Editor's Note
20 years of service to the community
Time flies.

Exactly 20 years ago this month, The SUN shone for the Filipinos in Hong Kong. It was the fulfillment of a dream that took shape years earlier, or shortly after I arrived here in 1987 and realized there was no reliable information channel serving the community.

But turning that dream into reality proved to be difficult. Several people offered to fund the publication of a news-paper, but everyone wanted a business model different from what we had in mind. Details...

Anak Araw
Nitong nakaraang buwan ay naging saksi tayo sa nangyari kay Manang Gloria Ortinez, ang OFW na biktima ng tanim-bala sa Manila airport. Halos buong araw kasi ay naglagi siya sa opisina ng The SUN, kasama ang mga naghatid sa kanya na sina Susan "Toots" Ople na tagataguyod ng mga OFW, at ang abogado niyang si Atty Spocky Farolan, kaya nasaksihan namin siya nang malapitan. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Nanay Gloria's journey to HK
President Benigno Simeon Aquino III recently told the media that cases of tanim-bala were sensationalized, citing figures to prove his point. As an OFW advocate, I respectfully disagree. Looking at this from a purely numbers perspective could lead one to overlook the deep trauma that such incidents have caused its innocent victims.

Had he met and spoken to 56-year old OFW Gloria Ortinez, our President would have learned the following: Details...

Hiram daw

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Aquino denounces China's intrusions
Referring to the disputed area as a "sea known by many names," President Benigno Aquino III used strong words to accuse China of grabbing the Philippines' maritime territory and barring Filipino fishermen within the country's exclusive economic zone.
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Pistang `Adivay', idinaos
Malayo man sa kanilang lupang tinubuan, nagawa pa ring ipagdiwang noong Nob 22 ng Benguet Federation HK ang ika-115 taon ng Adivay Festival, isang kasayahang pantribo na nagsimula bilang isang pagtitipon ng magkakapamilya.
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Golf tourney marks anniversaries
The SUN and Friends International, marked the celebration of their 20th and 10th anniversaries, respectively, with a team golf tournament on Nov. 20 at the Kau Sai Chau Golf Course in Sai Kung.
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Kawawang Ina

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Disyembre sa iyo

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  Mid-May 2013 Hong Kong News   
Filipina fighting to be with resident kid wins appeal
A Filipina mother has won a temporary legal victory in her fight to stay and look after her seven-year-old daughter who is a permanent resident here in Hong Kong.

The Court of Appeal reversed the Director of Immigration's decision to refuse an application by Milagros Tecson Comilang, a former domestic helper, to extend her stay in the territory.

In its judgment handed down on May 2, the CA directed the Director to make a fresh determination based on the true nature of the application, which was for Comilang to stay and take care of her young daughter, who is also an appellant in the case.

The Court said the Director's basis for his judgment was "apparently misconceived" since it treated Comilang's bid as an application to remain as her daughter's dependant.

The applicant could not have sought this because her 7-year old daughter "was self-evidently not in a position to support her mother."

To further illustrate the Director's misapplication of the Dependant Policy to the case, the Court referred to the application as a "square peg" which was made to fit the "round hole of his (the Director's) Dependant Policy."

The CA's judgment was, however, not entirely a victory for Comilang.

She now has to wait again for the Director of Immigration to decide on her application to remain in Hong Kong based on the ground ascertained by the Court.Comilang worked as a domestic helper until July 2005.

She was given permission to stay as a visitor until Oct. 10 of the same year.

But three days before the expiry of her visa, she married a Hong Kong permanent resident, and subsequently applied for a change of status.

But the marriage broke down and the husband withdrew his sponsorship in 2007.

Last year, he obtained a decree of nullity of the marriage on the ground that he was already married when he married Comilang.

The daughter, who was born in 2006, automatically became a permanent resident by virtue of her being born in Hong Kong to a parent with the same status.

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