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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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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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`Caring Day' ng Mission, dinagsa
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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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UPAA-HK wins `Rambulan'
It was friendly but fierce, fun but nerve-wracking.
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  November 2010 Features Gallery   
MinMA's Kalilang Mindanaw stresses native culture


Mindanaoans in Hong Kong have again put on display their vibrant music, colorful costumes and elegant pageantry when they staged the Kalilang Mindanaw at the Chinachem Cinema Plaza in Tsim Sha Tsui on Oct. 10.

The event is a yearly celebration organized by Mindanao (HK) Migrant Alliance or MinMA to promote camaraderie, peace and cultural awareness.

Special guests included Davao city councilor Dr. Rene Lopez, officers from the Consulate and representatives from Filipino business groups, including The Sun.

Sultan Kudarat Gov. Suharto Mangudadatu sent a representative. Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno, who begged off at the last minute, sent an email lauding MinMa for staging the event, and congratulated the group's new set of officers. Another no-show was Rep. Nancy Catamco (2nd district, N. Cotabato), who said she was unable to book a flight back to Manila in time for a budget hearing at the House of Representatives early the next day.

As in past years, this year's Kalilang was highlighted by the search for the Mutya ng Mindanao, and colorful cultural presentations by various tribes in the region, such as the Kasingkil, Maranao, Kapangapir, Kapamalong, Bagobo, T'boli courtship and Manobo.Popular myths and folklores of the people of Mindanao were also interpreted by the `Mutya' candidates in the talent competition, which was a new addition to the show.

As in previous Kalilangs, the candidates were asked to model authentic Lumad and Moro costumes, and tested for their creativity in projecting the elegance of the traditional "malong' costume.

Crowned as Mutya ng Mindanao 2010 was Maria Morena Manalo from Zamboanga. She sealed her victory by responding confidently to the question on how she could contribute to preserving peace in Mindanao. She also bagged awards for best in production number and best in interview.

Jo-Anne Marie Balicoco was the Bai ng Kalilang. She also was adjudged best in casual wear, best in fantasy attire and best in a malong. Other winners were Joan Caballero, first runner up and best in ethnic attire; Cherille Madriaga, second runner up and miss photogenic; Pearly Grace Nioda, third runner up and best in talent. Julia Quibod was also chosen as best in talent.

Special awards were also given to Odesa Tayo, Miss Amity; Claire Mischelle Rally, Miss Goodwill; Jocelyn Ringor, Miss Celebrity and Leah Patalen, Miss Congeniality.

Supporters salute Bethune on its 24th anniversary

What better way to celebrate another milestone in the oldest shelter in Hong Kong for foreign domestic workers in distress than to do so in the company of all those who have supported it through the years?

This was exactly what those in charge of Bethune House did when they gathered all its friends, former clients and supporters in celebrating its 24th year on Oct. 15 at the nearby Kowloon Union Church (KUC) in Jordan.

More than 100 people from various fields and of different ages gathered for the happy occasion which was made livelier by songs from the Indonesian and Filipino domestic workers who reside in the shelter.

Among the guests were legislator Emily Lau and noted philanthropist Anne Marden.

Conspicuous was the presence of several students in the crowd. One group from the South Island School in Aberdeen showed two short video clips that they made to help promote support for Bethune

Bethune Director Edwina Antonio welcomed all the guests, and specially supporters who have provided the shelter and its residents food, professional services and skills, and even physical space, as in the case of the KUC.

Several supporters including The Sun editor Daisy CL Mandap and businesswoman

Connie Kroeker spoke on the importance of continuing the support for Bethune.

Kroeker told the audience of how pleased she was that her target of raising more than 2,000 pounds of food for Bethune was surpassed, while Mandap shared how impressed she has been with how the shelter has helped build the confidence of its clients.

In acknowledging Lau's presence, Mandap also took the opportunity to call on the Hong Kong government to provide funds and direct services to migrants in distress. This includes supporting to Bethune, which provides tangible assistance and results to a vulnerable sector of the society.

But as always, the most moving testimonies came from the women who have benefited from staying at Bethune.

