Meet 5 Filipinos in Singapore Helping the Country’s COVID-19 Response

We are known to be hardworking and this applies especially to overseas Filipinos who are providing for their families back home. With COVID-19 affecting the entire world, many continue to work even harder, not just to earn for their loved ones but to also help their host country stay afloat during the pandemic.

According to the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, there are an estimated 200,000 Filipinos living and working there. Every day, they continue to work to build a better future for their family and contribute to Singapore’s economic development.

Meet five Filipinos who are helping Singapore’s COVID-19 response and bringing pride to the Philippines:

Joshua Suarez

With many flights canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Joshua Suarez, a cabin crew at Scoot, has been redeployed to work at the community center, where he helps with mask distribution and financial aid applications for the residents.

Carlito Cinco

Carlito Cinco has been working in Singapore for over a decade now. Presently assigned as a butler at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, he warmly welcomes returning Singaporeans back home, assisting them on a seamless check-in process and ensuring that they have a comfortable stay even during these unusual times.

Joan Valerio

Joan Valerio, Reservations Executive at the PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, assists in providing accommodations to stranded foreigners in Singapore. As an OFW, she has had to momentarily leave her two kids behind – both of whom are understanding and proud of all her sacrifices.

Cirilo Lemoneras

Cirilo Lemoneras, an e-commerce executive at Viharbour, handles product marketing online. He continuously renders his work to enable people to purchase goods online, a safer alternative to going out during these times.

KC Oyco

KC Oyco, who works as a pharmacy technician at the Changi General Hospital remains fully dedicated to providing the prescribed medicines needed by patients, knowing that these bring not only better health but can also save lives.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has launched a video titled, We Salute You, to pay tribute to the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been working courageously alongside Singaporeans, to help keep Singapore running during COVID-19.

Recognizing the difficulty that OFWs feel while separated from their families, the video features five Filipino unsung heroes who have been contributing to Singapore’s COVID-19 response. The video also features heartfelt messages from their families back home, sending them strength and words of encouragement.

At once moving and uplifting, We Salute You reminds us that no matter where they are in the world, OFWs continue to be a source of pride and inspiration for those back home in the Philippines. Thus, the Singapore Tourism Board acknowledges and honors their efforts with the following message in the video, “Saludo kami sa galing niyo [We salute you for your expertise and dedication].”


This story is in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board. For more information, visit the website. Photos provided by the Singapore Tourism Board.

Here’s How You Can Explore the City of Manila in the Comfort of Your Home

The quarantine may have us inside our homes for our own safety, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the things you could do and places you could visit by taking the LRT-1!

Those who have been wanting to take a tour of Manila and the wonderful spots and experiences it has to offer don’t need to worry anymore because it’s now more possible than ever to take in the best of the city through the wonders of technology. Yes, you can “visit” and enjoy it from home.

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Cebu Pacific’s Flight Cancelations

If you’re like me whose travel plans have been derailed because of the coronavirus, you’re probably wondering what will happen to the flight you paid for. It sucks that this happened since I’ve been planning my trip to Japan for many years, but I keep reminding myself that my health is more important and that Japan will always be there. I promise to be back.

Cebu Pacific announced today that it is canceling all its international flights. Here’s everything you need to know about it:

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Book Your Trips with Cebu Pacific’s Seat Sale This 11.11!

The 12 Days of Early Holi-Deals from Cebu Pacific culminates with The Most 1-derful Seat Sale on 11.11 (November 11). Don’t be the last Juan to score flights for as low as ONE PESO one-way base fare during the last #CEBSuperSeatFest for 2019.

Get your travel bucket lists, phones, laptops, seat sale squad, and Wi-Fi connection ready! The exciting 11.11 #CEBSuperSeatFest Piso Sale starts at 12:00mn on November 11 with different routes available for grabs every eight hours.

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Hear Me Out: You Should Celebrate Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland

Disneyland may not be the first place you’d think of that would have a Halloween party, but think again. The happiest place on Earth is holding a Halloween to remember with Disney Halloween Time! From September 12 to October 31 2019, HKDL is presenting all kinds of mysterious surprises and providing awe-inspiring Halloween experience.

