Flash deals on hotel rooms in Abu Dhabi- limited slot till May 15

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – 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 sm.gtdowntown@flamingohotels.org

See below poster for other details.

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PBC Abu Dhabi ExeCom members inducted

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The newly elected Executive Committee members of the Philippine Business Council – PBC Abu Dhabi for 2018-2020 have sworn before the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr. on May 2, Wednesday which induction ceremony was held at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce Conference Hall in capital.



The Council is led by its Chairman Ms. Deborah Gay Aragon Dayrit, a CEO of several companies in UAE.

Her message provided insights and motivation to Filipino entrepreneurs in Abu Dhabi and as well hopes for genuity of service and dedication among and by the leaders to further strengthen the Filipinos.

‘’Through commitment and genuine desire to bring positive change and innovation to council, all the members of the organizations will work together in order to ensure success of PBC’’, Ms. Dayrit quoted.

Ambassador Vingno in his speech inculcated the principles of advocacy & services and how it differs from doing business. Further, he assured of his support to the Council’s programs in cooperation with his constituents at the Philippine Embassy.

The event was also graced by Labor Attaché Atty. Ophelia Almenario & Asst. Labor Attaché Jay Jasper Javines and PBC co-founder Mr. Jose Tuaño among other guests at the ceremony.with guests and diplomatsFor other events of PBC, please like https://www.facebook.com/PBCAbuDhabi/




SOUAE turns 5 years

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The Samahang OFW sa UAE or SOUAE is turning 5 years and will celebrate anniversary this coming Friday, May 11 at Gloria Downtown/Golden Tulip Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

More than hundred of its members and invited guests will grace the event in conjunction with the Oath taking of the new set of officers for 2018-2019 to be administered by Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr.


In behalf of my fellow officers and members, I would like to thank our Philippine Ambassador  and prestigious guests and visitors for the upcoming 5th founding anniversary celebration”.

”I would like to thank my SOUAE FAMILY for an outstanding efforts, hardships, respect, creativity and their focus towards our plan and dreams as one organization in the success of this anniversary celebration. I love SOUAE”, expressed Cielito Cello Oclarit, SOUAE President.

The gathering will also highlight awarding, fun games and raffle draw.




Shades of Pink – society of Filipino cancer survivors and supporters will be launched in capital

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The Shades of Pink Society, an organization formed by Filipinos who have went through the fights and victories against cancer and also having members dedicated to support the society will be launched with Gala Night this coming Friday, April 27 at Le Meridien Hotel in capital.


A piece of its mission is to raise awareness of the risks of contracting different forms of cancer among Filipino women with the assistance of members who are doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.

Aside from providing cancer patients with moral support, spiritual guidance and uplift their will to aim for survival, the group will help instill the minds of cancer patients that the disease is curable.

Mrs. Gie Drew, an advocate for the cause, founded the organization even before her recent diagnosis of breast cancer.


Mrs Gie Drew

‘’Gusto kong maging aware ang marami that with early detection of cancer it can be prevented and can be cured before it can get worst on someone’’, Mrs Drew said.


‘’Yung may mga cancer na they don’t need to be alone. It is a great help for a cancer patient to have someone they can share with the same experiences’’, she relates her own sentiments and story being one.

At the Gala Night, inspirational messages will be shared by NMC General Manager Major Tom Louis and Consultant Surgical Oncology Dr. Balaji Balasubramanian.

The program will also highlight talks and speeches from invited cancer survivors, like Ms. Elisa Tubil diagnosed of breast cancer among others.

The group has already conducted series of community services such as feeding activity for the distressed overseas Filipinos sheltered at the Philippine Embassy and a monthly medical mission incorporated with Zumba in cooperation with the League of Healthcare Professionals in Abu Dhabi.


New Bayanihan Council Executive officers take oath of office

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – The newly elected leaders of the Bayanihan Council Executive Board 2018 – 2019 took the oath of office last April 13, Friday at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi IMG_0705-3
administered by Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi and witnessed by Embassy’s officials headed by Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr.

