Free entrance at Negosyo Expo 11-11-17, learn the business skills

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – This Business Exhibition and & Conference shall be dominated by Filipino speakers who have proven themselves that business is a way in life and success is not just a dream but a reality given the right skills and experience.

Learn the basics, discover how their success stories can influence and drive you to build your own.



The Negosyo Expo will happen on November 11, 2017 Saturday at Sofitel Hotel Abu Dhabi.

Entrance is free.

For more info, please read poster below or email





Women talk business, women empowerment redefined

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi  – A corporate gathering tailored fit for women’s needs in terms of career, relationships, family’s role, and business ventures is a complete package in ”MomPreneurs – Woman Empowerment Redefined” talks launched by the Philippine Business Council Abu Dhabi (PBC-AUH) in collaboration with the Mompreneurs Middle East and Philippine Ladies Circle Abu Dhabi, this coming Friday 10th November 2017 from 1:30pm  at the Intercontinental Hotel in capital.

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Top caliber, well-experienced, trusted and notable speakers are lined-up to share inspiring stories and  success’ tips that will empower participants to create their own victories in life, be it personal or in business together with other women in the circle.

PBC-AUH proudly presents Women of the Hour to stand as speakers to cast Madame Yoko-Ramos Vingno – Spouse of the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, Chair, Philippine Ladies Circle and Chair, ASEAN Ladies Circle; Ms. Mona Tavasolli – CEO & Founder, Momprenuer Middle East; Ms. Marleine Rizk – Regional Manager, Oman Air; Ms. Freya Jaffar – Founder, Abu Dhabi Q & A, Social Media Specialist; Ms. Karen Remo-Partner & Managing Director, The Filipino Times ( New Perspective Media) and Mylene De Guzman – MomPreneur Project proponent, PBC Corporate secretariat.

Also privileged to have granted his presence and expertise, Mr. Mark Grogan will be a guest speaker at the event to talk on ”Unlocking Habit Code”.

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Mike Grogan is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author & Behavioral Change Coach who believes in the Genius of the Filipino. He believes that the greatest human potential in the world is in the Philippines and he is passionate about helping Filipinos become more proactive and productive so they lead by example and become the role models of Filipino Excellence.

The day’s program is expected to be incorporated with activities that make every woman’s heart leap with joy such as free skin care and make-up session, and get acquainted to the latest trends in fashion.

What excites more is a chance to win round trip ticket to over 50 destinations from Europe to Far East and a lot more prizes at stake from sponsors of the event such as laptop, tablets, vouchers, bags, Pandora, among other items.


Access to this event, the fee as follows:

AED 100 for non-PBC members; AED 80 for PBC members.

Click the link below to book your spot




Free 5-day program: ”The Art of Housekeeping”

by Laliebeth Petancio

Dubai – Turning a room into an organized, well-kept and air-fresh-filled space with comfort and ambiance is of a 5-star hotel is a skill that one can learn and apply in their daily homes and in careers.

Unlocking housekeeping tips and sharing best practices along with the importance of good housekeeping practices are a few of the objectives that IBIS Dubai Diera City Center is up for their first ever initiative dubbed ”The Art of Housekeeping” – a five day program that will highlight range of activities geared to discover the housekeeping potentials through two other mainstream headlines ”The art of Making Bed” and the ”Art of Hospitality’.

Talented and well-experienced colleague at the hotel will share their brain gems with guests, and are open to welcome Filipinos who are working in households and hotel crews from other establishments.

Participants will also have the opportunity to rediscover time-honoured and time-tested practices that maintain ibis room comfort and provide that ‘home away from home’ feeling.

‘The Art of Hospitality’ also aims to reinforce engagement and connectivity between the housekeeping department and guests. Often referred to as the ‘heart of the house’ or the ‘back bone’ in operations, the Housekeeping department at ibis Dubai Deira Centre have made over 1 million beds a year since the hotel opened in 2008 which translates to an average of  20 well-made beds per housekeeper each day, ensuring that guests receive a comfortable and quality driven experience.

