Police urges victims to report job frauds to CCB
It's Christmasseason again, and the lines for OEC are growing long again.
Eyewitness account: How love between helper and her ward changed Manang Gloria's fate.
New labatt eyed for HK as Garcia extends sick leave
A veteran labor official is reportedly set to be posted in Hong Kong early next year to replace labor attache Nenita Garcia who has been on extended medical leave since early October.

Insiders at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) say Garcia is not likely to return to her post as she has been undergoing dialysis and may even undergo kidney transplant in the Philippines.

Named as her likely successor is lawyer Jalilo de la Torre, who has served as labor attache in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Australia, and first served abroad as assistant labor attache in Hong Kong. Details...

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20 years of service to the community
Time flies.

Exactly 20 years ago this month, The SUN shone for the Filipinos in Hong Kong. It was the fulfillment of a dream that took shape years earlier, or shortly after I arrived here in 1987 and realized there was no reliable information channel serving the community.

But turning that dream into reality proved to be difficult. Several people offered to fund the publication of a news-paper, but everyone wanted a business model different from what we had in mind. Details...

Anak Araw
Nitong nakaraang buwan ay naging saksi tayo sa nangyari kay Manang Gloria Ortinez, ang OFW na biktima ng tanim-bala sa Manila airport. Halos buong araw kasi ay naglagi siya sa opisina ng The SUN, kasama ang mga naghatid sa kanya na sina Susan "Toots" Ople na tagataguyod ng mga OFW, at ang abogado niyang si Atty Spocky Farolan, kaya nasaksihan namin siya nang malapitan. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Nanay Gloria's journey to HK
President Benigno Simeon Aquino III recently told the media that cases of tanim-bala were sensationalized, citing figures to prove his point. As an OFW advocate, I respectfully disagree. Looking at this from a purely numbers perspective could lead one to overlook the deep trauma that such incidents have caused its innocent victims.

Had he met and spoken to 56-year old OFW Gloria Ortinez, our President would have learned the following: Details...

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Aquino denounces China's intrusions
Referring to the disputed area as a "sea known by many names," President Benigno Aquino III used strong words to accuse China of grabbing the Philippines' maritime territory and barring Filipino fishermen within the country's exclusive economic zone.
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Pistang `Adivay', idinaos
Malayo man sa kanilang lupang tinubuan, nagawa pa ring ipagdiwang noong Nob 22 ng Benguet Federation HK ang ika-115 taon ng Adivay Festival, isang kasayahang pantribo na nagsimula bilang isang pagtitipon ng magkakapamilya.
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Golf tourney marks anniversaries
The SUN and Friends International, marked the celebration of their 20th and 10th anniversaries, respectively, with a team golf tournament on Nov. 20 at the Kau Sai Chau Golf Course in Sai Kung.
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Polo head under fire over termination fiasco
An official of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) has come under fire for allegedly failing to inform `laglag bala" victim Gloria Ortinez that she had been already been terminated by her employer ahead of her decision to return to Hong Kong.

It was only on her arrival at Chek Lap Kok airport on Nov. 14 that Ortinez, 56, reportedly learned that she no longer had a job.

Migrants rights advocate Susan Ople who accompanied Ortinez on her return to Hong Kong said Acting Labor Attache Ma Nena German had known about the job termination days earlier but did not see it fit to inform them.

"She knew as early as Nov. 11 that Nanay Gloria no longer had a job but did not inform her," said Ople. Details...

`Laglag bala' scam victim gets HK job back
Luck finally caught up with Gloria Ortinez when she returned to Hong Kong recently.

Not only was she offered the job she lost after being detained at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a trumped-up charge of possessing a bullet in her carry-on bag, she was also paid for long service. Details...

Relief replaces fear as `laglag-bala' victim returns to HK
"Laglag-bala" victim Gloria Ortinez was almost turned back when she returned to Hong Kong on Nov 14 after her three-week ordeal in Manila, because she no longer had a job.

But through the intercession by Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III who flew in with her, Hong Kong Immigration officers at the airport allowed Oritnez to enter on a tourist visa. Details...

Fellow Ilocanos welcome Ortinez back to HK
A small group of fellow overseas Filipino workers and relatives of "laglag-bala" extortion victim Gloria Ortinez converged and conversed briefly in Chater Garden on Nov 15 about her ordeal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Details...

Roldan's case reopened
The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has reopened the grave misconduct case against former labor attache to Hong Kong Manuel Roldan.

This was according to Rep. Leah Paquiz of Ang Nars Partylist, who sought a meeting with Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz to inquire about the status of the case. Details...

Report job frauds to CCB, victims urged
Migrant workers who fall prey to individuals or recruitment agencies that promise inexistent jobs for a fee should report such fraud to the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police, an officer has advised. Details...

OEC crowd swells as peak season starts
Applicants for overseas employment certificates (OECs) have started flocking to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office since mid-November as the peak season for OFWs going home for Christmas sets in.

