US now seeking social media details from all visa applicants

via – The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It’s a vast expansion of the Trump administration’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. In a move that’s just taken effect after Read more »

US citizenship, immigration services to close Manila office

via ABS-CBN News – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will permanently close its field office in Manila beginning July 5, a move seen to be in line with the Trump administration’s plan to reduce its presence abroad and limit both legal and illegal immigration. In a statement, the Read more »

‘Sordid Chapter’ Ends As Philippines Sends Back Canada’s Trash

By Merrit Kennedy/ – Shipping containers of Canadian trash have moldered in the Philippines for years, in a situation so irksome to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he threatened to personally sail it back to Canadian waters. Now, much of the trash that arrived in 2013 and 2014 is on Read more »

One word to demonstrate we need Filipino in college: Pangingialam

By Arlene Burgos/ ABS-CBN News – (I edit news in Filipino daily. Mostly, this is why I care about this issue. Here’s my take on the exclusion of Filipino from core college subjects.) Someone called it “asymmetric advice,” and defined it as advice from someone who can’t use it. “A Read more »

Filipino maids’ dragon boat team makes splash in Hong Kong

via reuters – Filipino women are paddling for gold in this year’s dragon boat races in Hong Kong, with one thing separating them from the competition – they are all maids, often taken for granted in the rich Chinese-ruled city, who no longer want to feel left out. To the Read more »

South Korea to make visa applications for Pinoys easier

By Erwin Colcol/GMA News – The South Korean government is planning to make its country more accessible to Filipino tourists by making applications for visa easier, its envoy said on Sunday. The Philippines and Korea are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic ties, which dates back when the former pledged to Read more »