896, Rizal, a man whose 35 years of life had been packed with varied activities which proved that the Filipino has capacity to equal if not excel even those who treat him as a slave, was executed at Bagumbayan Field. He was executed by firing squad and his last words were those of Jesus Christ: “consummatum est” — it is finished.

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OFW CORNER – June 2014

Mga Bansa na itinaas ang Crisis Alert Level

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Remit2Home Blog – Mga Bansa na itinaas ang Crisis Alert Level

Ayon sa ulat noong ika 18 ng Hunyo, ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay naglabas ng mga antas ng alerto nito sa 12 mga bansa dahil sa sitwasyon ng seguridad sa mga lugar na iyon, mula sa pag-atake ng mga rebelde, digmaang sibil at politikal na mga suliranin. Sa kanyang pahina sa Facebook, nag-post ang Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief na si Hans Leo Cacdac ng isang update ng lahat ng mga antas ng alerto at ang katayuan ng pag-deploy ng mga OFW sa apektadong mga bansa. Ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay pinapayuhan ang mga kababayang Pilipino sa mga bansang ito upang maging listo at laging mag-iingat.

Ang listahan ng mga antas ng alerto simula noong Hunyo 17, 2014 ay ang mga sumusunod:
• Alert Level 4 (ipinag-uutos sa pagpapabalik sa sariling bayan, Total Ban sa OFW Deployment) – Syria, Iraq
• Level Alert 3 (kusang-loob pagpapabalik sa sariling bayan, Total Ban sa OFW Deployment) – South Sudan, Libya (Bahagyang Deployment para sa ilang mga kategorya ng mga Bumabalik na mga Manggagawa)
• Level Alert 2 (paghihigpit, Ban sa Deployment ng New Hires Lamang) – Yemen, Ukraine
• Level Alert 1 (pag-iingat, Walang Deployment Ban) – Ehipto, Kenya, Lebanon, Venezuela, Kurdistan (Northern bahagi ng Iraq), Thailand
Mangyaring alamin ang pinakahuling ulat mula sa POEA at DFA kung kayo ay pupunta o kasalukuyang nakatira sa mga nabanggit na mga bansa.

Mga Pinoy, mas madali nang pumunta sa Japan

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Remit2Home Blog – Mga Pinoy, mas madali nang pumunta sa Japan

Magandang balita para sa mga may balak pumunta sa Japan! Ang Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) ay naglabas ng pahayag na nagsasaad na ang mga Pinoy kasama na rin ang mga Vietnamese at Indonesians ay mapapadali na ang pagproseso ng visa dahil babawasan ng Japan ang kahigpitan sa mga requirements para sa multiple-entry na visa at ang mga requirement sa single-entry visa ay mas madali ang proseso sa pamamagitan ng mga travel agencies. Idinagdag dito, gayunpaman, na ang mga detalye ng relaxation ng visa requirements kabilang ang petsa ng simula ng application ay hindi pa nababatid. Sinabi ng MOFA na ang mga hakbang na ito ay makakatulong sa pag unlad ng bansang Japan bilang tourism-oriented na bansa na may mataas na layunin na mag-aakit ng 20 milyong mga banyaga

Mga OFW sa Canada – iwasan ang Double jobs dahil bawal at delikado

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Remit2Home Blog – Mga OFW sa Canada – iwasan ang Double jobs dahil bawal at delikado

Ang mga Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) at mga caregivers na nagtatrabaho ng extra maliban sa kanilang pinirmahang kontrata ay mahigpit na ipinagbabawal sa Canada at kapag nahuli ng gobyerno ay maaring haharap ng deportasyon Ang West Coast Domestic Workers Association (WCDWA) ay nagbigay ng alarma sa mga “under-the-table na mga trabaho” na ginagawa ng mga TFWs at caregivers at ito ay irereport nila sa mga opisyal ng imigrasyon. Ayon sa ulat, maraming mga workers na rin ang nahuling nagtatrabaho bilang part-time workers bukod sa kanilang working permits at ang mga Pinoy ay binabalaan ng gobyerno na mag-ingat at iwasan ang ganitong illegal na sitwasyon kung ayaw nilang makulong o mapaalis sa Canada.

