Filipino cast performing "Find your light".
Participants gather at the finish line of the Charity Walk of Fat Big Heart sa Sai Kung.
One Billion Rising participants line up on Chater Road.
Warning vs faking documents, as pregnant OFW numbers double
The number of Filipina migrant workers who got pregnant or gave birth in Hong Kong last year almost doubled, according to preliminary data obtained from a non-governmental organization that is helping protect the rights of these mothers and their babies.

PathFinders said about 28 percent of the 621 migrant domestic-worker mothers whom it helped were Filipinas. The figure was a 12-percentage-point jump from the 16 percent Pinays among the 589 new mothers who were supported by the group in 2013.

The increase was noted as an official of the group warned in a recent interview with The SUN that Filipina domestic workers, as well as those from other nationalities, should not fake documents or give false information as forgery or dishonesty could put them in trouble in Hong Kong. Details...

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OPINION   
Editor's Note
A new scam
If it sounds too good to be true, then it is a scam.

Time and again, we have warned our fellow Filipinos, especially those who are abroad, to stay away from investment schemes that offer unusually high returns.

But for some, the lure of easy money has always proved hard to resist. Details...

Anak Araw
Numerong may K
Kapag malikot ang isip, marami ang natututunan. Kahit mula sa mga numero na karaniwan nating iniiwasan. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Celebrating Chinese New Year with a bang
I thought I was just dreaming when I heard the continued blast of firecrackers at around 12 midnight on February 18th, the first day of the Chinese New Year, at Clear Water Bay. For awhile, I thought I was back in the Philippines celebrating the new year with my family, but then I heard the loud beats of the drum and the deafening sounds of the cymbals, and I realized I was still in Hong Kong, joining hordes of others in welcoming the year of the sheep. Details...

BUHAY PINAY   
Dahil sa vetsin

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NEWS FROM HOME   
Oust-Aquino move a dud
No more than 1,000 people turned up for what was touted as a big event on February 22 to seek the ouster of President Benigno Aquino III.
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COMMUNITY   
Charity walk ng Fat Big Heart sa Sai Kung, tagumpay
Umabot sa 235 katao ang nakilahok sa "Bawat Hakbang Ko ay Makahulugan," isang charity walk na isinagawa ng grupong Fat Big Heart (FBH) sa Saikung
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SPORTS   
Fate pounds Phoenix, 10-4, advances to next round
Light rain soaked the Tin Kwong Road field on Feb. 15, but this did not stop Fate A from mastering the soggy conditions to overwhelm CUHK Phoenix, 10-4, in five innings.
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PINOY JOKES   
True reflection

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Marso sa iyo

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  March 2015 HONG KONG NEWS   
Scam alert issued against Emgoldex
It took a stern warning from the Philippines' Security and Exchange Commission to prompt Hong Kong "investors"' of a gold networking business, many of them overseas Filipino workers, to come out in the open and defend their scheme.

But the word was out. Filipinos should stay away from Emgoldex, a group that entices people to buy gold online, and promises big rewards for referring other "investors." Details...

Bacolod's Masskara featured in HK's Lunar New Year
The Masskara street dancing contingent from the Philippines shared the spotlight in this year's Lunar New Year Parade in Hong Kong.

A total of 25 dancers, donning masks of happy faces and wearing colorful costumes and unique accessories, stomped their feet and gyrated as they followed the designated route at the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui on Feb. 19. Details...

Better POLO services seen after move to new offices
Services extended to the legion of Filipino workers in Hong Kong are expected to improve when the Philippine Overseas Labor Office has moved to its new offices at the Admiralty Centre, according to Labor Attache Nenita Garcia. Details...

Record number in OVR listing posted in January
January this year was a record month for overseas voter registration in Hong Kong, with a total of 1,549 voters listing up for the 2016 presidential election, according to the Consulate.

OVR team head Vice Consul Fatima Guzman- Quintin told The SUN in an interview that the January figure would take the Consulate closer to its target of 20,000 registrants by the time the listing closes on Oct. 31 this year. Details...

More than 1,000 join OBR's dance for a cause
A year ago, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was in agony from the injuries she suffered at the hands of her heartless former employer, too frail and scared to speak up.

Her fellow migrant workers gave her voice by taking to the streets to call for justice. This was followed by a huge turnout for the yearly One Billion Rising Campaign against the abuse of women and their children, held that year at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.

