Militant groups spearhead a campaign to sign up support for a bill that will outlaw pork barrel.
Ginunita ang Buwan ng Wika sa isang salu-salo sa Konsulado noong ika-24 ng Agosto.
Dumagsa ang mga Pilipino sa "Dugong Alay ng Pilipino" noong Agosto 24 sa Causeway Bay donor center ng HK Red Cross.
POEA begins hearing case against Satisfactory, Findstaff as workers complain of harassment
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) opened a hearing on Aug. 27 on the case filed by 10 Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong against their recruitment agencies for alleged illegal collection of placement fees.

Named respondents in the case are Findstaff Employment Services Incorporated, which has offices in Ermita, Manila and its Hong Kong based counterpart, Satisfactory Employment and Travel Centre Limited. Details...

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One of the biggest problems with pursuing a case involving our migrant workers is often the lack of complainants willing to pursue their case.

This not surprising, especially in a place like Hong Kong where workers have no security of tenure. All it takes is a month's notice from the employer, or pay in lieu, and the worker could be thrown out into the streets, no matter which part of the world she had come from. Details...

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Bagong babala
Nitong nakaraang buwan ay naibalita ng press office ng gubyerno ng Hong Kong, na nakipagtulungan ang HK Police upang maipahuli ang mga kasapi ng isang tinatawag na "Naked Chat Blackmail" syndicate sa Pilipinas, Ayon sa report, walong Pilipino ang nahuli ng Philippine National Police sa Bulacan -- limang lalaki at tatlong babae. Maliban sa kanila, limang menor de edad ang iniligtas mula sa sindikatong ito. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Upon their return, what?
Gemma Macalaging had been through some rough times in her short overseas employment stint in Qatar. At one time, she was only eating dates she had picked off the ground because the family fed her left-overs. At other times, the wife of the employer was screaming at her for looking directly at the husband's eyes. Most of the time, she only had two to three hours sleep. Details...

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Impeachment vs Aquino takes off
The process for the impeachment of President Benigno Aquino III has begun as the House committee on justice declared on August 23 that the three complaints were sufficient in form.
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Buwan ng Wika, ginunita sa HK
>Masayang ipinagdiwang ng mga Pilipino sa Hong Kong ang Buwan ng Wika sa pamamagitan ng pagtula, pag-awit at pagsayaw na ginanap sa bulwagan ng Konsulado noong ika-24 ng Agosto.
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Fate moves on to Bracket A in women's softball; SCAA deals Pinays first loss
Filipina softball team Fate has been promoted to Bracket A in the Hong Kong Women's Softball League after its 12-2 drubbing of CUHK Phoenix in the final match of the B series on Aug. 25.

Fate won one of the two promotion slots to Bracket A, the tournament's premier league, starting in October.
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HK OFWs sign up for campaign for anti-pork bill
Militant Filipino community organizations in Hong Kong have launched a signature campaign in support of the nationwide People's Initiative Against Pork (PIAP) launched in Cebu City on Aug. 23.

The move came during a rally on Chater Road the next day, a Sunday, led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Hong Kong and Macau. Details...

Pinay in MTR video just wants to go home
To sue or not to sue. That was the dilemma faced by a Filipina domestic worker who appears to have suffered a mental breakdown in July due to overwork.

Liza L. was discharged from Kwun Tong hospital on Aug 22, nearly a month since she was mercilessly photographed at a busy MTR station after stripping to her underwear. Details...

Asia Express, binalaan ng Konsulado dahil sa hindi naipadalang kargamento
Inutusan ng Konsulado ang isang cargo company na ilabas sa Bureau of Customs sa Maynila ang isang container ng mga door-to-door box at ihatid ang mga ito sa mga kamag-anak ng mga nagpadalang OFW bago matapos ang buwan ng Agosto.

Ito ang pahayag ni Danny Baldon ng assistance to nationals (ATN) section ng konsulado, kaugnay ng reklamo ng 10 customer ng Asia Express HK na hanggang sa ngayon ay hindi pa nakakarating sa kanilang mga pamilya ang mga padalang kahon. Details...

