Dispatch from Iraq

This week we begin a new series, Dispatches From The Embassies, which will feature stories about Filipinos in various countries. We start the series with a dispatch from the Philippine Embassy in Iraq, a harrowing story that nevertheless ended well with the successful return to the Philippines of an OFW who was a victim of unscrupulous labor recruiters and an abusive employer. "Tears of Fear Then Joy in Iraq" is shared by Vice Consul Jomar T. Sadie. Along with the story, we also post a warning from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to Filipinos seeking work abroad on how to detect recruitment frauds. With this series, we hope to encourage Philippine Embassies to tell us stories of our kababayans and the good work of their stations.

And to our series on Martial Law Stories, we add ace journalist Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon's memories of going underground and being detained with some of the biggest names in Philippine literature. "Remembering" is worth reading in its entirety.

PF Correspondent Elizabeth Ann Quirino reviews Somewhere in the Middle: A Journey to the Philippines In Search of Roots, Belonging, and Identity by Deborah Francisco Douglas, a Filipino American who was stayed three years in the Philippines as a Peace Corp volunteer.  The title of the book sums up its author's intent and our writer elaborates on the insights Ms. Douglas gleaned from her rich experiences.

Author/writing guru Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard's talents are not limited to literature. She's also a good cook and here she shares her personal recipe for Beef Bourguignon, complete with a secret ingredient you'll have to ask her for.

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'Turontastic’: Filipino snack making waves in San Francisco

For Video of the Week, we feature a tinikling performance by the US Naval Academy Filipino Midshipmen’s Club during their 2016 International Ball.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino