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Posted on 07 February 2024 No comments

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Diwa’t Kabayan Benlife celebrates 23rd year with banquet

Posted on 21 January 2024 No comments
DKB's officers and graduates with some of their guests

One of the migrant community organizations dedicated to helping Filipino domestic workers acquire new skills in Hong Kong that could help them build better lives when they return home just celebrated its 23rd founding anniversary with pre-pandemic pomp.

The celebration was held on Jan. 7 at Fortune Harbour Restaurant in Quarry Bay, with guests led by Vice Consul Jose Angelo Manuel and Metrobank Remittance General Manager Mark Dexter Yabut. 

Diwa’t Kabayan Benlife Society, which is headed by Naty Manalo, also used the occasion to stage its 10th graduation ceremony for FDWs who successfully completed their various livelihood training courses.



Manalo said she was happy that her group could again hold a fitting tribute to its trainors and trainees who worked for months to ensure that the courses could be completed as scheduled, and together come up with products that they could be proud of.

She also advised the trainees to think twice about investing all their savings in businesses, saying not a few workers have returned to Hong Kong because they had run out of funds. 

"Mahirap ang buhay ngayon sa Pilipinas," she said. (Life is hard in the Philippines nowadays).

Like most migrant organizations that cannot afford to hire a covered venue for their activities, Diwa’t Kabayan has been conducting its training sessions outdoors, whatever the weather.

Often, for activities like macramé bag making, beadscraft and wire-twisting sculpture, the venue is a footbridge near Admiralty Centre. For food processing, baking and cake decoration the group would relocate to a flat in the New Territories so they could have easy access to fresh ingredients they need for their training.


The only respite they got from working mostly on the floor was their end-of-year grand anniversary celebration and graduation when they could dress up to the nines and dine in a nice restaurant, but the pandemic put a halt to this for the past four years.

VC Manuel receives plaque of appreciation from Diwa't Kabayan founder Manuel (back to camera)

Given special recognition during the event were the graduates who completed their respective courses with flying colors.

For the plastic-canvas bag making, Myra S. Doguiles was named Outstanding and Most Creative graduate, while Ma. Richelda T. Buno, Lilebeth P. Poral and Alfreda A. Cosicol were all first honors. Eighteen graduates were given various citations for their performances.

In the macramé bag making class, Analyn Mara Loyoda won as Outstanding and Most Creative graduate.


In beadscraft, named Outstanding graduate was Alicia P. Monchalog. Thirteen other students were also given recognition for finishing the course.

For the bonsai beads and twisted wire sculpture course, Mamerta M. Belmonte was cited as Most Outstanding and Most Creative graduate, while Lirio L. Miano copped the First Honor  and Most Artistic award.


Filipina seeks police help after being beaten by disabled adult ward

Posted on 24 December 2023 No comments

One of the bruises allegedly caused by Nica's grown-up ward


For three months, Nica put up with the almost daily physical abuse inflicted on her by her 21-year-old male ward who is on the autism spectrum. She said she pitied him, and was scared that if she went to the police they would arrest him and separate him from his parents.

Nica, who is 28 years old, and a resident of Quezon City, was also worried about being sent home prematurely, allegedly because her Hong Kong employment agency told her she needed to go back to the Philippines even if she found another employer willing to sign her up.


But at one point the beating got so severe, with her fully grown ward who is strong and tall, sometimes banging his head against hers. Worse, he reportedly would run off on his own when they are outside the house, making Nica intensely worried that he would get into an accident, and she would be blamed for it.

The patient's parents reportedly knew that she was being physically abused by their son, but told her that he couldn’t help it. But if she wanted to terminate their contract, she needed to pay them a month’s salary in lieu of notice.


Despite her son being fully grown and strong, the employer, who works as a teacher, reportedly did not want to put him in a facility for the disabled, and insisted it was the domestic worker’s duty to look after him, including giving him a bath and feeding him.