The migrants spoke of varying degrees of abuse that they suffered at the hands of their employers. One spoke of being forced to go through the garbage for food, while another talked of how she was raped and forced to overstay her visa after being driven out of her employer's house.

Others shared how Bethune has made a difference in their lives, including learning to do arts and crafts, and how to fight for their rights.

A former resident, Janet Pancho-Gupta, spoke poignantly of how her two-year stay at Bethune helped restore her health and confidence. It was also during her stay there that Gupta, now married to an Indian journalist, discovered her talent for painting.

Parangal sa mga tribong Pinoy

Ni Sol Banganan

Nagsama-sama ang mga manggawang Pilipino na mula sa ibat-ibang tribo ng Pilipinas para sa taunang pagdiriwang ng Tribal Filipino Sunday noong Okt. 17 sa Chater Road sa Central.

Base sa tema na "pangalagaan at pagyamanin ang kabuhayan, kultura't karapatan ng pambansang minorya sa loob at labas ng ating bansa", ipinakita ng mga grupo sa pamamagitan ng mga katutubong sayaw at awitin ang kanilang kahilingan sa gobyerno na tulungan at suportahan ang mga katulad nilang tinatawag na "indigenous peoples".

Sa kanyang pagbati, sinabi ni Delia Gonzalez, bise presidente ng Mindanao Federation na "Huwag nating hayaan ang mga dayuhan ang magmay-ari sa ating natural na yaman".

Gumamit ng bigas ang panauhing pandangal na si Pastor Joram Calimutan ng United Church of Christ in the Philippines upang ipaliwanag ang sitwasyon sa Pilipinas. "Itong punong-puno ng bigas ay para sa mga mahihirap na panay ang trabaho ngunit hindi sapat ang kita nila para sa kanilang pamilya. Ang isang ito na kalahati ang laman ay para sa mga mayayaman na lalong yumayaman sa pawis at dugo ng iba. At itong isang basong ito ay para sa mga kumakayod ng husto ngunit kumikita ng sapat lamang sa kanilang pangangailangan," ang paliwanag ni Calimutan.

Dahil karamihan ng Pilipino ay kabilang sa unang baso, sinabi niyang sana daw ay matugunan na ang sobrang kahirapan sa Pilipinas na ang ugat ay ang hindi pantay-pantay na yaman ng mga tao.

Si Eman Villanueva naman ng United Filipinos in HK ay ibinalita ang nabuong pahayag ng mga lider na sumali sa naganap na pangalawang "All Presidents' Meet." Gumawa ng listahan ng mga kahilingan ang mga lider na ipinadala kay Presidente Noynoy Aquino.

"Huwag tayong magsawa sa pakikipaglaban sa ating karapatan hanggat hindi tayo pinapansin ni P-noy. Kahit man lang sana bumaba yong presyo ng pagkuha ng pasaporte ang magawa niya para sa atin," sabi ni Villanueva.

Humanga nang husto ang mga tao sa iba't-ibang mga palabas na nagpapakita sa mga katutubong sayaw at kasuotan ng mga Pilipino. Kabilang sa mga sumayaw ay ang grupo ng Mindanao Federation, Palawan Migrants Association, Occidental Mindoro Association, Abra Tinguian Ilocano Society, Likha at Cordillera Alliance. Sila rin ang nagtatag sa nasabing palabas sa pakikipagtulungan ng Unifil.

Bumuo din ang mga grupo ng sarili nilang kahilingan sa gobyerno na binasa ni Josephine Pingkihan, Chairperson ng Cordillera Alliance.

Hiniling niya sa bawa't dumalo, lalo na iyong mga nabibilang sa mga IP o indigenous peoples na lumagda. Ang nasabing mga kahilingan ay ipapadala din nila kay Pangulong Aquino. Ang Tribal Filipino Sunday ay ipinagdiriwang din sa ating bansa tuwing ikalawang linggo sa buwan ng Oktubre.

Calabarzon nagdiwang ang ika-anim na taon

Ni Tessie A. Agsipo

Nanumpa ang mga bagong halal na opisyal ng Calabarzon o Cavite, Laguna, Batangas,Rizal at Quezon kasabay ng pagdaos nila ng kanilang ika-anim na anibersaryo sa Grappas Cellar & Restaurant sa Central noong Okt. 17.

