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Friday, March 27, 2009

A Chat with Former Sulyapinoy Editor-in-Chief

Elizear Penaranda, my friend and mentor at Robinson's, Malate, Manila one Sunday afternoon.

Cute pa rin siya di ba? Walang pinagbago... although he's upgrading his many talents, so busy as he is, he found time to meet me. Taga- Cavite kaya siya so he has to travel that far... hehehe
He's now a prostege of Ricky Reyes! Congrats Eli!!! Keep up the goodworks and continue dreaming big!!
Folks, guys and gals of CBO, please contribute in this blog para mas masaya!

United CBO all over Korea!

Fr. Stefano at the Baguio Cathedral!

Here's a great surprise from the Summer Capital of the Philippines! I happened to dropped by Baguio Cathedral to say some prayers a few minutes ago. I was about to sit down when I saw a very familiar face at the altar doing the benediction.

Wow! It's Bro. Stefano... ah no, it's Fr. Stefano pala! He's Korean and was a very active Church volunteer in Hyewhadong Filipino Catholic Community in Seoul. I vividly remember his presence within the community doing various jobs for the Filipinos, especially at the Center.

There and then after the Mass, I approached him with a big, big hug and a warm embrace! There was this fear inside of me that he might not remember me at all... but to my amazement, he did not! We then had a tete-a-tete in a nearby coffee shop reminiscing the past.

Fr. Stefano is based in Tuba Parish, Benguet and says Mass at the Baguio Cathedral 11-12 noon every Sunday. According to him, he will be assigned to another place this coming May.

To fellow ex-Korean OFWs, please visit hm in Tuba or at the Cathedral. Thank you! (Noela already informed me weeks ago that a certain Fr. Stefano from Korea is in Tuba. I made arrangement to visit him there tomorrow but as this new turn of events developed, I will soon visit him this coming days and he will cook Korean food daw!)


WELCOME TO THE CITY OF PINES, FR. STEFANO!!!
Thank you so much for all the things that you have done for us in Korea.


United CBO all over Korea!

Education Courses on Marketing and Computer Skills for EPS Workers

To All Heads/Focal Persons of Filipino communities/organizations in Korea

We are pleased to inform you that starting 26 April 2009, or two weekends following the last of the FFBM series on 12 April 2009, the Human Resources Development Service of Korea (HRD Korea) will conduct education courses on Marketing and Computer Skills for EPS workers whose sojourn/period of stay will expire in 2009. Please refer to the attached Announcement and Application Form from HRD Korea.

Kindly disseminate this announcement to your members/communities with request for interested parties to accomplish the application form and email to returnee@hrdkorea.or.kr or fax to (02) 3274 9739.

HRD Korea’s education program compliments the Philippine government’s reintegration program.

For inquiries, please call Ms. Jin Ah Kong at (02) 3271 9433.

We encourage all Filipino EPS workers to avail of this opportunity and enhance your knowledge and skills while you are in Korea.

We wish you all the best.


Atty. Delmer Cruz
Labor Attache

(Please contact OWWA or POLO for more info!... cordilove)
United CBO all over Korea!

FFBM 2

To All Heads/Focal Persons of Filipino communities/organizations in Korea

First of all, we wish to thank all those who attended the first of the FFBM[1] series last Saturday, 21 March 2009. In view of the positive feedback we got from the participants and clamor from those who were not able to attend, we will try to invite Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo again at his available time in the near future.

Meantime, the schedule of the next 2 series is as follows:

29 March 2009

3:30 – 4:30 PM - Basics of Entrepreneurship
by Counselor Edgardo Garcia, MBA
UP College of Business Administration

4:30 – 5:00 PM - Case Study 1

5:00 – 6:00 PM - Business Planning (Feasibility Study)
by Counselor Edgardo Garcia

6:00 – 6:30 PM - Case Study 2


05 April 2009

3:30 – 4:30 PM - Introduction to Marketing and Advertising
by Vice Consul Arnel G. Talisayon
UP College of Business Administration

4:30 – 5:00 PM - Workshop 1

5:00 – 6:00 PM - Introduction to Bookkeeping
by Vice Consul Arnel G. Talisayon

6:00 – 6:30 PM - Workshop 2


12 April 2009 - Submission of Course Requirements
/ Closing Ceremony


As previously announced, participants who will be able to complete the course will be given a Certificate of Completion signed by the Ambassador.

See you on Sunday.

For the Ambassador and the Seminar-Workshop Team:

Delmer Cruz
Labor Attache


United CBO all over Korea!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Learn From Me!

It's very ironic but true!