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Pansit Guisado (Stir-fried Bihon Noodles)

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Remit2Home Blog – Food Corner – Pansit Guisado (Stir-fried Bihon Noodles) – Philippines

Pancit or pansit is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine. Noodles were introduced into the Philippines by the Chinese and have since been adopted and used regularly. The consumption of the long noodles is believed to ensure a long life in those who eat the dish, that is why Pansit is always served during special occasions in Philippines especially during birthdays. Thin rice noodles mixed with chicken, pork, shrimp, cabbage and carrots and then seasoned with a light soy sauce are the ingredients for a tasty pansit guisado.

Ingredients:
1 Package (8-12 oz) Rice Noodles; Labeled “Pancit Bihon” or just “Bihon”
1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
1 Onion, Finely sliced
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 cup boneless chicken breasts, diced
1 cup Pork, diced
½ cup Shrimp (cleaned)
8 cups Cabbage; Shredded
4 Carrots; Julienned
¼ cup green bell pepper, thin strips
¼ cup Soy Sauce
¼ cup Chicken Broth (Optional)
Salt, black pepper for seasoning

For Garnish
Lemon, sliced
Spring onion, chopped
2 Hard Boiled eggs, sliced

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How to Cook?

1. Take the dry noodles and submerge them in warm water and then set them aside.
2. Place a large wok or skillet on the stove over a medium heat.
3. Pour the vegetable oil in the skillet or wok.
4. Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are soft.
5. Add the chicken and pork and cook until done.
6. Add the shrimp along with the soy sauce and cook for 1 minute.
7. Add the cabbage and carrots and cook until the cabbage is soft.
8. Add in the chicken broth if required; or else, use water as an option.
9. Remove the noodles from the water and drain just until they’re no longer dripping.
10. Add to the skillet or wok along with the bell pepper and toss over a medium heat until well mixed, season with salt and black pepper.
11. Serve in a big platter or bowl and garnish with sliced or quartered eggs, lemon slices, and spring onions.

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Buko Pandan Dessert

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Recipe Round up – Buko Pandan Dessert

BUKO PANDAN is a favorite Filipino dessert served in almost every kind of party and on every special occasions in the Philippines. It is made using young coconut, gelatin, and buko pandan flavor and aroma. The green gelatin gives the sweet dish its distinction because it is enhanced by the aroma and flavor of pandan leaves. This pandan is a tropical plant which grows abundantly in the Philippines and its blade-like leaves are used for cooking and gives a very fragrant aroma to most Asian cuisines.

Ingredients:

1 and a 1/2 cup young coconut strips (Buko)
5 ounces condensed milk
8 ounces table cream or all-purpose cream
3 ounces powdered gelatin
1 and 1/4 cups water
6 drops Buko Pandan flavoring (available in Asian Stores)
2 scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)
1/2 cup small tapioca pearls, cooked (optional)

Cooking Procedure:

1. Combine water and powdered gelatin then stir using a spoon.
2. Add Buko Pandan flavoring then stir until everything is evenly distributed.
3. Heat a saucepan and pour-in the mixture. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring.
4. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a mold. Allow the temperature to cool. The texture of the mixture should be firm once cooled. You may also place this inside the refrigerator for faster results (allow the temperature to go down before putting it in the refrigerator).
5. Combine condensed milk, table cream, tapioca pearls, and young coconut then mix well. Allow the texture to thicken by chilling in the refrigerator or freezer for a few hours.
6. Slice the firm gelatin into 1 inch cubes then combine with the condensed milk-cream-young coconut-tapioca mixture.
7. Transfer to individual serving platters or cups then top with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (optional)
8. Serve chilled, share and enjoy!

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Food Corner – Filipino Dishes – Buko Pandan Dessert

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Proudly Pinoy – Study in Philippines

Why you should study in Philippines?

Philippines has one of the best education systems in Asia. It is one of the best places for students to study completely in English. The education system is just so fantastic that Philippines has sent hundreds of doctors and engineers to work in United States of America, United Kingdom , Middle East, etc. along with other professionals. The country is home to a number of ISO-certified universities and more than 200 higher educational institutions identified as ‘Centers of Excellence’ and ‘Centers of Development’. There are also several international schools in the Philippines which are on American, British, German, Chinese, French, and Japanese educational tracks.