Ginawa nila ang kanilang panunumpa sa harap ni Labor Attache Romulo V. Salud.

Ayon kay Salud, ang Konsulado ay parang isang kaibigan na handang dumamay sa mga Pilipino sa Hong Kong. Ngunit idiniin niya na dapat na lumapit muna sa Konsulado upang magtanong kung ano ang nararapat gawin. Marami daw kasi na buo na ang desisyon bago pa man dumulog sa Konsulado kaya wala nang magagawa pa para sa kanila.

Sa mensahe naman ng bagong halal na presidente na si Noel M. Pakingan, hiniling niya sa mga kasama ang kanilang pagkikiisa para maisakatuparan ang mga plano ng grupo.

"Sana tulong-tulong tayo upang lalo nating mapa-ganda ang Calabarzon. Huwag nating isipin kung ano ang magagawa ng Calabarzon sa atin kundi ang dapat nating isipin ay kung ano ang magagawa natin sa ating organisasyon," sabi ni Pakingan. Maliban kay Pakingan, ang iba pang opisyal ay sina Sancho D. Ole, vice president (internal affairs); Rozelito B. Santos, vice president (external affairs); Roel C. Subida, secretary; Paolo B. Comendador, treasurer; Jose Balazon, auditor; Carlito Villaruel at Malou Leuterio, P.R.Os.; Carlito Esteleydes, business manager; Rizaldy Adre, provincial coordinator; Flordel C. Juliano, sports committee chairman; Benito Tolentino Jr. and Mamerto Arada Jr., sports committee vice chairman; Eric C. Baylosis, Renato Comendador, Ben Baon, at Reynaldo Aguila, advisers.

Nagpalabas ang ibat-ibang grupo na para lalong mapasigla ang programa. Nagkaroon din ng paripa.

Teachers join seminar on education

By Emalyn A. Beltran

About 140 members of the National Organization of Professional Teachers (NOPT-HK) and other guests attended a day-long seminar-workshop on education at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town on Oct. 24.

The workshop was hosted by the party list Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE), and featured its representative in Congress, Eulogio "Amang" Magsaysay as the keynote speaker. Together with Magsaysay was Dean Ulpiano Sarmiento III of the Law School of San Beda College who conducted the morning session, and Dr.Arnulfo Empleyo, principal of Tondo National High School, who did the afternoon session.

Given emphasis in the lectures was the current education curriculum in the Philippines, and the relevant laws in education. The lectures also touched on the methods of teaching, including the use of evaluation techniques and motivation.

An open forum was held after both the morning and afternoon sessions.

The teachers present were encouraged to continue keeping themselves abreast with their profession so they can still go back to teaching when they return to the Philippines.

The seminar ended with the awarding of plaques of appreciation to all the guest speakers. It was held ahead of NOPT's 10th anniversary celebration this November.

TNVSG, matatag sa ika-3 taon

Ni Tessie Agsipo

Ang Nueva Vizcaya Solid Group o NVSG ay nagdiwang ng kanilang ikatlong taong anibersaryo noong Okt.24 sa Bradbury School kung saan ang panauhing pandangal ay ang kanilang kongresistang si Carlos Padilla, kasama ang kanyang asawa.

Sa mensahe ni Padilla ay taos puso niyang ipinaabot ang pakikiramay sa mga biktima ng hostage crisis sa Maynila noong Agosto.

Pinayuhan din ng mambabatas ang kanyang mga kababayan na magkaisa at iwasan ang magkawatak-watak ang kanilang grupo.

Taos puso naman ang pasasalamat ng grupo sa mga panauhin sa pagpapaunlak sa kanilang imbitasyon.

Sa paunang mensahe naman ni Romeo Calpatura na siyang pangulo ng grupo ay binanggit niya ang hindi malilimutang salita ni Gov. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma noong bagong tatag pa lang ang kanilang grupo na baka isang taon lang ang itagal ng kanilang samahan.

