OFWs in Hong Kong go all out in support of ‘Laban ng Lahi 2017’


Hong Kong-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are going all-out in showing their support for the first-ever “Laban ng Lahi” global team marathon challenge, whose international qualifying tournament is set for October 29, 2017.

Throngs of OFWs participated during the formal launching of the event last September 17 (Sunday), which was held at the Statue Square in Central, Hong Kong. After expressing their commitment to help the project succeed, the members of the community had a sumptuous feast over lechon – a Filipino delicacy they must have missed after many years.

The former British colony is one of the three overseas locations chosen as a venue for the  international qualifying tournament, together with South Korea and Thailand.

In an interview with The Filipino Scribe, event organizer Joenel Pogoy noted that the OFW community in Hong Kong are very supportive of the event because of its stated objectives. “They are energetically joining ‘Laban ng Lahi’ because they want to be recognized as the first overseas Filipino community that will directly contribute in enhancing the country’s image through sports tourism,” Pogoy said.

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(Photo credits: Camboayon Sports Events Management)

Apart from the big cash prizes, participating teams can provide livelihood for as much as 2000 households through the so-called “itikan love project” for those living in communities they represent. ‘Laban ng Lahi’ also seeks to help in the rehabilitation of homes devastated by the conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur by donating one house worth P1 million from the territorial ticket proceeds.

There is also a raffle promo where participating OFWs can have the chance to become a lifetime franchise owner of a Jollibee fast food or 7/11 convenience store. “They used to be mocked as mere ‘kunyangs,’ but through ‘Laban ng Lahi,’ they can become franchise owners!” Pogoy said. “They may be working tough jobs abroad but through this project, we will show them that they can still do a lot in helping their countrymen have unity,” he added.

Pogoy pointed out that the enthusiasm of Hong Kong OFWs should serve as a challenge to all the local teams participating, including the Philippine Army Runners, DENR Green Warriors, among others. “If they don’t have the best training and preparation for the December 12 final round, the Hong Kong team will eat them alive!” he said.

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(Photo credits: Camboayon Sports Events Management)

“Laban ng Lahi 2017” is organized by Camboayon Sports Events Management (CSEM) in partnership with various sponsors including Du Ek Sam Marketing, Inc., Summit Mineral Water, the group Tanjay Runners And Striders (TRAS), and the Tanjay City local government, and many other sponsors.

The complete mechanics can be read through this link. Interested parties may send their queries to info@camboayonpfs.com. Please visit the Facebook page of Camboayon Sports Events Management for more details and the latest updates.

Interested in the event? 

The registration fee per participant is P550 for 5-K runners and P700 for 10-K runners. It will cover one racing rib, a singlet, a light meal, as well as raffle tickets. Payments can be made through:

BDO (Banco de Oro)
Account name: Camboayon Sports Events Management/Joenel Pogoy
Checking Account: 0012-5801-2726

Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI)
Savings account: 2176-4458-14 (No Charge)

Pera Padala to any of the contact persons below: 

For Luzon and Metro Manila-based runners:
Joenel Pogoy (0956-8337617 and 0932-4305772)
Jacqualine Floresca (0920-1187235)
Liane Marikarr Dala (09064637060)
For Cebu-based runners: 
Geoffrey Villamor (0917-3084638)
For other Visayas-based runners: 
Marc Mena (0926-2224641)
For Mindanao-based runners: 
Mon Quiocho (0917-8364777)

UPDATE: A press conference to formally kick off the Cagayan de Oro leg of the ‘Laban ng Lahi’ international qualifying tournament is scheduled for October 7, 2017 at the Dear Manok Restaurant in Cagayan de Oro City.

#WalangPasok – Classes in all levels, work in gov’t offices still suspended for October 17 2017

Malacañang has announced that classes in all levels as well as work in government offices nationwide will remain suspended for today, October 17, due to the second day of the transport strike launched by jeepney drivers affiliated with PISTON or the Pinag-isang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide.

In a brief statement, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea explained that this is in consideration of the commuters’ health and safety. Just like before, the government has left it to the discretion of private companies to suspend work in their respective offices.

This 11th hour announcement is an about-face from the declaration made earlier tonight by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

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Classes in all levels as well as work in government offices will remain suspended for October 17 due to the transport strike (Credits: Facebook page of PISTON)


GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Terror leaders Omar Maute, Isnilon Hapilon killed in Marawi City

(Note: This article includes photos that readers may find disturbing or too graphic.)

ISIS-affiliated local terrorists Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon have been killed during a military operation in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur early Monday morning, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed.

Lorenzana said that with the death of the two terror leaders, the government can already announce the end of the hostilities in Marawi City within this week. The crisis began in May 23, when the terrorists attempted to takeover the city, a move that prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place the entire Mindanao under martial law.

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Omar Maute has been killed in action in Marawi City early Monday morning

Omar Maute is the remaining leader of the Maute group that he founded with his brothers. Meanwhile, Hapilon has emerged as the erstwhile leader of Abu Sayyaf. In recent years, both Abu Sayyaf and the Maute group have pledged allegiance to the international terrorist group Islamic State and its leader, Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The United States government has long offered a $5 million reward for the capture of Hapilon due to his involvement in high-profile kidnapping incidents in Dos Palmas, Palawan and Sipadan, Malaysia which primarily targeted American citizens and other foreign nationals.

President Duterte, for his part, announced last July a bounty of P10 million for the death or capture of Omar Maute and his brother Abdullah. The latter has been killed last August.

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Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon has been killed in a military operation in Marawi City last October 16


#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for October 16 2017 due to the transport strike

(Updated as of 12:30 AM of October 14)

In light of the scheduled nationwide strike by jeepney drivers affiliated with the transport group PISTON or the Pinag-isang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide, several local government units have announced the suspension of classes in their respective constituencies for Monday, October 16.

Just like early this year, PISTON is once more protesting the government’s plan to modernize the public transportation industry. PISTON and other transport groups have expressed fears that this initiative will lead to the phasing-out of jeepneys, which will in turn jeopardize the livelihood of thousands of jeepney drivers and their respective families.

The Filipino Scribe will be updating this post if and when new information becomes available:


Makati City
San Fernando, Pampanga
San Mateo, Rizal
Davao City

National Teachers College
University of Santo Tomas – Legazpi, Albay

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Classes in certain areas are suspended for October 16 2017 because of the nationwide transport strike by jeepney drivers under PISTON (Credits: Facebook page of PISTON)


#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for October 13 2017 due to tropical storm Odette

Classes in areas across Northern Luzon are suspended for today, October 13, due to tropical storm “Odette” (international name: Khanun).

In its severe weather bulletin released 8:00 AM today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA projected that the center of “Odette” in the vicinity of Calanasan, Apayao (18.0 °N, 121.0 °E).

“Odette” carries maximum sustained winds of up to 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph. It is moving west southwest at 24 kph. It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between tonight and tomorrow early morning.

october 13 2017 class suspensions

Classes in northern Luzon provinces are suspended for today, October 13, due to tropical storm “Odette”

PAGASA has raised public storm warning signals in the following areas as of 11:00 PM:

Signal #2 – (No classes for preschool, elementary, and secondary levels)
Batanes, Cagayan (including Babuyan group of islands), Apayao, and Ilocos Norte

Signal #1 – (No classes for preschool)
Isabela, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Benguet

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#WalangPasok – November 2 2017 is NOT a declared holiday

Filipinos nationwide will have back-to-back holidays due to the observance of the All Saints’ Day, which is known locally as Undas.

As mandated in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 50, both October 31 (Tuesday) and November 1 (Wednesday) are declared as special non-working holidays. Read more about Proclamation 50 through this link.

It is worth pointing out though that it is not likely for November 2, Thursday, to be declared as a special non-working day as well. The Filipino Scribe will be updating this post if and when new information becomes available.

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November 2 2017 is not a special non-working holiday based on President Duterte’s Proclamation 50 (Credits: www.web3.mabini-pangasinan.gov.ph)

The Department of Labor and Employment’s Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits (2016 edition) mandates that those who report for work on special non-working days are entitled to get an additional 30% on their regular hourly pay rate.

*1st 8 hours – plus 30% of the daily rate of 100%

*excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

So, if you are a minimum-wage earner (P481 in Metro Manila):

P60.10 (the hourly pay) X 0.30 (the additional pay) = P78.13 (your special holiday rate)

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