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THE gun was cocked a few inches from her face. Then her husband pulled the trigger. Domestic worker Maria Theresa Estabillo has been through a lot in life---an abusive husband who was into illegal drugs; a wrong career decision that ended her first job in Hong Kong--but she has always pulled through. And now, she is getting a shot at fulfill...

January 15, 2016
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TONDO made him do it. For Englishman Ian Morley, a history professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, it was not a trip to the more picturesque sites of the Philippines that inspired his now 10-year interest in the country that had him collecting items, writing books and organizing exhibits about the Philippines. It was in fact a trip...

January 6, 2016
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FILIPINOS abroad would always yearn for home during Christmas. But unknown to many Pinoys, more and more foreigners are also calling the Philippines their home with one locale---Dumaguete City--being named by Forbes Magazine as among the 7 Best Places to Retire Around the World. “Here you’ll find one of best places for beachfront living o...

December 18, 2015
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“I like the ones showing their smiling faces.” After studying in the United States and documenting migrants in the Middle East, noted street photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani returned to Hong Kong last month to share her photos of domestic workers who sought sanctuary at Bethune House. Launching a photo exhibit dubbed “Behind Concrete Wall...

December 7, 2015
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OVERSEAS Filipino workers who are intending to put up their own business in the Philippines must plan for their future and grab opportunities to learn about financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of the CARD MRI’s “The Negosyo Talk Series” held on November ...

December 1, 2015
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IT all started when he was 11 years old and he would always find himself taking apart and putting back together a VCR tape. Since then, David Chen’s quest to build his own business and merge it with his interest in technology would take him to the US, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore. It would also push him to draw inspiration ...

November 13, 2015
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IN a market characterized by ever-changing preferences of consumers, and manufacturers are always looking to one up each other by coming out with snazzier features by the minute, Kata seeks to distinguish itself from competitors with the launch of Kata T4, a tablet, but is also an all-around entertainment device. Selling at a price of $99...

November 2, 2015
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A GROUP of ethnic minority students, composed of two Filipinos and three Indians who want to sell “happiness” and introduce the cultures of the minorities to the local people in Hong Kong, won in the recently-concluded social enterprise competition sponsored by Hysan Development Co. Ltd., Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and th...

October 7, 2015
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HERE’S the second part of the open forum with Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) officials at the consulate. Lourdes Hufana, Interim National Assistant Statistician at the PSA, and Lisa Grace Bersales, National Statistician and Civil Registrar-General at the PSA, graciously answered queries from the Filipino community. Q: Kum...

September 22, 2015
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It’s true what they say about Japan: you’ll want to go back again and again. It was a hot and humid July when I went to Tokyo for eight days. I actually experienced a bipolar weather the first two days. A storm had followed me there after stewing for a while in the Philippines. It was raining the first few hours, and then thick air that caus...

September 14, 2015
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