OPINION   
Editor's Note
Stop the exploitation
Could there be hope, at last?

For years, we have been trying to get our voices heard on the highly anomalous, illegal, even despicable practice of collecting huge sums as "placement fee" from our migrant workers, but not a lot of people seemed inclined to listen.

Quite a few would get as far as shaking their heads at stories of how some of our migrant workers have put up with most horrific abuse just so they would not lose their jobs, and end up paying by their throats again to land another, but that was that. Details...

Anak Araw
Magpapaloko ka?
Papayag ka bang magpaloko? Siyempre, hindi. Sinuman siguro ay hindi papayag na pagkakitaan ng manloloko. Pero ang nakakapagtaka, patuloy ang pagdating sa Konsulado ng mga taong nagsasabing biktima sila ng panloloko. Details...

Migrant's Forum
A thieving culture
Blame it on government leaders who go scot-free after helping themselves to the public coffers, but the blatant thievery in the Philippine bureaucracy appears to be rubbing on the national psyche and is finding its way overseas.

The bad thing is, the small people who are fed daily with media reports of gross plunder, misspending or plain pocketing of taxpayers' money by those in power may now be thinking that if their leaders can get away with massive theft, then stealing "loose change" isn't a big deal. Details...

Know Your Rights
When a worker says `enough with paying fraudulent loans'
It is now beginning to be known that the fees paid to the agency in the Philippines are illegal. They are in violation of sec.1, rule IV (on illegal recruitment) of Republic Act (RA) 10022. Under this, one of the definitions of illegal recruitment is

To charge or accept directly or indirectly any amount greater than the specified in the schedule of allowable fees prescribed by the Secretary of labor and Employment, or to make a worker pay or acknowledge any amount greater than that actually received by her as a loan or advance.

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BUHAY PINAY   
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NEWS FROM HOME   
Abad survives storm over DAP
Despite increasing calls for the resignation of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad over the trumpeted budget reforms that the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional, President Benigno Aquino III put his foot down and decided to keep his long-time political ally in his Cabinet.
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COMMUNITY   
`Caring Day' ng Mission, dinagsa
>Gaya ng dalawang naunang

Caring Day

ng Mission for Migrant Workers, dinagsa ang ikatlong taon ng paghahandog ng libreng serbisyo ito para sa mga migranteng manggagawa na idinaos sa Chater Road noong Hulyo 6.
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SPORTS   
UPAA-HK wins `Rambulan'
It was friendly but fierce, fun but nerve-wracking.
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PINOY JOKES   
Walang wala

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Hulyo sa iyo

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BRIEF HISTORY

In December 1995, The SUN came out with a four-page inaugural issue that began one of the most intriguing success stories in publishing. Given away free to Filipinos in Hong Kong, The SUN soon took root in the community, becoming the leading Filipino publication in less than a year. Growing demand for copies of The SUN prompted the growth in circulation from the original 10,000 to 20,000 in June 1996, to 30,000 in January 1997, to 40,000 in June 1997, 51,000 copies in August 1999 and finally to 53,000 copies in November 2001 -- roughly one for every four Filipinos in the HKSAR. With the increase in circulation came a steady increase in the number of pages, to an average of 40 every issue, as the newspaper took on the role of the community's main marketplace for goods, services and ideas.

In the second half of July 2000, The SUN broke new ground by coming out with a mid-month edition. This new edition has grown so popular it now has 32 pages, and a guaranteed circulation of 25,000, which is often exceeded due to the influx of new advertisers.

These two editions have helped ensure that The SUN becomes THE source of news and information for, and about, Filipinos living in Hong Kong.

In November last year, The SUN again set a new record with the airing of its news and public affairs program, Tribong Pinoy, for Digital Broadcasting Corporation (DBC), the first digital radio station in Hong Kong. Tribong Pinoy serves as the perfect complement for The SUN, with its timely discussion of news and issues affecting Filipinos in HK and elsewhere in the world. It now airs live, three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday), from 8pm-11pm, over digital radio, channel 575 of Now TV, and via the internet: www.dbc.hk, Digital We station. Tribong Pinoy's topics and guests for each episode can be viewed on its Facebook page: 05 DBC Tribong Pinoy.

As an additional service to Filipinos anywhere in the world who hanker for news from home, or those about their fellow overseas Filipinos, The SUN has upgraded its internet edition. Log on to www.sunweb.com.hk to see the latest news and information about HK and the Philippines, or click on the links on the right-hand side to view the exact pages in each issue.

