Newest Filipino Karaoke bar opens in Abu Dhabi

Sing Galing Karaoke Bar & Restaurant hearten music lovers and night owls

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – One of the coolest night spots in Abu Dhabi has just opened its doors for music lovers and night owls who want to hang-out in a bar with an amazing and cozy ambiance plus a karaoke room designed to let you be a rock star for the night. Unlike other downtown scenes, Sing Galing Karaoke Bar & Restaurant has an exclusive atmosphere and is located at the high up at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

DuringIsabel Granada its grand opening on October 5, its management company, Gromaxx Hotels Management LLC, brought Filipino singer-actress Isabel Granada into the spotlight for an exceptional performance for the VIP guests and visitors.

The ribbon-cutting festivities were led by the Ambassador to the UAE, Constancio R. Vingno Jr, and his wife, Madame Yoko Ramos, who together officially opened the business to great applause and started an evening filled with entertainment, dancing, singing, food and fun.

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Ambassador Constancio R. Vingno Jr and Madame Yoko Ramos led the ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening

Mohamad Abdul Saleem, Chairman of Gromaxx Hotel Management LLC, also graced the night’s affair and commented on the “unique warmth and hospitality” of the Filipinos and mixed expats at the event.

“We know Filipinos love to hang-out with family and friends and some would really love to have an exclusive & private set up of Karaoke room where they can freely express their talents and joy,’’ said Mr. Mohamad Abdul Saleem in an interview with Kabayan Weekly.

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The Sing Galing Karaoke Bar has its own resident band that entertains all with non-stop live performances and some of the best singing you can find. If you work up an appetite singing and dancing, it also serves great food, including authentic Filipino favorites, with Filipino chefs cooking an amazing menu full of real Asian flavors.

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The Bar opens from 7pm until 4am daily at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham which has an extravagant buffet restaurant, Lavender, conveniently located on the same floor for those hungry night-owls wanting a little more to eat.

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For reservations, please contact +971-568205012 – Romel C. Sebastian

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Filipino singers in UAE to compete in Battle of the Best Season 3

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The singing competition founded by the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit at Mananayaw sa Abu Dhabi very known as OPMMAD is now on Season 3, this time bigger and grander Battle of the Best (BOB).

BOB has for its purpose of  recognizing Filipino talents bringing them to a higher ground, lifting the Filipino pride in the field of singing.

Eliminations run Fridays from October 6 at Vertical Bar Hotel, Ramada Downtown where all contenders compete and will be judged. Rankings for every week is revealed and held until all eliminations concluded.

From all the rankings, a number of top ranked singers will be chosen for the semi-finals and will be ranked again accordingly for the final rounds.

The first elimination has the array of result with Angelo Bernal top in the list awaiting other top 1 for the succeeding eliminations.




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For registration or more information, please email or contact OPMMAD as per poster.



Breast cancer awareness initiatives with Universal Hospital, what you need to know?

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – According to American Cancer Society in their latest post, the chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 or about 2.7 percent.

Isn’t this alarming?

Early detection, screening, increase awareness and better treatment have been contributory to the decrease of  incidents during the late 1980s and 2014 as medical research have shown that woman’s risk of dying of breast dropped 38 percent, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer deaths during that time. Yet, breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

With these data and history, there is a huge number of medical institutions, governments, organizations and individuals enjoin and initiate awareness campaigns and even free screening to women and men during the month of October every year.

Universal Hospital is one of the entities that sees the importance of breast cancer awareness especially expat women residing in UAE.

‘Let us be realistic now. There is a significant number Dr Shabeerof expat women working in this country, be in healthcare, in finance, or in any field and most of them are Filipinos. This is the best time to participate in the breast cancer awareness program- as an opportunity for them to be checked and even go further examinations and medications”, said Dr. Shabeer Nellikode, managing Director & CEO at Universal Hospital in an exclusive interview with the writer.

”We are not only doing this for this month alone, but for many years that we were consecutively doing the initiative in any month of the year elsewhere possible”, he added.

”The importance of this initiative is to find out positive results. At Universal Hospital, we have dedicated people and women surgeon who diagnose breast-related cancer. By doing this campaign, people who have no idea about this type of health problem will become health vigilant”, he continued with a statement  that the facilities at the hospital can screen for at least 300 people a day.

The upcoming campaign this year is dubbed ”Think Pink, Think Universal” will happen this Friday, October 13 in the morning which activities include parade around the hospital premise by Filipino community (and open to public), cutting of ribbon, free consultation, breast cancer awareness talk, entertainments, games, Zumba, Kick boxing, inspirational talk from cancer survivors and screenings.


About Universal Hospital

Universal Hospital is a multi-specialty tertiary care hospital with medical expertise, technological capabilities, and compassionate patient care. The highly talented and experienced multinational medical professionals deliver a lifetime of wellness through its multidisciplinary team approach.