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Proudly Pinoy – Study in Philippines

Thousands of foreigners are flocking to the Philippines to study because it is more affordable in terms of the costs of education in the country compared to other countries. At the same time Philippines offers:
a) A high quality education
b) A peaceful and friendly environment
c) An established education system
d) Accredited and high quality programs
e) Low cost of living and tuition fees
f) Modern infrastructure
g) An efficient transportation system.
Life is more easy and fun because the Philippines is known for its people’s hospitality and joyfulness.

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Proudly Pinoy – All about studying in Philippines

Foreign students do not only get the chance of earning excellent education, but they also find ways of enjoying their stay in the Philippines because the country is composed of thousands of islands and the students can relax by swimming, surfing, diving, and snorkeling in numerous pristine beaches anywhere, or unwind in some of the island’s heritage sites like the man-made rice terraces, marine parks, mountains, underground rivers, and other tourist spots. If these are not the places for them, they can still enjoy hanging out in countless five-star hotels and restaurants, entertainment shows, shopping malls, and cafes. It is no wonder then that the Philippines is host to an ever increasing number of international students each year.

Student Visa Requirements for Study in Philippines

1. Visa application duly filled and legibly completed. (The form needs to be completed in English).
2. Original passport valid for at least six months beyond the duration of stay in the country.
3. Photocopy of the data and the amendment page of passport.
4. IELTS and TOEFL scores (academic requirements)
5. Copy of travel (usually e-ticket).
6. Payment of processing fee.
7. In case of temporary visiting visa and transit visitor – The return or onward journey ticket must be presented to the Philippines immigration officer on entry in the country.
8. Upon submitting the application candidates are also required to submit a copy of their passport.

Original passports would only be required for authentication. The embassy has the reserve right for asking any other authentication. Incomplete applications would not be accepted. Visa processing depends upon the nationality of the candidate. All regulations consular fees or services are subject to change without any prior notice.

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Proudly Pinoy – Student Visa Requirements to study in Philippines

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Pochero

If you like Pinoy sweet meat dishes then have to try out Pochero. It is a classic tomato-based Filipino dish and a well-loved stew for all occasions. Pochero has lots of variations such as pork, chicken, or beef. In this dish the meat is cooked with tomato sauce together with mix vegetables. One of the factors that make this dish taste great is the banana (plantain) which provides a unique sweet flavor to the dish, a delightful comfort food that is of Spanish origin and adapted by Filipinos. The name comes from the Spanish word “puchero” which means “stewpot”.

Filipino Food Recipe - Pochero

Recipe – Pochero

Ingredients:

1 lb meat cubed (chicken, beef, or pork optional)
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 – 2.5 tablespoons patis (fish-sauce)
1 tablespoon whole pepper corn
1 small can tomato sauce
1 cup chick peas (garbanzos)
1 large plantain banana (ripe), chopped
1 medium sized potato, cubed (sweet potato optional)
1 small cabbage, quartered
1/4 lb long green beans
1 bunch bok choy (pechay)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Salt and Pepper
Sugar to taste

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Recipe for Puchero

Cooking Procedure:

1. Heat cooking oil in a cooking pot.
2. Sauté garlic, onions, and tomatoes
3. Add meat and cook until the color turns light brown.
4. Put-in fish sauce, whole pepper corn, and tomato sauce. Stir.
5. Add water and let boil. Simmer until meat is tender (about 30 to 40 minutes).
6. Put-in sweet potato, plantain, and chick peas. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
7. Add cabbage and long green beans. Cook for 5 minutes.
8. Stir-in the bok choy. Cover the pot and turn off the heat.
9. Let the residual heat cook the bok choy (about 5 minutes).
10. Season with salt, pepper and sugar according to desired taste.
11. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with rice, eat the Filipino way and enjoy!

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Pinoy Corner – April Highlights

Pilipinas, no. 8 sa pinaka “smiliest” sa mundo

Hindi lamang ang Pilipinas ay tahanan ng mga “selfiest ” ito rin ay kabilang sa mga “smiliest” na bansa ayon sa ulat ng social media-based travel app. Ang Pilipinas ay pasok sa ika-8 sa listahan ng Jetpac na “Pinakamasayang Bansa sa Mundo “. Ang ulat ay batay sa aktwal na mga ngiti ng mahigit sa 150,000,000 larawang ibinahagi ng mga tao sa Instagram. Ang Pilipinas ay nakapuntos ng 44.8 puntos at tanging bansa sa labas ng America na pasok sa nangungunang sampung bansa. Ang Brazil ang numero uno sa listahan na may iskor na 60.8 puntos.

