Soldiers carry the coffin of Ambassador Domingo Doy Lucenario last rites in Quezon City.
Ang Overseas Filipino Taichi Association (Hong Kong) ay tumatanggap ng bagong kasapi.
Sino ang nanalo sa Ms. Barkadahan 2015?
Chinese employer held for sexual assault on newly arrived Filipino maid
On May 23, just two days after arriving in Hong Kong to work for a Chinese couple, a Filipina domestic helper said she had her worst nightmare. Her male employer told her to give him a massage, then forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Two days later, the employer reportedly tried to assault her again, entering the room she shared with her four-year-old ward late at night to try to force her to repeat the sexual act. This time, she said no.

The next day, J.L. frantically sent Facebook messages asking for help. Among those she managed to reach was Edwina Antonio, executive director of Bethune House Migrant Women's Refuge. Details...

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Who's afraid of Filcom?
One of the many things we will always remember Ambassador Doy Lucenario for in Hong Kong was the leaders' forum, the monthly gathering of Filipino community leaders where the pressing issues of the day were discussed. He, along with Labor Attache Bernie Julve, used the forum to engage leaders in a discussion, but more importantly, to listen to their views and grievances, with hopes of finding a mutually satisfying solution to their concerns. Details...

Anak Araw
Pasintabi lang
Marami sa atin ang lumaki sa isang kulturang nagbibigay ng respeto sa kanino man. Isa sa simbolo ng kulturang ito ay ang ugali nating magpasintabi. Dadaan ka lang sa harap ng isang tao -- malaki man o maliit, mayaman man o mahirap -- ugali nating magpasintabi.

Mas lalo itong kailangan kapag ang karahap mo ay nakatatanda, o may malawak na karanasan.

Nabuksan natin ang diskusyong ito dahil sa isang pahayag ng ating Labor Attache na si Nenita Garcia na wala nang naniningil ng illegal placement fee sa mga OFW. Details...


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PH-US talks about defense vs China
Taking advantage of the posture of Japan and Australia that is somehow tilted toward the Philippine position on China's aggression over the contested areas in the South China Sea, Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has flown to the United States to determine the extent of US support it can extend to the Philippines over the issue.
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Reflexologists told about need to get TESDA certificate

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AmbaDoy buried with full military honors
It was a funeral ceremony usually accorded only to heads of state and top military brass, but the person for whom it was held on May 17 was no less worthy.

Ambassador Domingo Lucenario, Jr., who has since his death become known as "the people's diplomat", was buried with full military honors at the Holy Cross Memorial Park in Quezon City not only because of how he died, but more because of how he lived. Details...

Pilipinang `pinatay' sa Facebook, nagreklamo
Nanghingi ng tulong sa Konsulado noong Mayo 23 si Donzky Galarbe, isang Pilpinang kasambahay na taga Kalinga-Apayao, matapos kumalat sa Facebook ang maling balita na natagpuan siyang patay ng kanyang amo at ang kanyang labi ay nasa Pok Oi Hospital. Details...

No more illegal placement fee? Mission disagrees
Complaints of illegal fee collections from Filipino domestic workers have dried up, apparently because employment agencies now comply with the government's no placement fee policy, according to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Hong Kong.

Labor Attache Nenita Garcia told The SUN that the illegal placement fee collection is "no longer an issue" as employment agencies are now fully aware of what Philippine law provides. Details...

BM Online needs to be enhanced, says ALA
At the peak of the OFW vacation season in March this year, around 20,000 people or a daily average of 964 applied for overseas employment certificates.

Applicants virtually clogged the public area of the Consulate, including the lift lobby, or queued up to the 14th floor for hours on end in the narrow, unventilated fire escape stairwell of United Centre in Admiralty. Details...

Youth sent to detention center for school arson attack
A 22-year-old Filipino permanent resident in Hong Kong has been granted his wish of being sent to a detention center after admitting guilt in an arson attack on a school in Tung Chung last October. Details...

Filipino acquitted of stabbing Pakistani in retrial
A Filipino driver who had spent nearly two years in jail following an earlier conviction for wounding a Pakistani in a knife attack in 2012, has been found not guilty in a retrial of the case in District Court. Details...

12 araw nag-overstay, suspendido ang parusa
Nakaligtas sa pagkakakulong ang isang Pilipinang kasambahay na 12 araw na nag-overstay sa Hong Kong nang patawan siya ng pitong araw na pagkabilanggo ngunit suspendido sa loob ng tatlong taon. Details...

2 Pinoy pickpockets lose appeal
Two convicted pickpockets from Manila failed in their bid on May 22 to get their sentences cut short so they could return to their families back home as early as possible. Details...

Filipino trio charged after drug bust
Three Filipinos including an overstaying former domestic worker, appeared in Eastern Court on May 22 to face drug trafficking charges.