A year after, or on Feb 15 this year, more than a thousand migrant workers again gathered for OBR on Chater Road, this time to celebrate with Erwiana, following the conviction of her former employer, Law Wan-tung, 44, for multiple abuse committed against her and another former domestic helper. Details...

Russia-bound DH shops her way to jail on stolen card
Filipina domestic helper Myra B. Fontanilla was set to fly to Moscow in late September last year to take up a job there, but landed in jail instead for stealing her former employer's credit card and using it to shop and dine. Details...

DH loses bid for leave to appeal dismissed wage claim
A domestic worker who left her employer after being allegedly maltreated, lost her bid at the High Court on Feb. 12 to get leave to appeal her dismissed wage claim against her employer.

But despite the setback, Rowena C. Cuevas is still hoping the court will revive her claim for wage in lieu of one month's notice against her Hong Kong employer, with help from the Bethune House Migrant Women's Refuge, who is assisting her in her case. Details...

Thief gets 28 months as judge doubts lovesick tale
A self-confessed pickpocket who said he came to Hong Kong searching for his beneficent girlfriend and soulmate, has been sentenced to 28 months in jail for theft and breach of deportation order. Details...

Employer accused of cutting Indonesian's finger acquitted
The Chinese employer accused of chopping the left ring finger of her former Indonesian domestic helper was acquitted of the charge at the District Court on Feb.12 because of insufficient evidence. Details...





FEATURES
Migrant workers taught how to relax
About 100 Filipino migrant workers joined a stress management workshop held on Feb. 15 at Shun Hing College of Hong Kong University, as part of its Pinoy Project headed by Dr. Michael Manio.
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Save some for the rainy day, OFWs told
Filipinos working abroad should save or invest and plan for their future instead of using up their monthly earnings for their loved ones back home.

This was the gist of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz's message to seminar participants on Community Preparedness for Migrant Reintegration and Crisis Management held in Bauang, La Union recently.
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New welfare officer says big demand for services requires patience
Heavy transaction volumes rather than faulty systems are what new welfare officer Lorna Obedoza believes she and her team will have to deal with at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration office in Hong Kong.
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PEOPLE
Filipinos shine in Disney's `Find Your Light'
Many Filipinos who visit Hong Kong Disneyland for the first time get pleasantly surprised by the huge number of their compatriots greeting them with smiles.

The entire theme park is filled with Filipinos that one can easily get through a day-long visit speaking only their native language.
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Former singer/actor is top draw in Disney
For many performers, losing a TV contract could spell the end of one's career.

But not for Gian Magdangal. When the singer-actor realized his home network was not renewing his contract, he turned to an equally satisfying job, that of being one of the main performers in Disney Hong Kong's "The Golden Mickey Show".
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Xyza Cruz Bacani: New York-bound as Magnum scholar
"Doon na lang tayo para walang masyadong tao," requests Xyza Cruz Bacani, has been chased around a lot for the past few weeks. Though exhausted and overwhelmed, she agrees to another interview with The SUN, this time in a small park bench hidden in a corner in Central.
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DH makes a name as model
Life is a rolling wheel. This is an adage that Rodily Vilches, a Macau-based domestic helper who freelances as a model, knows only too well.
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DIY Travel   
Temple Street Night Market
Hindi man kasing ganda ng mga sikat na lugar na dinarayo ng mga turista dito sa Hong Kong, may kakaiba namang panghalina ang Temple Street Night Market, na matatagpuan sa Yau Tsim Mong district, mula sa Jordan hanggang sa Yau Ma Tei.

Sa kahabaan ng kalyeng ito, maaring makipagsabayan sa mga lokal na residente para tikman ang kanilang nakagisnang pagkain, subukn ang galing sa pakikipagtawaran, aliwin ang sarili sa mga palabas sa gitna ng kalye, o alamin ang kapalaran sa pamamagitan ng isang manghuhula.
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Tribong Pinoy  
Fat Big Heart sa Saikung
Bawat grupo ay may kanya-kanyang kwento. Kwentong kaysarap balik-balikan, at kahit kailanman ay di-mawaglit sa isipan lalo pa't ito ay may karanasang maipagmamalaki.

Ganito ang isang grupo sa Saikung, na pinagbuklod ng kasiyahan, kaluguran, kaalaman, pakikipagkapwa, at higit sa lahat, ay pagbibigay tulong sa mga nangangailangan.
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