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Top 10 Smiley-est Countries in the World

Top Ten na Smiliest Na Bansa

1. Brazil  -60.8
2. Nicaragua – 59.4
3. Colombia – 49.8
4. Bolivia – 48.1
5. Costa Rica – 47.4
6. Honduras – 47.2
7. Venezuela – 45.2
8. Pilipinas – 44.8
9. Guatemala – 42.0
10. Mexico – 40.1

Tubong North Cotabato ang kandidata sa Miss Universe 2014

Taga-North Cotabato ang magiging pambato ng Pilipinas sa darating na paligsahan – ang Miss Universe 2014. Si Mary Jean Lastimosa, dalawampung anim na taong gulang ay syang napili mula sa 39 na iba pang mga kandidato ng Binibining Pilipinas upang kumatawan sa bansang Pilipinas sa darating na Miss Universe sa taong ito. “Third time a charm” nga raw para kay Lastimosa dahil sya ay dati nang sumali sa pageant. Sya ay runner-up noong 2011 at pasok sa Top 12 noong 2012. Ang kanyang pinakahuling pagsali ay nitong 2014 kung saan sya ay tinanghal na Ms. Universe-Philippines.

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Miss Universe 2014 Contestant – Mary Jean Lastimosa

Michael Martinez nanalo ng Gold sa Triglav Trophy tournament

Ang pinoy na figure skater na si Michael Martinez ay nakakuha ng gintong medalya sa Senior Men’s Division ng Triglav Trophy international figure skating tournament sa Slovenia. Sya ay naka-iskor ng 195.13 puntos mula sa mga hukom ng nasabing paligsahan noong ika-6 ng Abril. Ayon sa ulat, sya ay nagtapos ng kanyang performance na may halos perpektong routine sa kanyang pagganap sa saliw ng “Malaguena” na binuo ni Ernesto Lecuona na taga Cuba. Tinalo ni Martinez ang iba pang mga pambansang kalahok mula sa Japan , Great Britain , Korea, Austria at Norway.

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Michael Martinez wins Gold in Figure Skating

Pacquiao, tinalo si Bradley sa Boxing

Sa isang napakagaling at matatag na pagganap ni Pacquiao, kanyang nakamit muli ang titulo na WBO welter weight championship sa harap ng 15,601 mga tagahanga sa MGM Grand Garden. Ang 8th division world champ ay hindi binigo ang pro-Pacquiao na mga fans sa matagumpay na laban nito kay Bradley. Iyon ay ang ikawalong straight na laban para kay Pacquiao na nagtapos sa isang desisyon at hindi sa knockout, pero siya ay mas agresibo kaysa sa kanyang mga dating laban. Si Manny ay nagkamit ng $ 20M sa naturang laban. Ang kanyang puntos ay 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.

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Pacquiao – WBO Welter Weight Champion

Iloilo City, nagkamit ng Guiness World Record

Ang Pilipinas ay nagkaroon ng panibagong Guinness world record, ito ay para sa may pinakamaraming nag-aalab na torches o kandila sa Oton, sa lalawigan ng Iloilo. Kahit na maulan hindi huminto ang mga Ilonggo at iba pang mgga participants sa pag-iilaw ng halos 57,000 torches upang bumuo ng higanteng imahe, ayon sa ulat. Habang 100,000 torches ang inihanda, 56,680 ay talagang sumindi. Ipinakita sa isang panghimpapawid na camera ang imahe ng Philippine map na nabuo sa pamamagitan ng maliwanag na mga kandila at may mensaheng “World Peace Through Inner Peace”. Tinalo ng Pilipinas ang bansang Pakistan sa Guiness Record kung saan ang Pakistan ay nagkaroon ng titulo noong 2009 bilang may pinakamaraming sinding kandila na umabot sa 35,478.

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Guinness World Record in Iloilo City

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