Villains from classic Disney stories will take center stage in the all-new musical shows Let’s Get Wicked and Jack Skellington’s Villainous Gathering, giving guests an unforgettable Halloween. Guests can also enjoy the Journey to Halloween Town trick-or-treat walkthrough experience and immerse themselves in classic scenes from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Immerse yourself in the all-new musical show, Let’s Get Wicked

Let’s Get Wicked is an all-new musical show at the Theater in the Wild in Adventureland, which will be transformed into a lair where evil thrives and Villains unite. Five infamously evil Disney Villains – Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast and Mother Gothel from Tangled will showcase their evil glory with villainous songs. Guests can also interact with the performers during the show and
purchase themed merchandise.

Party with Jack Skellington and Disney Villains all day and all night

Meanwhile, Jack Skellington’s Villainous Gathering, held at the Castle Hub Stage, will see Jack Skellington and Sally join forces to perform with some of Disney’s formidable Villains – The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Jafar from Aladdin, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

This Halloween, guests can once again travel on a Journey to Halloween Town where they can re-live the classic scenes from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas with immersive moments and all-new trick-or-treat activities added this year. Want to see more of Jack? Don’t miss the Jack Skellington and Friends Halloween Time Character Greeting to meet the Pumpkin King Jack and his frightful friends Sally and Oogie Boogie.

Indulge in wicked Halloween fun with Disney Friends

Guests will never know who could be waiting around the corner to give them a spook, even during the day! Mickey and his beloved friends will appear in their Halloween costumes distributing candy, as well as singing and dancing at Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Party. Vampirina will also be making her debut this Halloween, and she can’t wait to spook guests at The Annex! You can also meet your favorite Disney friends and Villains at the Halloween Time Festival Gardens in Fantasyland throughout the day, where Winnie the Pooh and his friends will appear in special Halloween costumes. At night, Maleficent, Hades, Captain Hook, Queen of Hearts, Cruella de Vil and Frollo will take over the gardens. Guests can also enjoy face painting and other activities at the Disney Trick-or-Treat booths.

Treat yourself to everything Halloween-y!

Refuel with more than 40 mouth-watering Halloween treats that will leave you in the mood for even more spooks! At the Main Street Bakery, you can enjoy the Wizard Pumpkin Cups and Halloween Oreo Puddings, or even try magical beverages like Mickey’s Scary Time or Magic Potion at the hotel restaurants. Fans of Jack Skellington can feast on Jack’s themed food and beverage items, including Jack’s Haunted Pizza at the World of Color Restaurant, and Dark White Chocolate Mousse Cake with Passion Fruit Jelly at the Chart Room Cafe, or you can even try it for yourself and decorating with family and friends at the Halloween Cookies DIY Workshop at Chef Mickey!

Over 110 special Halloween-themed merchandise items will be available for guests to purchase during the Halloween season, including stylish headbands and Evil Queen T-shirts from the new Villain series. The Mickey and Friends collection includes a number of dress-up items such as blinking headbands, glow-in-the-dark T-shirts and of course, Minnie Halloween costumes that come with witch hats for kids! Also available are Halloween-themed plush toys and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas collection items, as well as the Duffy & Friends trick-or-treat bag and Cookie plush bag!

Complete your Disney experience with a hotel stay

Along with the park, all three HKDL hotels will be decorated with Halloween themes! Guests and their families can join in the Halloween arts and crafts activities to create Disney Wacky Door Tags, Mickey Pumpkin Ornaments, Disney Villain’s Lights, and more! To take the magic up another notch, guests can purchase a Mickey and Minnie’s Halloween Party-themed pack for HK$220 (roughly P1,436), which includes four pairs of Halloween wicked eye masks and a Mickey Head Pumpkin Hamper to collect sweets throughout the day!

Exclusive offers for Pinoy guests

Plan a memorable adventure at HKDL this Halloween by registering online as a MyDisney Fan for free and purchasing park tickets after signing into their MyDisney Account. Guests will receive a special edition Disney gift and multiple play, shop, and dining privileges for the date of their visit! For more details, please visit the website.

Guests can also purchase a limited-time Halloween Villain’s VIP Priority Pass to enjoy the wicked Halloween offerings at HKDL, including priority entrance to the Let’s Get Wicked musical show and Journey to Halloween Town, plus free redemption of one Halloween headband at a merchandise shop.


This story is in partnership with Hong Kong Disneyland. For more information, visit the website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.