Emirates has launched exciting deals to some of the most popular cities in Europe, the US, Africa and the Middle East, including Dubai. Now travellers from the Philippines will be even more inspired to try the iconic aircraft that has re-defined the way we travel, with the ease and comfort of home in the air.
The special fares provide even more reasons to satisfy your wanderlust as you enjoy exclusive amenities and service aboard the Emirates A380.
Book your flight on www.emirates.com/ph before June 6 2019 and enjoy rates as low as US$667 for Economy Class and US$2,125 for Business Class on travel from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Clark International Airport as well as Mactan–Cebu International Airport.
The offer is valid for travel until December 31, 2019. Below are some of the featured destinations and the starting from fares. You can also visit or call your preferred travel agent to ask about these fares. Blackout periods and other terms and conditions apply.
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A journey starts from the time of booking and whatever the destination, passengers can enjoy a five-star travel experience every time aboard the Emirates A380, available through connecting flights from the airline’s hub in Dubai. The double-decker Emirates A380 aircraft serves 51 destinations in Emirates’ global network of over 155 destinations. Fly in comfort in First and Business Class with seats that can be converted to fully-flat beds for a restful sleep. Pamper yourself at the A380 Shower Spa available for First Class passengers, complete with complimentary Bulgari perfumes and signature toiletries from VOYA. Socialize with your fellow passengers at the Onboard Lounge as you indulge in an exclusive selection of wine and spirits. Economy Class in the A380, will make you feel like you’ve been upgraded. Relax and unwind in your spacious seat, with its adjustable lighting and ample legroom for a comfortable journey.
With Emirates’ non-stop entertainment features the latest movies and music tracks that are refreshed every month, you’ll arrive at your destination fully relaxed and entertained. Thanks to the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system ice with Digital Widescreen, more than 4,000 channels including Filipino content, will be at one’s fingertips and on-demand. View the latest ice guide online and create your personalised playlist prior to your trip for the ultimate in convenience. Sit back and immerse yourself in comfortable seating while enjoying dozens of thrilling or romantic Filipino movies or music tracks by popular artists. Always stay in the loop with free Wi-Fi access up to 20MB, while Skywards members can enjoy unlimited Wi-Fi throughout the flight.
If you’re travelling to Dubai, My Emirates Pass provides more ways for you to explore the bustling city. My Emirates Pass can be availed for flights between May 1 and August 31, 2019. Passengers just need to present their Emirates boarding pass and redeem up to 50% off in over 400 fine dining restaurants, luxury wellness treatments in almost 50 spas, and leisure activities such as indoor skiing and water amusement parks, as well as discounts of up to 30% off at international retail outlets, including popular fashion and fitness brands.
A Christian OFW shared his farewell letter on Twitter to thank his Muslim boss for the support she gave and for fighting for his right to stay after he was diagnosed with HIV.
In an interview with The Dailypedia via Twitter direct message, he shared his experience and how he was supported by his Muslim boss.
Nicknamed Vic, the 33-year-old nurse started to work in the Middle East in 2012. On April 2018, he was admitted to a hospital and took the test for HIV and the results came back positive. At the time, he hadn’t informed but he was so sure that the Center for Communicable Diseases had already done so.
On May 1, 2018, he was discharged from the hospital and he received a call from his boss. His boss said that he could rest at home and report to the office if he was already well enough to walk. By the second week of June, he reported to his boss in her office.
This is the farewell letter of a Christian HIV infected staff to his supportive Muslim Boss.
She fought for me in the higher management that's why I was still able to stay for 9months abroad post diagnosis
My 7yr journey as OFW ended but the memories will last forever. pic.twitter.com/u82ywUzdGi
— Victorious_0410 (@Victorious_0410) May 19, 2019
During their conversation, his Muslim boss asked him if he had something to share. At first, he did not admit he was HIV positive but she consistently questioned him and he soon broke down in tears. Vic had thought that his boss would send him back to the Philippines but she eventually said that she would not allow the Ministry of Health to send him home and that she was willing to fight for his right to stay and work.
Vic’s boss told him to stay and even offered him all his work privileges such as additional sick leave, retention of benefits, and even promotion after a year. She also assigned him to a job area that was not too tiring.
Unfortunately, some of the nurses took a peek at his files and spread the news about his condition which made his boss mad. She called the attention of all the nurses that have accessed his files on the system, scolded them, and wrote a warning letter that went into their records.
"It saddens me, thinking, that not all battles being fought are victorious. Sometimes, we really need to let go and move on."
–Few words that killed me–
— Victorious_0410 (@Victorious_0410) May 19, 2019
The Ministry of Health ordered him to handle any patients until they give their final decision on his case.
