Jollibee Will Soon Open First Branch in the UK

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Jollibee will soon open its first store in the United Kingdom, stepping forward to expand its chain of fast foods to Europe.

The Philippine’s largest fast food chain posted a photo of Jollibee mascot on Twitter shaking hands with British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce.

Following the interview on ANC last October 2017, Pruce shared his “love” over Jollibee’s signature fried chicken – the Chicken Joy.

Just this March, Jollibee opened its first store in Milan, Italy.

Jollibee stores are present in different countries all over the world, targeting Filipino communities especially in the US, Southeast Asia,andthe Middle East.

Jollibee also acquired Smashburger in the US and also plans to have a franchise of Tim Ho Wan.

Currently, Jollibee operates to 157 foreign markets across the world. These countries include Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, China, Qatar, Singapore, and Macau.

In the Philippines, it operates about 954 stores and the number is still growing up to this day. For OFWs who miss the Philippines, eating at Jollibee gives them a sense of home, as they remember moments that they shared with their families as they happily dine together.

Christian Dior invites Kuwaiti blogger Sondos Alqattan to Paris SS19 show

Sondos Alqattan refused to apologise for comments criticising Kuwait's new laws that granted Filipino domestic workers in the Gulf state one day off per week

Source: arabianbusiness

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Sondos Alqattan, known for her online make-up tutorials, said the backlash was “unjustified” and did not require an apology.

Multi-billion dollar French fashion empire Christian Dior invited controversial Kuwaiti blogger and social media influencer Sondos Alqattan to view their latest Spring-Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear line, extending her an invite to their fashion show in Paris in September.

On July 10, 2018, Alqattan posted a video to her some 2.3 million followers on Instagram in which she criticised Kuwait’s new laws that granted Filipino domestic workers in the Gulf state one day off per week and prevented employers from keeping their passports.

Following the outrage sparked by her comments, brands like MAC, Shiseido, Max Factor and French perfume brand M.Micalle stepped forward to renounce her views and cut ties with her.

An unapologetic Alqattan retaliated by saying that she will reveal all the brands that have severed collaborations with her, so that her 2.3 million followers can, in turn, boycott them.

Personal invite

Alqattan posted a personal invite from Dior along with a collection of Instagram photos and more than 30 Instagram stories from her trip to Paris.

The invite, addressed in handwriting to “Madame Sondos Alqattan”, and signed-off with “Sincerely yours” from Pietro Beccari, President & CEO, Christian Dior Coutre, read: “It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you in Paris on the occasion of our Spring-Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear show, on September 24. I hope this experience will be the opportunity for you to discover further the unique world of Dior. I wish you a very pleasant stay.”


Alqattan’s Instagram feed shows a photo of her invite accompanied by an opened Dior box containing the brand’s new monogram oblique canvas zip clutch, which amassed 34,173 likes.

Another blogger, @therealfashionblogger, posted the same clutch on her Instagram feed on October 1, with a caption that read: “Thank you so much Dior for this amazing gift from the SS19 Fashion Show in Paris last week.”


Alqattan posted a personal invite from Dior along with a collection of Instagram photos and more than 30 Instagram stories from her trip to Paris.

The invite, addressed in handwriting to “Madame Sondos Alqattan”, and signed-off with “Sincerely yours” from Pietro Beccari, President & CEO, Christian Dior Coutre, read: “It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you in Paris on the occasion of our Spring-Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear show, on September 24. I hope this experience will be the opportunity for you to discover further the unique world of Dior. I wish you a very pleasant stay.”


Alqattan’s feed has been consistently flooded with photos of Dior merchandise over the past months.

On September 25, Alqattan posed at with the caption: “Today I viewed all the pieces which were featured in the Dior fashion show yesterday, and we can choose and custom order the pieces we want, which will be delivered in February 2019, if God is willing.”

The previous month, Alqattan, decked with Dior’s new saddle bag in canvas embroidered with threads and beads from its Winter 2018 collection, posted: “Don’t care for those who ignore you. Care for those who ignore people for you #dior #diorbag #saddlebag

Alqattan’s Instagram stories are also littered with footage of the famous luxury house’s fashion show on September 24 at the famed Paris racecourse Hippodrome de Longchamp, and also feature various elements of Dior hospitality such as cookies in the shape of the Eiffel Tower individually wrapped in Dior ribbons.

Dior was given the opening slot at Paris Fashion Week and received rave reviews for head designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s newest collection and its dance-inspired debut choreographed by Sharon Eyal.


Alqattan, known for her online make-up tutorials, told AFP in July that the backlash was “unjustified” and did not require an apology.

The beauty blogger insisted that her comments were not an “insult to the employee, and do not concern humanity or human rights because I did not deprive the employee of her salary or beat her”.

She has since deleted the clip and disabled comments on her Instagram.

Dior did not respond to repeated requests for comment asking whether the brand was aware of the Kuwait influencer’s recent comments or whether it was aligned with her statements and values, and whether it considered a worthy ambassador for its products.

