Oct 172017

With Taiwan going visa-free for regular passport holders come November 1st, many Filipinos are undoubtedly already looking to visit our neighbors to the north to try out xiao long bao, stinky tofu and all the wonderful cusine that the island has to offer. But did you know that there’s a bunch of other countries that Pinoys can also visit without needing a visa?

There’s around 61 countries, in fact that you can visit without having to apply for a visa, though there are a few caveats for some of these. Korea, for example, only allow you to visit Jeju island without a visa, while Azerbijan and Georgia allows for a visa-free visit only if you hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, the UK and the US. And contraty to popular belief, there is a country in Europe that you can visit without needing a visa.

Without further ado, check out the full list below:


  • Brunei Darussalam (14 days)
  • Cambodia (21 days)
  • Indonesia (30 days)
  • Laos (30 days)
  • Malaysia (14 days)
  • Myanmar (14 days)
  • Singapore (30 days)
  • Thailand (30 days)
  • Vietnam (30 days)


  • Azerbaijan (30 days, must have valid visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, the UK and the US)
  • Taiwan (30 days, starting from November 1)
  • Georgia (90 days, must have valid visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, the UK and the US)
  • Hong Kong
  • India (30 days, visa issued upon arrival)
  • Iran (15 days visa issued upon arrival)
  • Israel (90 days)
  • South Korea (30 days, only for Jeju Island)
  • Macau (30 days)
  • Maldives (30 days, visa issued on arrival)
  • Mongolia (21 days)
  • Nepal (90 days, visa issued on arrival)
  • Sri Lanka (30 days, visa issued on arrival)
  • Timor Leste (30 days)


  • Kosovo (30 days)


  • Cook Islands (31 days)
  • Fiji (120 days)
  • Marshall Islands (30 days, visa issued on arrival)
  • Micronesia (30 days)
  • Niue (30 days)
  • Palau (30 days, visa issued on arrival)
  • Samoa (60 days, visitor’s permit)
  • Tuvalu (30 days, visa issued on arrival)
  • Vanuatu (30 days)


  • Costa Rica (30 days, visitor’s permit)
  • Dominica (21 days)
  • Haiti (90 days)
  • Nicaragua (90 days, visa issued on arrival)
  • Saint Lucia (42 days)
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (30 days, visa on arrival)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (30 days)


  • Bolivia (90 days)
  • Brazil (90 days)
  • Colombia (90 days)
  • Ecuador (90 days)
  • Peru (183 days)
  • Suriname (90 days)


  • Burundi (30 days)
  • Cape Verde (visa on arrival)
  • Comoros (visa on arrival)
  • Djibouti (30 days, visa on arrival)
  • Gambia (90 days)
  • Kenya (90 days, visa on arrival)
  • Madagascar (90 days, visa on arrival)
  • Morocco (90 days)
  • Mozambique (30 days, visa on arrival)
  • Saint Helena (visa on arrival)
  • Seychelles (30 days, visitor’s permit)
  • Tanzania (30 days, visa on arrival)
  • Togo (7 days, visa on arrival)
  • Uganda (visa on arrival)
  • Zambia (90 days, visa on arrival)


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Mar 242017
American BPO to offer 10,000 jobs in PH

United States business process outsourcing (BPO) company Alorica has announced it will offer 10,000 jobs in the Philippines as it expands its presence in the country with a new facility in Makati City. The BPO’s new facility provides open and collaborative workspaces for additional workers to beef up its current 35,000 workforce. The 58,000 square foot facility was built in response to the expanding demands for its Philippine services according to Alorica Asia Region President Bong Borja. “Alorica has been earning more business from our clients and adding new clients. Because of this, we need to expand rapidly here in the Philippines,” Borja said in a Business Mirror report. “The 12-storey Alorica Center features modern workspaces, applicant and employee lounges, collaboration areas, training rooms, interview and conference rooms, and recreational spaces, such as a fitness gym, a spacious cafeteria with various food options, full-service clinic, huddle areas, sleeping quarters and parking. Expansive glass walls and perimeter open spaces bring ample natural light, afford beautiful city views and induce socialization.”  Alorica, the largest provider of customer service solutions in the US market, currently operates 12 centers in the Philippines including Metro Manila, Cebu, Clark, Davao and Laoag.   The post American BPO to offer 10,000 jobs in PH appeared first on Good News Pilipinas. Related posts: BPO sector targets 170,000 new jobs this year Jobs PHL outsourcing sector to add 100,000 jobs in 2014 BPO expected to surpass OFW remittances Australia’s TSA Group expands BPO operations

