Posts by Cheryl Arcibal

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aaaLIKE their kababayans in Hong Kong, Filipinos in Tokyo have also expressed overwhelming support to the proposed measures to allow divorce in the Philippines, Deputy Speaker Pia Cayetano told Hong Kong News. On the sidelines of the opening ceremony for the exhibit of Ifugao art pieces at the Hong Kong University, Cayetano said that in the recent consultation of members of the House of Representatives in Tokyo, Filipinos there expressed their overwhelming support to the measures. "It is interesting that their issues are similar but very dif...

January 16, 2018
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aaaMORE Filipinos died in Hong Kong in 2017 compared to the previous year, data from the Philippine Consulate General showed. Attache Joel Oronan told Hong Kong News on Jan. 9 that as of the January to September 2017 period, 62 cases of deaths of Filipino nationals were reported to the PCG, about the same number of deaths - 64 - reported in 2016. "For the fourth quarter of the year, I think there would be at least 17 cases of deaths so there would be more cases of death of Filipino nationals in Hong Kong in 2017," Oronan said. The leading...

January 15, 2018
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aaaAMBASSADOR Antonio Morales has formally and officially assumed his post as the Philippine Consul-General in Hong Kong on Jan. 7. And the first order of the day for Morales was to ensure the welfare and well-being of the over 200,000 Filipinos in Hong Kong, majority of whom were household service workers, including issuing an appeal to the Filipino business community in the city to take care of their kababayans. "Kakausapin natin ang mga Filipino business associations at sasabihin natin na magpo-police sila ng ranks nila," he said. Mora...

January 12, 2018
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aaaPHILIPPINE officials have sought more information from Hong Kong officials about Filipinos who were refused entry to the city. In an interview, Vice-Consul Robert Quintin said that in October and November, the consulate noted a spike in the number of Filipinos refused entry by the Hong Kong Immigration, “It’s their prerogative, but we want to know the reason so we could make the necessary advisory,” Quintin said. The issue was first raised by the Philippine Consulate General in the Oct. 25 Technical Working Group meeting with Hon...

January 9, 2018
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aaaA Manila-based Swiss man has lent his collection of Ifugao art pieces to the University of Hong Kong for an exhibition that will run until Feb. 4. Martin Kurer, who has been living in the Philippines for some 20 years, said the pieces were among those he collected from the Philippines and overseas. "I have always collected art pieces...and they gave me an opportunity [to hold an exhibit here at the HKU]," Kurer told Hong Kong News on the sidelines of the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the exhibition. Besides Cordillera art piec...

January 3, 2018
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aaa  VICTORY! Three Filipino domestic helpers recently won their respective cases against their former employers. Acquittal First to win her case was Jenalyn V. who was charged with theft in court after her employer accused her of stealing a watch that was allegedly found in the pocket of one of her bags when she was about to leave her employer's home. Magistrate Peony Wong Nga-yan of the West Kowloon Courts on Dec. 4 acquitted Jenalyn of theft, noting the defendant's clear record as well as the failure of the prosecutio...

December 29, 2017
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aaaPHILIPPINE labor officials are seeking a partnership with a charity organization in Hong Kong to educate Filipino household service workers about child care and child discipline. Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre told Hong Kong News they were discussing with the Child Development Centre to hold a regular seminar for Filipino domestic helpers about the local culture in taking care of children. "We are negotiating with the Child Development Centre for a regular seminar on child care and caring for children with disabilities kasi may mga nakuk...

December 21, 2017
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aaaAN official of the Philippine Consulate has appealed to other travel agencies run by Filipino nationals to give concessionary rates to domestic workers who bought tickets from Peya Travel. Vice Consul Robert Quintin told Hong Kong News on Wednesday that the act of helping distressed domestic workers whose plane tickets to the Philippines were unconfirmed despite payment given to Peya would be a way of showing the community's "bayanihan" and "malasakit" traits. "Sana iyong mga naapektuhan na lalapit sa agency nila, tulungan nila. Bigyan ni...

December 20, 2017
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aaaABOUT half of Filipinos working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong have been to China. It was, however, unknown whether they were taken there for work or recreation by their employers. This information was relayed by the Philippine Consulate to the Labour Department and the Hong Kong Immigration Department during the latest Technical Working Group meeting held between Philippine and Hong Kong officials on Oct. 25. "LD requested Post (PCG) to provide a list of HSWs (household service workers) frequently travelling to Mainland China. "(...

December 18, 2017
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