Dior also did not respond to questions about whether the retailer was concerned Alqattan would follow through on her threat telling her followers to boycott brands who severe collaborations with her or whether the invite was an oversight.

Christian Dior is the planet's largest retailer focused on clothing, shoes and accessories, the 150th largest company in the world, according to Forbes' Global 2000 list of the biggest and most powerful public companies, as measured by a composite score of revenues, profits, assets and market value.

The high-end fashion house saw sales rise by double digits in 2017 to a record-breaking $49 billion.

Christian Dior SA owns 41 percent of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, while LVMH is the parent company to Dior Couture, as well as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Celine, among nearly 70 other fashion and non-fashion brands.

Hold Of Your Passport OFWs in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar

For Filipinos and many countries abroad,The passport serves as one of the main requirement to travel across countries. Once you have it, this should remain in your possession without further explanation.

There are already a lot of issues, especially to OFW’s, involving the employer and employee as to who will hold their employees passport. But actually, there’s no question to that. A passport should be in the possession of the person whose name and image is attached to it. 

Sadly, this rule is not practiced by all employers especially with OFWs working in Middle East countries.


The Labor Ministry has reiterated that it is the right of foreign workers to keep their passports and official documents.
“Anybody violating this rule will face serious penalties,” said Taysir Al-Mofraj, the ministry’s spokesman.
– Arab News 


“Companies in Kuwait will no longer be allowed to withhold employees’ passports under new labour laws being written, according to Arabic daily Al Shahed. A draft resolution is expected to be submitted to the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of Planning and Development Hind Al- Subaih before the end of this month, the daily said, quoting ministry sources.”
– Arabian Business 

“It [new law on domestic helpers] prohibits employers from confiscating workers’ passports, a common abuse, but fails to specify penalties.”
– Human Rights Watch


International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on the Abolition of Forced Labour

“Retaining workers’ passport also amounts to forcible work in violation of International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on the Abolition of Forced Labour – to which the UAE is a signatory. Employers who fail to give workers their passports on request are in breach of trust. The offence carries imprisonment of upto three years and/or fine amounting to AED20,000 or more,” quotes UAE Ministry of Labour Legal Department.


“It was stated in a decree by the Ministry of Interior (in December 2002) that it will be considered as an illegal action to retain the passports except by governmental parties. It is a personal travel document that proves the identity of the holder, and the laws stipulate that the bearer must keep his or her passport and present it to the government authorities upon request. In case of holding of passports by anyone without a court order, there will be a suitable punishment by the law.”
– Jamie Liddington, head of employment at law firm Hadef & Partners 


“No person shall be arrested, detained, imprisoned, searched or compelled to reside in a specified place, nor shall the residence of any person or his liberty to choose his place of residence or his liberty of movement be restricted, except in accordance with the law and under the supervision of the judicial authorities.”
– Constitution of Bahrain Article 19 Section b


“It is illegal to keep the passport of the employee as it is a personal document and legally, the property of the government issuing it. In Oman, normally a passport is handed over by the expat only to get a residence visa stamped on it and as per the rules, it should be returned after the stamping.”

– Moath Al Ghilani, an Omani lawyer


Qatar Labor Law – #4 of 2009 Regulating The Entry And Exit Of Expatriates In Qatar And Their Residence And Sponsorship
Article 9: The sponsor shall deliver the passport or travel document to the sponsored person once the procedures for issuing or renewing the residence permit are accomplished.
– BrasemDoha

“The Law 4/2009 regulates the entry, exit and residency of the country’s foreign workers (expatriates) and it gives adequate protection to the foreigners and guarantees their right to keep passports in their possession.. Violation of the law could amount to a penalty of not less than QR10,000 to the sponsor or his representative for every passports that he keeps in his illegal custody.”
– Doha legal activist and Migrant Asia regional co-ordinator Nizar Kochery

IKEA Will Soon Open Its First Store In The Philippines

According to Bloomberg, SM Prime Holdings, Philippine’s largest shopping mall operator, will have its first store in the Philippines.

It is expected that the first IKEA store will be stationed at SM’s Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex. It is tagged as home to Philippine’s one of the largest malls, Conrad hotel branch and an events arena that can sponsor dozens of guests.

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On February, JosefinThorell, spokesperson of Inter IKEA Systems, first confirmed that IKEA will open its store in the Philippines.

IKEA has established its stores in countries like USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, Spain, China, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia, Denmark, Portugal, Finland, Poland, France, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, Japan, Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Kuwait, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Turkey. OFWs who worked in this country will surely recognize this famous store.

They are also known for their simple yet sturdy designs and crafts. Their items are also self-assemble making it so convenient. Their designs are famous all across the glove and their retailer aims to acquire 50 billion euros by 2020.

Employer Detains Her Filipina Domestic Helper After She Posted Sexy Photos and Videos Online

Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country, which is very strict when it comes to their laws and customs. Even domestic workers are obligated to follow these rules to avoid getting fined or jailed.

