Filipinos may be making more money now because of the economy’s growth, but many still prefer to gratify themselves instantly instead of securing their financial future, according to a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey commissioned by Canadian insurance giant Sun Life. Few have insurance or even health maintenance organization (HMO) coverage, reports Inquirer.net.
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Xyza Cruz Bacani, a Filipina domestic worker in Hong Kong, published stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to highlight the "modern slavery" she says has long been the city's shameful secret. "Hong Kong is a very modern, successful city but people treat their helpers like slaves," said Bacani, whose black and white portraits won her a scholarship from the Magnum Foundation to start studying at New York University this month, reports msn.com.
A former Sydney swimwear model is at the center of renewed attempts to locate millions of dollars sent out of the Philippines by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Evelin Hegyesi, who modeled mink bikinis in the 1970s and once graced the pages of Playboy magazine, is now a 57-year-old eastern suburbs multimillionaire with a waterfront Point Piper mansion and several investment companies.She also has a Eurasian daughter, Analisa, now living with Dean Fleming, son of the wealthy racing and fruit markets family worth $270 million. She called the baby Analisa Josefa. Josefa is the name of Marcos' mother.
A Filipino professor in Singapore, Marcelo Ang Jr., has converted an ordinary car and two buggies into driverless vehicles, and is now working on an autonomous car system that may soon be part of the city-state’s public transportation system, reports Inquirer.net. Ang oversees a 12-member group of students and staff members called Autonomous Vehicles Group (AVG). They developed two driverless golf buggies and an autonomous compact car that are “environment-friendly” and “cheaper” than other versions of their kind.
Filipinos age 18 and up who will be in the Americas from April 9 to May 9, 2016 may now avail of the iRehistro program, a system allowing overseas Filipinos to register and vote in the 2016 presidential election online, reports GMA News.
Cash sent home by migrant workers in March grew at its fastest pace since 2009, beating analysts’ projections and recovering from slowdowns. Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) breached the $2-billion mark last March, matching levels previously seen only in the second half of the year, reports Inquirer.net.