27 Filipinos get UK Chevening Scholarships

TWENTY seven Filipinos have been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarships by the UK Government for the coming academic year.

The scholars were recently honoured at a reception hosted by Ambassador Asif Ahmad at his residence on 25 August.

The event was attended by the families of the scholars, members of the Chevening alumni network in the Philippines and scholarship co-sponsors, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, Megaworld Foundation and Shell Philippines Inc.

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“I’m delighted to see so many Chevening Scholarships awarded in the Philippines this year. This is our biggest number ever so these future leaders are making history. Working with our partners, we are very fortunate to have been able to increase the number of scholarships this year, reflecting our strong commitment to a dynamic UK-Philippine relationship. And we plan to see this number increase next year. The application window for that is now open so I urge all potential future leaders with a dynamic vision for the future to seriously consider Chevening. Competition for scholarships remains intense, so my warm congratulations to our 27 successful scholars. I’m sure your time in the UK will help you develop your vision and plans and allow them to be put into effect when you return to the Philippines,” Ambassador Asif Ahmad said.

Ambassador Ahmad also thanked BPI, GlaxoSmithKline, Megaworld and Shell for their support which has helped send the biggest batch of Filipino scholars to the UK.

The Chevening Scholars are: Ysmael Mangorsi, Maila Beniera, Maria Carmen Fernandez, Tasneem AbdulRauf, Asnin Pendatun, Maria Lourdes Gregorio, Edy Lynn Santiago, Julius Lotilla, Paul Zambrano, Ianela Carla Ortiz, Benedict Nisperos, Carizza Castelo, Anya Palileo, Micaela Papa, Asryman Rafanan, Raymond Astillas, Robert Siy, Aison Garcia, Rhio Fuentes-Nuylan, Margarita Villanueva, Miguel Dorotan, Carmela Fonbuena, Emilio Marañon III, Baby Ruth Villarama, Marc Cebreros, Irene Valones and Ivan Ledesma.

They will pursue Masters Degrees at different educational institutions in the UK in the fields of: finance and economics, law & human rights, trade, art & film, health and sciences, governance and peace & conflict studies.

Chevening Scholarships are awarded by the British Government to those who have a vision and drive to become future leaders in their chosen fields and countries. The scholarships were named after the Chevening House, the British Foreign Secretary’s official country residence.

Applications to Chevening Scholarships are ongoing. You may click here for more information. (PR)

Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

CILICAP, Indonesia — Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia will imminently execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy.

The nine inmates, all convicted on drug charges, were given 72-hour notices over the weekend that they would be executed by a firing squad, prompting a flurry of last-minute lobbying by foreign leaders. The United Nations has argued that the inmates’ crimes are not egregious enough to warrant the ultimate punishment.

Among the condemned are two Australians — Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31 — whose emotional families made what could be their last visit to Besi prison on Nusakambangan island, where the prisoners are scheduled to die. Sukumaran’s sister, Brintha, wailed in agony and had to be carried through a crowd of media waiting at the ferry port to the island. (MORE)

Dole: Government not tolerating unwanted OFW behaviors

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has assured host countries of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that it is not tolerating unwanted behaviors such as being “home wreckers” as claimed by a Hong Kong legislator.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Thursday such unwanted behaviors allegedly being committed by OFWs, including household service workers (HSWs), are not condoned by the government.

“As Secretary of Labor and Employment, I often remind every OFW to observe high moral standard in their work and lifestyle,” said Baldoz.

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7 Cebu churches you probably missed

CEBU is a home to the many churches founded by the Augustinian priests, who were the first missionaries to reach the Philippines.

It is where the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño (commonly known as Santo Niño Church), which was founded in 1565, grew in popularity as the cradle of Philippine Christianity and the sanctuary of the holy image of Senyor Santo Niño.

Aside from the Santo Niño Church, also featured in this article are the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church, Redemptorist Church, San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Carmelite Monastery.

Take a tour to seven churches in the city that you probably missed:

1. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church

2. Redemptorist Church

3. San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish

4. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

5. Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes

6. Carmelite Monastery

7. Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño

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Source: http://basilicasantonino.org.ph/pages/kaplag.html#B

Graphics by: Daryl D. Anunciado
Video by: Daryl D. Anunciado and Kim D. Yuhico
Video editing by: Daryl D. Anunciado

Hit-and-run victim returns to Asturias

By Rebelander Basilan

TERESITA Castro flew to Dubai in March 2013 to work as a domestic helper, but a road accident left her paralyzed less than a month later.

For almost two years, the 43-year-old Asturias, Cebu native stayed in a hospital under the care of Filipino nurses, unable to talk and walk.

She was flown back to Cebu yesterday with the help of a group of professionals from Asturias who are working in the Philippines and abroad. (MORE)

DFA cautions OFWs on unpaid loans, bouncing checks

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) cautions overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the United Arab Emirates on taking out loans and using credit cards.

The advisory is being issued in view of the alarming increase in the number of Filipinos detained due to unpaid loans.

Many people are tempted to apply for loans in the UAE due to various reasons. They are lured by low interest rates, without paying much attention to the other charges which appear in the fine print, and the prospect of taking as much as 18 months of one’s salary. Usually, banks require only a certificate of employment to approve a loan application. (MORE)