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Editor's Note
Inaction
One of the biggest problems with pursuing a case involving our migrant workers is often the lack of complainants willing to pursue their case.

This not surprising, especially in a place like Hong Kong where workers have no security of tenure. All it takes is a month's notice from the employer, or pay in lieu, and the worker could be thrown out into the streets, no matter which part of the world she had come from. Details...

Anak Araw
Bagong babala
Nitong nakaraang buwan ay naibalita ng press office ng gubyerno ng Hong Kong, na nakipagtulungan ang HK Police upang maipahuli ang mga kasapi ng isang tinatawag na "Naked Chat Blackmail" syndicate sa Pilipinas, Ayon sa report, walong Pilipino ang nahuli ng Philippine National Police sa Bulacan -- limang lalaki at tatlong babae. Maliban sa kanila, limang menor de edad ang iniligtas mula sa sindikatong ito. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Upon their return, what?
Gemma Macalaging had been through some rough times in her short overseas employment stint in Qatar. At one time, she was only eating dates she had picked off the ground because the family fed her left-overs. At other times, the wife of the employer was screaming at her for looking directly at the husband's eyes. Most of the time, she only had two to three hours sleep. Details...

Know Your Rights
What to end when contract is ending
When a contract is about to end, the main concern of a foreign domestic worker is whether or not the contract will be renewed. Many of the calls we received in the past month were inquiries on what should be done if there is only a month or a few weeks left in the current contract and a worker has not heard of a clear decision by the employer on whether it will be renewed. Details...

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Bethune House marks 28th year serving distressed FDWs
Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih may have cast the spotlight anew on Bethune House Migrant Workers Refuge, but this church-run shelter has been doing its life-saving and life-changing work for the past 28 years.
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  Mid-December 2010 Features Gallery   

The Sun celebrates its 15th year



Fun was the word when The Sun celebrated its 15th anniversary and Christmas party on Dec. 12 at the Himalaya restaurant in Wan Chai.

About 50 guests led by Consul General Claro S. Cristobal, dined, sang, danced and laughed the night away after being welcomed by publisher Leo A. Deocadiz and his staff and writers.

The Sun editor Daisy C.L. Mandap tried to put a touch of solemnity to the occasion by recalling the 15 years of service by the community's leading newspaper, but hardly succeeded. She didn't care.

An attempt by The Sun Writers Club to present a medley of songs bombed, and immediately became fodder for the jokes by hosts Arnold Grospe and Jan Yumul. Everyone, including the writers themselves, laughed along.

In the same vein, Congen Claro declared he would not make a speech, but proceeded to speak at length, anyway. He then threatened to sing the night away, and challenged everyone to get him to sing difficult songs.

But first, he said he normally sang with a live band, but would make an exception that evening.

He was given Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up" as his first song, and he sang with much aplomb.

But he faltered after requesting for the more difficult "Windmills of Your Mind." The reason: Unifil's Eman Villanueva gave the number code for the cover version by the Swing Out Sisters, but swore vehemently afterwards that it was not intentional.

Eman and Unifil chair Dolo Balladares impressed everyone with their singing talent, something the other guests were told, they developed while practicing protest chants with a megaphone.

Karaoke sisters Edwina Antonio and Cynthia Tellez also did not pass up the chance to show a different side to their often calming presence.

Nearly all the guests were asked to say a Christmas greeting, and but most everyone ended up poking fun at The Sun.

However, that did not deter some community leaders from paying serious tribute, including Susie Calaycay, who profusely thanked The Sun for sponsoring the teachers' licensure examination in 2002 and in the process, helped her group, NOPT, to win the prestigious "Banaag Award".

In a less solemn but nevertheless serious tone, Sikap's Rey Vital also said thank you to the paper for helping the children of many family drivers like himself acquire right of abode in Hong Kong.

Two unexpected announcements highlighted the evening.

The first was that PNB's popular remittance manager, Rolly Cruz, was retiring from his job at the end of the month. After a song tribute (again executed to the great amusement of the crowd), the affable banker recalled his long, and mainly personal, relationship with The Sun's top honchos.

