There are currently 11 million Filipinos working overseas. They are the ones called modern-day heroes for the personal sacrifices they are doing just to earn money despite all the hardships being away from their beloved families. They are also the one helping build our nation, contributing about 17 billion USD in remittances or roughly 12% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Thank you to our heroes. Thank you to my beloved husband who joined the pool way back in 2004. I myself worked overseas for about a year. Even though I was then with hubby, I still experienced the sadness of being away from my parents and my siblings, relatives and friends. I therefore salute every one of them.
But when you're there at the international airport arrival area, what you see are all smiles from our OFWs coming in, amidst some tears of joy, happiness abound. More so, when they have "pasalubong" for everyone, and what's our favorite? of course chocolates.
As a way of saying "thank you" to our heroes, our top brand chocolate "pasalubong" TOBLERONE partnered with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Duty Free Philippines, Good News Pilipinas and Kraft Asia, stepped up to the challenge by launching the "Thank You Global Pinoy Awards". it is an initiative that seeks to search the most outstanding global Filipino workers who deserve the gratitude not only of their loved ones, but also the nation as a whole.
The launching was recently held in an event at the Duty Free Philippines, Fiesta Mall, Paranaque City. In line with this, they will also be launching the Special Rewards Passport, It is a collection of freebies/coupons from partner establishments which our dear OFWs can used everytime they go on shopping or on vacation.
Duty Free Chief Operating Officer Mr. Lorenzo Formoso
Mr. Jaya Singh, Region Director, Middle East and Asia Pacific,
Kraft Foods World Travel Retail
Nominations are now available online at www.thankyouglobalpinoy.com. Participants are invited to register, nominate and vote for the ultimate Global Pinoy. The top 10 stories will be awarded in January 2012.