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Poverty and Survival in the Philippines

As we all know, the Philippines is over populated and there is high unemployment. Then also you have the problem where employers use the system to pay as little as possible. In the Philippines, if you have less than 10 employees or contract employees that work for less than 6 months, the labor laws and benefits can be ignored. Most malls hire their employees for 5 months. They pay less then minimum wage and no benefits. If an...

Ninong (Godfather) Again

In the past I was asked twice to be Ninong (sponser or godfather) at 2 weddings for Filipino friends. One was actually for the son of Elena’s friend and the other time was for Ramil, an Electrician I had used for some work at the house and over the job became friends. Last week, Jerry, a Construction Manager I am friends with and use for construction projects at my home and when asked to assist text me. He has a 5 month...

Being a Ninong

Shortly after I arrived in Davao Elena told me a good friend of hers asked us to be Ninong and Ninang. Her friend Vergie’sson Kenneth was marrying his beautiful fiancee Sheila. If you’re not Filipino you will be saying, as I did, what the heck are a Ninong and Ninang. That is sponsors of the Groom or Bride. Ninongs and ninangs are expected to serve as the couple’s second parents or counselors especially when...