The second was that it was the 29th birthday of Agnes Tenorio, the OFW at the center of an audio scandal involving a Consulate official. Everyone heartily sang "Happy Birthday" to her.

At least one guest, OWWA trustee Jojo Sapio, good-humoredly said he had been targeted for criticism by The Sun, but did not really mind it; while welfare officer Mila Pena said she was glad she had not been singled out for this.

A game of "Pinoy Henyo" that pitted Val and Eman against Congen and Leo also served to fuel the laughter. More so, because neither pair managed to give the correct answer within the allotted time.

All told, the party proved that political differences could be cast aside, if only for a night. The Sun Gang

Unifil celebrates silver anniversary

By Emalyn A. Beltran

Twenty-five years on, and they're still up and fighting.

The United Filipinos in Hong Kong (which now goes by its preferred acronym Unifil-Migrante-HK) celebrated its silver year by holding its 12th Congress, which is held every two years, at the Lim Por Yen lecture theater at the Polytechnic University in Kowloon on Nov. 28.

About 300 members gathered to elect the group's new leaders and to watch a video presentation that looked back at Unifil's struggles and victories. The event opened with a tribute to some members who have passed on.

Unifil was organized in 1985 and currently has 31 affiliate organizations, making it one of the biggest umbrella groups in the Filipino community in Hong Kong.

The keynote speaker at the gathering was Dr. Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, chairperson of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), who spoke on the many issues confronting Filipinos, including the unabated corruption and human rights killings.

She cited in particular the arrest by the military of the so-called "Morong 43," or the 43 health workers detained for subversion. Despite the legal questions raised by human rights activists over their arrest, the 43 remain in jail.

Dr. Araullo encouraged everyone to be more vigilant and to continue the struggle against any form of oppression for the benefit of all OFWs and their families.

During the congress, Unifil chairperson Dolores Balladares presented a review of the group's past campaigns, including the opposition to mandatory contribution to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Authority (OWWA) and to Pag-ibig, and the effort to link these to the issuance of the overseas employment certificate (OEC).

She also cited the ongoing campaign for the recall of Labor Attache Romulo Salud, in the wake of his alleged verbal abuse of Filipina domestic helper Agnes Tenorio; participation in the May presidential election, and the mass vigil for justice after the August 23 hostage incident in Manila.

In the election that followed, Balladares was reelected chair, along with all the members of the executive committee. These are: Sol Pillas, vice-chair; Eman Villanueva, secretary-general; Vicky Casia-Cabantac, deputy secretary general; and Betty Palabay, treasurer.

FDHs taught to say goodbye to stress

By Ramon Dizon Jr.

Dozens of Filipino and Indonesian domestic helpers benefited from a free seminar on combating stress offered by the Caritas Asian Migrant Workers Social Service Project or CAMWSSP in Fortress Hill Rd. on Nov. 21.

Psychiatry specialist Dr. Chiu Siu Ning lectured during the two-hour seminar dubbed "Say Goodbye to Stress".

He explained that stress is the physiological and psychological reaction which occurs when people perceive an imbalance between the level of demand placed upon them and their capability to meet those demands.

According to Chiu, job insecurities, major life events and daily hassles are described as external factors contributing to stress.

"Personality and cognition, among others, are the internal sources of stress," he added.

He said that negative effects of life events can be accumulative stressors while positive events also cause stress. But it's the daily trivial things, Chiu pointed out, that many people find more annoying than major life events.

"Man is not disturbed by events, but by the view he takes of them," he explained.

As a result, people tend to have poor sleep and concentration, forgetfulness, feeling always on the run and nervous for no good reason. These would lead to anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, neurotic personality and so on.

The project provides stress management and coping strategies. He suggested that the first step combat stress is to find someone to talk to.

The CAMWSSP conducts useful seminars and law protection talks in a group-sharing format every fourth Saturday and Sunday of the month.

Other services offered in the principles of having a balanced lifestyle as the most effective way in fending off stress are Physical and Mental Health Check-up, Self-Defense Workshops, Basic Internet & Computer Lessons and Canto

Ikatlong anibersaryo ng UEHK, dinagsa

Ni Tessie A. Agsipo

Siksikan ang halos 200 katao na dumalo sa ikatlong anibersaryo ng Unified Estehanons in Hong Kong o UEHK na ginanap sa Caritas Restaurant sa Caine Road noong Nob. 28.