Mar 072017
Efren Peňaflorida builds Ecodemya eco-friendly classroom

Efren Peñaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year 2009, has built Ecodemya eco-friendly classrooms to teach environmental awareness to out-of- school youth while they get an education. Ecodemya eco-friendly classroom [via rainCheck] Peñaflorida’s Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) known worldwide for their “Kariton Klasrum” pushcart school project collaborated with QBE Foundation, Australia’s largest global insurer, to open Ecodemya – a two-storey building powered by renewable energy sources and located in Cavite, Peñaflorida’s home province. “It has been my ambition to help as many children as I can and to change their lives for the better. Ecodemya is a step further for me and DTC in fulfilling this purpose,” the CNN hero said. The building’s classrooms and laboratories will house Senior high school or Grade 11 students under the free schooling program of DTC. EcoDemya aims to provide free education to out of schoolyouth who are economically disadvantaged but wish to continue their studies.   The post Efren Peňaflorida builds Ecodemya eco-friendly classroom appeared first on Good News Pilipinas. Related posts: Pinay designer turns living space into eco-friendly homes DLSU Eco Team qualifies for World Driving Title Global finance guru builds for Yolanda survivors Sarangani Kamanga Marine Eco-Tourism named PH best

Dec 082013
UN worries aid has not reached Yolanda victims in remote villages

CANBERRA, Australia — The United Nations is investigating reports that aid has yet to reach remote parts of the Philippines a month after a devastating typhoon, the UN humanitarian chief said on Monday. Valerie Amos, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said she had expected that aid had been delivered by helicopter to survivors in even the most remote outlying islands following the Nov. 8 disaster. “Although we’ve got significant aid now coming in to the major centers, we still have a little bit of a worry that in a couple of the smaller islands that there may be needs there that we haven’t managed to meet yet,” she said. “I’m still hearing worrying reports in the media — indeed I heard one this morning — where people said they hadn’t received any aid as yet, and we’re looking into that,” she said. Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and its tsunami-like storm surge plowed through Tacloban and other coastal areas, leaving more than 5,700 dead and more than 1,700 missing throughout the region. About 4 million people were displaced. Amos, in Australia for aid talks with the government, defended the Philippine government against criticisms that it was too slow to deliver aid to victims. She said the Philippines responded to more than 20 typhoons a year and was well prepared for storms. “But the scale and severity of this was something which none of us could have anticipated,” Amos said. —Associated Press

Dec 072013
Australian minister to visit Leyte

By Bong LozadaINQUIRER.net 1:46 pm | Sunday, December 8th, 2013 Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (“Haiyan”) survivors walk through the ruins of their neighborhood in Tacloban City on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines—The Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia is scheduled to visit Yolanda-struck areas Ormoc and Tacloban Sunday to check on her goernment’s assistance, a statement said. Julie Bishop would visit the Australian field hospital in Tacloban then go to Ormoc where Australian defense forces conducted clearing and rehabilitation works at the Libertad Elementary School. A new humanitarian assistance from the Australian government to bolster the relief and rehabilitation efforts in the area would be spearheaded by Bishop. Australia has so far pledged P1,318,078,983.90 worth of assistance to the Philippine government for relief and reahabilitation operations in the country. Related stories Aussie FM urged to raise PH’s ‘paralyzed criminal justice system’ Australia gives $10 million to typhoon-hit Philippines Follow Us Recent Stories: Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines. Tags: Australia , Features , Global Nation , Julie Bishop , Leyte , Yolanda Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer’s Reader’s Advocate. Or write The Readers’ Advocate: c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Read More …

