Global News Briefs
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.
The government is fast-tracking its efforts to bring down by 2016 the poverty incidence in the country from 20% to 18%, reports Rappler.com. The strategy is to create employment opportunities, especially for the poor, in cities and municipalities with the potential to grow economically.
For the last 10 years and unbeknownst to many, Pinoy Rock icon Mike Hanopol has been dividing his time between playing gigs and teaching Judaism. Best known as one of the members of the Juan dela Cruz Band, Hanopol next year will be ordained and, in his own words, become “the first Filipino rabbi in the Philippines,” reports Interaksyon.com.
When Julian DeGuzman joined the cast of a Broadway musical in 2012, he didn’t have a blueprint for success, or even a role model to base his career upon.Now, three short years later, he has become a Broadway veteran; he is a cast member of “Newsies,” playing the role of Finch in a rousing production adapted from a 1992 film, which in turn, was based on the true story of newsboys disrupting New York with a strike in 1899, reports Inquirer.net.
NEW YORK CITY – Filipino American restaurateurs in New York and New Jersey and the Philippine Consulate have collaborated to launch the first-ever Filipino Restaurant Week from May 11 to 23, reports Inquirer.net.