Could you imagine me, promoting almost every program of the Philippine Embassy and its attached agencies for the GOODNESS and WELFARE of OFWs in Korea and yet not an OWWA member?
Yup, mga kababayan ko, ito na ang pinakamasaklap sa lahat! Wala akong natanggap na benifits sa kahit anong agency dito sa atin ngayon, although merong mga FREE TRAININGS na puwede namang i-avail. Ang dami kayang magagandang programs ng government natin for OFWs. Nakita ko na sa TESDA, OWWA, DOLE, DTI, etc.

Kaya, take it from me, mag-pa-OWWA member na kayong lahat, documented or undocumented, para walang sisihan sa huli. And better update your membership din or be a member of PAG-IBIG FUND TOO.

GO na agad kayo sa POLO/OWWA at mag-member na agad bago huli ang lahat!
(more next time...)


United CBO all over Korea!

Fundamentals of Financial and Business Management

To all Heads/Focal Persons of FilCom organizations/Institutions in Korea

We are sending you the attached syllabus for the seminar-workshop series, Fundamentals of Finance and Business Management (FFBM) to be held on 21 and 29 March and 05 April 2009 at the chancery of the Philippine Embassy.

We strongly encourage you and your members/constituents to avail of this opportunity to acquire additional knowledge/skill to help you and your family better prepare for the future, especially your life after being an OFW.

You can signify your intention to participate by sending us (by email, fax or phone) your name, CP no. and organization, if any. Early registrants will be given priority.

Participants with complete attendance shall be given Certificate of Completion signed by the Ambassador.

See you and have a good day.


Delmer Cruz
Labor Attache emailed on 19 March 2009


Fundamentals of Financial and Business Management
Embassy of the Philippines

21 March 2009
1:30 PM - Opening Ceremony
2:00 PM - The Financial Learning Campaign of the BSP
by BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo
Importance of Remittances
Significance of Financial Planning
Types of Financial Instruments

29 March 2009
3:30 – 4:30 PM - Basics of Entrepreneurship
by Counselor Edgardo Garcia, MBA
UP College of Business Administration
4:30 – 5:00 PM - Case Study 1
5:00 – 6:00 PM - Business Planning (Feasibility Study)
by Counselor Edgardo Garcia
6:00 – 6:30 PM - Case Study 2

05 April 2009
3:30 – 4:30 PM - Introduction to Marketing and Advertising
by Vice Consul Arnel G. Talisayon
UP College of Business Administration
4:30 – 5:00 PM - Workshop 1
5:00 – 6:00 PM - Introduction to Bookkeeping
by Vice Consul Arnel G. Talisayon
6:00 – 6:30 PM - Workshop 2
12 April 2009 - Submission of Course Requirements
/ Closing Ceremony


United CBO all over Korea!

The CBO Joint Basketball Championship Games and Cultural Dance Competition 2008

Basketball Tournament MVP & MYTICAL FIVE's 2008

CBO Awards 2008

CBO Performs at the 110th Independence Day Celebration

True Blooded Cordillerans Almost Conquered the Kingdom

Our CBO candidate (Chris Longey) for the Search for King and Queen of Filipino Migrants in Korea which was held at the Hamilton Hotel, Itaewon, Seoul, October 14, 2007 almost made it to the top.

Visit (
http://www.visminorg.blogspot.com/) for more info about Chris and Charlie. They may not have had conquered the Kingdom of Seoul but had shown to the world that they have the talents, the looks and the charisma as Ambassadors of the Cordilleras in Korea!

Chris: 2nd Runner-Up and Darling of the Crowd

Charlie: 1st Runner-Up, Mr. Internet, Best in Talent and Casual Wear

Thanks to everybody who in their own special ways have inspired and supported the organization in bringing the best of our bests. Kudos!

Matagu-tagu taku am-in!!

Chris and Charlie w/ Kenjie

Chris and Charlie w/ Kenjie
The Pride of the Cordilleras (more pics this week, promise!)

The Darling of the Crowd

The Darling of the Crowd
CHRIS and Jenny with Ambassador Susan Castrense and Labor Attache Delmer Cruz

CBO Candidate for the Search for King and Queen of Filipino Migrants in Korea 2007

MVP, Mytical Five and Others

CBO Basketball Tournament 2007

CBO Attends Int'l. Migrants Day Celebration June 3, 2007

Igorots in Korea through Arirang Video

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Igorota Song

Help us promote this Song. Super ganda ang lyrics and the melody, nahohomesick tuloy ako! Atlast the song is finally uploaded sa youtube. Most people from Kias know this song way back 1990's because this song was introduced by DAnny Tawanna who was the composer. Jun was so lucky that Danny gave him all his compositions to record. Danny is likewise lucky to have Jun record his songs. For everybody's info Danny suffered from a stroke and is now living in Nueva Viscaya. Just don't know if Jun pushed his plan of having Danny in his audience when he launched this album. (rainne68)