Universal specializes in high risk medical and surgical emergencies and undertakes complicated, recurrent, and revision surgeries. At Universal, we believe that the health of each person creates the health of a family, a community, and the health of the entire humanity.

For more details, please log on to or call +971.2.599.9555 or (Toll Free)

Newest Filipino Karaoke bar & Restaurant opens in Abu Dhabi

Philippine artist-singer Isabel Granada honors the grand opening

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – A newest Karaoke bar and Restaurant that Filipinos would love to hang-out, party-in, and be comfortable at making their own karaoke showdown in a reserved room with great sounds and music collection is set to be officially open this October 5, 2017.

Sing Galing Karaoke Bar & Restaurant in Hawthorn Suits by Wyndham will stand out at the Grand Opening with special guest-artist from the Philippines Isabel Granada. She will sing a  number of songs at the grand launching to entertain fans, guests and visitors. Of course photo opportunity with her is part of everyone’s menu.

The cutting of ribbon ceremony will be led by Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr accompanied by his wifefeatured1 Madame Yoko Ramos, the Philippine Embassy’s staff and Mohamad Abdul Saleem- Chairman of Gromaxx Hotel Management LLC  which will be followed by slicing of cake to symbolize the celebration.

Few things I learned upon visiting the place today.

The 60-80 capacity bar & restaurant has its own resident band anew, all Filipino talents. And while its business run on the floor, you can adlib your night with a concert on your own at the Karaoke cabin, which you can book for an exclusive mini-party as it can accommodate 10-15 pax.

Not only that. The restaurant serves Filipino favourite bar foods, just name it to pair with your drinks.

If you are excited about this, you can send an email or contact them directly. But it is nicer that you visit the place, hang out with your friends and let’s hear your words.



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First 6-month caregiving program for Filipinos now in Abu Dhabi

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – In an effort to widen job opportunities for Filipinos, specifically in the medical field, a six-month caregiving program has been realized and launched to the first batch of 25 Filipinos which trainings are held Fridays with Orient MCT and on-job trainings are set to be conducted at Universal Hospital in capital.

‘’This training program will open doors of opportunities to Filipinos who wish to make a
significant career change and further have the option to migrate to Canada, UK and US as professional caregivers’’, said Orient MCT CEO Nauman Ahmad who supported and tapped a number of Filipino organizations for training endeavours.

caregiverAlthough the initiative is open to any professional level, the caregiving program has also allowed Filipino overseas household workers to elevate their career standards in a platform that suits to their time requirement and financial capabilities.

‘’Caregiving is not a structured program compared to bachelor’s degree. Somebody can care, somebody can perform the caregiving tasks once they learn the basics. But we want to change this perception by giving a well-planned program that will conclude with a positive job landing’’, said Dr. Shabeer Nellikode, Founder & Managing Director of Universal Hospital – a partner for the Filipino caregiver graduates.


‘’I think this is a great initiative, and I believe there is lot of future because there is a real
requirement. I’m happy that I work with the great team of Filipinos. From our side we are very positive and we will try to help them as much as possible’’, he added.

The course package includes the Basic Life support training, caregiving kit, caregiving
uniform, caregiving manual, caregiving certificate with TOR and on Job-Training program. Scholarships will also be given to deserving & qualified Filipinos.



Give your face a treat, unleash the natural healthy looking Pinay in you- Skinwhite Salon

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – Obtaining and maintaining a glowing look is an outcome of try-hard rituals that Pinays perform during their most preferred beauty moods that is when time allows them to squeeze off ground papaya, potato & cucumber into semi-jelly juices for their faces.

I think I sound too traditional here although I know that a lot out there still love preparing their beauty formulas the way YouTube convinced them and what grandmas had demonstrated for in their seremonias at night.

Technology nowadays have transformed these ways to a long way of convenience and effectiveness, in particular for beauty benefits such as facial treatment system and beauty products.

For many Filipino women who believe that beauty is first captured through the glow-ness of the face and the smile of confidence they wear, going to a beauty salon for facial treatment is one great treat they can ever give to themselves.

I once allowed to pamper myself, lied on the medical bed and just trusted the lady in white suit to deal with the unpleasant pigments on my face. Minding about the technology and the products she used on me wasn’t my business at that moment.

Curiosity did not stop me from my silence and started to bother her asking a number of questions. That was when I got up realizing that it takes the pain for beauty to regain!

I might puzzle you by ending the story with that quote. But this is what I told myself and to assure you ladies.

We deserve to treat our faces and unleash the clean & young-looking beauty in us!

Wondering where to go for your facial treatment?

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Skin White Ladies Salon in Abu Dhabi,  located beside Eldorado Cinema at Hot Bread Building 102, Electra St has a variety of beauty services exclusive for ladies.

Not just for facial make-over but one of the few salons in capital offering eyebag treatment and warts removable handled by professionals at a reasonable price.