AccorHotels Middle East and Majid Al Futtaim, the owning company of Ibis Dubai Deira City Centre bring this innovative event designed to engage with participants and guests in a quality assurance environment. Enjoy the ultimate comfort bedding, well-designed bed base, generous pillows and soft, cozy duvet with a modern feel.

All materials that make an ibis room meet the environmental standards that promote an eco-responsibility with energy-saving lighting, water flow regulators to reduce water consumption and ecolabel hygiene products, including soap.

The Art of Housekeeping takes place 2 November – 6 November with the inauguration of the event from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Thursday 2 November at ibis Dubai Deira City Centre.

For more information, please contact Ms. Mary Jane – / 055 705 3875.







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Pinoy counselors formed group missioned to empower the distressed kabayans

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi- Countless stories of abuses and miseries of distressed overseas Filipinos (OFs) have had a great influence to look on forward for a mission of bringing hope and making a positive difference in someone’s life- a very basic reason yet entails great commitment for the Pinoy Peer Counselors – PPC AUH which was formed just recently.

Their existence was not well known as they serve for the sensitive side for an individual needing the psychological remake-up until they realize the demand of the services is getting high which number of beneficiaries rose to more than 200.


Since March this year, a number of Filipino counselors in Abu Dhabi have catered over 200 distressed Filipinos sheltered at the Philippine Embassy for counseling led by Ms. Loren ‘Mamita’ Lapira Panelo – founding Chaiman of PPC AUH.

In her testimony she said,

‘’Allow me to invoke the most innate instinct we normally summon only when we or any lorenaof our loved ones is in dire strait, that strong and willing desire to alleviate their suffering. We wish to empower as many [OFs] as we can; provide them with professional guidance and equip them with effective set of life-coping skills that will help them champion the challenges they face’’.

The purpose of Pinoy Peer Counselors of Abu Dhabi is to provide a free comprehensive psychosocial counseling training program to all its bonafide officers and members and free peer counseling services, group dynamics & relevant trainings to the ‘wards’ housed at POLO-OWWA in Abu Dhabi.

The group has for its calendar of activities to host events relating to mental health (ie. peer support groups, stress free workplace, etc.) and connect counselees/wards to resources/organizations here in UAE and in the Philippines who might be able to assist them on their way to recovery and rehabilitation.


Twenty nine singers have belted at Battle of the Best, rankings revealed

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – Twenty nine Filipino singers in UAE have belted out in the elimination rounds of the Battle of the Best Season 3 that kicked off earlier this month at the Vertical Bar, Ramada Downtown Hotel organized by OPMMAD and Silakbo Events.


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They were judged according to the criteria which includes Voice quality (vocal quality/voice clarity/vocal stunts) 40%, Interpretation & Style (unique approach/choice of song/facial expression) 30%, Stage presence (confidence/enthusiasm/presentation) 20%, and audience appeal (ability to captivate the audience) 10%.

Judges for the 3rd Elimination Round of the Battle of the Best Season 3 casting Mr. Philip D. Esteves, Ms. Mechelle Gegaloa and Coach Edgar

For three series of eliminations as on October 20, contenders with ranks from 1 to 13 are Angelo Bernal, Gigliola Yulo, France Ann Elias, Richard Sanchez, Camilio Trinidad, Melgar Ballaran, Elizaldy Napa, Kresna Venturanza, John Michael Nacalaban, Ireneo Dularte Jr, Arlene Gallosa, Patrick Stephen Digo, Reinon Tolentino, Joven Cruz, Jason Enriquez, Rhaylyn Cuyo, Richard Saragpon and Christine Joyce Barrientos.

Elimination of contestants is extended to 4rth round this coming Friday, October 27 in the same venue and time.

The grand finals will be held in November at a larger venue showcasing the top talented singers.


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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

Visit the website: 


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.