Posts by Peter C. Castillo

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aaa  The Chinese New Year fireworks extravaganza will be held in Victoria Harbour on February 6 as Hong Kong welcomes the Year of the Earth Pig. The 2019 Lunar New Year Fireworks Display will begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and is expected to last more than 20 minutes, or longer than the 10-minute fireworks display on Dec. 31. Those who want to watch the fireworks display can watch it from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, the waterfront in Central, the Western District Promenade, or from the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. On Feb. 5 ...

January 30, 2019
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aaaHong Kong food safety officers found traces of banned antibiotics in pre-packaged frozen tiger prawns imported from India. The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said on June 29 that a trace amount of metabolite of furazolidone (a type of nitrofurans) (AOZ), a non-permitted veterinary drug, was found in a sample of frozen tiger prawn imported from India. The European Union in 1995 banned nitrofuran antibiotics due to concerns about the carcinogenicity of their residues. The CFS said the detail...

July 3, 2018
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aaaThe Jesus Is Our Shield Worldwide Ministries (Oras ng Himala) is inviting everyone to its 22nd anniversary celebration here in Hong Kong later this month. "Sa lahat po ng ating mga kababayang OFW dito po sa HK, nagagalak po kaming anyayahan kayo sa 22nd year anniversary ng Jesus Is Our Shield Worldwide Ministries (Oras ng Himala) bilang handog po sa mga kababayan nating nais makaranas ng spiritual na kagalingan sa mga sakit at karamdaman at makaranas ng pagpapala at himala ng inyong buhay," said a church member. "It'...

June 19, 2018
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aaa  The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) yesterday (May 25) released the latest grading of water quality for 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.               

May 26, 2018
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aaaPersons arrested in Hong Kong have nine basic rights that they can avail of while they are in police custody. According to the police's "Notice to Persons in Police Custody or Involved in Police Enquiries," these rights include the right to seek legal assistance, to tell someone that you are in a police station, to communicate with a relative or friend, to get a written copy of your caution statement, to call your consulate if you are a foreign national, to be provided with food and drinks, and to seek medical attention.  

May 16, 2018
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aaa The online registration for the civil service exam here in Hong Kong on November 27 began today (Nov. 4) and will last until Nov. 13, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said. In an announcement on its website, the CSC said applicants need to fill out the Application Form for Civil Service Examination (CS Form 100), Revised September 2016), which can be obtained from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) or downloaded from the CSC website. They then have to register on the CSC website ( The specific link for the onl...

November 4, 2016
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HIKING might seem daunting for many but there’s a trail that starts in the Quarry Bay and is excellent for beginners.

The Eastern Nature Trail follows the Mount Parker Road up the mountain and brings hikers to the picturesque Tai Tam reservoirs.

To get here, board the MTR and get off at the Quarry Bay Station on the blue line.

Leave the station through Exit A, turning right along King’s Road. Walk for ar...

May 25, 2016

aaaA Filipino dance group was set to join the Chinese New Year parade in Tsim Sha Tsui on February 8, the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) said. The PCG said the Tribu Salognon of the Jaro National High School, which won in the Dinagyang Festival 2016, was scheduled to perform at the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade. The parade was set to be held from 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on February 8 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui. The event featured other international performing groups in v...

February 24, 2016

aaaPARENTS in Hong Kong are concerned about the accuracy of their foreign domestic helper’s English grammar and how this affects their children, according to a Oxford University Press (OUP) survey. The OUP survey on ‘Parent-child English Learning and Role of Domestic Helpers’ was conducted in March in collaboration with Richard Wong, Assistant Professor of Department of Early Childhood Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. ”The results underlined parents’ concerns about interaction between domestic helpers and their ch...

May 1, 2015
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aaaTHE Philippine Association of Hong Kong (PAHK) is offering college scholarship grants to qualified beneficiaries/ dependents of Hong Kong-based Filipino domestic workers as homage to their hard work and sacrifices. The financial assistance will be used to cover the cost of tuition, books and other related expenses for the current school year. This is the PAHK’s way of thanking fellow overseas workers for their invaluable contribution to the country, and helping their children finish university in order to have better career pro...

September 17, 2015