Buhay Jeddah

Eric Macatangay posted this interesting video on his YouTube channel. Entitled “Buhay Jeddah”, the short film is a first-hand account of a Pinoy who is setting foot in Saudi Arabia for the first time.

Jeddah is Saudi’s second largest city next to Riyadh, the capital.

It is not often that we get to see footage of that country – or the Middle East, for that matter – which for years has been hosting  millions of Filipino workers, including Eric who is currently working at the Jeddah airport.

Tidbit: Aside from Eric, the following peps have worked in the Middle East: Eddie Roberto (still in Qatar), Keith dela Cruz, Larry Ramos, Ronnie Gorgonio, Buddy Ignacio, Roger del Prado and Didi Espiritu.

Consider this video as Eric’s contribution to our section Travelogue. We will supply the name of the filmmaker as soon as we get it from Eric.

3 thoughts on “Buhay Jeddah

  1. Lito Parungo

    Thanks, Eric, for this. It reminds me of my Tatay who was one of the first batch of Pinoys who were deployed there in the late ’70s. He worked for Al-Attas Hotels in Jeddah until the ealy ’90s, when my youngest brother finished college.

    Malaki rin pala utang na loob namin sa Saudi. I remember, ayaw niya umalis noon pero walang choice dahil magka-college na ako that time. Kailangan daw makatapos kami.

    Kung buhay pa siya ngayon, siguradong matutuwa siyang makita uli ang syudad na sa maraming taon ay kanyang naging pangalawang tahanan.

  2. Sonia Macatangay-Kolvek

    Eric,
    This is a very nice documentary re Buhay Jeddah, parang KAPUSO/KAPAMILYA report.
    By the way, siguro ikaw yung nawawala kong kamag-anak. My father is from Tanauan, Batangas, his middle initial is Tesoro.
    Macatangay is a very unique last name so sigurado ako magkamag-anak tayo.
    I am from LDHS , Batch ’71 and was the literary editor of The Barangay…
    You and your batch are doing a good job with the website esp. Lito Parungo.
    I am sure you will hear a lot from Batch ’71.

  3. Eric Macatangay

    Ate Sonia,

    Nice to meet you pinsan malamang? You know, my father was from San Pablo, Laguna at San Juan, Batangas daw ang mga lahi naming Macatangay.

    Batch ’78 ako at cartoonist sa The Barangay. Nag-umpisa lang kami ng isang inuman sa The Fort noon, at heto ngayon lumawak at nagkita-kita uli ang barkada.

    God Bless and regards to your family.

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