Beauty & Fresh Beauty Salon dedicated for ladies & gents

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Dubai –  A Filipino-owned salon ”Beauty & Fresh” is born to serve and accommodate both ladies and gentlemen for their unique beauty pampering sessions, not only to Filipinos but is open to all walks of life.featured 2.jpg

It had officially opened its doors and professional services last month where featured 3.jpggrand opening ceremony was graced by Vice Consul Elizabeth Ramos from the Philippine Consulate Dubai who led the cutting of ribbon.

A real treat for family and couples can be considered as they can come together without hesitation in one salon, bond in one cosy room to experience beauty comforts and make-over.

“We have already soft-launched the business last November 2017 and for over 6 months we have learned our customer’s beauty desires and demands”, quoted Engr. Agnes Uminga, co-owner/business partner.

”We give quality services and offer affordable packages, especially for Filipinos. At Beauty & Fresh we strive for excellence and good value”, added Ms Agnes saying that although the salon is located in a hotel, their prices are low.

Engr. Uminga is a licensed Professional Electronics Engineer and married to a budding entrepreneur husband Engr. Lito. She is partnered with a Filipina who is also a business woman, and both were hands-on in salon and beauty skills for more than 10 years in UAE.

Beauty & Fresh Ladies and Gents Salon is located at the Mezzanine Floor of Royal Ascot Hotel in Bur Dubai.

featured 4.jpgFor your beauty needs and packages, please visit their Facebook page- Beauty and Fresh Salon or call for booking 

Tell # +97145088385 or Mobile # +971509869959 / 0504051994;




IECEP UAE holds technical seminars on Access Control systems and Dynamic Lighting

by Kabayan Laliebeth  

Abu Dhabi – The Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines – United Arab Emirates Chapter (IECEP UAE) held its 3rd Technical Seminar highlighting Access Control systems, the overview of Dynamic Lighting and topics on Organizational development for community leaders, which sessions were held on July 6, 2018 at Hotel Novotel Al Bustan in the capital.

Attended by more than 100 members of the organization composing the PECE, PEE, ECE, ECT, and Associate members, the technical seminar earned them 8 CPD (continuing professional development) units for the professional license requirements of Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

In the morning’s program, Philippine Embassy’s Chargé d ‘Affairs a.i. Rowena Pangilinan-Daquipil gave her keynote message and congratulated IECEP UAE for being world class professionals and home of achievers.

She thanked IECEP UAE for the continuous support and participation of the chapter to the Filipino community and Bayanihan Council, especially during the 2018 Philippine Independence Day Celebration.

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Engr. Jethrofel E. Ramboyong

At the same juncture, a recognition was given to the IECEP UAE founding president Engr. Jethroefel E. Ramboyong, PECE, ASEAN, ACPE for bringing home the 2018 Bagong Bayani Award (POEA and Bagong Bayani Foundation) and was chosen by PRC as the 2018 Outstanding Professional of the Year in the field of Electronics Engineering.

Another recognition was given to the IECEP UAE candidate, Engr. Alyssa Jane M. Isana, ECE, for winning the 2nd Runner Up of the 2018 Mutya ng Kasarinlan.


Engr Alyssa Jane M. Isana of IECEP UAE is Mutya ng Kasarinlan 2018 2nd Runner-Up

On the technical topics, the “Access Control System – System Planning and Installation” was discussed by Engr. Christopher Q. Acob, ECE. Engr. Acob is Head of Business Unit in Atlas Dynamic with over 9 years’ experience in the security systems sector, had handled mega complex security systems projects in commercial, and government sectors in UAE.

The technical session on “Behind the Scenes of Dynamic Lighting: DMX/RDM Overview” was presented by Engr. Brando P. Valerio, PECE, a Projects Manager presently handling Facade Lighting Project of Blue Water Island in Dubai where the biggest Ferris Wheel in the world is being built.

An important topic geared to enhance organizational & leadership management was tackled by multi-awarded Human Resource professional, Ms. Sugar Espadera in the topic “Organizational Development for Community Leaders”.

She opened the scenario with M. Shawn Covey quote “An empowered organization is one in which individual have the knowledge, skill, desire and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.”

She asked IECEP members the reasons for attending seminars and answers were aligned to the purpose to develop, enhance, upgrade professional skills, and learn from experienced engineers in the field of electronics and communications engineering.