His father, who is unemployed and stay-at-home parent, did not apparently approve of this set-up but did not interfere.


Things came to a head on Dec. 15 when she finally got tired of the constant beatings and decided to file a report at Tuen Mun Police Station, which was nearest her employer’s home. But according to Nica the police did not record her complaint as her employer repeatedly told the officer her son was disabled and could not be held to account for his action.

Nica decided to leave and went to Central on Dec 22, where she was found by fellow Filipinas who took pity on her after she showed them her bruises.


Nakaupo lang siya sa Central kanina, tapos kinausap kami, then nagkuwento na siya (at) pinakita niya sa amin ang mga pasa niya, dami ring video,” said Rose, who posted an appeal on Mica’s behalf on the Social Justice for Migrant Workers’ Facebook page.

(She was just sitting around in Central earlier today, then she started talking to us, she showed us her bruises; she also had lots of videos).


Buti na lang ang dami nyang ebidensya, sobrang kawawa, paika-ika pa ang lakad kasi sumasakit pa yung pasa niya sa likod.”

(Glad that she had lots of evidence because she was pitiful, she was limping because the bruises on her back were hurting her)


According to Rose, Nica’s ward pushed her, causing her to get crash against a lift handle. She also had a bruise on her leg, caused by a kick from her disabled ward.

Rose and her fellow concerned FDWs took Nica to the Wanchai police station where her statement was taken down, and then sent her for a medical check-up.

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A number of Filipinos who saw Rose’s post or were told about Nica’s condition were told to immediately seek help from non-government organizations like the Mission for Migrant Workers or the Migrant Workers Office at the Philippine Consulate.

Under Hong Kong’s Labour Ordinance, an employee may terminate an employment contract without notice or payment in lieu -

“(a)if he reasonably fears physical danger by violence or disease such as was not contemplated by his contract of employment expressly or by necessary implication” or

 (b)if he is subjected to ill-treatment by the employer; or

 (c)on any other ground on which he would be entitled to terminate the contract without notice at common law”

In such cases of so-called constructive termination it is the employer who is often held to have terminated the contract and should thus pay a month’s salary in lieu of notice

Often, the Immigration Department also allows FDHs who have been subjected to physical or other forms of abuse in the house of the employer, to process a new work contract in Hong Kong.


Finest of Philippine art on show in Hong Kong

Posted on 18 November 2023 No comments


BenCab cuts ceremonial ribbon assisted by Gail Hills and Deanna and David Sutherland

Possibly the biggest and most diverse collection of Philippine art is currently on show in Hong Kong, courtesy of Galleria Camaya, and will last until Monday, Nov. 20.

No less than the Philippines’ National Artist for Visual Arts, BenCab or Ben Cabrera, was on hand to open the exhibit on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre on Kennedy Road, along with Galleria Camaya’s owner, Gail Hills, and  David and Deanna Sutherland of International Care Ministries.


A sample of BenCab’s priceless works are among those on display at two back-to-back exhibits painstakingly gathered and curated by Hills, who is herself a renowned artist and philanthropist, and former president of Pintura Circle, a group made up of Hong Kong-based Filipino artists.

The exhibits include “This is Philippine Art,” where a collection of the most outstanding works of emerging new artists in the Philippines can be viewed.

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They include Abi Dionisio,  Addie Cukingnan, Ardien Aspan, Armando “Pirasso” de la Cruz, Bullet Dematera, Enrie Nicdao, Gerrico Blanco, Guada Ramos Funtilar, Jaime Gubaton, Jeff Dahilan, Jerrico Eniel, Jojo Ramirez, Jo Uygongco, Julmard Vicente, Keith Paras, Loida Uncianco Bernardo, Maryrose Gisbert, Marius Black Funtilar, Noel Ceriola, Norlie Meimban, Rica Cena, Rosa Maria Manayon, Rene Resella, Stella Tansengco-Schapero, Wence Zyl and many others.

