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Teachers for Hire

An America processed the papers of filipinos trying to come to America for a large fee.  He advertised “Teachers for Hire” and offered to process their teaching certification and their H1b US working visa.  He was able to get them to the US but upon arrival they were left jobless as there were not enough jobs for them in his daycare center. They struggled for a few months but kept looking for a job.  They now owed thousands the to the guy that got them into the US on an H1b WORK visa with no job.

My cousin is a filipino American living in Washington DC.  She has been living there for almost a decade now.  She has mentioned a couple of times that there are lots of filipinos living around her neighborhood.  I asked her about it because she told me that most of the careers they have there are teaching in daycare centers.  The truth about their career is that they were not teachers by profession but nurses back in the Philippines. Their story all led to a job recruiter who owns a daycare center in Washington DC. The guy promised them a placement in his company for a corresponding price of more than 1 million pesos ($25,000.00).

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Meanwhile the filipino teachers who worked at the daycare centers are barely surviving making $14.00 per hour.  They did not make a lot of money so they had to find cheap places to rent at a friend’s basement or a room in a filipino house for about $600.00 monthly.  Once they have settled, they also petitioned their husbands to come visit to the United States.  When their visa expires, they remained in the US.  They became jobless illegal immigrants.

Before the filipino nurses/teachers working visas expire, they were trying to figure out ways to remain in the United States.  A few of the ways they think will work is to find a guy to marry them so they can stay longer and eventually become a US citizen.  Some of the filipino women would even pay American citizens thousands of dollars to marry and stay in the US.

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courtesy of filipinonurses.org

Poverty and having less opportunities in the Philippines is what pushes filipinos in America to take risks and provide a better life for their family.  Luckily, the husbands who stayed in the United States with an expired visa are now working legally.  It has all changed recently because of President Obama’s program that now allows illegal immigrants to get a working visa in the US.

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filipino nurses – Menchu Sanchez

During President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, he recognized filipina nurse Menchu de Luna Sanchez.  New York Registered nurse, Menchu, was an honored guest sitting in First Lady’s box.

Menchu’s praise came from her heroic acts of saving babies during a natural disaster. In 2013, Hurricane Sandy took out the power at the NYU Longone Medical Center.  This meant that the infants in intensive care could die.  Sanchez devised a plan to transport twenty at-risk infants to intensive care units around the city.

She also organized the nurses and doctors to carry the babies down eight flights of stairs with only cell phones to light the way.  Menchu’s home was flooding, but she only focused on the protecting the babies in her care.

Like Sanchez, many filipinos in America are working as nurses and care givers.  One of the main reasons that filipino nurses choose America over the Philippines is the economic situation.  The average RN in the Philippines earns only about 5% of what an RN is paid in the US.  Being a nurse is not easy.  It takes years and lots of money to gain their knowledge and experience so of course they expect to be paid a decent wage for their high level of skill. Another reason the choose America is that there is a large market for care givers and nurses in the US.  With such a huge aging population and not enough nurses in the US, there is definitely a demand to look overseas for competent medical professionals.

Since nurses in America earn as much as 20x what they could in the Philippines, and most send lots of money home once in the US, this actually helps the Filipino economy. This is known as “remittance”.  Filipino nurses are able to help their entire extended family (more info at globilization101).  According to globalizaiton 101, “Total remittances to the Philippines have grown substantially in recent years and reached $10.7 billion in 2005”.

The negative side of all the nurses moving to America is the huge nursing shortages in the Philippines.  In fact, across all educated workers, the Philippines is losing a LOT.  In the US, this sometimes called a “brain drain” and it normally happens when one country economy does very bad and workers have better options in another country.

Furthermore, turnover at Philippine hospitals is so high that even operating rooms are staffed with novice nurses. Because of the depletion of skilled medical workers, hundreds of hospitals in the Philippines have fully or partially closed, and medical care is disproportionately distributed, favoring industrialized cities and leaving rural areas with inadequate coverage (Lorenzo et al, 2007). – globalization 101

It is my sincere hope that the Filipino economy gets better so that they can retain heros like Menchu de Luna Sanchez in places that really need it.  In the meantime, at least nurses and other filipino professionals working abroad can stimulate the economy with billions of dollars in remittance.

