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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Jul 212017
Jollibee Chicken Joy named one of America’s best

Filipino food chain Jollibee has made it to the Top 10 fast food list released by FoodBeast in the United States. Jollibee Chicken Joy [via Instagram] The FoodBeast list of “The Top 10 Fast Food Fried Chicken Joints In The USA” declared Jollibee’s Chicken Joy as supreme saying, “Jollibee is the Filipino fast food chain that's gonna take over the United States because of their BOMB fried chicken.” Writer Constantine Spyrou placed the Filipino favorite fried chicken in the No. 3 spot over other fried chickens: “What makes it stand out beyond the rest, however, is a gravy packed with flavors of onion and celery that is absolutely ethereal. You almost want a whole bucket of the gravy just to dip into the chicken, it's that good. The unique savory notes of that gravy compliment fried chicken in a way that no other fast food chain on this list can replicate, and it's why Jollibee deserves such a high spot on this list.” Jollibee chicken made it to the list of the tastiest fried chicken food chains in America along with other fried chickens with “crispy skin with the tender, delicious meat inside is hard to resist, no matter what chain you go to.” The Filipino food chain has established stores across the world with the most concentration of overseas Filipino migrants like America, Canada, and Italy. Jollibee’s inclusion in the list is based on the travels of the Foodbeast crew, national impact, and overall quality of fried chicken.   Read More …

Apr 282017
First Jollibee in Europe to open in Italy

Jollibee Foods Corp (JFC) signed a deal with Singaporean company BlackBird Holdings to operate the first Jollibee store in Italy, the first store in Europe for the popular Filipino food chain. JFC Group president Jose Miñana Jr. said in media reports that the company would start in Italy where there are many Filipinos to mark its foray in Europe. “We’re looking at possibly Italy to be our (starting point) in Europe. We’re not in Europe yet. We will follow where the Pinoys are,” he said, adding that the company’s target Europe debut is between 2017 and 2018. BlackBird will own 25 percent of the proposed joint venture while the Jollibee group will own 75 percent through its international unit Golden Plate. The two companies have agreed to invest one million euros, of which up to 750 thousand euros will be contributed by Golden Plate, in proportion to its ownership in the business. Jollibee Foods Corporations strategy is to make a territorial franchise like in the Philippines, for Italy with the ability to develop and expand the brand in the market. The joint venture partnership will facilitate the entry and the opening of the first store will create the desired awareness for the Jollibee brand in the market. Jollibee has been planning to go to Europe because of the growing resident Filipinos in the continent. There more than two hundred thousand Filipinos living in Italy, which is said to be the largest population of overseas Filipinos in Europe. Jollibee has already Read More …

Mar 032017
Canadian theatre group stages play about Fil-Canadians

Anak [via Carlos Bulosan Theatre] Carlos Bulosan Theatre (CBT), a theatre group in Canada, is staging “Anak,” a play about a Filipino-Canadian family’s hopes, dreams, and struggles to keep the family intact. CBT Artistic Director Leon B. Aureus in an interview with Inquirer revealed the stage play was created based on the personal experiences of the group’s resident pool of artists: Ann Paula Bautista, Belinda Corpuz, Isabel Kanaan, Richard Mojica, Alia Rasul, and Anthony Raymond Yu. The artists’ development program had them undergo a workshop where they revealed their personal stories about their personal lives, growing up in the Philippines and Canada. After the workshop a new set of the C-B- T collective was created produce the stage play. “They were committed to meeting regularly to workshop and develop this new play,” Aureus said. A stage reading of the play was well received last year and prodded CBT to stage the actual play. CBT has helped tell Filipino-Canadian stories for several generations since 1982 while helping Filipino-Canadians realize their potential as artists and storytellers.  “Now more than ever the world needs theatre and art with purpose and heart, with depth, intelligence and soul (of the Filipino),” goes the CBT creed. “Anak” premiers on March 3-4, 8pm, March 5, 3pm, March 10-11, 8pm, and March 12, 3pm at St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh Streeet, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.   The post Canadian theatre group stages play about Fil-Canadians appeared first on Good News Pilipinas. Related posts: Fil-Am students keep Pinoy culture Read More …

Mar 172014
OFW inflows up 6.8% to $2 B in Jan

MANILA, Philippines – Remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) went up 6.8 percent in January from a year ago, driven largely by sustained demand for skilled and professional manpower overseas, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported yesterday. Personal remittances – cash and non-cash – amounted to $2.002 billion in January, 6.8 percent higher than last year’s $1.874 billion. “Remittance flows from overseas Filipinos remained resilient, underpinned by the sustained demand for Filipino manpower overseas, particularly skilled workers,” the BSP said. Cash remittances from both land and sea-based workers went up 5.9 percent to $1.799 billion in January from $1.699 billion a year ago. However, the latest cash inflow was 17 percent lower than the $2.173 billion recorded in December as the level of remittances “typically drops” after the holidays, the central bank said. The central bank, citing data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, said there were 75,348 approved job orders in January of which 32.1 percent or 24,187 were processed. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The processed job orders were for service, production, and professional, technical, and related jobs in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Kuwait, and Qatar. At the same time, the expansion of bank and non-bank remittance service providers abroad supported the growth in remittances. The BSP said remittances from land-based workers increased 4.9 percent to $1.3 billion in January, while those from sea-based workers jumped 9.1 percent to $450 million. “Cash remittances during the month came mostly from the Read More …