MANY of Hong Kong's Filipino maids and airport workers will be able to take a 'short cut' home when Cathay Pacific introduces direct services into Subic Bay early next year. 'Most of the Filipino overseas contract workers in Hong Kong come from the northern and central Luzon area where Subic Bay is the gateway and about two to four hours closer than Manila,' Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chairman Richard Gordon said. He said Cathay's managing director, Rod Eddington, had indicated three Dragonair services would begin flights into the former US naval base no later than January, pending the approval of the Philippines' Civil Aviation Board. Mr Gordon said the service was expected to bolster Subic Bay's bid to attract businesses moving out of Hong Kong before 1997. Overseas contract workers were so keen on the plan that they had started a petition calling for flights to begin immediately, he said.