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7 Things to consider when moving to america

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I moved to the United States in October 2014.  Traveling to the USA came with a shock on a few levels that I did not expect.  As I wrote about flight preparations for moving to America, I noticed that something needs to be said about what I should have considered when coming to America.

1. People.  Our impressions of Americans come from TV shows and movies.  Reality is way more complex.  You should expect a lot of different races.  If you are from a place where everyone pretty much looks the same, this may take some adjustment.  You may find it difficult to build new friends and relationships around you because people look so different.  But just remember most people have all the basic wants and needs that you do no matter what they look like.

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photo by: cyberthevote.org
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moving to america

2. Culture. The culture and etiquette is totally different. You may have a culture shock if you cannot adapt quickly.  Things like people saying hello or suddenly starting a conversation with you is normal in some states.  Its not normal in the Philippines.  America has a culture of convenience created by the prosperity that corporate success brings.  On the positive side, you will not find better customer service in restaurants and stores in many other countries.  On the negative side, many Americans get complacent with their health.  So you see a lot of very obese people walking around.

moving to america weather
moving to america weather

3. Weather. Coming from a tropical country and moving to a cold, arid climate in the mountains has been really hard. You have to be tough to fight against the cold! I’m not kidding. It gets really cold here in Colorado and when the snow starts, its like sticking your face inside the freezer.  The weather in the US varies from state to state.  So you should read up on the climate of the place you are moving to.

 

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4. Food.  The variety of fast food in America is unmatched. But what you might not expect is the variety of food from different cultures especially in places with a large mixture of people like LA where there is so much diversity. There are Asian markets here but you cannot expect to get all the items that you need in preparing your food if it’s specific to your country and culture. You have to explore new cuisine and try American food. The most noticeable here are that you get your food in can or frozen. You cannot get a fresh coconut milk here.

Indices Difference from numbeo.com
Consumer Prices in Colorado Springs, CO are 89.95% higher than in Cebu
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Colorado Springs, CO are 97.94% higher than in Cebu
Rent Prices in Colorado Springs, CO are 123.61% higher than in Cebu
Restaurant Prices in Colorado Springs, CO are 217.78% higher than in Cebu
Groceries Prices in Colorado Springs, CO are 110.11% higher than in Cebu
Local Purchasing Power in Colorado Springs, CO is 418.13% higher than in Cebu
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photo by:designcontest.com

5. Prices.  The cost of living in the US is different.  Honestly, somethings are cheaper in the US than in the Philippines.  Gas, for example, is cheaper in the US (as of 2014/2015).  Some foods that are specific to the Philippines are harder to get in the US so they will be more expensive.  Things like Dorian and jackfruit are pretty expensive.  Overall the cost of living in the US is 100% higer so cars, homes and clothes do have a higher price tag.  But since the average American has a higher local purchasing power is than the average Filipino it is much easier to live in the US even with higher prices.

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image: philnews.ph

6. Family.  One of the biggest issues for Filipino nationals moving to America has to be family.  If you are very attached to your family living in the Philippines, you should really think about how much you will miss them when you decide to move.  It is not easy to be away from the family you grew up with and it is not cheap to fly back and forth between the US and the Philippines.

 

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7. Transportation.  America is a huge place.  In many cities there is a lot of space between your home and all the places you must go such as the hospital, the grocery store and government facilities.  Most people here have cars to get where they need to go.  It is not practical to catch a taxi or bus to do things like get groceries.  Its too expensive to do it by taxi and the bus will not run often enough or close enough to your home.  Those who do get groceries or go to medical appointments via bus and taxi do so because they really don’t have any other choice.

So far, moving to America has been a challenging yet rewarding experience.  Americans totally take for granted the freedom of access they have to living a pretty comfortable life.  The level of opportunity given to you just by being in the boarders of the United States is amazing.

 

 

 

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10 Things you should consider before living in the philippines

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10 Things you should consider before living in the philippines

A lot of foreigners decide to live in the Philippines.  The low cost of living combined with a laid back island life is a huge attraction for people all over the world.  There are some other benefits to living in the Philippines.  For example, if you are an English speaker, you will find that Filipinos have the best command of English in South East Asia. Also, Filipinos are very open to foreigners.  They have a beautiful culture that has fully embraced diversity over the centuries.

