OPINION   
Editor's Note
As clear as day
How little Regina Ip knows about our migrant women! What little regard she has for them!

Reading a full translation of her column in Ming Pao in which she denigrated Filipina domestic workers immediately evoked a sense of outrage and shock. Prejudice dripped from the written piece, as clear as day.

How could anyone, least of all someone aspiring to be Hong Kong's next chief executive, come up with such damning allegations against one of the most vulnerable and least protected sectors of society?

She wrote: "In Hong Kong, there are quite a lot of cases where expat employers and complaints from expat women residing in Discovery Bay. They complained that the Hong Filipino domestic workers have an affair. When I was the Secretary for Security, I received Kong government had tolerated Filipino helpers who seduced their husbands. But at that time, the bureau could only respond to them by saying that it's rather difficult for the authorities to govern such behaviour under the existing regulatory framework." Details...

Anak Araw
Para kay Regina
Simple lang sana ang mensahe ni Regina Ip sa isang artikulo niya sa pahayagang Ming Pao, na umalingawngaw sa Hong Kong kamakailan: Dapat daw ay hindi lang ang pang-aabuso sa mga domestic helper gaya ni Erwiana ang pagtuunan ng pansin ng international media kundi ang mga ginagawang seksuwal ng mga expatriate sa kanilang mga katulong, na binansagan niyang "sexual resource". Ang ginamit niyang mga salita ay may patama hindi lamang sa talagang target niya. Kaya umalma ang marami. Details...

Migrant's Forum
An open letter to Ip
Ma'am Regina,

It was a great opportunity to have had a chance to talk to you up close and personal on one sunny Sunday of 2008 beside the Legco building in Central. We shook hands and you said, "I am Regina Ip, come to me if you have problems with employment because I cater to concerns of domestic helpers" in Hong Kong. But that's now history. Details...

BUHAY PINAY   
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NEWS FROM HOME   
Aquino seeks ASEAN consensus on China's aggressive expansion
During the recently-concluded summit of the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, President Benigno Aquino III underscored the importance of "Asean Centrality" or the need for the regional bloc to have a united stand on key issues amid China's aggressive expansion in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
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COMMUNITY   
Pagbebenta ng produkto sa FB, labag sa batas para sa OFW
Kung kayo ay nagtatrabaho dito bilang domestic helper at balak magbenta ng iba't-bang produkto sa Facebook o alin mang pamilihan sa internet, mag-ingat dahil labag iyan sa kontrata ninyo sa Hong Kong.
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SPORTS   
Filipinas fail to nail baseball plum
Early favorite Philippine Sluggers was psyched up for victory in the second division of the Hong Kong Women's Baseball League, but failed in its quest in a shock defeat to rival Macaroons, 4-12, in the championship held on Apr. 19.
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PINOY JOKES   
Someone missing

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Mayo sa iyo
Covers the period May 1-15
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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.

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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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