Separately, a solo show  by Kenneth John Montegrande titled “A Light on my Path” and featuring his moonscape series, opened at the same time.


This is  Montegrande’s 19th solo exhibition worldwide, and follows his acclaimed show in New York last year. His works are included in the Tokyo Contemporary Museum and are with various international art collectors.

A video of the collection can be viewed here: 


Apart from dabbling in various art forms, most notably ceramic painting, Hills has been collecting Philippine art and identifying outstanding Filipino artists to help them shine on the international stage. Through Galleria Camaya, Hills has mounted shows not just in Hong Kong, but also in Vienna and New York.

Hong Kong being her home base, Hills has also undertaken various activities to help raise money for the underprivileged, particularly migrant workers. During the pandemic she even sewed face masks using the best weather-proof textile, to help finance the needs of clients at Bethune House Migrant Women’s Shelter.


From the beginning she has given back to the community by donating a big part of the proceeds of her successful exhibits to various causes.

For this show, Hills has earmarked as beneficiaries Bethune House and the International Care Ministries, which has for years raised money for the “poorest of the poor” in the Philippines.

All the art works on display, except for those of BenCab, are for sale, either through direct purchase, or silent bidding.

The show is open to everyone, from 10am to 9pm everyday. The Visual Arts Centre is located at No 7 Kennedy Road, Central.



Filipino Olympian joins fund-raising swim

Posted on 11 November 2023 No comments


Olympic athletes Jasmine Alkhaldi and Toto Wong joined the 11-hour swimming relay around HK

Filipino Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi joined two other Olympic athletes in the inaugural “Make Waves for Hong Kong”, a 45km multi-relay swim around Hong Kong Island last Nov. 4, helping raise $3 million for Splash Foundation, a charity providing free learn-to-swim programs for domestic helpers.

Alkhaldi joined fellow Olympic athletes Camille Cheng and Toto Wong in leading 30 elite swimmers who helped raise the funds for Splash, whose aim is to address swim illiteracy in Hong Kong, where only half of the population know how to swim despite its long coast line and abundance of swimming pools.

Aside from domestic helpers, Splash also provides free swimming lessons to underprivileged individuals, including low-income families and children with special educational needs.


“Swimming in the dark was definitely something I was anxious about but I found it calming and almost meditative - especially seeing the lights set up for us by supporters and Splash beneficiaries at 3am in the morning,” Alkhaldi said. “The camaraderie of this whole event has been great and it's been a pleasure to support Splash’s amazing program to teach people to swim.”

Also among the swimmers were amateurs new to open water swimming, among them Rachael Guan, a breast cancer survivor, who swam as part of her rehabilitation.

“I have come such a long way from accepting the challenge, committing to training, to completing the swim. For me, swimming is about potential, and this has been an empowering experience for me. Never thought I’d achieve something like this - but I’m owning it!” she said.

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The first relay swimmers, grouped into five teams, started the 11-hour event at  3:15am in Sandy Bay near Cyberport.

They were relieved 30 minutes later by the next relay swimmers stepping in outside Kennedy Town, and then progressing clockwise through Victoria Harbor as the sun came up, to Chai Wan, Shek O, around Cape D’Aguilar and on to Stanley, Ap Lei Chau, and finishing back at Sandy Bay.

The first team to reach the finish line was former Hong Kong Olympic swimmer Annemarie Munk’s Purple Team in 10 hours 14 minutes and 55 seconds. Shortly thereafter, the other four teams finished the swim, with the final team, Team Orange, completing the swim in 11 hours and 26 minutes.


The swimmers were greeted by enthusiastic supporters and beneficiaries of Splash Foundation.