For more information, please contact:


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THE STAFF

Leo A. Deocadiz,Publisher

Leo A. Deocadiz, its publisher and one-time editor, founded the SUN. Leo is a veteran newspaper and magazine editor. Educated at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Metro Manila and Georgetown University in Washington, he has worked for various newspapers and magazines both in Manila and Hong Kong. In Manila, he was associate editor of Business Day, an economic daily newspaper; business editor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer; and news editor of the Manila Chronicle. In Hong Kong, he was the editor of the following publications: Corporate, a business magazine; HK STAFF, a magazine which focused on human resource management in Hong Kong; China STAFF, which focused on HR management in China; and Best Practice Management, which focused on quality management practices in Asia. He is well-known in the Filipino community in Hong Kong, having served as chairman of the Philippine Association of Hong Kong in 2005, founding member of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association, and adviser to several migrant workers' organizations.

Email: leade@sunweb.com.hk


Daisy Catherine L. Mandap,Editor

Daisy, a lawyer and journalist, became The SUN's editor in September 1999, after serving as the newspaper's editorial consultant from its inception. Prior to this, she worked for 21 years in several publications both in the Philippines and Hong Kong. Immediately before joining The SUN as its editor, she worked as a part-time writer for the Cable News Network (CNN) in Hong Kong, and for 10 years before this, as editor, producer and writer for English news at Asia Television HK (ATV). Daisy earned both her journalism and law degrees from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, and was a writing intern at the Jefferson Fellowships program of the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii. She has been an active leader of the Filipino community in Hong Kong, having served as chairperson of the Philippine Association of Hong Kong, founding member of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Hong Kong and as adviser of several community organizations. She is now serving her second term as a member of the Committee on the Promotion of Racial Harmony, an advisory body to the HKSAR government.

Email: daisy@sunweb.com.hk


Jan Yumul,Reporter

Jan is the latest addition to The SUN family. Though born in the Philippines, she spent much of her growing-up years in Hong Kong, and thus speaks several languages: English, French, Cantonese and Filipino. Jan, who holds a journalism degree from the University of Sto Tomas in Manila, brings to The SUN the idealism and enthusiasm of the young, which helps ensure the paper remains attuned to the needs of its readers.

Email: jan.yumul@gmail.com



CONTRIBUTORS

A pool of writers, mostly Filipina domestic helpers who make up The Sun Writers Club, regularly contribute articles to The SUN. The contributors are mostly degree holders from the Philippines, and completed the annual writing workshop conducted by The SUN's editors. They also get regular guidance and training in their quest to pursue a writing career after leaving Hong Kong.



MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION

The SUN has regular staff who take care of advertisers' needs and tackle the difficult task of distributing 78,000 copies of the newspaper throughout Hong Kong every month. They include Johna M. Acompanado, Elena P. Villaprudente and Joy Luberas-Tan.

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ARTICLES IN THE SUN FALL UNDER THREE CATEGORIES:

News about Filipinos in Hong Kong

Through The SUN, the Filipinos have become one of the most informed ethnic groups in Hong Kong. Coverage of events ranges from policy changes to the burning issues of the day, from personal experiences to the myriad of problems confronting Filipinos in Hong Kong, as well as business opportunities both in Hong Kong and the Philippines. Such coverage has made The SUN the most respected Filipino publication in Hong Kong.


News about the Philippines

From the information gathered by a retained reporter in Manila, from the internet and from Manila newspapers, The SUN's editors write in-depth and analytical pieces on significant developments in the Philippines. The stories are supplemented by choice articles supplied by the prestigious Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the OFW Writers' Consortium.


Features and Columns

The SUN regularly carries feature stories about life in Hong Kong, from the Filipino point of view. Regular sections include "Do it Yourself Travel" about interesting places in Hong Kong, "Tribong Pinoy," where the many organizations that make up the Filipino community here are featured, "Chinese Horoscope," written by an in-house seer, "Balitang Artista" which reports on the latest news and intrigues about famous entertainers in the Philippines, and "Food Trip" where readers get to share their favorite recipes, as well as their pictures. There are also regular columns that cater to the various needs of its readers, including the "Editor's Note," "Migrants' Forum," "Know Your Rights", "Food Trip", "Pera Mo, Palaguin Mo" and "Pinoy Jokes." But the most popular one is easily "Anak Araw," written by an anonymous author with the pen name "Ate Kulit". At times funny, at times sarcastic but always informative, Ate Kulit is one of the reasons The SUN is the most-read Filipino publication in Hong Kong.


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