The event was also graced by Engr. Elmer O. Casao (Bayanihan Council Chairman), Engr. Bernie Favorito (PPO UAE Chairman), Engr. Ronald Precilla (Bayanihan Vice President) and Arch. Rodel Ayala (UAP President) among other guests.

IECEP President Louie Maliksi expressed his gratitude to all the members, officers and volunteers who continue to support the organizations activities, share their knowledge, skills and resources to their Kabayans for the betterment of the Filipino Electronics Engineers in the UAE.

The IECEP UAE 3rd Technical Seminar was streamed “Live” on Facebook and can be watch on their FB page

IECEP members, guests and participants of the technical seminar

More than 200 Pinoy civil engineers to gather at General Assembly

By Kabayan Laliebeth

Abu Dhabi – More than 200 Filipino civil engineers in the United Arab Emirates who are members of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers PICE-UAE will gather at the Mid-year Assembly themed “Filipino Civil Engineers commitment to building the future today” on June 22, Friday at Millennium Airport Hotel in Dubai.

The gathering will highlight three technical topics that earn the professionals with 4 hours CPD units and Oath taking of new members and officers will also be held.

“ Civil engineers are encouraged to participate in this kind of assembly to know more about what is happening in the organization, to meet fellow civil engineers in the UAE and to establish their own network professionally”, quoted PICE-UAE Chapter President Engr. Vinzor Yee Concepcion also saying that new trends in the engineering industry will be given at the assembly.

For further details and registration, please see poster below.



Filipino owned Ladies & Men salon in 1 opens in Dubai

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Dubai – Filipino-owned salon Beauty & Fresh dedicated to serve both ladies and gents is officially opening its business today, June 8 not only for Filipino nationals but other expatriates.


“We have already soft-launched the business last November 2017 and for 6 months we have known and learned our customer’s demands”, quoted Engr. Agnes Uminga, co-owner/business partner.

”We give quality services and offer affordable packages, especially for Filipinos”, added Ms Agnes saying that although the salon is located in a hotel, their prices are low.

Experience the unique kind of beauty pampering at Beauty & Fresh Salon located at Royal Ascot Dubai.


Ambassador Vingno Jr bids farewell to Filipino community in Abu Dhabi

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Abu Dhabi –  The Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr. who has served for two years and eight months in the country as the Philippine envoy, together with his wife Yoko Ramos and son Chase was surprised at the Ma’Assalamah Farewell event organized by the Bayanihan Council & the different Filipino organizations in capital last Monday, June 4 at Golden Tulip Downtown Abu Dhabi, here.

Attended by the Philippine Embassy officials including Labor Attaches and Welfare officers and the more than 100 Filipino community leaders and the Bayanihan Executive members, the night’s affair turned to appreciations and poured with inspiring farewell messages from at least 50 groups well-acknowledged by Ambassador Vingno.


His Excellency Constancio R. Vingno Jr.

“I could not find the right words now as I speak how truly we (I and my wife) are touched with your presence, keeping on us, and your praises,” the Ambassador begun his speech in front of the exciting Filipinos. He has realized that because of the sheer number of kababayans in UAE getting new friends is never ending.


“In this event, let me take this opportunity to thank you all for the love and the affection that you have extended to us, to my family,” expressed Vingno.


Ambassador Vingno & wife Yoko

Sa tulong po ng ating mga kasama sa Embahada, di po namin magagawa ang mga pangyayari sa nakaraang dalawang taon at kalahati kung hindi po sa tulong ng ating mga kasamahan sa community dito sa Abu Dhabi,” stressed the Philippine envoy also acknowledging his wife, Madame Yoko for her untiring support during his tenure.


Prior to revealing a surprise gift prepared by the Council, several personalities stood to share their apprehension and appreciation for the Ambassador.

Ambassador Vingno’s hardwork, dedication, commitment and selfless acts will always serve as an inspiration to me, the rest of Bayanihan Executive Board and Filipino Community Organizations’ leaders under Bayanihan Council in providing the best services that our members and all our kababayans deserve,” quoted Engr. Elmer O. Casao. Chairman of the Bayanihan Council for 2018-2020.

Past Bayanihan Council Chairman Engr. Jeffrey Uy also stood to extend his deep appreciation to Amba Vingno for the wonderful experiences and learnings he received from him for working for 2 years together.

Labor Attache Atty. Ophelia Almenario was also grateful in expressing her sincere appreciation for the support that the Ambassador has extended in several aspects of service.