Cresencio D. Patungan, Leah D.L. San Esteban and Veronica M. Baylon were taken into custody after a police raid on a room in Asia Hotel guesthouse on King's Road, North Point on May 20 yielded 32.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Details...

Jewelry theft went unnoticed for 2 years
For about two years, a Filipina domestic worker stole more than 20 pieces of gold jewelry from her employer and pawned them for a total of $59,000 so she could remit enough money to her two sons, her drug-addicted husband and his partner.

But on April 27, the crime spree ended for Janet B. Navarro when she was arrested by police for stealing jewelry from Lau Yin-fung. Details...

Pinay charged with selling FB
Two Filipinas who allegedly sold face creams on Facebook have both pleaded not guilty to a charge each of supplying unsafe products and breaching their conditions of stay on May 19. Details...

Court junks theft case vs. Pinoy airport worker
Airport baggage handler Allan B. Vega had his name cleared on May 20 when a District Court judge dismissed a theft charge laid against him for his alleged role in stealing US$85,000 from a passenger's luggage two years ago. Details...

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OFWs get tips on how to become rich
How does one become rich?

This was the context of Mariel Vincent Rapisura's day-long lecture at Bayanihan Center in Kennedy Town on May 24.

Rapisura is the president and CEO of Social Enterprise Development Partnerships, Inc. or Sedpi and one of the mentors of Ateneo University's leadership and social entrepreneurship (LSE) program for OFWs.

According to Rapisura, change of perspective is needed to achieve financial freedom. It is a financial life stage in which some people may choose to quit a job because they have already built enough passive income to cover all expenses for the rest of their lives.

Sobrang taas na training fee? Magreklamo!
Pinayuhan ng isang opisyal ng Konsulado ang mga bagong-dating na kasambahay na magtungo sa Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) at magreklamo kapag sila ay siningil nang labis-labis na training fee bago sila umalis ng Maynila.

Sinabihan din ni Consul Charles Macaspac ang isang katulong na pumunta sa tanggapan ng assistance to nationals sa Konsulado upang tulungan siyang ireklamo ang kanyang amo na gustong ibawas sa suweldo niya ang ibinayad nito sa ahensya.

Katuparan ng mga pangarap, hangad ng pagsasanay
Umabot sa mahigit 30 migranteng manggagawa ang sumailalim sa isang pagsasanay para sa paghawak ng pera na isinagawa kamakailan ng Ayala Land Hong Kong sa magkasunod na Linggo, Mayo 17 at 23, sa Caritas Centre sa Mid-Levels.

Cancer-stricken DH flown home on stretcher
Cancer patient M.P. Salamero is back in her home province, Isabela, after spending the past five months in a Hong Kong hospital, waging a desperate battle against lung cancer.

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Man can cook
When it comes to cooking skills, men are equally competent in the kitchen as their female counterparts. In fact, there are many famous male Filipino and international chefs who have become well known for their skills and innovative culinary masterpieces.

In the Philippines, male chefs like Boy Logro, Claude Tayag and Rolando Laudico are just a few of famous homegrown chefs who specialize in providing a modern twist to Filipino cuisine. They have helped tremendously in introducing Philippine dishes to haute cuisine with their unique blend of flavors, spices and fresh local ingredients.

Here in Hong Kong, most male OFWs are hired to perform driving duties or gardening, although it often helps if they know how to find their way in the kitchen. However, it is rare to find someone whose main job is in the kitchen, like Arnel "Bong" Bassig, from Cagayan.

Filipinas Compete For `Ms. Barkadahan 2015' Crown
Twelve Filipinas tried to outshine each other to be this year's `Ms. Barkadahan' at Hall 5BC, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, on May 17. The ladies, with their assigned partners, competed for the coveted crown by displaying their talent and skills, their looks in the swimsuit competition, and their wits in the question-and-answer portion.

HK-based Filipino youth show talent in art workshop
About a dozen secondary-school Filipino youth learned the basic points of drawing in a two-hour art workshop conducted by visiting Manila-based artists at the Consulate on May 14.

Working with pencil and pastel oil, the participants were taught the principle of light and shadow and how it creates volume and depth in painting and drawing.

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Tunghayan ang pag-usad ng Hong Kong sa City Gallery
"Picture perfect" ang madalas na ikinakabit sa Hong Kong dahil lutang na lutang ang ganda nito sa mga pinagsamang tanawin ng dagat, bulubundukin, at mga modernong gusali.
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Tai Chi `pag may time!
Oras lang ang naging puhunan ng mahigit dalawang dosenang manggagawang Pilipino upang matutunan ang kilalang Chinese martial arts na tai chi. Mula noong Hunyo 2013 nang ianunsiyo sa pahayagang ito ang libreng pag-aaral nito ay unti-unti nang nabuo ang grupong kinalaunan ay naging OFTA-HK.
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