Although these are great benefits, you really should take time to educate yourself on the environment before you go, especially if you plan on making it your new home.

If you are coming from a “first world country” like the US, Canada or Europe, there are a few things you should know before you plan on living in the Philippines.

1. Overpopulation – The archipelago’s land mass of 300,000 Square Kilometers and population of 100 Million makes it one of the most densely populated countries in the world.  You can really feel this in the cities.  Manila is one of the 12 most populous metropolitan areas in the world (2010).   By comparison, the US State of Texas has about 300,000 Square Kilometers of land area with a population of 26 million.  Colorado has 200,000 Square Kilometers with 5 million people (as of about 2012).  The Philippines is overpopulated.  If you are not a fan of being extremely close to lots of people anytime you go out, then you better prepare yourself.

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photo by :planetden.com

2. High crime rate – Widespread poverty and rapid population growth has create a completely unbalance socio-economic situation which has created a little more crime then some other South East Asian countries.  Some areas of the city are particularly bad for foreigners.  Some places in Southern Mindanao actively target foreigners.  The site NationMaster will give you some idea on how the Philippines crime rate stacks up against other countries in South East Asia.

3. Narrow roads – With over population, you would think that the roads would grow with the rate of transportation needs.  NOT in the Philippines.  The economy growth has not grown with the population.  As a result, the roads are not adequately sustained or expanded.  Most the roads are tight so there is constant slow moving traffic.  According to the Overseas Security Advisory Counsil (OSAC), Philippines 2013 Crime and Safety Report:  “Traffic is dense, chaotic, and unpredictable. The road system is crowded, and drivers are undisciplined. Driving off the national highways and paved roads is particularly dangerous, especially at night, and should be avoided.

4. High cost of electricity – The cost of electricity is equal to or greater than some states in the US!  No biggie, right? WRONG!  Most wages paid are barely enough to sustain the cost of living so utility prices are waaaaay overboard.

5. Gas is not cheap – Gas in the Philippines is a bit higher than with the average cost in the US.  As of 2014, the average cost is 52 pesos per LITER which is over 4USD per gallon!living-in-philippines-9

6. Poor infrastructure – There is no proper drainage in many of the places around the Philippines. In the cities, drainage is not maintained which cause the floods when it rains heavily. Most roads are only fixed during elections where politicians can make promises and look good. The phone lines, the roads and electricity are all in disrepair in many parts of the Philippines. Government offices such as BIR do not have enough facilities to cater to filipinos who are paying taxes.living-in-philippines-6

7. Poverty – By far the biggest issue that is likely the source of most other problems is poverty.  It’s the source of homeless people, street kids, beggars and the crime.living-in-philippines-5

8. Pollution – Air in the city is not fresh at all.  Local government has garbage trucks that collects trash once or twice a week.  But many filipinos throw their trash in the rivers and shores.  Many families do not have toilets so all their waste go directly to the Philippine oceans.  In the poor provinces the air is much cleaner. However, living in the province cannot guarantee you the comforts you may have become accustomed to.

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9. Housing cost – You would think that a third world country would have much cheaper housing but you would be wrong. Due to overpopulation and lack of available land area, the housing market prices have drastically increased.  You may get a good deal but you cannot get a lot of space in your condo or a house with a big yard. It is too tight in the Philippines.living-in-philippines-2

10. Natural Disasters/Calamities – Many places in the Philippines get hit by typhoons annually without fail.  Areas such as Metro Manila, Leyte and other gets flooded during rainy season (May – October).  In 2013 there were two natural disaster that were so bad that it will affect the economy for years.  Typhoon Yolanda and the earth quake in Bohol.  Yolanda hit Tacloban and North Cebu causing 30 billion pesos in damage and killing over 5600 people.  The earthquake in Bohol destroyed the infrastructure critical to the popular tourist destination and almost a hundred people.living-in-the-philippines

What we did not mention was the level corruption in the Philippines.  Like the poverty, the corruption among people in power affects almost all aspects of the life in the Philippines.  Even with all of the issues in the Philippines, nothing can tarnish the beauty of the culture and its archipelago.  Hopefully, in the upcoming decades the Philippines will become all that it has potential to be.

