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Is Singapore the new mecca for Pinoy yuppies?

More and more Filipinos go overseas to seek new challenges in their careers. This continuing trend, especially in the case of young Filipinos, is rapidly turning Singapore into the new overseas employment hub for yuppies.

Singapore Marina Bay Sands
Singapore Marina Bay Sands

According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the demand for Filipino workers in Singapore grew from 29% in 2010 to 69% in 2011. To date, with 16,951 jobs yet to be filled in Singapore, it seems likely that more Filipinos might be headed to stake their claim in the Lion City’s job market.

With its growing economy and tourist charms, Singapore certainly does hold its allure for young Filipino professionals. For TripAdvisor Singapore Sales Administrator Ella de Chavez, advancing her career and a change of scenery are her primary reasons for moving to the developed country.

“Life in the Philippines was great but I needed a new challenge for myself. I felt there was a need to get out of my comfort zone and explore the world,” says de Chavez.

Like other overseas workers in Singapore, Ella learned to adjust to working in a multi-cultural environment.

Despite all the glamour of the first world country, Filipino yuppies like Ella still miss home. Fortunately, they do not have to suffer homesickness for too long. With flights made more affordable by the Philippines’ largest airline, Cebu Pacific, they can easily travel to the Philippines on weekends and holidays for visits. Similarly, their friends and family in the Philippines can visit them in Singapore.

These trips are made more convenient by the extensive route network operated by low-fare pioneer Cebu Pacific. It offers five times daily flights from Singapore to Manila, and daily flights to Cebu and Clark, for as low as PHP 1,699. “Cebu Pacific’s rates are awesome and super reasonable. They provide me the flexibility of flying in and out of Singapore even at such short notice. They’re always my first choice when it comes to travelling to Manila,” gushes De Chavez.

With Singapore offering a different work environment, and becoming more accessible to Filipinos thanks to Cebu Pacific’s trademark lowest fares, expect more Pinoys to go global by exploring the challenges to be had in the Lion City.

For more details on Singapore flights, please visit Cebu Pacific’s website at

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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