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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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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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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aaaOVER 29,000 Filipino voters in Hong Kong have been deactivated by the Commission on Elections. "Mainam na kapag nagpunta sila dito sa Philippine Consulate, i-check nila kung active pa sila para makaboto sa 2019," said Election Officer Jethro dela Cruz. In October 2016, the consulate received a list of the 29,095 registered voters in Hong Kong who were deactivated by the Comelec. A voter is deactivated if they were unable to vote in the two most recent elections - the senatorial polls in 2013, and the presidential polls in 2016. "Min...

December 8, 2017
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aaaTHE only Filipina tourist acquitted among the four who were tried for bringing into Hong Kong an estimated  $2.564-million worth of cocaine in 2015 was released from prisons. The 37-year-old mother of four, Maricel T.,  told Hong Kong News her family in the Philippines had no idea she would be coming home soon. Maricel, along with the three other defendants who were convicted of the drug charges, had been in jail custody since their arrest in September 2015. Upon her release from custody on the late afternoon of Nov. 14, the same day...

December 1, 2017
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aaaA former domestic helper who was charged in court for faking the death of her Filipino husband so she could marry a Hong Kong man was sentenced to six months in prison. Acting Principal Magistrate Joseph To Ho-shing, however, suspended the jail term for 18 months, which meant that T. Lam would not have to serve the sentence provided she would not commit any other offense during the period. The court heard that Lam married her Hong Kong husband a year after she had given birth to their son in April 1995. They broke up seven years after ...

November 17, 2017