Showing posts with label winners. Show all posts
Showing posts with label winners. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rose Osang Fostanes My Way Video at XFactor Israel

Filipina caregiver Rose Fostanes is the first season winner of X Factor Israel!
During the live finale show on Tuesday, Rose Fostanes performed Frank Sinatra’s classic “My Way” which she received standing ovation from the audience and the judges.
“Thank you for giving me the chance to be in the X Factor Israel,” the 47-year-old overseas Filipino worker said. In second, was Eden Ben Zaken (Girls category), and third was Ori Shakiv (Boys category).
Fostanes, who is originally from Taguig, Philippines, came to Israel four years ago, and has been working for more than 20 years in the Middle East. She had always wanted to be a professional singer and the X-Factor gave her a shot at her dream.

She has been compared to the Scottish singer Susan Boyle, 52, who shot to fame in 2009 after appearing on the TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” and performing a powerful rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical “Les Miserables”.
Watch the rendition here

©2014 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Me@Work Photo Contest Winners are...

We are thankful for our sponsor, 
Nokia Philippines
as well our entrants for this simple Liking contest. 
A bigger project is about to begin, and we encourage many others to join in the 2011 PEBA International Photo Contest. We are so excited  to announce it!

We understand and we know you do too that this is just a "liking" contest. The real contest is about to begin with, of course, much bigger prizes. We thank you again, for your support by joining our contest. Each of you, entrants, will receive a T-Shirt from PEBA, and we will announce in our PEBAWARDS Facebook Page where can you claim the shirt.

"Like a motherly love and Care"

Jay-Ann Santos a baby sitter from Milan, Italy.

"That's Gen.. our big baby girl.. and I am her little Ate taken last April 01, 2011 in Pacific Palm Corp office"

By Leila Las-ay, a Sr. Admin Assistant from Mabini, Manila, Philippines.

 "Aspiring Writer/Blogger"
I admit writing is not my field, the reason why I was criticized before on my writing outputs.... Mistakes? A lot!, but I believe they are part of the learning process.... So at this point, as my journey of being a writer continues, I am well certain that I am already immune of criticisms and ready to face challenges in the future.
By Jose PeƱas Jr., a Freelance Article Writer/Full Time Blogger
from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Are you seeing two beautiful mobile phone in black and pink color? Yes, that's yours. Yup, you are right, three of you winners will receive each of this special thank you prize from our sponsor Nokia, and of course, from PEBA!

This Nokia C3 Nokia mobile device is equipped with a Wifi, a camera, a Bluetooth, a 2.4 inch screen and a support for up to 8GB storage on an SD Card.

"Designed to put messaging and social networking in the palm of your hand this tiny tyke comes packing access to your favourite Instant Messaging, social networking and email accounts, all courtesy of Nokia Messaging."

* * Create a Nokia application for your own Blogand get a chance to win in a raffle, an LCD TV, Netbook, Nokia phones, etc. Click here!

©2011 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Deconstructing Dubai - OFW Blogs, NOKIA Best Entry

There are a lot of good entries and blogs but I zeroed on Deconstructing Dubai because I like the overall feel of the blog. The lay-out is simple and clean. Though minimalist in design, the blog has an artful feel to it. One positive point is the white background (underneath the text), simple header, and no-fuss font used. His blog is like a diary that has light and easy-to-read entries. The blogger writes well and has a good command of the English language. His PEBA entry is insightful. Judge 2

The author emphasized in his essay that having a son or daughter  (or any family member for that matter) in another country is not a family that's less with one person. Physical distance doesn't matter. He also also called for other solutions from the government and other institutions on how the OFWs can be helped like more affordable calls and more job opportunities in the country. -Judge 4

This entry works on so many levels. Setting aside grammar, I am impressed with the writer's choice of words - i.e. "My family is sonless in me." Hopefully ,the writer continues to practice writing and read more books so that the technical aspects of writing can be improved. Certainly, he has great potential.- Judge 6, Head of the Judges

I like the way the blog post entry was written matter-of-factly.  Good write-ups. Engaging.- Judge 8

Quotable quotes from PEBA 2010 Best Blog Entry in OFW Division, from Dubai, UAE. 

