Filipino Diaspora

Poor miss out on Philippines' economic ascent while rich get richer

Lucio Tan

Optimism is soaring that the Philippines is finally becoming an Asian tiger economy, but critics caution a tiny elite that has long dominated the nation is amassing most of the new wealth while the poor miss out.

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013, 3:34am

Banking on domestic help

There are more than 170 licensed banks in Hong Kong. Besides the major ones serving the general population and which own prominent buildings bearing their names, there are lesser-known institutions catering mainly to minorities such as domestic helpers, imported labour and non-Chinese, non-Western ethnic groups.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Call for restraint on march in maid territory

Organisers of a march tomorrow to protest against Manila's handling of the hostage crisis have called for restraint amid fears of racial tension and as rumours of a violent backlash panic Filipinos in the city.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Anger must run its course before the healing can begin

Early on Wednesday evening, at the modest Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel along Connaught Road, I found myself among weeping women. It was an evening prayer for the dead, a hushed and unhurried requiem in the rush-hour heart of Central.

27 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Hotel surcharge targets Filipinos

A hotel and a travel agency have been accused of racial discrimination for charging Filipino guests an extra HK$80 a night for a room.

The charge is listed on the website of Edmond Travel for rooms at the Guangdong Hong Kong Hotel in Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui.

When asked about the discrepancy, the hotel and the agency each pointed the finger at the other.

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

e-pal: the Philippines

Connecting with teens around the world

Name Raiza Verroya Cusi

Age 21

City Manila

Star sign Pisces

If there is a characteristic that sums up Filipino people, it's our hospitality. We also smile no matter how much trouble we have in our life.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Philippines

Connecting with teens around the world

Name Raiza Verroya Cusi

Age 21

City Metro Manila, Philippines

Star sign Pisces

If there is a characteristic that sums up Filipino people, it's our hospitality.

We also smile no matter how much trouble we have in our life.

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Car parks proposed for maids' recreation

Gathering plan for domestic helpers

The government will study a proposal to turn underused car parks in Central into recreational areas for foreign domestic helpers as suggested at a district council meeting yesterday.

7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

My Wonder Girl and a quest for justice against racist remarks

My nine-year-old daughter and six-year-old son are both into the Justice League, in spite of the fact that I personally think these superheroes are somewhat glorified terrorists. Nonetheless, at some point in a child's life, there is a need for idols and superheroes, and if Wonder Woman and Batman represent do-gooders for my children, let justice prevail.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am

Drop in caucasians suggests city is losing appeal to west

The number of caucasians in Hong Kong has dropped 20 per cent over the past five years to about 36,400, sparking suggestions that the former British colony is starting to lose its appeal to western expatriates.

23 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Maids lose jobs over Manila policy

Helpers delayed for HK work have contracts terminated

Several domestic helpers from the Philippines have had their jobs terminated even before they started work because their arrival in Hong Kong has been delayed by a new Manila policy aiming to create 'super maids'.

23 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Exit strategy

What do Filipinos want to be when they grow up? Some plan on being managers. Others think of becoming computer professionals. Still others aspire to work in the media. But no matter what their career choices, many want to be one thing: somewhere else.

23 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Maids angry at consulate bid to close on Sundays

Filipino domestic helpers' groups are up in arms over a proposal by the Philippines consulate to revert to weekday hours, which would mean closing the consulate on Sundays - the regular holiday for most domestics.

1 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Bench test

Last year, city officials in Manila were mystified by the steady disappearance of newly erected wooden benches along part of the Manila Bay pedestrian walk.

4 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Human capital

In May, the prestigious French Institute of Foreign Relations issued a report warning of Europe's imminent decline into global insignificance. According to World Trade in the 21st Century, by the year 2050, Europe's share of global production will be 12 per cent - about half today's figure.

24 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

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