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‘OFW’: In the Philippines, Working Overseas is Big

‘OFW’: In the Philippines, Working Overseas is Big

By on Jan 6, 2014 in Phillipines

Ashley Westerman

In the Philippines, if you’re not an OFW — Overseas Filipino Worker — it’s like you’re missing out. There’s an OFW-only immigration line at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Signs for overseas employment scream from recruitment agencies that dot the roadsides of the capitol city, Manila. Advertisements...

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Balikbayan: A Coveted Title

Balikbayan: A Coveted Title

By on Jul 4, 2013 in Phillipines

Ashley Westerman

A friend of mine told me that when I came into the Philippines two weeks ago, I should have told immigration I was a balikbayan. That’s a Filipino returning temporarily to the motherland from having lived abroad, which — as a former Philippine national — I suppose technically I...

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