But a year after the launch of BM Online, the internet-based portal for filing OEC applications, the applicants appear to be still unaware of it. Details...

Pinay DH's death plunge triggers talk of foul play
Consulate officials are asking for a full report from the Hong Kong police on their investigation into the death of a 26-year-old Filipino domestic worker who fell from her employer's house in Yuen Long on Nov. 12.

The remains of 29-year-old Janice P. were flown to Manila on Nov 24 and later transported overland to her hometown in Nueva Vizcaya. Details...

Congen barred from Star Pisces
This is one for Star Cruises management to look into: the Philippines' top diplomat being rudely turned away by overzealous security personnel at one of its cruise ships.

Consul General Bernardita Catalla was set to address a gathering of the Isabela Federation on board the MV Star Pisces on Nov. 22 when she was barred from entering the ship. Details...

Higher incidence of breast cancer noted among Filipinas
The random screening came just in time. Of the 52 Filipinas who availed of the free clinical breast examination held at the Consulate on Nov. 22, 11 were found to have "abnormalities" and were referred for further examination. Details...

New arrivals advised to avoid debt trap
Avoid lending money to anyone, even if she is your friend, so you won't have to worry about recovering your hard-earned money if the borrower absconds.

A financial literacy seminar advice?

Yes. But the listeners, in fact, were newly arrived Filipino domestic workers attending an OWWA post-arrival orientation at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office at Admiralty Centre Tower 1 on Nov 15. Details...

Free labor, personal consultations at The SUN 20th anniversary event
Officers from the Philippine Consulate General and the Hong Kong Labour Department will link hands to provide free consultation services to Filipino migrant workers during The SUN's 20th anniversary celebration on Dec. 20 in Chater Garden, Central. Details...

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Drama unfolds: An eyewitness account
The sad experience of `laglag bala" victim Gloria Ortinez will forever be etched in the minds of many of her fellow overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong.

But its impact on me will probably be longer lasting.

On Nov. 15, I was assigned to escort Nanay Gloria, her lawyer Spocky Farolan and migrant rights advocate Susan "Toots" Ople to a meeting that was to take place in Chater Garden between them and a group of Nanay's fellow Ilocano migrants.

I introduced myself to Manang Gloria as a contributor to The SUN newspaper. She seemed distant, and I understood. She must have been wary of speaking about her ordeal to virtual strangers.

OFWs assured of help if they go into business back home
Overseas Filipino workers will find it easier to succeed if they decide to go into business when they go home to the Philippines for good.

This was the assurance made by Sen. Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, during a seminar organized by CARD MRI Hong Kong at City University in Kowloon Tong.

Isabela offers up to P2M loans to OFW co-ops
The provincial government of Isabela is offering up to Php2 million interest-free loans to cooperatives set up by returning OFWs to help them reintegrate into society.

Golden harvest for Isabela film `Bambanti'
Isabelinos are on a roll. The film "Bambanti (Scarecrow)", shot in Isabela and directed by a son of the province, Zig M. Dulay, has won top awards in a row, including the grand prize at the 2015 Festival International du Film de Bruxelles in Belgium on Nov. 21.

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Duterte swings into town, outlines plans for his presidency
The tough guy from Davao City, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, has reiterated his vow to rid the Philippines of criminals and drug suppliers "to make it a safer place for your (OFW) children".

He also will improve the economy if wins the presidency, so Filipinos working abroad will find jobs in their own country.

The foodie chef
"What comes from the heart goes to the heart."

This is the philosophy of Jo Campos when it comes to food and cooking, passions that she both developed through the years.

A self-confessed foodie, Jo's love for food started when she was young. She remembers the long hours spent around the table sharing specialty dishes during family reunion or the Sunday trips trying out some of the best cuisine in town.

"A perfect Sunday family time means going as far as Tagaytay to have the best beef dishes and bulalo or going to Ongpin or Binondo for a good Chinese meal," she said.

Bethune House launches Xyza's photo exhibit on tour
A stunning exhibit of black and white photographs showing clients of the Bethune House Migrant Women's Refuge was officially opened on Nov. 22 at the KUC Space in Jordan.

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DIY Travel   
Dating koreo at ibang lumang-bagong gusali sa Wan Chai
Kapansin-pansin ang isang palapag na bahay na ito sa kahabaan ng isa sa mga pangunahing kalsada sa Wan Chai. Sa gubat ng mga nagtataasang gusali sa makabagong distrito ay bukod-tangi ang tila lumang tahanang nakatirik sa numero 221 Queen's Road East, kanto ng Wan Chai Gap Road.
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ACMW, hangad ang pagkakaisa
Pitong taon mula noong itatag ang Association of Concerned Migrant Workers, buong sigla pa rin nitong isinusulong ang prinsipyo ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan ng mga dayuhang manggagawa sa Discovery Bay.

Sa isang pakikipanayam sa The SUN kamakailan, binigyang-diin ni Marilou I. Canaway, ang pangulo ng ACMW, ang kahalagahan ng pagbubuklod ng mga migranteng manggagawa.
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