"To this very day, family still is the basic social institution, the more founded and solid it is, the better the society where it belongs."

"I believe it is not flesh and blood that makes us fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, but the heart that endures and sacrifice no matter what distance comes between us. It is the unmoved willingness to share that profound, deeply felt importance of being cared for and caring for the rest of its members. "

"While at some point one must go and all other things may change, we start and end with the family."

"For eleven months in a year, my family is sonless in me. My absence, though, hoping aside from hearts growing fonder, is making our house grows grander, my other siblings' education secure and all their essential needs fulfilled. No more empty fridge, no more uncelebrated birthdays, no more powerless nights, no more threat of property foreclosure."

"Sacrifices – that’s what basically defined an OFW's beginning and probably, its end."

"Still jobless, apologetic, I told her "I have nothing right now". She cried joyfully and said " You have us, your family"."

"My absence is absolved not only by my monthly padala, or my Christmas balikbayan box, but with my sincerest commitment to stay with them as long as I need to and that’s what keep us together – love and faith."

"My family is sonless in me while I am gone but there's a sun that shines every day."

"A family can miss a son but it spells a difference when it is the parent who's absent in the dining table, fastfoods substituting home cooked diner or having another person take care of the kids."

"While the unprecedented exodus of the Filipinos and their remittances are what keeping the local economy from collapsing, there is now a growing sentiment that trading global dollars for generation of families raised on cellphone minutes and facebook/skype/twitter is a hefty price of progress."

"The notion that being able to feed your family means leaving the Philippines is a message not every one will just simply buy. But if only most people, particularly the children of OFWs can have the slightest idea of the difficult situations their parents face, they would have loved their parents more than condemned them for their parental shortcomings."

"Educating the children whose parent works abroad can be the first step in letting them understand that scrubbing toilets is never fun."

"Each has a responsiblity in this never ending quest for bright future, it's not just the parents, the children, but importantly the government that profits most from the sacrifices of the OFWs. "

"If only international calls can be made more affordable, at least children can call their parents and talk longer and discuss matters that goes beyond that Western Union Remittance Number."

"If only government can produce enough competetive local jobs, then parents or sons don't have to work abroad to trade their children's development for dollars."

"Not until local opportunities are made available, the saga of diaspora of sons, daughters, mothers and fathers will continue and so are the tales of parentless families, broken marriages, children crossing the wrong path and so on and so forth."

"But as they say, the family that prays together stays together. No matter what distance separates the families, as long as there is faith and love, nothing should come in between and the family will remain strongly founded as they face a new tomorrow."

Read more here: 

©2010 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

Saturday, December 18, 2010

What They're Saying about PEBA 2010

"Isang karangalan ang maging bahagi ng Pinoy Expats / OFW Blog Awards (PEBA). Karangalan na maging nominado at mapabilang sa mga blogista na nakatanggap ng parangal. Lalong-lalo na, ipinagmamalaki ko na isa akong OFW.
Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng dumalo, sa bumubuo ng PEBA, sa mga hurado, sa lahat ng sumuporta, hindi lang sa akin maging sa lahat ng mga nominado na kapwa ko OFW at mga OFW Supporters (Philippine-based bloggers) . Nagpapasalamat rin po ako ng lubos kay Ms. Rubi Garcia, ang aking pinakamamahal na Ina, isa ring ex-OFW.