Points from His Message

Ambassador Vingno has stressed the importance of communication as a two-way process in resolving issues and in dealing with obstacles.

Through constant communication, it enables us to understand each other. If we are not able to express our feelings, how would you know kung ano ang nararamdaman namin. Kung hindi rin kayo magsasalita sa amin, hindi rin po namin kayo maramdaman,” he said in his speech.

Another point that he highlighted in his message is projecting a good image of Filipinos.

Here in UAE we need to try our best to project the good image of the country, Philippines and the Filipinos. Ipakita natin na we are able to surmount any obstacles because of bayanihan,” he was referring the bayanihan as cooperation & collective heroism between and amongst the Filipinos.

Being truthful is one of the qualities that the Ambassador would like the Filipinos to stand for.

As Filipinos, let us try to be truthful to each other. Pag may makita kayong di maganda, kelangan po na ipaalam at kausapin ang isang tao”.

On top of his message, he stressed that Filipinos have to be world-class by not being contented and complacent with their present salaries, rather to continue with further studies and upgrade skills.

“Ipakita natin na world-class tayo…You should never stop learning, you should upgrade your skills kung ano man ang profession mo,” he stressed.

His concluding statement heart-melted the Filipinos present at the Farewell party.

Gusto kong ipaalam sa inyo, na sa lahat ng bansa na napuntahan ko, napalapit po ang puso ko dito sa UAE – dito po ako nagkaroon ng maraming kaibigan – tunay na kaibigan. Kayo po ay mananatili sa aking isip, sa aking puso, di ko po kayo makalimutan. I love you all,” grateful Ambassador Vingno said.

Quoting major accomplishments

Ambassador Vingno has served 43 years abroad for the Philippine government in various capacities. His tenure as the top Filipino diplomat in the UAE beginning October 2015 after his post in South Africa is one of the most productive in his public service catering the surmount number of about 700,000 Filipinos.

In his two years, his achievements include major landmark agreements signed between the UAE and the Philippines namely the memorandum of understanding (MoU) creating a joint committee for cooperation between the UAE and the Philippines signed in January 2017, the agreement on labour cooperation signed in September 2017 that promotes adequate protection to overseas Filipino workers in the UAE and curb human trafficking; and the recently held signing of the Philippines’ Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) and the UAE’s National Qualifications Authority or TESDA-NQA – the cooperation between the two countries on technical, vocational, Education and Training (TVET).

Repatriation of nearly 2000 Filipinos who were under the care of the Philippine Embassy and POLO is also one of major achievements during his term.



Why civil engineers need the Transport Engineering? Here’s an interview with Engr Arostique

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Dubai– When Transportion Engineering was introduced to the members of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – PICE UAE earlier this year, Filipino civil engineers residing in the UAE has realized     its demand and became interested in learning a wider scope of its science.

Not only that the field is very rare amongst the different specializations of civil engineering but its applicability and career profitability is high, according to the speaker.

The come back seminar on Transportation Engineering this Friday, May 25 in Dubai has big reasons to get it pursued.

66CDD2A9-E844-406B-B8D5-CFF4CCFB87AC.jpegHere’s an interview with Engr. Alain Arostique, the only Filipino civil Engineer who specialized transportion engineering in the Middle East.

Q: Why are you coming back to give the same seminar?

Engr. Arostique: Civil Engineering has a very huge scope and contains a very wide spectrum of sub-disciplines. As one of the very few Transportation Engineer, I really wanted to encourage Civil Engineers to explore Transportation which is currently dominated by Western-Educated engineers. I really wanted to share the knowledge and skills I have acquired over the last 10 years.

Q: What demand did you see on Transport Engineering for the Filipinos?

Engr. Arostique: The science behind Transportation Engineering is the same all over the world, few parameters may change but not the approach of solving a problem will be the same. By conducting this training, I really hope anyone of the attendee will be involved in solving the traffic in the Philippines. It will never be easy, but if equipped with the right skills, I believe it is still workable. Additional factor is Transportation Engineers are very well paid because of only few competitions since the required skills are rare.

Q: What are the highlights of the technical session and workahop that are of interest by the civil engineers?

Engr. Arostique: One of the highlights is introducing the sub-discipline in depth manner and learning the software & the science behind it. The training also highlighted how transportation can impact some of the major development and infrastructure being built in any country that most civil engineer are currently working on.