The board is composed of Chairman Engr. Elmer O. Casao; Ronald R. Precilla (Vice Chairman); Sheryl A. Palacios-Manalo (Secretary); Emma W. Sentones (Tresurer); Engr. Alvin Ruiz Jr. (Auditor); Eldie S. Tadalan (Asst. Secretary); Engr. Analiza Binondo (Asst. Treasurer); Woderick M. Pareja (Asst. Auditor); Gerald P. Ignacio ( Sgt. At Arms) and Directors Ms. Miriam P. Sergio, Valentin T. Samonte Jr., Erick Michael A. Paguia, Albert S. Sabado, Marvin P. Espiritu & Chona Catherine S. Bernabe.

Prior to the formalities, outgoing Chairman Engr. Jeffrey Uy extended his grateful appreciation to the members of the board during his term and fast tracking the major accomplishments of the council. It has included even the recently held Constitutional review that kick-offed in December and came the election of officers and hand-over activity last month.


Outgoing chairman Engr. Jeffrey Uy

“Today, we will witness the oath taking or pledge of commitment of the new set of officers. This is not an easy task, rather it is a challenging task but let us convert this challenging task to an opportunity to grow”, expressed Engr. Uy at the gathering.

“As long as you are committed, and you work together as a team then you will succeed as
a team. Just remain focused, united and committed”, he added quoting that the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino community are always there to support.


Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr.


Hon. Constancio R. Vingno Jr., keynote speaker at the ceremony commenced his talk with acknowledging the presence and support of his constituents and recognizing the great achievements of the Bayanihan Council from 2016 to 2018.


“I have witnessed the Philippine spirit of bayanihan, the collective and collaborative spirit of almost a heroism – an element that binds us all Filipinos together”, expressed Ambassador Vingno as he was referring to the volunteerism, initiative and efforts of the leaders and members of the council by promoting the activities of all Filipino organizations.

Further he has mentioned the benefit of having the umbrella organization such that it became a channel for fostering continuous and effective communication between and amongst the Council’s leaders and members.

Moving on in relation to the oath taking, the envoy has stressed the importance of commitment and leadership.

“By hand taken that position, you have accepted the responsibilities and the mission & vision of the organization for which you cannot go astray from”, he said adding that the success of any organization will depend on how leaders subscribe to the mission and vision that they have submitted for.

Ambassador Vingno has addressed his concluding statement to all community leader by applauding their contribution in the fulfillment of the advocacy of the Philippine Embassy and the support given to kababayans in the UAE.

Also highlighted in the morning’s program apart from the oath taking ceremony was the
turnover of responsibilities by a plaque from outgoing Chairman Jeffrey Uy to current Chairman Elmer Casao that followed speech of acceptance.


Newly elected Bayanihan Council Chairman Engr. Elmer O. Casao

“There will always be challenges in reaching greater heights and success but there is nothing that we can’t surpass, accomplish and achieve if we at all times are united and work as one team”, stressed Engr. Elmer Casao with the belief and confidence that the Bayanihan Council can go a higher level in reaching out the overseas Filipinos.





Newly elected members of the Bayanihan Council Executive Committee for 2018-2019 with Ambassador Constancio R. Vingno Jr (middle); Vice Consuls Von Ryan Pangwi, Vice Consul Atty,  Anna Guerra, Labor Attache Atty. Ophelia Almenario and Asst Labor Attache Jay Jasper Javines

Joemar Licanda shines as Al Breem Videoke challenge winner

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi  – Out of the ten contenders of Al Breem Videoke singing competition held last Thursday, April 19, Joemar Licanda made it to the spot as winner and finalist of the battle which grand finals will be held May 3 at Al Nakheel Hotel Apartments in Abu Dhabi.

IMG_0626-4The 29-year old former vocalist at Muzikk Avenue band tried his luck in the competition and treated his friends a Thursday music bonding . He sang the Air Supply’s Now and Forever for the slow/mellow round and he rock with the audience on his “I Want to Break Free” by Queen garnering him the dashing score of 94.