By October 2018, the higher management of the Ministry of Health made their final decision that he needed to be sent home but not necessarily immediately. All he had to do was to file a formal resignation which he did by that month.
Before he returned to the Philippines, his boss treated him to a theme park, some restaurants, and coffee at the local cafe. She also gave him a watch and 50,000 pesos from his department.
On January 11, 2019, he finally returned to the Philippines.
His boss did not stop supporting him because she even contacted her friends in the Philippines to offer him a job but he chose to refuse the offer. Vic decided to find a job on his own and is currently working as an HIV nurse.
Until now his former boss still communicates with him and he shares with her news about his life now.
He also has a message for those who have been diagnosed with HIV, but still refuse to undergo medication.
“Advice sa mga taong hindi pa ready na mag-gamot. Actually, acceptance is hard to achieve. Lalo na pag yung foundation ng faith mo is weak. Kahit anong galing ng magadvice ng doktor about sa technicalities ng HIV, hindi talaga nila mauunawaan ang kahalagahan. They have to return back to God and seek for wisdom and strength. Kapag matibay ang spiritual aspect mo, damay-damay na yan, emotionally, mentally, socially hanggang physical aspect…
“It’s ok not to be ok… healing process is not immediate. They have to be surrounded by people who will lift them up and inspire them that life has so much to offer for them.
“And life is a gift from God, kapag binavalue nila itong gift na ito, mas mauunawaan nila ang kahalagahan ng pag gagamot.”
He also had something to say to people who discriminate against individuals with HIV.
“Sa mga taong mapanghusga pa rin…You can throw all your stones on us, but as you throw these stones, we will pick them all up and build a wall so that you won’t hurt us anymore. Just remember that we are still humans, kaibigan niyo kami, katrabaho, kachurch at kapamilya. We are no less of a human than anyone else. Our status does not define who we are as a person.
“Let’s stop discrimination and humiliation
Let’s stop belittling women
Let’s stop discriminating black people
Let’s end the fear of Muslims
Let’s fight and put an end to HIV stigma
We are all equal in the eyes of GOD”
A former taxi driver in Kuwait named Dave JF posted a heart-warming video of two Filipino helpers, whose employer was caught crying as they said their goodbyes. “#KUWAIT Masarap sa pakiramdam kung ang employer mo tinuturing kang kapamilya. Umuwi na ang mga suki ko. God Bless! #proudOFW #spreadlove”
There were reports that many of the overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in the Middle East encountered heartless employers, especially in Kuwait. Usually, they are not provided with enough food and require them to work for long hours with little rest. Some were even sexually abused and were not being treated very well.
But not all OFWs working in Kuwait have the same experience, some were so lucky to have employers who treated them as family members. There are also generous employers who would even help them financially, especially during an emergency case that they have to send money back to their families in the Philippines.
Just like these two domestic helpers, Estela Nebril Tillo Samorano and Julie French Melo Paglinawan, who were so lucky to have an employer who would treat them like family. These two OFWs were set to go back home. But before heading to the airport, the employers posed for a family photo with them. This was so rare because OFWs know that most of the employers don’t want to have their photos together with household workers. But in their case, even the male employer joined to pose for a picture with them.
It is very unusual that they even brought the two to the airport and it felt heart-warming seeing that their employers were not ashamed of crying to say goodbye to them both.
Many netizens were so happy for these two because they have found good employers despite bad news from other OFWs who were so unfortunate with their employers. The heart-warming video went viral over social media as it hoped that other OFWs would also find great employers as they did.
Sarah Geronimo has once again been recognized by an international award giving body.
The Pop Star Royalty recently won two trophies from the New York-based Big Apple Music Awards (BAMA). She was named as the Best Filipino Act and Most Popular BAMA Artist.
The good news was made on the Instagram account of the awards show on Friday, November 30, coinciding with its ceremony.
It was noted that the singer’s trophies has been sent to her.
BAMA has been held annually since 2004 and has named international artists from Central Asia, Caucasus, and Middle East.
Other recipients of awards were Rossa, who won the Best Indonesian Artist; KPOP group Super Junior, who was named the Best Korean Pop Artist; Ahlam, who got the Icon Award; and Ramy Ayach, who won the Best Middle Eastern Artist.
The winners were determined by “membership participants” and according to BAMA’s Facebook page, “There are no “pre-nominations” and not allow the exchange of vows. Managers that call other managers to discuss strategies to contribute to the disqualification of the product and affect artists. The process will be of the value that we give those who participate in the process, and that will be nominated or winning remains important in the career of an artist.”
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