Rolando Maaba, a 55-year-old janitor at the Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Illinois, does not only keep the premises clean, he also provides calm to patients and visitors by using his daily 15- minute breaks to play the piano in the hospital lobby. He was featured on ABC News' "Good Morning America," reports Inquirer.net.
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Over 3,000 people expressed support for Fred Buenavista, 32, a Filipino barman who was forced to return to the Philippines after he was threatened with deportation despite having lived and worked in the United Kingdom for 12 years, reports GMA News. Up to 3,000 people reportedly signed a petition on his behalf.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario urged Washington to approve the Philippines’ request for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to allow undocumented Filipinos in the US, saying a lot still needs to be done to help the Philippines rebuild much faster from the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan, reports Inquirer.net.
Nearly half of the Philippine population is now online, according to the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP). Philippine Internet users now number 38 million out of a population of 100 million. About two-thirds of Internet users are below 30 years old, reports GMA News.
The Philippines’ booming outsourcing industry now employs a million people after growing almost tenfold in just over a decade, said the IT and Business Process Association Philippines.Widely considered as second only to India, Philippine outsourcing is expected to earn $18 billion this year, reports Inquirer.net.
Mayor Bill de Blasio tapped Filipino-American tech executive Minerva Tantoco as the city’s first Chief Technology Officer on Tuesday, September 10, reports inquirer.net. Philippine-born Minerva L. Tantoco, a startup founder and holder of four patents who comes from a CTO job at UBS.
Justin Lynch, a 16-year-old African-American-Filipino from Vallejo, California broke Michael Phelps' 100-meter butterfly record at the USA Swimming finals last year, at 52.75. Lynch will be the only minority swimmer on the University of California at Berkeley team, the reigning NCAA champion in men’s swimming and diving, reports Ozy.com.