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.

NORWEGIA – Pinoy netizens cringe as PCOO commits yet another boo-boo

Norwegia? Where’s that?

The Presidential Communications Operations Office or PCOO committed yet another faux pas Thursday afternoon when it erroneously described Erik Forner, the outgoing ambassador of Norway to the Philippines, as “the representative of Norwegia.”

The Facebook post remained unedited for several hours, which enabled netizens to take screenshots of it. President Rodrigo Duterte conferred to Forner the Order of Sikatuna award with the rank of Datu at the Malacañang Palace last June 13. 

It can be recalled that PCOO made headlines last year when it used the logo of Dole Corporation for a news report about the Department of Labor and Employment. For her part, PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson also earned mockery when she said in a short video that the Mayon Volcano is in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

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PCOO’s latest flub: Norwegia (Photo credits: www.Twitter.com/AsecMargauxUson)

PCOO’s newest flub prompted netizens to make humorous references to other fictional places like Genovia (from the 2002 movie Princess Diaries), Arendelle (from the 2013 animated film Frozen), and Wakanda (from the 2018 superhero flick Black Panther).

For his part, University of the Philippines Diliman economics professor JC Punongbayan noted that small mistakes like this are hard to accept given that PCOO’s budget for 2018 is P1.38 billion.

Fast fact:

The Order of Sikatuna is awarded to individuals “who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines; upon diplomats, officials, and nationals of foreign states who have rendered conspicuous service in fostering, developing, and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines.” Past recipients include former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

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#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for June 14 2018

Local government units (LGUs) in several areas in Luzon have announced the suspension of classes in their respective constituencies for today, June 14, because of inclement weather caused by the southwest monsoon or habagat. Some LGUs began the announcement of class suspensions as early as Wednesday night.

In its weather forecast released 2:00 AM, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration placed Batangas and Cavite under the orange rainfall warning while the yellow rainfall warning was raised over Metro Manila, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Rizal. It can be recalled that the intensified monsoon rains began over the weekend as a result of typhoon “Domeng” (international code name “Maliksi”).

As of 11:00 AM of June 14, the following class suspensions have been announced:



Quezon City
San Juan
Las Piñas
Olongapo City

Pangasinan – Aguilar, Basista, Bugallon, Dasol
Pampanga – Minalin, San Simon, Sasmuan, Masantol, Porac
Zambales – Iba, Subic, San Felipe,
Rizal – Cainta, San Mateo, Rodriguez, Taytay


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Classes in some areas are suspended for June 14 2018

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#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for June 13 2018

(As of 6:30 AM)

Local government units in several areas have announced the suspension of classes in their respective areas for today, June 13, because of torrential rains triggered by the southwest monsoon or habagat.

In its weather forecast released 11:00 PM of June 12, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration raised the yellow rainfall warning in the provinces of Bataan and Zambales. Flooding can be expected in low-lying areas in those provinces.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains can be expected in Metro Manila, Batangas, Cavite, Tarlac, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, and Pampanga. This may persist from two to three hours.

It is certain that other LGUs will be basing their decision regarding possible class suspensions tomorrow on PAGASA’s weather bulletins to be released later today. This post will be updated if and when such announcements are made.


Olongapo City
Subic, Zambales
Nasugbu, Batangas



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Classes in some areas are suspended for June 13, 2018 (Photo credits: PAGASA Facebook page)

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British comedian John Oliver slams President Duterte over his treatment of women

British comedian John Oliver once more lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte on his satirical HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” this time over his questionable treatment of women. Oliver began his segment on the Philippine leader by discussing his recent lip kiss with a married Filipina during the latter’s recent state visit to South Korea.

“In fairness to Duterte, (saying that) ‘it was an act of endearment toward Filipino workers’ is certainly a more creative justification of that sort of behavior than ‘When you’re a star, they let you do it,'” Oliver said, referring to the infamous Access Hollywood audio recording when then-candidate Donald Trump can be heard bragging about assaulting women.

Oliver then pointed out that the woman Duterte kissed “repeatedly pulled away from him” and that the whole affair felt “so grotesque.” He further joked: “That felt so grotesque the MTV Awards retroactively nullified any best kiss winner with a press release that says ‘Given President Duterte’s recent actions, we can no longer condone kissing of any kind. Every kiss is now the worst kiss.’”

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British comedian John Oliver once more attacked President Rodrigo Duterte through his show “Last Week Tonight”

He also slammed presidential legal adviser Salvador Panelo for saying that the woman was ‘tickled pink’ when Duterte kissed her. “Sometimes, women just don’t want to kiss you!” Oliver joked, even showing a rather unflattering photo of himself when he was younger.

Oliver then went on to mention Duterte’s remark that people should not use condoms because “they don’t feel good” as well as his order to soldiers that they can shoot women rebels in their vaginas to make them ‘useless.’

It can be recalled that two years ago, Oliver in the same show called Duterte the “Trump of the East” and a “f****** a******” for saying that he regretted not being able to have sex with Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill before she was killed during a hostage crisis in 1989.

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Crowd goes crazy as President Duterte lip-kisses an OFW in South Korea

A video clip showing President Rodrigo Duterte lip-kissing an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) during his meeting with the Filipino community in Seoul, South Korea has gone viral on social media late Sunday night (June 3). In the said 51-second clip, the unidentified white-clad woman can be seen having small-talk with Duterte while standing near the presidential podium. The crowd

This was first reported by The Philippine Star. Duterte has long been known for being touchy-feely with his female supporters even during  the campaign, with him routinely kissing them and asking them to sit on his lap.

Duterte is making his first visit to South Korea as President, with the highlight being his scheduled meeting with President Moon Jae-in.

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President Duterte kisses a female OFW in Seoul, South Korea