Kalayaan Ambassador’s Cup registered 28 teams

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Abu Dhabi – A total of 28 teams have registered in the upcoming huge basketball tournament for men and women dubbed ”Kalayaan Ambassador’s Cup” that will open games on June 8.

The Ambassador’s cup is one of the highlight-events of the 120th Philippine Independence Celebration this year in Abu Dhabi, to be chaired by major organizations the Abu Dhabi Guardians Founders Council and United Women’s Ballers Association.

Each participating team represents an accredited organization under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy & member of the Bayanihan Council.

” Players who are not a member to any accredited org can still join any of the teams”, said Lau Guillen, one of the committee chairs.

Registration fee is AED700 and the champion team will win AED 2,000 cash plus trophy.

Every participating team will have a minimum of 15 players and maximum of 20 players and height is 5’9” & below but not more than 5’10”.


Contact Lau 050 164 4826 or  King 055 831 6987, for more info.


Members of the newly formed Abu Dhabi Guardians Founders Council take oath

by Laliebeth Petancio

feature 2.jpgAbu Dhabi – Founders and founding leaders of the nine different factions of Guardians Brotherhood  in Abu Dhabi formed a unified group coined Abu Dhabi Guardians Founders Council (ADGFC) whose role is to serve as a focal advisory for all Guardians organizations in capital. Oath taking ceremony of the members was held last Friday, May 18 at the Philippine Embassy, here.

Not as an organization of founders, but ADGFC is a team of founders representing a Guardians Brotherhood organization that will stand to respond, ordain and promulgate the doctrine under the constitution and by-laws of the Guardians Brotherhood.

Tfeature 6he nine factions casted the Philippines Guardians Brotherhood International Incorporated (PGBI Maharlika Inc.), Global Guardians Brotherhood Alliance Incorporated (GGBAI UAE), Guardians International Central Command Group (GICCG UAE), The Guardians Brotherhood Inc. The Original (TGBI-TO), Guardians Brotherhood Inc. True Blue-Blooded Guardians (GBI TBBGI), Ram Guardians Incorporated Alakdan (RGI ALAKDAN), Philippines Guardians Centennial Force Incorporated (PGCFCI KNIGHTS), Guardians Philippines International Inc. (GPII RAM) and Philippines Guardians Brotherhood Inc. Solid Quality United Action for Development (PGBI 7 SQUAD).

feature 5Members of the council sworn before Philippine Embassy’s Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi in the induction ceremony which was followed by the singing of the Guardians hymn while holding each other’s arms manifesting unity and strength towards a common goal.

Representing the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, Hon. Pangwi shared the message of support with the group and highlighted that the existence of the Guardians Council will further strengthen the unity and the bayanihan spirit amongst every member of all Guardians group and Filipino community in general.

Also present at the ceremony was Bayanihan Council Chairman Engr. Elmer Casao, among other invited guests.

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SOUAE celebrates 5 years, holds oath taking of new leaders

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – About hundred members of the Samahang OFW sa UAE or SOUAE celebrated its 5th founding years last May 11 at Gloria Downtown/Golden Tulip Hotel in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with the oath taking of the 2018-2019 set of officers.

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pangwi01Philippine Embassy’s Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi represented the Ambassador His Excellency Constancio R. Vingno Jr and relayed the message and commendation to the organization.

He has recalled and congratulated the group for being awarded as one of the most performing organization in 2017 recognized by the Bayanihan Council and Philippine Embassy.

The new set of officers lead by President Cielito C. Oclarit sworn before Hon. Pangwi in the induction ceremony with the board of directors of the organization. Their oath of responsibility is also geared towards fulfilling the mission that is focused on doing interest and activity of OFW welfare in an ethical manner and to draw out the integrated
enthusiasm and heroism of every OFW.


The gathering highlighted several fun activities, contests, entertainment and awards that lasted until 11:00 o’clock in the evening.


Mr. & Ms Dress of the Night was awarded to Mr. Rudy Casenello and Ms. Gemma B. Cabangbang, respectively.








Hotel flash deals extended, get as low as AED199

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi –  Extended until 30 September 2018, grab as low as AED 199/net on room rate per night inclusive of all charges (service charge, tourism fee, municipality fee, VAT) at Golden Tulip/Gloria Downtown Hotel in Abu Dhabi valid until May 15.

Complimentary breakfast for single or double occupancy is given plus complimentary use of  business centre.

Please contact Mr Philip Esteves at +971 50 679 1274 or email

See below poster for other details.

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