Said Camille Cheng, Hong Kong Olympic swimmer: “It’s been an incredible experience to do this iconic Hong Kong swim again, this time with multiple relay teams. Swimming truly brings people together and today, we were able to make it possible for thousands more people to experience the joy of swimming as well. Hopefully one day it will be the norm that everyone in Hong Kong learns to swim, and until then, we will keep pushing to make swimming accessible.”

Funds raised from Make Waves for Hong Kong will benefit Splash Foundation's free learn-to-swim program.


Since its establishment in 2015, Splash Foundation has taught over 6,000 individuals to swim, achieving a 90% success rate after only 20 hours of instruction.

Roy Pang, chairperson of Splash Foundation, who also swam in the relay, said: “I would like to express my deepest appreciation to our incredible staff, volunteers, swim community, corporate sponsors and donors, whose tireless efforts and generosity ensured the success of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our 30 swimmers to swim 45km around the beautiful coastline of Hong Kong Island.”

Make Waves for Hong Kong is the largest swim and fundraising campaign Splash Foundation has undertaken.


“We look to make this an annual event that allows Splash to continue its mission to teach key water safety and swimming skills to thousands more in our underprivileged communities,” Pang said. 



Feature: Waging muli ang kapitanang dating OFW sa HK

Posted on 05 November 2023 No comments



Umaga pa lang noong Oct. 31 ay humahangos na paalis ng bahay si Janice Morales de Pablo dahil sa tawag na may nag-aaway sa karatig na sitio. Maghapon siyang natali siya sa pag-ayos sa gulo at pag-tulong sa pulis na nag-imbestiga.

Dahil dito, imbes na magbunyi dahil sa muling pagkahalal bilang kapitana sa barangay election na isinagawa noong nakaraang araw ay sumabak agad sa trabaho si Janice.  Pwede naman daw kasing maghintay ang selebrasyon.

Kinabukasan na siya nakapaglabas ng pasasalamat sa mga taong tumulong sa kanyang kampanya at sa mga botante ng Brgy. Batuan sa Balasan, Iloilo.

“Batuanon, kayo ang nanalo,” ika ng ang dating OFW sa Hong Kong sa kanyang Facebook page sa salitang Hiligaynon. “Dadagdagan at ipagpapatuloy ko ang aking magandang nagawa para sa ikauunlad at katagumpayan ng lahat.”


Dagdag niya: “Maraming salamat sa taos-pusong pagsuporta at pagmamahal sa aking pamilya at grupo.”

Sa kanyang tiket, apat ang nanalo. May panglima sana, pero natalo ito sa toss-coin matapos mag-tabla ang boto niya sa kalaban. Dalawa ang natalo. Ang kanyang pamangkin ay nahalal naman bilang chairman ng Sanguniang Kabataan.

Isa lamang ito sa mga tagumpay ni Janice simula nang umalis siya sa Hong Kong noong 2013 para magsimula ng pamilya pagkatapos ng anim na taong pagtatrabaho bilang domestic helper.  Nakakatatlong taon na rin kasi silang kasal noon ng kanyang asawang si Rex, at gusto na niyang mag-alaga ng sarili niyang anak.


Tutal, ika niya, nakapag-ipon na siya ng pangtayo ng isang maliit na negosyo. Nakapag-tapos din siya sa Ateneo Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (LSE) program, isang proyekto ng Ateneo de Manila University upang turuan at hikayatin ang mga OFW sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo na magnegosyo pagbalik nila sa Pilipinas.

Si Janice at kanyang pamilya.

Ang pinanghawakan niya ay isang feasibility study na ginawa niya sa tulong ng kanyang LSE mentor na si Leo A. Deocadiz, publisher ng The SUN. Pinag-aralan niya ang pagtatayo ng isang t-shirt printing shop, upang magamit ang nalalaman ng asawa niya, na isang graphic artist sa isang pahayagan sa Iloilo.

