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Ex-labatt Julve feted in HK on retirement

13 October 2017

A select group of friends of the Philippines’ former attaché to Hong Kong Bernardino Julve gathered on Oct 7 at The Port in Lan Kwai Fong, Central, for a post-birthday and retirement celebration in his honor.

Julve, who retired as a commissioner of the National Labour Relations Commission on reaching the age of 65 last month, thanked all the guests and reminisced how Hong Kong provided him with his most rewarding experience as a labor envoy.

Among those who came were current Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre and the honoree’s friends from the militant migrants sector, media, charitable organizations, the media, and close family members.

Julve recalled how he risked being declared persona non grata in the city, along with the late Ambassador Domingo Lucenario, Jr. (who was then deputy consul general in Hong Kong) when they joined a rally to protest against a cut in the salary of migrant workers here.

Former Labor Attache Bernardino Julve returned to Hong Kong recently to celebrate with friends and family his 65th birthday and to mark his retirement from government service. Speakers took their turns giving tribute to his being accommodating when he was labatt. The party was held at the Port, a Filipino-owned restobar in Lan Kwai Fong. 
He also expressed gratitude for the many friends he made during his record six-year stint in Hong Kong, noting they came from all walks of life and profession.

A pivotal moment in his stay was his undergoing liver transplant at Queen Mary Hospital, when he hovered between life and death as family and friends prayed for his recovery.

Julve first served abroad in Rome, before moving to Hong Kong.

After a mandatory recall to the Department of Labor and Employment’s head office in Manila, he was posted in British Columbia in Canada where he stayed for six years.

He returned briefly to DoLE in 2014 before being appointed as NLRC Commissioner.
Julve shuttles between Manila and Hong Kong, where he has acquired permanent residency.- DCLM

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