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20 December 2017

POLO Transfer:  
The public is hereby informed that from Dec. 10, 2017, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office has relocated to the 16th and 18th floors of the Mass Mutual Tower, 33 Lockhart Road, Wanchai. The following services will be provided by POLO: contract processing, OEC and BMOnline registration, OWWA-related matters and inquiries, complaints against employers and employment agencies and labor-related inquiries.

Holidays:
The Philippine Consulate General and its affiliate agencies including POLO will be closed on the following dates:
Dec. 25 (Monday) – Christmas Day
Dec. 26 (Tuesday) – Boxing Day or Day After Christmas HK Holiday
Dec. 31 (Sunday) – Last Day of the Year
In case of emergency, please call 9155 4023 (Consular Assistance), 2866 0540 (POLO) or 6315 8324 (OWWA)

Paskong Pinoy 2017 at Chater Garden
Dec 24, 2017;  8pm-12pm – Chater Garden, Central.
Filipino community celebration of Christmas starting with the display of entries in the PaStaran 2017 lantern-making competition. Judging of entries and announcement of winners. The Misa de Aguinaldo will follow. A parade of the lanterns and playing of Christmas carols will cap the evening.

Rizal Day remembrance activities
Dec 30, 2017, 7am-9am, Central, HK
Laying of wreath at commemorative plaque for Dr Jose Rizal at 5 D’Aguilar Street (exterior wall of Century Square), the site of a clinic where the Philippine national hero practised opthalmology from December 1891 to June 1892. Another wreath-laying will be held at Rednaxela Terrace in Mid-Levels, next to the Central giant escalator, where Rizal lived in a rented flat during his stay in Hong Kong. A third wreath will be laid at a site relating to Rizal on Ice House Street also in Central. 

Marching band parade 2017
Dec 30, 2017;   2pm-4pm, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsimshatsui. A joint presentation of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Marching Band Association. Free admission. For enquiries:  2591 1340 (Leisure and Cultural Services Department) or 2774 0896 (Hong Kong Marching Band Association).

Youth music and dance marathon
Jan 7, 2018, 1pm-8pm. Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsimshatsui.. Music and dance festival organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Departtment.

Community Thematic Carnival series
Jan 14, 2018; 3m-7pm – The Sheung Shui Legend.  Sheung Shui Garden No.1, Sheung Shui, New Territories. Don’t miss the chance to rediscover the fun and joy in the district.

‘Mga Kwentong Pagkain’ Contest
Jan 28, 2018 – Deadline for submitting entries to the Mama Sita Foundation’s contest, “Mga Kwentong Pagkain”
The contest, with the theme “Regional Food Heritage,” is open to all Filipinos abroad who are willing to tell an interesting story about food-detailed accounts of local or regional recipes, ingredients, food preparation, rituals or personal experiences. For details, email MSF at mgakwentongpagkain@gmail.com.

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