Hindi nakarating ang inaasahan nilang panauhin mula sa Pilipinas ngunit inatasan ng bise-gobernador ang kanyang senior consultant na si Victor Libanan Franco bilang tumayong panauhing pandangal at nagbigay ng panunumpa para sa mga bagong mamumuno ng UEHK.

Kasamang dumating si Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, ng Diocese of Borongan na siyang nagpasimula sa misa.

Sa kanyang mensahe ay pinayuhan ni Franco ang grupo na laging ipamalas ang mga magandang asal at katangian ng mga Pilipino tulad ng pagiging maunawain, mahusay makibagay, masinop at mapagmamahal sa pamilya.

Umaasa din siya na ang pagdiriwang ng anibersaryo ay hindi lang nakasentro sa kasiyahan, kainan, at sayawan kundi magbigay-daan din para mapangalagaan at mabigyan ng atensyon ang mga problema at isyu ng OFW.

Bago tuluyang lisanin ang entablado, sinorpresa niya ang mga kababayan nang maghandog siya ng isang awitin patungkol sa isang kapatid na may kaagapay.

Sa mensahe naman ni Msgr Robredillo, sinabi niya na kahit saan makarating ang mga Pilipino ay kailangang lagi silang nagkakaisa at may magandang komunikasyon para manatili ang magandang samahan.

Kabilang sa mga naging panauhin sina Vice-Consul Charles Andrei Macaspac, Labor Attache Romulo Salud at welfare officer Necy Cataran.

Ayon sa pinuno ng UEHK na si Rosario D. Feniza, layunin ng grupo na magkaisa lahat ang mga OFWS dito sa HK na nagmula sa Estehanon sa Eastern Samar .

Ang mga bayan na sakop nito ay ang Jipapad, San Policarpo, Arteche, Oras, Dolores, Maslog, Can-Avid, Taft, Sulat, Sanfulian, Maydolong, Florente, Hernani, Quinapondan, Balangkayan, Balanjiga, Lawaan, Hiporlos, Mc Arthur, Salcedo, Mercedes, Guiuan at Borongan City.

Maliban sa sayawan, masaganang pagkain at paripa ay hindi nawala ang pangunahing tradisyon ng mga Waray, ang "curacha" na sinayaw nina Feniza at Raul Hilum.

May nakalatag na sapin sa semento kung saan habang nagsasayaw sila ng "curacha" ay maaring maghulog ng pera ang mga nanonood. Hindi raw totoong Waray ang isang Pilipino kung hindi ito marunong sumayaw ng "curacha". Ang nalikom na pera ay idinagdag nila sa kanilang pondo. "Mas maganda ang ganitong klase ng fund-raising kaysa sa magpa-beauty contest", saad pa ni Feniza.

New group aims to organize sportivities in NT

By Cris Cayat

The success of the basketball tournament organized by Association of Righteous Migrants Society or ARMS last month has led to a more praiseworthy venture.

Players from the different teams formed the Filipino Inter League Athletic Association or FILAA and elected its first set of officers at the Butterfly beach in Tuen Mun on Nov. 21.

ARMS president Jun Montero said the new group was formed to strengthen camaraderie among Filipinos in the New Territories. He said the move would encourage active participation in every tournament since the officers come from different districts.

The newly elected officers were Jaime Lacsaman Jr, president; Zinnia Guevara, vice-president; Evalyn Estrella, secretary; Marie Sicat, assistant secretary; Marilou Reyes, treasurer; Sally Garcia, assistant treasurer; Lily Manangan, auditor; Samuel Montero, assistant auditor; Edward Rulloda and Zosimo Reyes Jr PROs; Felino Guevara Jr, Jervin Manangan and Marlyn Garcia, coordinators.

After the election, the group devoured barbeque food and had volleyball exhibitions.

NOPT-HK, humakot ng tropeo sa `Sagisag ng Tagumpay'

Ni Cris Cayat

Limang tropeo ang nakamit ng National Organization of Professional Teachers Hong Kong (NOPT) sa "Sagisag ng Tagumpay, " isang tagisan ng talino na ginanap sa Bayanihan Centre sa Kennedy Town noong Nob. 7.

