OPINION   
Editor's Note
Roldan should not get off lightly
What's not to like about the current leadership in the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines?

Plenty, and the list keeps getting long.

Topping the list is long-standing problem with the illegal or grossly excessive fees collected from our migrant workers, the failure to act decisively on their complaints, the double-talk on the OEC, and many others.

But easily the most glaring was the recent decision by DoLE of meting the lightest punishment on former Labor Attache Manuel Roldan, despite his being practically indicted for gross civil service violations by both the Consulate and Congress investigators.

All that Roldan got was a one month's suspension from work with an option to pay a fine in lieu! Details...

Anak Araw
Door to door
Kung mayroong isang bagay na malapit sa puso ng mga OFW, ito ay ang door to door box. Bakit nga hindi: bawa't isang kahon ay bunga ng ilang buwang pagtitipid upang unti-unting makabili ng mga bagay na ipadadala sa kanilang mga mahal at mapuno ang kahon. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Buhay ng bagong saltang OFW
Pangingibang bansa ang aking tanging alam na paraan para makakaahon sa kahirapan at matugunan ang pang araw-araw na pangangailangan ng aking pamilya. Masakit para sa isang ina na katulad ko na makita ang aking anak na salat sa maraming bagay at hindi ko maibigay ang mga simpleng hiling nila: pagkain,laruan, bagong damit, at iba pa. Higit sa lahat, gusto kong makapag-ipon para sa kanilang pag aaral sa kolehiyo pagdating ng panahon. Dahil hindi ako nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral, nangangarap akong maiba ng landas ang aking mga anak upang mas masiguro ang kanilang kinabukasan. Bunsod ng mga pangap na ito kaya pinili ko ang panandaliang paglayo at paninilbihan sa ibang lahi at maging pag-aalaga ng ibang bata. Details...

BUHAY PINAY   
123, takbo!

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NEWS FROM HOME   
Aquino stops random inspection of balikbayan boxes at Customs
It was a simple measure: open arriving Balikbayan boxes at random to plug the hole that allowed smugglers to cheat the Bureau of Customs of hundreds of millions of pesos in taxes.
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COMMUNITY   
Hopes are high at CARD-OFW graduation
Testimonies during the graduation rites of Card-OFW Hongkong Foundation on Aug 23 at the Catholic Diocese Center on Caine Road brought an atmosphere of hope towards financial freedom.
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SPORTS   
Fate A ends season with heartbreaking loss to SCAA
All-Filipina team Fate A bid goodbye on Aug 16 to this year's season of the Hong Kong women's softball league with an embarrassing 0-9 loss to SCAA-A Diamond at Tin Kwong Field.

The loss gave the Filipinas a 5-5 win-loss slate in the league, landing the team on sixth place in the standings, but team captain Don Gaborno said the squad was still assured of a slot in the A division next season, which kicks off in November.
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PINOY JOKES   
Trabaho

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Setyembre 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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