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As Philippines booms, overseas workers eye return home

Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Alvin Gendran, who now works with Microsoft Philippines, poses with his family at their condominium compound near Manila's Makati financial district May 18, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Picture taken May 18, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Alvin Gendran, who now works with Microsoft Philippines, poses with his family at their condominium compound near Manila's Makati financial district May 18, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are returning to jobs...more

Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Alvin Gendran, who now works with Microsoft Philippines, poses with his family at their condominium compound near Manila's Makati financial district May 18, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Picture taken May 18, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo
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Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and Solaire casino gaming supervisor Rennel Lansang (R) poses for a picture with his wife Anamaxal and daughter Ana Johnel at their house in Valenzuela, Metro Manila May 18, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Picture taken May 18, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and Solaire casino gaming supervisor Rennel Lansang (R) poses for a picture with his wife Anamaxal and daughter Ana Johnel at their house in Valenzuela, Metro Manila May 18, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are...more

Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and Solaire casino gaming supervisor Rennel Lansang (R) poses for a picture with his wife Anamaxal and daughter Ana Johnel at their house in Valenzuela, Metro Manila May 18, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Picture taken May 18, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo
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Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Alvin Gendran, who now works with Microsoft Philippines, poses for a picture at his office in Taguig, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Picture taken May 16, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Alvin Gendran, who now works with Microsoft Philippines, poses for a picture at his office in Taguig, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in...more

Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Alvin Gendran, who now works with Microsoft Philippines, poses for a picture at his office in Taguig, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Picture taken May 16, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo
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Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and Solaire casino gaming manager Rose Chavez (L) talks to her casino staff Rennel Lansang, also a former overseas worker, in Manila's newest and most luxurious Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Solaire is the first of four new casino-resorts to open in Entertainment City, a 10-hectare development near Manila Bay that is at the forefront of the government's push to boost tourism and investment. Picture taken May 16, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and Solaire casino gaming manager Rose Chavez (L) talks to her casino staff Rennel Lansang, also a former overseas worker, in Manila's newest and most luxurious Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay city, Metro...more

Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and Solaire casino gaming manager Rose Chavez (L) talks to her casino staff Rennel Lansang, also a former overseas worker, in Manila's newest and most luxurious Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. A small group of Filipinos are returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Solaire is the first of four new casino-resorts to open in Entertainment City, a 10-hectare development near Manila Bay that is at the forefront of the government's push to boost tourism and investment. Picture taken May 16, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Filipino executive sous-chef Mateo Ragonjan, who moved back to the Philippines from the Middle East last year, works with his staff in Manila's newest and most luxurious Solaire Resort & Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. Ragonjan, one of 400 overseas Filipinos who came home to work at the hotel, belongs to a small group of like-minded Filipinos returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Solaire is the first of four new casino-resorts to open in Entertainment City, a 10-hectare development near Manila Bay that is at the forefront of the government's push to boost tourism and investment. Picture taken May 16, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Filipino executive sous-chef Mateo Ragonjan, who moved back to the Philippines from the Middle East last year, works with his staff in Manila's newest and most luxurious Solaire Resort & Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. Ragonjan, one...more

Filipino executive sous-chef Mateo Ragonjan, who moved back to the Philippines from the Middle East last year, works with his staff in Manila's newest and most luxurious Solaire Resort & Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. Ragonjan, one of 400 overseas Filipinos who came home to work at the hotel, belongs to a small group of like-minded Filipinos returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Solaire is the first of four new casino-resorts to open in Entertainment City, a 10-hectare development near Manila Bay that is at the forefront of the government's push to boost tourism and investment. Picture taken May 16, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Filipino executive sous-chef Mateo Ragonjan, who moved back to the Philippines from the Middle East last year, supervises his staff in Manila's newest and most luxurious Solaire Resort & Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. Ragonjan, one of 400 overseas Filipinos who came home to work at the hotel, belongs to a small group of like-minded Filipinos returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Solaire is the first of four new casino-resorts to open in Entertainment City, a 10-hectare development near Manila Bay that is at the forefront of the government's push to boost tourism and investment. Picture taken May 16, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Filipino executive sous-chef Mateo Ragonjan, who moved back to the Philippines from the Middle East last year, supervises his staff in Manila's newest and most luxurious Solaire Resort & Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. Ragonjan, one...more

Filipino executive sous-chef Mateo Ragonjan, who moved back to the Philippines from the Middle East last year, supervises his staff in Manila's newest and most luxurious Solaire Resort & Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila May 16, 2013. Ragonjan, one of 400 overseas Filipinos who came home to work at the hotel, belongs to a small group of like-minded Filipinos returning to jobs back home, a sign of confidence in an economy that for decades has seen millions leave in search of better prospects overseas. Solaire is the first of four new casino-resorts to open in Entertainment City, a 10-hectare development near Manila Bay that is at the forefront of the government's push to boost tourism and investment. Picture taken May 16, 2013. To match PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY/DIASPORA REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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