Layunin ng taunang patimpalak na mahasa ang husay ng mga Pilipinong manggagawa sa Hong Kong sa iba't-ibang larangan. Ang mga kategoryang pinaglabanan ay ang mga sumusunod: pag-awit, Balagtasan, talumpati sa Ingles at Pilipino, pagbabalita, pagsusulat Inglis at pagluluto (BKTC Chef of the Year).

Nagpakitang-gilas si Sally Osano ng NOPT sa tagisan sa pagtatalumpati (declamation) sa Pilipino, kung saan siya ang nakakuha ng pangunang premyo.

Sa kategoryang Ingles ay pumangalawa naman si Osano. Ang nanalo ay si Juanita Elnas ng Zamahon (Zambales Association of Hong Kong) at pangatlo si Rubi Majestad ng TUCSO o United City of San Fernando.

Nakuha din ng NOPT-HK ang unang gantimpala sa newscasting, at pangalawa ang Zamboanga Basilan HK, samantalang pangatlo naman ang Capiz Achievers Association of HK o CAA.

Ang NOPT din ang nanguna sa Balagtasan, samantalang pangalawa ang CAA-HK at pangatlo ang Marinduque Migrant Workers Association.

Samantala, sa On- the-Spot Essay Writing Contest ay si Au Valencia ng Guardian Group International ang nakakuha ng unang premy; si Diana Lopez ng NOPT- HK ang pumangalawa; at si Cleofe Mendoza ng TUCSO ang pangatlo.

Sa iba pang kategorya, nasungkit ni Rowena Fe Sayaboc ng Saint Joseph's Filipino Prayer Group ang unang puwesto sa pag-awit na sinundan ni Soledad Reyes ng Guardians Makata Foundation Inc. at ni Maricris Ensilay ng Filguys Organization HK.

Ang nanalo bilang 2010 BKTC Chef of the Year ay si Maria Cecilia Espiritu ng Lady Pirates Team, at pangalawa si Mendoza ng TUCSO. Pumangatlo si Maria Lelibeth Batoleno ng CAA- HK.

Huling `pap smear on wheels,' matagumpay

Ni Cris Cayat

Matagumpay na idinaos ang pinakahuling pagsasagawa ng pap smear sa mga Pilipina sa loob ng isang trak na dinadala sa iba-ibang lugar sa HK noong Dis. 6 sa Chater Road sa Central.

Ang "pap smear on wheels" ay isang proyekto na itinaguyod ng Rhapsody HK sa pakikipagtulungan ng Family Planning Hong Kong at ng Family Planning Association of the Philippines.

Itinigil ang proyekto eksaktong isang taon matapos itong umpisahan dahil kailangan nang ibalik sa gobyerno ng HK ang trak, na sa kalumaan ay malamang na iparada na lang.

Sa pinakahuling paglabas ng trak ay 32 kababaihan ang nabigyan ng pap smear. Dahil gamit nila ang kupon na nagbibigay ng 30% na bawas para sa serbisyo ay malaki ang natipid ng mga nagpatingin.

Bagamat natigil na ang "pap smear on wheels" ay balak pa rin ng Rhapsody HK na ituloy ang pagpapalaganap ng kaalaman tungkol sa reproductive health. Alinsunod ito sa ginagawang outreach project ng Family Planning Organization of the Phils na siyang nagbigay daan sa proyektong ito.

Ayon sa coordinator ng Rhapsody Phils na si Maripaz Bernice Galang, kailangang kumbinsihin ng mga Pilipina ang gobyerno ng HK na magtalaga ng pagsusuri sa araw ng Linggo upang mas marami ang makinabangsa serbisyong ito. Ayon pa sa kanya ay maaari pa ring gamitin ang mga discount coupon na pinamigay ng Rhapsody HK para sa iba pang serbisyo ng Family Planning HK.

ISSA, nagsaya, nagbigay-alam

Ni Tessie A. Agsipo

Ang kaalaman sa pagmamaneho ay isang malaking tulong para makakuha ng mas mataas na sahod sa Hong Kong at isang paraan din para magkaroon ng sariling pagkakitaan sa Pilipinas.