Naging isang hamon daw ito para sa mga opisyal at mga miyembro na maging matatag ang kanilang asosasyon. Sa katunayan ay mahigit 100 na daw ang mga kasapi sa NVSG at nananatiling matibay ang kanilang samahan.

Ayon naman kay Vice Consul Charles Macaspac ay tunay ngang solido ang grupo. Sinabi niya na ang anumang grupo katulad ng NVSG ay maaaring magsadya sa Konsulado anumang oras kung sila ay may gustong iparating.

Napuno ang lugar na pinagdausan ng programa dahil na rin sa pagdalo ng taga-suports ng mga kandidata sa isang popularity contest. Si Lorna Mallo ang nanalo sa patimpalak..

Nagbigay din ng pagkilala ang pamunuan ng samahan sa kanilang mga manlalaro ng basketball dahil sa pinapakita nilang gilas at husay sa paglalaro. Saksi dito ang mga tropeong madalas nilang naiuuwi sa mga paligang kanilang sinasalihan.

Ang panunumpa ng mga bagong halal na opisyal sa harap ni Cong. Padilla ang isa sa naging tampok na bahagi ng programa. Ang mga ito ay sina; Romeo B. Calpatura, president; Ceasar T. Laureta, vice president; Susan Alvarez Apolto, secretary; Belly L. Buesa, treasurer; Ryan D. Gavieres; asst. treasurer; Aurora A. Laureta, auditor; Grace H. Acosta, asst. auditor; Rolando C. Madera, Rene F. Gatchilian, Anabel V. Mendoza, at Willie D. Daran, bus. Managers; Glenn S. Dellomos,

Santiago A. Galindez R., Blessie R. Orteza, Aurora D. Tengco at Nelson M. Paladin, P.R.Os; Orlando A. Bondad, Arniel P. Miray, Julie P. Nano, Jenny Fe Dela Cruz at Francisco O. Maejan, sgt at arms; Feliciano B. Leal, adviser/ chairman.

Passi association celebrates 7th anniversary

By Erma C. Geolamin

The Passi City Iloilo Association or PCIA-HK celebrated its 7th anniversary in Central on Oct 10 with the launching of its Facebook account.

Their adviser, Rolly Cruz of the Philippine National Bank, lauded the effort, and said Facebook is a convenient medium of communication for family members, especially when they have pressing problems back in the Philippiens.

Special guest, Vice-Consul Val Roque of the Consulate, congratulated the group on for being strong as ever after seven years.

PCIA-HK president Wilma Padura recounted her group's previous projects, and encouraged members to continue supporting their advocacies.

Among PCIA-HK's projects was the donation of rice to the victims of typhoon Frank that swept Passi in 2008, through its "Bigay Bigas" program.

PCIA-HK has 400 active members.

Ethnic minority support groups mark their respective anniversaries

By Gina N. Ordona

Various ethnic presentations including two from Philippine organizations were held to mark the Celebrate Colors carnival jointly organized by Christian Action and Asian Baptist Women's Fellowship to mark their 25th and 10th anniversary respectively.

The event was held at the Southorn playground in Wan Chai on Oct. 16.

CA and ABWF-HK are support groups providing social and humanitarian services to ethnic minorities in HK. The carnival aimed to enhance understanding about different cultures of ethnic minorities and promote the message of equal opportunities.

In her keynote speech, undersecretary for constitutional and mainland affairs Adeline Wong commended CA and ABWF-HK for their advocacy in setting up support services to help individuals integrate into the community.

Wong said her office would work closely with the Equal Opportunities Commission to ensure that the rights of minorities will always be protected.

Other guests were Equal Opportunities Commission chairman Lam Woon-Kwong and Philippine Consul General Claro S. Cristobal.

A special guest performer was Indian artist Gil Mohinderpaul Singh a.k.a. Bobo, who was raised in Hong Kong and became famous after joining a reality show in 2007. Bobo shared his experiences of successful integration into the local community.

Among the performers were dancers from South Cotabato Workers Association in authentic T'boli attire who performed a tribal courtship dance. The Bohol (HK) Association presented the Iti-itik dance. Both received cheerful applause from the appreciative audience.