Oct 252013
Australia to give P124-M aid to Visayas quake victims; P20M to Zambo victims

The Australian government will be giving up to P124 million in aid to the victims of last week’s earthquake in Central Visayas and around P20 million to the families affected by the crisis in Zamboanga City, its embassy in the Philippines said Friday. In a statement, the Australian Embassy said the financial assistance to the earthquake victims will include P44 million worth of supplies such as family survival kits containing sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water containers through the Philippine Red Cross, rice through the World Food Programme, and health and dignity kits for women through the UN Population Fund. It said Australia will also provide P40 to provide “critical relief needs” identified in the UN Action Plan such as shelter, water and sanitation, and early recovery activities. Another P40 million, it said, will be given to replenish prepositioned supplies with partners. Aside from this, the embassy said the Australian Government-funded Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF) is also working with the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of the Interior and Local Government to assess the damage to roads and bridges “The devastation caused by the earthquake, particularly in Bohol, is enormous and staggering. With more than 200 lives lost, 380,000 people displaced, and ongoing aftershocks that aggravate people’s suffering, the extent of assistance required is also massive,” said Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell in the statement. He added that the Australian government has had “a long-standing development partnership” with Bohol province, making the quake’s Read More …

Aug 312013
Australia reiterates terror warning in parts of Mindanao

Australia has renewed its advice to its nationals against traveling to parts of Mindanao due to what it said a possible terrorism threat. In an Aug. 29 update to its travel advice, Australia noted the United Kingdom recently cited a “credible and imminent” kidnap threat against foreigners in Zamboanga del Norte. “We continue to strongly advise you not to travel to central and western Mindanao, including the Zamboanga Peninsula and Sulu Archipelago, due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping, violent crime and violent clashes between armed groups,” it said. Also, it reiterated its advice to its nationals to “reconsider your need to travel to eastern Mindanao.” On the other hand, Australia advised its nationals to “exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines because of the high threat of terrorist attack and high level of serious crime.” “Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks,” it said. It reiterated terrorist attacks, including bombings, are “possible anytime, anywhere in the Philippines, including in Manila.” “We continue to receive credible reports indicating terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners,” it added. Australia earlier “strongly” advised its nationals not to travel to central and western Mindanao, including Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Cotabato City, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Saranggani, Misamis Occidental, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and the Sulu Archipelago Read More …

Aug 102013
Laments on the Filipino Diaspora

By Ricardo B. RamosPhilippine Daily Inquirer 11:47 pm | Saturday, August 10th, 2013 MAPPING of overseas Filipinos (SOURCE: Commission on Filipinos Overseas, cfo.gov.ph) My older sister, a retired doctor, recently passed away unexpectedly in Cardiff, Wales, in  the United Kingdom where she had resided for the past 25 years. She was 67 years old. Her sudden demise happened two weeks after our youngest sister, a registered nurse, was run over by a car whose driver was texting in Sydney, Australia. The saying must really be true that “when it rains, it pours.”  Our family was devastated by the tragedy. Fortunately, our “baby” sister survived the auto accident, although she was badly injured. It will take months before her spine heals. In the meantime, she cannot work and will therefore not receive any compensation from her employer. My older brother, who petitioned my sister’s migration “Down Under” more than two decades ago, took two weeks off from work to take care of her. She is a widow. The tragedy that struck our family in a span of two weeks reminded me of what happened 40 years ago in the early 1970s. Our eldest sister, who was working in Manhattan and at the same time taking her master’s degree in Columbia University,  nearly died when she was run over by a car in New York City. While she received some compensation from the insurance of the driver who nearly killed her, she was never the same again. Now at almost 70 years Read More …