Ito ang buod ng "Driving for the Future," isang talakayan na ginanap ng Integrated Service Staff Association (ISSA) noong Dis. 5, bilang paggunita ng kanilang ikalawang taong anibersaryo at selebrasyon na rin para sa kapaskuhan.

Ayon sa ISSA, na grupo ng mga Pilipinang drayber dito sa HK, mas mataas ang sahod ng mga miyembro nila kaysa sa ibang domestic helper dito na walang kakayahan o lisensiya para magmaneho.

Maaari din daw magamit ang kaalaman sa personal na buhay, at pagkakaroon ng sariling pagkakitaan sa Pilipinas lalo na kung sariling sasakyan nila ang kanilang gagamitin.

Itinaon na din ng grupo ang panunumpa ng kanilang mga bagong opisyal sa harap ni Labor Attache Romulo Salud.

Ang founder at tagapayo ng ISSA na si Donald Retirado ay isa sa mga tauhan ni Labatt Salud sa Konsulado. Dati rin siyang drayber dito sa HK.

Kabilang sa mga panauhin si Deputy Consul General Kira Azucena na nagulat nang malaman na si Retirado ang nagpasimula sa grupo.

Nagbigay-puri si Consul Azucena sa ISSA, at nagsabi na laging pahalagahan ng bawat isa ang mga biyayang kanilang natatanggap, lalo sa panahon ng kapaskuhan.

Isa rin sa mga nagsalita ang dating presidente ng ISSA na si Mercy Gomez, na nagpasalamat sa kanyang mga ka-miyembro sa suportang ibinigay nila sa kanya. Binigyan naman siya ng grupo ng isang dokumentong tanda ng pasasalamat.

Si Gomez ay pinalitan sa pwesto ni Becky Sta. Maria, na nagsabing kailangang maging determinado ang mga miyembro na maipatupad ang kanilang mga adhikain.

Nanumpa sa harap ni Salud si Sta. Maria. kabilang ang iba pang mga bagong opisyal ng grupo na sina Leonora Abellon, vice president; Celsie Celis Santos, secretary; Rebecca Daynos, assistant secretary; Eufemia Maco, treasurer; Sally Gomez, assistant treasurer; Kaye Villarino, auditor; Lory Aquino, assistant auditor; Mercy Permales at Lovi Layugan, coordinators; Ludy Velasquez, business manager; Mary Jane Porras, Rowena Barnachea at Susan Orosco, P.R.Os.; Cris Dela Cruz at Teresa Barro, sergeant-at-arms; Donald Retirado, board of director/ founder, Elvis Pallatao, Freddie Bibal, Wilfredo Borillo, Ramil Villanueva at Mercy Gomez, board members.

Nakatanggap naman ng medalya bilang pasasalamat sa mga opisyal na sina: Leonora Abellon, officer of the year; Becky Sta. Maria, most punctual; Kaye Villarino, most helpful; Eufemia Maco, most hardworking; at Aileen Rombano, most attentive. Ganoon din sa mga miyembro na sina: Estella Pagaduan, member of the year; Ludy Velasquez, most punctual at Delia Espiritu, most attentive.

Maliban sa masaganang handa ay nagkaroon din ng kantahan at paripa. Kabilang sa mga nakipagtagisan ng galing sa pagkanta sina Ma. Teresa Estabillo, Joy Carbonell at Jerome Gorres.

Sport gives way to party fun

By Cris Cayat

Members of the Group of Active Leaders or GOAL took time off from holding basketball games to have a Christmas party at their regular haunt --the Lockhart Playground in Wan Chai on Dec. 5.

Making the gathering more memorable was the surprise appearance of Rep. Ronald Singson of Ilocos Sur and his actress-girlfriend Lovi Poe. Singson is out on bail while awaiting the outcome of drug trafficking charges filed against him by HK authorities.

According to GOAL secretary Rosel Abrenica, the ever-generous legislator and business mogul donated some cash which the group used to buy prizes for games.

Among the games played was the popular "Pinoy Henyo" word game popularized by the Filipino noontime show, "Eat Bulaga".