DOLE-OWWA, pinarangalan ang nagtapos

Ni Tessie A. Agsipo

Masayang nagmartsa ang 232 Pilipina na nagsipagtapos sa iba-ibang programa ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration sa isang parangal na idinaos sa Bayanihan Centre sa Kennedy Town noong Okt 16.

Umabot sa 198 ang tumanggap ng katibayan ng pagtatapos sa kurso ng Microsoft at 34 naman ang nagtapos ng pag-aaral ng Cantonese. Sila ay kabilang sa pinagsamang batch 34 at 35 ng mga dumaan sa libreng pagsasanay ng DOLE at OWWA.

Pinangunahan ni Congen Claro S. Cristobal ang pag-aabot ng katibayan sa mga nagsipagtapos. Tinulungan siya nina Manuela N. Pena at Necy D. Cataran na parehong welfare officer ng OWWA

Natutuwa ang DOLE-OWWA Microsoft instructor na si Bryan Chanco dahil marami daw ang gustong matutong gumamit ng computer. Ayon sa kanya ay hindi hadlang ang edad para sa mga gustong mag-aral. "Mayroon may edad na ngunit madali namang matuto at may bata pa naman ngunit mahirap makaintindi, kaya wala sa edad ang pag-aaral dito," saad ni Chanco.

Samantala, papuri naman ang natanggap ng dalawang volunteer instructor ng Cantonese na sina Nora Lozano at Nimfa Dulfo mula sa kanilang mga estudante. Marami daw kasi silang natutunan sa kanilang mga leksiyon.

Ang DOLE-OWWA Microsoft ay sinusuportahan ang "Tulay-Aral", ang proyekto para sa mga anak ng dating OFWs na umuwing hindi sinuwerte sa trabaho dito, o ang kanilang mga naulila na gustong mag-aral ngunit walang pinansyal na kakayahan.

Ipinaliwanag ni Cataran na marami ang lumalapit sa kanilang punong tanggapan para makakuha ng ganitong benepisyo subalit masusi daw nilang iniimbestigahan ang bawat kaso bago ito desisyunan.

Ang DOLE-OWWA Microsoft ay tumatanggap din ng donasyon mula sa mga OFW, mapa indibidwal man o grupo, para sa pagpatataguyod ng programa. Kabilang sa mga asosasyon na sumusuporta sa programang ito ang DOMO-HK at Filipino Reflexology. Nagbibigay din ng donasyon si Myrna Jimenez, na isang volunteer sa Filipino Workers Resource Centre, o FWRC.

Ang DOMOHK at si Jimenez ay parehong nakatanggap ng patunay ng pasasalamat na pinirmahan ni OWWA administrator na si Carmelita Dimzon.

Ang mga iskedyul para sa Microsoft class sa Bayanihan Center ay Lunes mula 2-5 ng hapon; Martes hanggang Huwebes at Sabado mula 9-12 ng tanghali at 2-5 ng hapon. Sa araw ng Linggo ang klase ay nagsisimula ng alas nuwebe ng umaga hanggang 12 ng tanghali; at mula 1-4 at 4-7 ng hapon. Ang Cantonese class naman ay ginaganap sa FWRC at ang klase ay tuwing Linggo lamang, mula 10 n.u. hanggang 12 nn. Ang lahat ng mga kasalukuyang miyembro ng OWWA ay maaring magpa-rehistro. Maaaring dumulog lang sa tanggapan ng OWWA sa Konsulado.

Aglipayans re-elect officers

Members of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) HK Fellowship re-elected the officers for year 2009-2010 to serve again in 2010-2011. The elections were held during a General Assembly held on Oct 3.

Reelected were: Evelyn Aguirre, vice-chairperson; Jezalie Kudera-Gamosa, secretary; Marites Apostol-Wong, treasurer; Larry Vizcarra, auditor; Carina Tomines, stewardship secretary.

The chairpersons of the standing committees are: Belle Cariaga, committee on service; Reena Tabingo-Beldia, committee on education; Betty Ladanan, committee on liturgy; and Nenita Paulma Estrologo, committee on fellowship.