Malaking bagay para sa akin ang pagkilalang ito. Ito ay handog ko para sa aking Ina. Nuon pa man hiniling na ng aking ina na sana ay maka-tuntong siya sa entablado – dahil ni minsan, wala siyang naihatid sa aming magkakapatid  nung kami ay nagsipagtapos sa elementarya at hayskul at maging nung kolehiyo, ni isa sa aming magkakapatid ay hindi nagtapos. Ang pagtanggap ng aking ina sa parangal ay higit pa sa pagkilala sa aking akda, ito ay lubos na pagkilala rin sa aking ina."

- Dahn Jacob Garcia, Top 1 OFW Blogger, Animus, Salmiya Kuwait

"Mama got excited for the awards night, and went to Narda's for her PhP 4k Igorot dress. Incidentally, there were two Igorot awardees in the top 10 (#2 and #3)."

"Looking now at these photos, I realized the easiest part was for me to write the entry, the fulfillment is mama saying she's proud and happy to be part of the awards night, and the real winners are the people behind PEBA for putting the event through. These winners are working from all corners of the globe and all corners of the Philippines -- unpaid, and just strongly driven by their passion to make a difference for the OFW bloggers."

- Beverly Beswilen- Castro, Top 2 OFW Blogger, Grimliness, Dubai, UAE

"To all who took the time to read, comment and vote for my entry "Outside Looking In," for the 3rd PEBA Blog Awards, I am happy, honored and humbled to announce that WE made Top 3 and that WE also got the Outstanding Blog By Region: Central America and Canada. This win is for my sister, Shiela, who also represented and received the award on my behalf. Sis, this is for you. You lived the tale, I only wrote your story." My sincerest thanks to the hardworking PEBA Family! More power to you! More power to all the OFWs and their families! Congratulations to all the nominees!

Kayni, Top 3 OFW Blogger, Kayni Corner's Cafe, Washington, DC

"Baul ni Noel wishes to thank the PEBA Team for all the efforts in making OFW's voice be heard in Strengthening OFW Families. And to all the judges and coordinators for making the event successful. And lastly, for choosing us as No. 4 among the Top 10 Outstanding Blogs: OFW Category. Congratulations to all the winners. This was my very first major award and I wish to dedicate it to our Lord, Jesus Christ."

First, I want to thank JAG for accepting the award in my behalf...  Also, to the award giving body... PEBA! For honoring me and my blog...  and especially, to all who supported me and my entry... Taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat! It was never expected even from the start... Thank you guys! Galing! para sa atin lahat ito! I also wanted to congratulate all other nominees and winners! Lahat tayo panalo!

- Xprosaic, Davao Philippines

- Bhing, Taipei, Taiwan

-Marvin, Ang Kwentong Nakaka

©2010 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

Friday, December 17, 2010

PEBA 2010 Blog Awards - Photos

Our unpaid and faithful volunteers, the PEBA Team Manila - Jen, Ico, Mai, Yanah and Jigs. Thank you to all of you!


Supporters or Home Based bloggers Top 1, Felmar's Missionary Journey by a blogging Priest based from Davao is the 2010 Top 1 and Best Blog in Mindanao Region.


The mother of a blogger based from Salmiya, Kuwait, Animus won Top 1 in OFW Division and ws crying accepting the award from Jigs, PEBA 2010 Chairman


Carlo Ople, PEBA 2010 Keynote Speaker. Read Carlo Ople's Speech transcript here.

"Before anything else I would like to acknowledge the organizers and sponsors of this event. You guys have done a remarkable job and I’m sure it wasn’t easy pulling everything together since for the most part of this year you were all in different parts of the world. For that may I request that we all give them a round of applause.
It is my honor to be invited as the keynote speaker. PEBA symbolizes two things that are very dear to me and my family. First, the OFW program was primarily driven and started by my grandfather, the late Sec. Blas F. Ople. This advocacy is being continued by my aunt, Susan Ople, who is now the President of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Institute. I see so much of my grandfather in my Tita Toots and I pray that you guys continue to give her your support in her endeavors."

PEBA 2010

bloggers @ PEBA night




Susan Ople @ PEBA


More Photos HERE

©2010 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

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