Members of the organizations under GOAL gamely took part in the games which lasted for hours.

GOAL, through the AFWB or Wan Chai Boyz, is set to hold a one-day basketball league next year to raise money for cancer victims. It will also hold its annual Intercolor Basketball tournament.

Isabelinos focus on nationalism as theme for Christmas

By Emalyn A. Beltran

Isabela Federation held its first anniversary and Christmas celebration with the theme "Makabayan, Makapasko" at the Bayanihan Center in Kennedy Town on Nov. 5.

Annabelle Libao leads the 160 active members who hail from the seven municipalities in Isabela, namely Naguilian, Quezon, Roxas, San Agustin, San Mateo, San Manuel and Delfin Albano.

Group singing competition, lantern and photo album-making highlighted the occasion.

Of the seven groups that competed in the group singing contest, Sto. Nino Crusaders won the first place, followed by the Marcosenos Singing Group. Only the two groups received cash and trophies as major prize winners.

Sto. Nino also bagged the award for best in "Makapasko" while La Union Federation was chosen as best "Makabayan."

Special awards were given to the other participants. The United Group of Batangas was chosen as best in projection and the Ilocos Norte Association was best in costume. FilReflex was awarded for being the best in community support while Prime 10 Peninsula Guardians was given the participation award.

In the lantern-making competition where all entries were made of recycled materials, San Manuel took the prize. Naguilian chapter won the album-making contest, which depicted the year round activities and occasions of each group.

IsaFed is currently conducting a quarterly book drive project as part of its civic commitments. All donated items will be sent to the provincial and municipal libraries in Isabela. The group also raised funds to aid the victims of the typhoon that swept the province few months ago.

Singson, nagbigay ng $12K sa SOWA

Ni Tessie A. Agsipo

Sinorpresa ni Ilocs Sur Rep. Ronald Singson ang mga kasapi ng Sinait Overseas Workers Association o SOWA sa pagdiriwang nila ng ika-12 anibersaryo na ginanap sa Causeway Bay noong Nob. 28.

Nahuli nang dating si Singson ngunit laking tuwa ng mga kasapi nang ianunsyo niya na magbibigay siya ng $12,000 para sa pondo ng grupo.

Kabilang sa mga bisita ang alkalde ng Sinait na si Marlon B. Ines, kasama ang kanyang bise na si Amador Macugay at ang tatlong miyembro ng Sangguniang Bayan na sina Alwyn Dayoan, Warrenlou Tabuno at William Ines.

Sa kanyang mensahe bilang panauhing pandangal ay pinuri ng alkalde ang adhikain ng grupo. "Your organization as I observed is a symbol of unity and strength to serve a new hope and a new generation." Sinamantala din niya ang pagkakataon na pasalamatan ang mga kababayan sa pagsuporta sa kanyang programa at administrasyon. "The credit is not mine alone but it goes back to you a hundred fold", saad pa ng opisyal na nasa ikalawang termino na.

Bilang pagkilala sa mga naiambag sa kanilang bayan, ginawaran ni Ines ng "plaque of appreciation" ang grupo.

Ayon kay Daisy Y. Arrieta, tagapayo at pinuno ng SOWA, balak ng grupo na magtayo ng livelihood program na mapakinabangan ng mga kasapi kapag umuwi na sila sa Sinait.

Nabigay-aliw sa programa ang mga kasali sa isang paligsahan sa pag-awit. Naging kampeon si Rowena Fe Sayaboc na umawit ng "Neither One of Us," samantalang pangalawa si Sola Reyes at pangatlo si Elena Malungkot.

Ang mga hurado ay sina Liezel Valenzuela, Virgie Buen, Tintin Maneja at Lowelyn Addu.

Nagkaroon din ng Search for Miss Sinait International 2010 at si Teresita Pagaduan ang nakapag-uwi ng korona. Pumangalawa si Zenaida Calizo at sumunod si Ailyn Laynesa. Si Beverlyn Yesa ang tinanghal na Her Majesty Queen 2010; Chato Tubera, 1st princess; at Daisy Mayo, 2nd princess.

Nakadagdag aliw din sa programa ang intermission numbers mula sa ibat-ibang grupo. Sina Reymalyn Alcantara at Claire Apilado ang mga emcee.