According to the canons of the IFI, the parish priest is the ex officio council chairperson. In the IFI-HK Fellowship's By-laws, the General Assembly which is the highest policy making body, is composed of six delegates from each of the diocesan groups. The Choir and the Servers also have their equal representation in the GA. When the General Assembly is not in session, the IFI-HK Fellowship Council, which is composed of the Officers, Diocesan and Group Leaders, acts on behalf of the General Assembly. Actions of the Council with policy implications are either confirmed or rescinded by the General Assembly.

The officers as well as members of the standing committees were inducted into office on Oct. 10 by The Most Revd Godofredo J. David, Obispo Maximo XI, of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente who was attending the Christian Conference of East Asia (CCEA) in HK at the time.

OM David in his sermon at the Filipino Eucharist exhorted the newly inducted officers and standing committee members to do their duties for God and country.

SMART-HK Marks 2nd Year

By Ramon Dizon Jr.

Hundreds enjoyed the triple "Trick-and-Treats" second anniversary celebration of SMART-HK or Simple, Measurable, Achievable, & Reliable, Team in Sai Ying Pun Community Complex on October 17.

The show was highlighted by a beauty pageant, singing contest and dancing competition. There was magic performance and a Halloween attire portion in the search for Mr. & Ms. SMART 2010.

Over a dozen contestants vied to be the SMART Idol 2010 in the singing contest, and the audience enjoyed the sight of the navel-baring contestants in the belly-dance competition with the sound system in full blast.Intermission numbers made the affair livelier including the mock "balagtasan" about gays and lesbians, a topic that created a ripple in the audience.

Guest speaker was Vice Consul Charles Macaspac, who expressed support for the group and its activities.

A dozen individuals formed the three panels that picked the three winners in the beauty, singing and dancing contests. Two panels of adjudicators tallied the scores.

The daylong event went overtime by an hour-and-a-half, causing some ladies in the pageant to become edgy due to curfew hours imposed by their respective employers.

But it was all worth it for Joan Quilarto, who was eventually crowned Ms SMART 2010. Shierly Villamor and Rashel Francisco received trophies for placing 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively.

Nit'z Rada, who had the loudest followers in the audience, won the crown for Mr. SMART 2010. Mhel Pascual was 1st runner-up, Nhel Flores was second runner-up; and Ivan Baricawa, third runner-up

.Taking the title of SMART Idol 2010 was Nick Salamatin for placing first in the singing competition. Marycris Insilay was first runner-up and Rowena Fe Sayaboc, second runner-up.Angel Pintac, who was adjudged as the most gracious dancer, won the belly-dancing contest. Indonesian Sheizin Vina Putri was 1st runner-up place while Anabelle Collado was second runner-up.

Org Announcements

The Caritas Asian Migrant Workers' Social Service Project is offering computer courses on Saturdays for Filipino and Indonesian domestic helpers. The lessons will run from October to December with a fee of $380, including handouts. For more information, please call 2147-5988

The Zamboanga Basilan (HK) Association would like to invite groups and associations to join the following events:

* The 2nd Christmas Choral Competition to be held at Bayanihan Center in Kennedy Town on Dec. 12. There will be a maximum of 10 to 15 members per group. The group is allowed to present any Christmas songs, which can be in either English or Tagalog and last for not more than eight minutes per presentation. For more details, please call Denny at 90317079 or Ludy at 67743066.

*'Requerdo." (Remembrance). This first ever photo contest is open to all OFWs with DH contract. You may submit any memorable and original photos of 8x10 at our designated drop box located at 12/F PrimeGold Plus, Eurotrade Center, Central (Just beside World Wide). The contest started on Oct. 01 and will run until Nov.28. The awarding of winning entries will be on Dec.12 at the Bayanihan Center.For more Information, please call Heart at 91795964 or Denny at 90317079.

The PCADE Tinikling Chapter is inviting friends who want to join to the group for

The Hong Kong flower show in March 2011. Male/female performers are welcome, and there is no age limit required. For more information, please contact Marie at 92446012 or Jeanette at 94302423

The Philippine Cultural Dance and Arts is now accepting talented OFWs who are interested in performing for cultural and modern dances. For more information, please call Grace at 93412029 or Hazel at 63724944

The Island ECC Filipino Ministries is offering a three-month course of basic Cantonese. Classes will be held at 8/F 633 King's Road, Quarry Bay. For those interested, please call Riza at 2864-9337.