” Di ko po inasahan na isa po ako sa napili na makaabut sa grand finals. Kaya salamat po talaga unang una kay Lord at sa buong management and staff  ng Al Breem Restaurant at sa lahat po ng sumali sa karaoke challenge good luck po saten sa grand finals”, grateful Joemar.

The singing contest was judged according to the criteria voice quality (30%; Ryhtm & tempo (25%); vocal expression (15%); Videoke score (15%) and entertainment value/audience impact (15%).

The other six (6) winners of the night’s elimination who will also join the finale are John Michael Nacalaban, Leonard ramos, Francis Saribo, Michael Saribo, Jones Adarna and Eds Buenaventura.


The finalists of the Al Breem Videoke Challenge with challenger Joemar Licanda  (3rd from left) and other six finalists with Al Nakheel Hotel Apartments General Manager Mr. Ghassan Nehme (leftmost); judge Mr. Philip Esteves Jr.  (2nd from left) host Odessa Bonifacio (rightmost).

Please visit:   Al Nakheel Hotel Apartments | Muroor Road | P.O. Box 30831 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +9712 304 4555 Ext. 505|Fax: +971 2 443 7333|

Email:resv.nakheel@gloria-hotels.com | www.gloria-hotels.com

Pinoy amateur singers belt out at Al Breem Videoke challenge

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi  – A series of four eliminations Videoke Challenge has opened opportunities for Pinoy singers in capital to show-off their vocal prowess in a simple competition hosted by Al Breem Restaurant in Al Nakheel Hotel Apartments Abu Dhabi.

‘’We came with the idea of inviting karaoke enthusiasts especially Filipinos into a challenge to have fun on a Thursday night, not only to give them recognition and prizes but be entertained and be stressed relieved from the pressures of work’’, said host Odessa Bonifacio.

The contest has started in March 8 as the first elimination with 5 contenders in a row followed the second elimination last March 22 held at the restaurant.


Patrick & Odessa


Mr. Patrick Stephen Diego and Mr. Gary Maigue were the challengers / winners of the eliminations, respectively and both are waiting for the final round to happen on May 3.

‘’I am impressed by how Filipinos sing and bring entertainment, from here we came the idea of organizing a Videoke challenge as an avenue for them to express their talents and foster friendship’’, expressed Al Nahkheel hotel general manager Mr. Ghassan Nehme who led the awarding to the participants and winners after the contest.

The 3rd and 4th eliminations will be held on April 5 & 19, respectively in the same venue.

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Contestants at the 2nd Elimination with judge Mr. Philip Esteves Jr. (2nd from left), contest host Odessa Bonifacio (leftmost), hotel staff and Al Nakheel Hotel Apartments General Manager (middle) Mr. Ghassan Nehme.


Please visit:   Al Nakheel Hotel Apartments | Muroor Road | P.O. Box 30831 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +9712 304 4555 Ext. 505|Fax: +971 2 443 7333| TRN: 100329545600003

Email:resv.nakheel@gloria-hotels.com | www.gloria-hotels.com

What interview response will fire you out in a job interview?

by Laliebeth Petancio

You are set for a job interview. You have researched well about the company and how you can contribute to their success.

You’ve updated your CV and have dry run yourself in front of the mirror answering common interview questions.

You are now up to your nerve fit-tailored for this stage in your career challenge, the interview.

Comes the day that you have to face the boss of the company and here’s your chance to prove you are worth accepting for the position you have applied for.

How do you see yourself in 5 years?

With confidence in your heart you utter,

”In five years, I see myself managing my own company”.

The prospect employer choked a moment and just replied, ”We will call you if we feel needing you”.


This happens to Arch. Rodel F. Ayala, who after many years of leaping from one country to another and from a technical staff to a project manager, he finds his work status is becoming boring.

”The challenges are there, time pressures and a lot other circumstances”, he exclaimed saying that even if he changes his company, he will land a similar position- as project manager.