PCG Announcements

Welcome program for newcomers

Overseas Filipino workers who are new in Hong Kong are invited to attend a "Welcoming Program to be conducted by the Philippine Consulate General from 4:30p.m.to 6:00p.m. at the Consulate's public area on Dec 19. The objective of the program is to brief the new workers about their rights and obligations as stipulated in their employment contracts, and introduce them to the various services available to them, including those offered by the Consulate General and its attached agencies, as they work and live in the territory.

The program is free of charge. OFWs can register in advance at the PCG's Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Section through telephone numbers 2823-8505, 2823-5506, 2823-8510, 2823-8512 or 2823-8513

Organization Announcements

Parol-Making Contest

The Consulate would also like to invite entries to the 2010 Parol-Making Contest. Competing parols must be made out of recycled materials, are battery-operated and with a diameter between 0.80 m and 1 m. Entries will be displayed during the Misa Aguinaldo, which will be held in Chater Garden at 10pm on Dec 24. Winners will be announced after the mass. The contest is open to all Filipino Associations in Hong Kong duly registered with the Philippine Consulate. For more information, please contact our Cultural Section at 2823-8534 /2823-8536 and look for Rennie or Gloria

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

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

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

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

To all Albayanos: The Municipality of Albay, in cooperation with Cong. Christopher Co, is offering scholarship to all its constituents who can not afford to send their children in school. Please send biodata with full name, address, and contact number to No. 51 Green Lane, Jamora Subdivision, Cabangan, Legazpi City, 4500,Philippines. For more information, please call (+63)524-805-216 or (+63)524-806-415

The Integrated Service Staff Association is inviting all Filipino lady drivers who are interested in joining them. For more information, please call its hotline at 69011258

The La Union Ladies Association is inviting all OFWs to join them. For more details, please contact Cleofe at 92015065

The Island ECC Cantonese Spring Class will run from January to March next year. Classes will be held every Saturday, starting on Jan 8 and will be from 10am to 12nn. For inquiries and registration, please call Riza Guevarra at 2864 9337

There will be a continuous free seminar about agriculture/ aguaculture and other related topics by ALP (Agriculture and Livelihood Program) held at the Filipino Workers Resource Center in Cheung Sha Wan. It will be conducted every second and fourth Sunday of the month from 1 to 5 pm. Those who are interested, please call 61296301 or 90102198.

The Bauang Overseas Workers'-HK is inviting all interested in joining them. For more details, please contact Lisa at 90110766/ Wilma at 68912416 or Myrna at 53984285

The Buffalos all-women baseball team is inviting anyone interested to join them. They are also looking for pitchers and catchers. For those interested, please call Ann Apita at 94561179.

Community Calendar

Search for Ms Marinduque and Ms MMWA Ambassador of Goodwill

Dec 19, 11am to 4pm

Junel's Resto bar,G/F Lai On Lane, Sai Ying Pun

Organizer: Marinduque Migrants Workers Association

Contact: Mylene at 91757513

Search for Ms Young at Heart and Ms Philippine Island model of the year 2010

Dec 19, 11am to 6pm, No.7 Fook Yum Road, Causeway Bay complex

Organizer: Bokod Magic Friends Association

Contact: Helena Velasco or Arian at 97464976

Search for Mr and Ms Astig 2011

Feb 13, 12nn to 7pm, Sai Ying Pun Community Complex

Organizer: Astig group

Contact: Archie at 98410409/ Hannah at 92296475 or Sweetie at 93171534

Coronation of Mrs AMWA-HK and search for Mrs Agoo-HK 2011

Feb 20, 12nn to 6pm, Bayanihan Center

Organizer: AMWA-HK

Contact: Annaliza at 95179634 or Mary at 93015527

4th Anniversary and search for Couple of the year 2010

Dec 26, 9am to 7pm, Chater Road

Organizer: Filguys-HK

Contact: Pinky at 91678544 or Marlet at 9247 7993

12th Anniversary and annual get-together

(Entrance and snacks are free)

Jan 2, 1pm to 6pm, Bayanihan Center

Organizer: Benlife

Contact: 91464178



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