Domestic helpers working inside the house of their employers should avoid taking pictures and selfies or videos inside their employer’s house to avoid getting reprimanded. Much more if you post these images and video online, you will surely suffer the consequences just like this OFW in Saudi who took sexy images/videos and posted it online.


A certain Irene de la Fuente reminded Filipino domestic helpers to take the rules and regulations in Saudi Arabia very seriously or risk suffering the consequences of your actions.

According to the Facebook user, a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia posted sexy images and videos of herself inside the house of her employers. However, her employers found out and it angered them.

Because of this, her employer strangled her and detained the Filipina.

If weighed rightfully, both parties have their own lapses. Employers should never hurt their domestic helpers and domestic helpers should abide by the laws and customs of the foreign country they are in.

In the post, the domestic helper can also be seen not wearing a hijab or abaya to cover her face and body. Inside she exposed all of it, which is a clear violation of Saudi law.

Facebook user de la Fuente, reminds other domestic helpers to avoid taking selfies especially if the employer is strict. Who knows there are CCTV and hidden cameras all over the house to watch your every move.

National ID System To Be Launch In March 2019

The Philippine Government is set to implement the National Identification (ID) system on March 2019.

“That’s March next year for the start of the registration of one million individuals under the Unconditional Cash Transfers but our timeline to start the registration of 25 million (Filipinos) will be around September,” says Lisa Grace Bersales, head of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

According to Bersales, they will start to enroll those citizens who don’t have any valid government-issued ID, indigenous people, beneficiaries of PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.

The Philippine Statistics Authority is also set to publish all the implementing rules and regulations that accompany the release of this Identification System (PhilSys) Act.

The Republic Act. No. 11055 or the PhilSys Act, creates an identification platform for all Filipino citizens and those foreign nationals living in the Philippines. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is the one tasked to implement this system.


By the third week of October, the PSA will have an announcement regarding the opening for the bid procurement for the national identification system.

“We will publish the technical specifications. We hope that by December, we will already be able to finish the procurement. This means we will have already awarded the PhilSys,” says Bersales.

Bersales also noted that there will be a competitive bidding process for the said procurement.

“If we do competitive bidding, we will be able to manage our timeline of procuring the system and awarding it before the year-end,” she added.

The Philippine ID is expected to contain biometric information such as the recipient’s full name, date of birth, sex, blood type, place of birth, nationality, address, and other optional information such as mobile number, email address and marital status.

According to the PhilSys Act, all the information in this ID must be kept securely by the holder because it is highly confidential.

LuLu Supermarket Will Open Its First Store In The Philippines SOON

The Abu Dhabi-based retail giant, LuLu Group, which operates in countries like Indonesia, Bahrain, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, India, Saudi Arabia and Egypt will soon extend their presence in the southeast Asia as they are expected to open another branch in the Philippines.

Aside from the additional job vacancies which will be offered to Filipinos once the supermarket operates, they will also purchase USD20 million worth of goods from the Philippines in 2019 and USD10 million out of which will be bought this year.

Just recently, May Exports Philippines, the local subsidiary of LuLu Group just opened its Warehouse No. 1 located at the Calamba Premiere International Park.

The warehouse processes products like households, dry foods, dry fish, bananas, fruits, vegetables, seafood, furniture, electronics, textiles and a lot more. Additionally, products exported from the Middle East will be available in the supermarket.

Aside from supermarkets and hypermarkets, LuLu Group have investments in shopping malls, information technology, imports and exports, shipping, education, travel and tourism and trading in 21 countries across the Middle East.


Philippines abolishes the condition of the sponsor's salary certificate

Al-Qabas learned from a well-informed source that the Philippine Embassy agreed to cancel the requirement to request a salary certificate for the sponsor by the home employment offices, for not complying with the law in the country. The source said that the embassy sent a circular showing its approval, after the Philippine Minister of Labor who visited the country recently and met with a delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that this condition should be canceled.


Gold rose to a two-and-a-half-month high as investors sought haven after European stocks plummeted, as did rising tensions between Western powers and Saudi Arabia. 

By 1822 GMT, the spot price of gold was up 0.7 percent at $ 1266.50 an ounce after jumping earlier by more than 1 percent to hit its highest level since July 26 at $ 1233.26 an ounce. US gold futures rose $ 8.3, or 0.68 percent, to $ 1230.3 an ounce in the settlement. 
Among other precious metals, platinum rose 0.2 percent to $ 838.25 an ounce after touching its peak since July 10 at $ 850.10. 

Palladium jumped 1.7 percent to $ 1,083.90 an ounce, while silver rose about 1 percent to $ 14.69 an ounce. 

Source: Reuters


The Egyptian security authorities at Cairo airport announced that the airport received five passengers yesterday morning and arrived on board one of the aircraft coming from Kuwait accompanied by a number of security men. 
In the interrogation of the deportees by the competent authorities at the airport, they acknowledged the violations and said that they were arrested by the Kuwaiti security authorities because of their illegal residence and their violation of working conditions.