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The Philippines is among the English speaking countries.  As a matter of fact, it is the most prolific of English speaking countries in South East Asia.

When a native English speaker visits the Philippines, they won’t even notice that there is absolutely NO language barrier.  The English language is so universal there that English speaking travelers don’t even notice how different the Filipino culture is from their own.

By contrast, if you are in Japan and the only language you know is English, the first thing you notice is the language barrier and for a native English speaker you may as well be on another planet because its so hard to communicate there.

In spite of great poverty and an almost 30% elementary school drop out rate, MANY Filipinos speak and understand English for two main reasons:

1 – English is considered an official language along with Tagalog

2 – English is taught in schools from a young age into University as the language of business.

There is so much bad news about the Philippines that many of the great things about it are completely over looked.  The adoption of English in regular prime time news, entertainment and education is one of the most incredible and over looked wonders about the Philippines.  Its the reason that many international students choose to complete their degree in the Philippines.  The low price (relative to other countries) is definitely the main reason, but another factor is that the schools are taught in enough English learning.

The Japanese government hopes to attract 300,000 international students to Japanese universities by 2020.  In such an exclusive society as Japan, this may prove difficult without PAYING students to attend.  And I must agree with Amy Chavez, the Japanese would  attract many more international students if more English was integrated into the mass media and academia.

The Philippines’ mastery of the english language is why many English speaking Canadians, Americans, and British choose filipinas over other women of South East Asia.

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what does pinay mean

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What does pinay mean ?

Pinay is referring to a filipino woman. Pinoy refers to a filipino man and or generally used term in tagalog to address all filipinos.

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what does pinay mean

The words Pinay & Pinoy is actually slang that comes from the last four letters of the word filipino adding a “y”.  The slang became popular with the song by Florante song “Akoy isang Pinoy”(“I am a Pinoy”).   Sometimes the slang “noypi” is used.  Noypi is a derivative of “pinoy”.  According to, Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon’s book, Little Manila Is In the Heart, The Making of the Filipina, the word Pinoy/Pinay comes from Filipino-American’s calling themselves ‘pinoy or ‘pinay.

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Is coconut oil good for your hair

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benefits of coconut milk
benefits of coconut oil

Is coconut oil good for your hair?

Coconut oil for hair is very beneficial.  The oil essence from the Coconut milk is effective for a healthier hair.  There is a method of extracting the coconut oil from the coconut milk.  Coconut oil is one of the natural way in preserving the hair of filipina beauties. It is the best treatment in healing the hair’s split ends and damaged strands from hair dye. Pinays love styling their hair using unnatural chemical products that destroy the growth and the natural smoothness of their hair.  The thought that hair chemicals help preserve the beauty of hair is wrong.

It only makes it to appear nice on the outside but does not make the hair healthy from the inside.

Although extracting the coconut oil is a longer process, it is so beneficial and it keeps the hair healthy without treatment for months.

Is coconut oil good for your hair
Is coconut oil good for your hair

How to extract coconut oil:

1. Put the grated coconut in a big bowl. Pour half cup of water.

2. Using your hands, press the grated coconut many times until u see the milk coming out.

3. Use a strainer or a nylon cloth to separate the coconut milk .

4.In a pan, pour the coconut milk, a few drops of lemon and one sachet of conditioner. Any brands will do but Creamsilk damage repair (blue packaging)is good too. Stir it.

5. Warm it up for 1 minute in a low heat.  Let it cool. Apply it into your hair using a cotton ball. After the process, wrap the hair with the hair cap and leave it for an hour or more.

For best result, leave the coconut milk overnight in a normal temperature and by the next day the coconut oil is ready for hair application. This method of treatment absorbs into the hair fast.

 

Yuri Sincero
Yuri Sincero

My name is Yuri Sincero I am a part-time writer and full-time marketing student at Cebu Institute of Technology. My passion is cooking & singing, but have been getting into blogs and Search Engine Optimization. I am in Cebu city, but will be moving to the US soon. Follow me on Google+ and Facebook.

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