OFW remittances are at an all-time high especially during the holidays but these days our modern-day heroes are sending back what's known as social remittances. They have been sharing ideas, practices, identities and stories through different communities. Coined by sociologist, Peggy Levitt as letters or other forms of communications that shares information affecting family relations, gender roles, class and race identity that provides a substantial impact on political, economic and religious participation, the concept is not new to us Pinoys. The novels of Jose Rizal and the newspaper La Solidaridad in the 1800s already reflected social remittances like blogging these days as the new form of social remittances of Filipinos working and living abroad. Through these blogs we are able to learn stories of advocacy, helping others and inspirations from OFWs to help effect change.
It is with these blogging efforts of our OFWs that Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards or PEBA 2011 is geared to recognize the contributions of Filipino bloggers abroad. Dubbed as "Ako'y Magbabalik, Hatid Ko'y Pagbabago." (I Will Return, I Will Bring Change) as Balikbayans not only send back their money remittances but social remittances. Witness this year's PEBA's blog Awards with Any Blogger, Anywhere for all Filipino bloggers in various categories at home or abroad. This year's blog contest looked into narratives as to how returning Expats/OFW will make use and share their social remittance or their talents, skills and fortune to bring change to their families, communities and country. Expats/OFW bloggers who will be joining the contest will be required to write a blog entry on the said theme. There is also an ongoing blog contest for OFW supporters for everyone to join. VIPinoy, a service and perks for overseas Filipinos and OFWs offered by Ayala malls is the biggest sponsor for this year's PEBA also supported by one of its longtime partner NOKIA and communication giant Globe Telecom.
PEBA will exclusively invite 200 guests who can make their reservation and confirmation/RSVP of their attendance through VIPinoy Loungers in the different Ayala Malls and the awarding will be watched by a thousand or more and will be telecast live for OFWs to watch. So be there in Trinoma Mall on December 9, 2011 and help spread the word about PEBA.