“Nagsimula lahat sa 21 designs. Dahil sa tulong ng aming pamilya, unti-unting lumaki.  Nagdagdag sila ng pera,” ika niya. Mula t-shirt, nailapat ni Rex ang kanyang alam sa disenyo sa iba’t ibang bagay, gaya ng sign printing sa trapal na naging mabili noong eleksyon, paglagay ng karatula sa mga tindahan, pagdikit ng logo sa mga sasakyang pangnegosyo at maraming iba pa.


Sumunod nilang itinayo ang Dylar na tindahan ng office supply at ang Aqualad water refilling station.

Hindi lang sila nakapagtayo ng kabuhayan, nakapagbigay pa sila ng trabaho sa 11 nilang kabarangay, maliban sa mga kamag-anak na sumosyo.

Mabili ang mga karatula ng 21Designs para sa kandidato, 

Kaya kung kita ang habol ng mag-asawang de Pablo, maliit ang 1,000 pesos na buwanang bayad sa barangay captain.

Ang pagbabago ng buhay ni Janice mula home servant sa Hong Kong na naging public servant ay nagsimula noong ituro siya ng ama niyang si Dedimo bilang kapalit nito matapos ang kabuuang anim na termino bilang puno ng kanilang barangay.

Madali sa kanya ang pagtanggap sa bagong responsibilidad, dahil maliit pa siya ay hinubog na siya ng ama. “Akay-akay po ako lagi ng tatay ko saan man siya mapunta. Siguro nasanay na at nahubog sa pangaral lagi ng aking tatay,” paliwanag niya.


Sa limang taon niyang paninilbihan bilang kapitana, naging mahaba ang listahan ng kanyang mga proyekto, na nagbigay sa Batuan ng iba’t ibang parangal, gaya ng Galing Pook Award na iginawad ng Provincial Liga ng mga Barangay. Ilan sa mga ito:

·        Streetlights project mula Purok 1 hanggang Purok 3: Nailawan ang 310 kabahayan.

·        Paghukay ng culvert sa Purok 1: Ang dalawang lugar na pondohan ng tubig ay hindi na bumabaha.

·        Sementadong kanal sa Purok 1 at 2 na may habang 45 meters at 110 meters  .

·        Pagsaayos ng irrigation system na dumidilig sa mahigit 100 hectare na palayan, na sinusuportahan ng Balasan LGU, Regional Kagawaran ng Agrikultura , Provincial Agriculture Office at Municipal Agriculture Office.

·        Pagpapaayos ng  barangay hall, na nabilhan ng dalawang air con, dalawang computer at printer, medical equipment at first aid kit, monoblock na upuan at  maraming pang iba na bigay ni  Iloilo Gov. Toto  Arthur Defensor Jr. at iba pang opisyal sa kapitolyo.

·        100 meters na concrete road na pinondohan ng DSWD, ni Mayor Filomeno Ganzon at Vice Mayor Toto Manuel Ganzon, at kinuhang trabahador ang mga naninirahan sa barangay.

·        Repainting ng buong plaza.

·        Communal Garden, kung saan ang inaaning gulay ay para sa mga batang mababa ang timbang.

·        Pagbibigay ng libreng gamit eskwelahan.

Malaki ang tulong ng komumidad sa Communal Garden.

Pero ang pagiging OFW niya sa Hong Kong ay nakatatak pa rin sa kanya, kahit 10 taon na siyang umuwi at nagkaanak na ng dalawa. Ka-chat pa rin niya ang panganay na alagang iniwan niya nang ito ay 12 taong gulang. Ito ay doktor na at iniimbita siya sa kasal nito. Ang ikalawa na mas bata ng limang taon, ay nasa college pa.

At ang payo niya sa mga OFW na nasa Hong Kong pa rin: “Huwag tayong mawalan ng pag asa. Mangarap tayo na makauwi at magtabi ng kita para makauwi sa ating pamilya, dahil ang tunay na kasiyahan ng ating puso at isipan ay makasama ang ating buong pamilya sa hirap man o ginhawa.”


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