Tragedies and victories of Filipinos abroad
The tragic deaths of a Fil-Am and the son of an OFW, the success of a Pinay talent show golden buzzer in Spain, the story of a grand lotto winner, and job opportunities are some of the stories that made waves this year.
Here's a look back at the top most read Global Filipino stories.
10. Duterte orders end to 'tanim bala'
Those coming back home or leaving for abroad can heave a sigh of relief after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an end to the 'tanim-bala' scheme in July.
9. DTI reminds OFWs on balikbayan boxes guidelines
In September, the Department of Trade and Industry released a reminder to Filipinos abroad to send their balikbayan boxes months ahead of the holiday rush.
8. Pinoy wins lotto jackpot in Canada
Patrick Estacio won $32.7 million in the Quebec lottery. The 41-year-old Pinoy migrated to Montreal from the Philippines just two years ago.
7. Pinay nurse receives £27-M from billionaire patient
But it's not only in talent shows that Filipinos find themselves lucky. In New York, a Filipino nurse inherited millions from her billionaire patient whom she cared for and formed a friendship with while the heiress was confined in a New York hospital.
6. Pinay gets 'golden buzzer' in Got Talent Espana
In Spain, high school student Dianne Kaye Jacob’s rendition of 'Memory' from the musical 'Cats' was enough to impress judges of Got Talent España. She got a golden buzzer that sent her to the semi-finals.
5. 30,000 jobs offered to Filipinos
In January, the Royal Caribbean Cruises said it plans to hire 30,000 Filipino workers in the next five years. The company had set up a direct hiring center in the Philippines, eliminating the need for a middleman or a manpower agency.
4. Kuwait Airways need more than 200 OFWs
Kuwait's flag carrier announced that it was looking to hire hundreds of Filipino workers as the company sought expansion. Among the positions the company needs to fill are in the areas of ground handling, engineering, and security.
3. Filipina set on fire by lover in Japan restaurant
An unnamed Filipina was set on fire by her Iranian lover in November while in a restaurant in Japan.
Reports say the couple had an argument involving their child. Police said the couple was taken to a hospital and were advised to stay away from each other.
2. OFW comes home to bury son beaten dead by guardians
Last November, OFW Erlinda Cagalitan went home to bury her two-year old boy was beaten dead by guardians Sarah Jane Alcain and husband Ronilo. The couple got mad when the boy urinated on his pants.
1. Pinay pushed to her death in NY subway train
Filipina Connie Watton was pushed onto the tracks of an oncoming subway train by suspect Melanie Liverpool, who was later arrested and held without bail.
Watton, 49, Watton worked for billionaire Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarman.