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From farm to botanic garden

The Kadoorie brothers in Hong Kong had a microfinance outreach up and running decades before Muhammad Yunus made his first tentative steps in the area

In the mountainous New Territories of Hong Kong, amidst sub-tropical forests and narrow pathways, there is a clear terrain that looks for all the world like hillside farmland.







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Financial literacy course welcomed at parishes

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : More than 20 people from St. Anne’s parish in Stanley were presented with graduation certificates after completing a financial literary course conducted by the Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) OFW Foundation (Hong Kong) on August 30.

The certificates were presented to the graduates by the parish priest, Father John McAuley.

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A step towards taking control of life

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : If enthusiasm and the pure excitement of being present are the criteria of a successful graduation, a ceremony held at the Diocese Centre in Caine Road on August 23 for some 60 graduates of a financial literacy course sponsored by CARD-OFW Hong Kong gets top marks.

And if the criteria is marking the completion of a course in which life-giving and life-changing values have been learned, then it still gets top marks.

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Balikbayan boxes saga is far from over

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Threats of higher handling fees on balikbayan boxes being sent home to The Philippines, in addition to more threats to open the boxes for inspection and to tax making particular items subject to tax have left migrant workers angry and frustrated, as well as prompting huge demonstrations in Manila and other parts of The Philippines.

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Life events need to be registered

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The importance of registering major life events with the government was stressed during a forum held at the Philippine Consulate General to Hong Kong on August 16.

Lisa Bersales, the National Statistician and Civil Registrar-General, said it is important for Filipinos living overseas to register important events, such as births, deaths and marriages, with the foreign service establishment in the place where it takes place.

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Bible Ministry celebrates silver anniversary

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A colourful celebration of the silver anniversary of the Hong Kong Filipino Catholic Biblical Pastoral Ministry began with an energised song and prayer of blessing and thanksgiving at Holy Family parish, Choi Hung, on August 9.

Around 50 people from several Filipino groups gathered to mark the occasion, which ran under the theme, Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving.

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Breaking taboo on sexually-transmitted diseases

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Over 120 people attended a talk on sexually-transmitted diseases conducted by the SERVICE 100-Domestic Workers Empowerment Project at the University of Hong Kong on July 12.

Sophie Zhu Wenyue, a research student on reproductive issues, described the physical symptoms and the manner in which sexually-transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea, syphilis and condylomia acumonata, are transmitted.

She emphasised that people with multiple sexual partners are most at risk.

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Documentary on lives of foreign domestic workers in the offing

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Oscar-winning American-Chinese film director, Ruby Yang, revealed plans to produce a documentary about the lives of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong at the screening of her latest work, My Life, My Voice, put on by the SERVICE 100: Domestic Workers Empowerment Project at the College Hall in the Jockey Club Student Village III, Kennedy Town, on July 5.

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Filipino primary students explore historical ties in tour

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Eight Filipino students from a primary school in Hong Kong looked into the historical ties between Hong Kong and The Philippines in a walking tour in Central on June 28.

Members of Lakbay Dangal (Journeying with dignity) brought the students of the Hong Kong Taoist Association Wun Tsuen School, Ngau Tau Kok, to places in Central which are of significance to the history of Hong Kong and The Philippines. 

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Patriotism and fun mark KAMMPI fiesta

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The love for the country and having fun were the two focusses driving the annual Pistahan sa Nayon (Village Fiesta) sponsored by the Simbayanan-KAMMPI in Hong Kong.

This year it ran under the theme song of Dakilang Lahi (Noble Race), at Notre Dame parish, Ma Tau Wai, on June 20. The song depicts the people’s love for the nation and their longing for the freedom from oppression. 

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