Last batch of musicians in illegal jobs plead guilty
All seven holdouts among the 12 Filipino musicians who were arrested in March for working as baggage handlers at the Hong Kong International Airport pleaded guilty on Aug. 25 to the charge of breaching their conditions of stay in the territory.

The seven defendants appeared before Deputy Magistrate Ho Chun-yiu at Shatin court where they admitted the charge as read to each of them. Details...

Be aware of cultural differences, says social worker as Pinay gets jailed for fondling ward
A Filipina found guilty of indecently assaulting her six-year old ward was sent to jail for four months on Aug. 19.

Jerlyn Dumlao, 27, pleaded guilty to fondling the private parts and buttocks of a six-year-old boy under her care. Details...

Filipina jailed for stealing biscuits
A Filipina domestic helper has landed in jail for keeping, among a few things, some packs of biscuits which her employer had reportedly told her to discard.

Fritzel Raquel S. Saromines, a mother of four from Pagadian City, said she decided to keep the biscuits which were nearing their use-by dates, hoping to bring them home as "pasalubong" for her children. Details...

Erwiana's employer faces new suit for failing to insure maid
The employer of Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih could face a total of 21 charges when she is finally tried for what could be Hong Kong's worst ever case of migrant worker abuse.

This emerged after Sulistyaningsih's lawyers asked the District Court on Aug 21 to allow the latest charge against Law Wan-tung to be consolidated with the 20 others already filed against her. Details...

License of employment agency revoked for overcharging
The license of an employment agency, Joins Employment Agency, was revoked by the Labour Department (LD) recently after its licensee, JS Employment Limited, was convicted and fined $10,000 for overcharging a job seeker. Details...

Labour launches ambassador program for ethnic minorities
The Labour Department (LD) has launched a pilot project named Employment Services Ambassador Programme for Ethnic Minorities under the Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP). Details...

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More ex-teachers eye return to classroom
About 17 percent more Filipino domestic workers took the licensure examination for teachers (LET) in Hong Kong this year compared to last year, according to Labor Attache Manuel Roldan.

Labatt Roldan also noted that the passing rate in Hong Kong last year was more than 30 percent, which was remarkably higher than the national passing average of just over 22% in the previous years.

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In perfect harmony
Cooking is very much like making music. One needs the right ingredients and the perfect rhythm to do well in both.

This adage is something that one of the Filipino community's best-known singer knows only too well, having dabbled in both for years.

Nicky Flores, who has come to be known for his distinctive pony tail and fedora nearly as much as his deep, baritone voice, traces his passion for both food and music to his early years in the Philippines.

Cambel's never-ending quest for uniqueness
Being unique is the goal of Filipino artist Jun Cambel, and he seems to have successfully attained this with his fresh batch of mixed media art works. The unusual pieces, made or both organic and man-made materials, have been earning him a lot of attention at an exhibition of Filipino art running since June 12 at Marco Polo Prince Hotel in Tsimshatsui.

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DIY Travel   
Rock Pools sa Saikung
Kung isa kang mahilig sa matinding ehersisyo, mapagmahal sa kalikasan, palababad sa dagat o batis at, higit sa lahat, nais mong maranasan ang tumalon mula sa walong metro ang taas na talampas at sumisid sa kailaliman ng lawa, isa lamang ang lugar na maaari mong puntahan. Ito ang "Rock Pools" ng Sheung Luk sa Saikung, New Territories.
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Ang grupo ng mga nagyo-yoga sa Pier 10
Ang pag-eehersisyo ay isang simpleng bagay na kapaki-pakinabang sa katawan ngunit kadalasan ay laging nasa huli ito ng mga pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng isang tao.

Marami ang nagdadahilan na sobra silang abala sa trabaho pero ang iba naman ay kulang lang sa pagganyak para mapursiging mag-ehersisyo.
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