Arch. Ayala resigned from his job in 2016, got rejected in an interview and in the same year fulfilled a mission for himself to become a managing partner of an international company, the ROHZ Group of Companies.






Re-engineered Centro de Manila: Shifts to becoming center of enthusiasm

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Abu Dhabi – From the concept of a moody-type ship embarked along shore in an afternoon breeze to a delighted modern cabin surrounded with joyful and youthful crews came to shine the Centro de Manila , not just a restaurant but a restaurant bar located in the ambitiously standing Tryp Hotel in Abu Dhabi.


Resident band with brand new set of entertainers & singers are chosen by its new management ensuring that customers will prolong their stay whilst wanting for more ear-soothing hits of the generation. When the group turn their feet to rock, bar comers will surely upbeat with the rhythm.

Forget not the food and drinks, Centro de Manila has got good chefs & kitchen crews trained to prepare variety of delicious bar food and present in a manner that your taste bud is tempted to grab a piece to eat to satisfaction.

With the restructuring and make-over of the place, it can accommodate catering for private and corporate parties which can be set up with full entertainment facilities just showcased at the corner, including the Filipino favorited Karaoke.

The establishment formally re-launched and opened just recently with a cutting of ribbon ceremony was led by Philippine Embassy’s Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi and hosted by hotel Manager and being witnessed by community leaders and guests.

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feature2.jpg“This [Centro de Manila] bar restaurant is not only for Filipinos but for all nationalities as well. What is unique here is that we have themed nights wherein we invite groups of the same careers during a particular day and offer a 15% discount on total bill”, said Michael – who manages the bar restaurant.

He noted that every Saturday & Wednesday will be Ladies night while Mondays will be for Industry-type Filipino overseas. Hoteliers have a particular night for them and the Kabayan Night where Karaoke challenge will be held every Tuesday.

Click here for the Opening event photos



More than 150 Pinoys finished short courses at FLO Learning program

by Laliebeth Petancio

Abu Dhabi – More than one-hundred fifty Filipinos of different careers and work fields have awarded certificates of completion at the Recognition Day for finishing short courses through the Learning Program of the Filipino Learning Organization (FLO) in partnership with MCT Orient LLC which event held last Friday, March 2 at Gloria Downtown Hotel in capital.


These Filipinos call themselves the ‘’learners’ are coming from Batch 9 to Batch 12 where classes had commenced September last year until January 2018. The courses include Project Management, Admin and Reception, Accounting and Tax, Document Controlling, HR basic and Advanced courses, Lean Thinking, Six Sigma, Marketing, Events Management, MS Offices and Excel, Computer System Services, Safety, HVAC, CCTV, Basic Electrical, Medical Coding, Caregiving, Customer Services, CISCO and IT Networking, Arabic and Nihonggo languages, Makeup, Photoshop, Illustrator, Photography, English Grammar and Business Writing, among others.

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The recognition event was graced by Philippine Embassy Vice Consul Atty. Anna Guerra, Bayanihan Council Chairman Jeffrey Uy,  Labor Attaches  Jay Jasper Javines and Jesus Vicente Magsaysay II and Welfare Officer Marites S. Ramos.

IMG_2649Keynote speaker Dr. Rommel Pilapil Sergio shared his truly inspiring story to the attendees giving them the highlights on how to become successful. Dr. Sergio is a multi-awarded business and HR professor based in Dubai.

IMG_2650.JPGAnother guest, Engr. Jolivette R. Cruz shared her success story of rising from the ranks and what it took her to become an HSE Manager in her company.

Some of the learners stood to share the influences of acquiring new knowledge and its impact to their careers.

In conjunction with the recognition was the announcement and presentation of the new set of officers of the organization for 2018-2019 which will be led by Mr. Valentin ‘’Allen’’ Samonte who received the responsibilities through the outgoing president Christian Cruz.


The event was smoothly planned and was successful with the contribution and efforts of the different committees comprising the learners & volunteers headed by Ms. Belle Ramos.