” Aside from our affordable package deals, we can assure our clients of an extra ordinary service. Our staff are experienced beauticians who have been in the field for many years”, expressed Mr. Mujeev , business owner who mentioned that they offer home service for busy career women.







Caregiver course in Dubai gives you better options

Caregiver course in Dubai gives you better options..

Filipinos in UAE

by Laliebeth Petancio


Nowadays, taking a caregiver course does not necessary mean a pain in the pocket and a sacrifice of your most precious time because Master Mind Management Training exists to give the aspiring Professional caregivers a variety of options in terms of tuition fees’ settlement and flexibility of class schedule.

“We offer a very light installment plan up to 3 terms and a discount of AED 500.00 for every registrant”, said Viginarajah Nesarajah, Managing Director at Master Mind.

Evening classes or weekend combinations are well considered for Filipino students to accommodate their hectic workloads.

But it’s not much about  of the flexibility option, rather what future is ahead for Filipino caregivers?

“We are in touch with two employment agencies in Ontario, Canada. Graduates of the caregiver training course will get a certificate of completion stamped by KHDA—a top requirement in applying for jobs as live-in caregivers in Canada…

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United Women Ballers Association launches Rising Star Amateur Cup

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The United Women Ballers Association (UWBA) is back for the 3rd Season Women’s Basketball League, which parade of teams and opening of games will shine on September 22, Friday at Al Nahda School for Boys Gym, Murror Abu Dhabi.

Twelve teams are all set for the big day casting the Abu Dhabi Pride, Dynamic Knights, Sappho Abu Dhabim, Abu Dhabi Eagles, Horton Slahers, Sky Walker, Al Ain Cruiser, Bandila, Auh Storm, Lightning Warriors,  Abu Dhabi Racers and Hotshots.

wbl.jpgWith the huge number of registers, the participants of the day’s event is expected to be at least 300 with sponsors from different sectors.

“The aim of the 3rd Season Womens Basketball League is to establish an innovative, sustainable and integrated sports programme which promotes and increases physical activity, healthy lifestyles and key life skills for all participating individuals”, said Lau Guillen – one of the coordinators of the league.

For more info, please send an email to



PICPA Abu Dhabi is celebrating 15 years

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi- The Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants – PICPA Abu Dhabi chapter is turning to a crystal anniversary event this coming Friday, September 22 at Sheraton Hotel in celebration of its 15 years of continued service to overseas Filipino professionals in Abu Dhabi, in particular to its dynamic members and associates.

speakerIn conjunction with the celebration is a series of technical seminar on ”Fraud-logy:  The Science of Fraud” which expert matter will be presented by Mr. Iyad Mourtada, CMA, CIA, CFE, CCSA, CRMA, CPLP, a world class speaker.

The undertaking will be graced by one of  PICPA’s founders Ms Dorotea Rafael, CPA as an event speaker.

Also, the affair will highlight the induction of officers and the recognition of the 14 past presidents of the organization.

Aside from the formalities, the socialization night will give the attendees the opportunity to network with business entities whilst having fun.


For more info, please visit PICPA Abu Dhabi page or email; or contact 0562574228

For registration, please fill out this form and submit




Filipino electronics professionals across the Gulf to gather at 4th IECEP GCC Region Summit in Dubai

by Laliebeth Petancio

Dubai – Hundreds of Filipino electronics professionals and practitioners from different parts of the Gulf countries will gather at the 4th IECEP GCC Region Summit hosted by the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP) United Arab Emirates Chapter  this coming September 15-16,  2017 (Friday-Saturday) at Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai.

With a theme “Enhancing Capability of Globally Competitive Electronics Professionals”, the gathering hopes to strengthen the membership force of accredited chapters in the GCC region namely; Bahrain, KSA-CRC, KSA-ERC, KSA-WRC, Qatar, UAE with the newly established Chapters Kuwait and Oman.

Further, the annual convention will serve as an effective medium in keeping abreast to the latest trends in technology, expand the capabilities of professional network aside from promoting camaraderie and solidarity.

The gathering will place Filipino professionals under one roof to share expertise and awareness of professional development programs necessary for career upliftment and to meet the demands for the ASEAN integration in a way of advancing competencies and skills in the field.

” We are one in full support of the vision and mission of the institute that we represent, IECEP UAE Chapter welcomes all delegates around the globe to witness as we unfold another milestone in the history of IECEP”, qouted Engr Analiza Binondo – IECEP UAE Chapter Governor.


”Since the historic event of the 1st Middle East Convention held in UAE on 2011, followed by the 2nd IECEP International Convention in Qatar on 2015 and the recently concluded 3rd IECEP International Convention in Bahrain last October 2016, the foreign affiliated chapters proved the solidarity and unity of all ECE’s in the foreign land, making those event not just successful but also a remarkable one”, she said in her online invitation to participants.

For more info, please visit their website or email