The Filipino Women Migrant Workers is about to hold its Kwentong Buhay Pinay 4 (KBP 4) story writing contest. The submission of entries will be on Sept. 30, Oct 30 & Nov 15 .The 1st prize will be HK$1,000.00 followed by the 2nd who will receive $700 , $500.00 for the 3rd prize and five consolation prizes. A story-writing seminar will also be held. For more details, please call Chris at 68037645/ Lucy at 94463403 / Annabel at 53185686 / Malou at 92451179 /Chato at 95147113 or Lolit at 66859711

The newly formed Cebuano HK Association is inviting all Cebuanos to join its group. For more details, please call Juliet at 93753784 or Agnes at 67752379/ 6149 8129

The Bileg Ti Ilocano Association-HK will be celebrating its 12th anniversary on Oct 31 with a search for Miss Philippines and Hong Kong 2010 and the third Pinoy Idol. For more information, please call Petra at 67129784 or 51825569

The Philippine Basketball Organization will be holding its election on Nov 14. For more information, please call Jun at 69018917 or Vicky at 67138167.

The Nueca Vizcaya Association is inviting all residents of Nueva Vizcaya to join their group. For those interested, please call Reyna at 90167412

The Isabela Federation will hold "Makabayan, Makapasko", a group singing competition, to mark its first anniversary. It will be held from 1pm to 6pm at the Bayanihan Center on Dec. 5 and is open to all organizations. Please call Bell at 92053747/ Butz at 53983848 / Edith at 69394962 or Norma at 6223 6851

The Kabisig Society will hold its search for the "ultimate chickboy" at the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex on Nov 7. Please call Leo Selomenio at 91372805

The Filipino Migrant Workers' Union is organizing a Filipino folk song group singing competition that will be held in Li Hall at St. John's Cathedral from 2pm to 5pm on Nov 21. Any Filipino singing groups with eight or more members can join and that the songs can be in Tagalog, Ilocano or Visayan. For those interested or for more details, please contact Guy at 9104-1411/ Iyang at 9535-8766 or Eman at 9758-5935

The Caritas Asian Migrant Workers Social Service Project is organizing a "Say goodbye to stress" seminar for foreign domestic workers on Nov. 21. It will be held from 2pm to 5pm at G/F No.28A , Fortress Hill Road, Hong Kong. The guest speaker will be Dr. Chiu Siu Ning, a specialist in psychiatry and that the talk will be conducted in English and Indonesian. For more details, please call Wesley at 21475988

The LOFM is inviting those interested to join a first-aid certification to be held on Nov 21 and 28 and Dec 5 and 12 at St.John's Ambulance. For more information, please call the LOFM hotline at 61596456.

The CFCB will hold its annual Christmas morning at China Coast Community from 10am on Dec 12. All volunteers from batch one to 55 are welcome. Please wear red Santa hats for the event. Please call Precy at 91897603 or Rosel at 51382125

The Adivay ni Itogon Benguet Association (ANIBA) is inviting OFWs from Itogon, Benguet , who are willing to play every Sunday, to join their volleyball team. For those interested, please call Bernadette at 96606854 or Grace at 93344754.

A newly-formed all-women Philippine baseball team, The Buffalos, needs more players. For those interested, please call Ann Apita 94561179.

The Leytenian Association will be re-organizing its new members and officers. Those who are interested in joining, please call Lotlot at 68269317 or 91557724

The Filipino Nurses Association will conduct a seminar on "Nurses Licensure Test Framework and Competency Standards in Hong Kong and Philippine Nursing" at the Traders Hotel in 503, Queen's Road West. The seminar will be from 12nn to 5pm. For seat reservations, please call the organizer at 95180835/ 94439649 or 94669631

Calling all OFWs from Bauang La Union. We are planning to organize a group from Bauang. For those interested, please call Liza at 90110766 or Wilma at 68912416



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