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Mourning death and celebrating life

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Members of the Filipino Migrants Cancer and Support Services (FILMCASS) gathered with supporters and friends at the Canossian Sacred Heart School in Caine Road to mourn the death of some 25 people they have accompanied through sickness and to celebrate life, on its seventh anniversary of foundation on February 23.

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Celebrating the feast of St. Joseph Freinademetz

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Around 400 people from a variety of nationalities and communities joined a celebration sponsored by the Divine Word Mission Society in marking the feast of their founder, St. Joseph Freinademetz, at St. Edward’s parish in Lam Tin on February 2.

The day also included a thanksgiving Mass for three newly ordained priests—Father Antonius Reynolds Balubun, Father Heribertus Hadiarto and Father Melchor Fuerzas.

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Saving is the gateway to a new life

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Graduates from financial literacy courses run by the Philippine micro-credit organisation, CARD-MRI Hong Kong, pledged to develop a habit of

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Visa ban a well aimed punch at Manila

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Philippine diplomats and officials will no longer be afforded the privilege of visa-free access when they visit Hong Kong, the chief executive of the territory, Leung Chun-ying, announced on January 29.

Restricting visa access for Filipino nationals has been on the official agenda since late last year, initially suggested as a reprisal for the refusal of Philippine president, Noynoy Aquino, to apologise over the deaths of eight Hong Kong people in a bus hijack in Manila in 2010.

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Filipinos thank local people for their support

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The United Filipinos in Hong Kong issued a word of thanks to the families of victims and survivors of the tragic 2010 bus hijack in Manila, who have implored the Hong Kong government not to use the incident to fan anti-Filipino sentiment.

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Sto. Niño in Fanling

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : One of the major festivals on the Philippine calendar, the Sto. Niño, which is celebrated with the famed Sinulog dance, did not go uncelebrated among Filipinos living in Hong Kong this year.

However, on the day of the feast itself, January 19, the vibrant community at St. Joseph’s in far of Fanling had its own show.

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Mabuhay wishes you A blessed Year of the Horse

Horses are spirited animals and quick-learners. At the beginning of the Year of the Horse, Christian artist, Susan Chan, is wishing our readers a year of good spirit and reward. To welcome the Lunar Year of the Horse, she depicts two horses, a mother and its male foal, washing themselves in a river (see page 1). “The white horse is a symbol of purity. And no matter how pure they are, they still need to wash themselves.

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A bit of Madrigal magic for Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The regular choir at the 4.00pm Mass at St. Joseph’s in Central took a well earned rest on January 12 to make way for a bit of Madrigal magic.

The famed choral group from the University of The Philippines, under the direction of Mark Anthony Carpio, did not disappoint the packed church at the Mass celebrated by Father Dondon Rollon.

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Parols at Chater Garden

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A beautiful parol crafted by various groups at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos was on display in Chater Garden on December 24 as an entry in the annual competition sponsored by the Philippine consulate general.

Although not coming out a winner, the parol, made mostly of neatly cut strips of striped carry bags, also incorporated a miniature nativity scene made of wood.

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Luxury of a stable

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Father Teddy Abas calls the congregation to give glory to God during a Christmas Mass under the stars in Chater Garden on December 24.

The crib was constructed to represent a typical construction in a Philippine slum to reflect the poverty of the people and Christ’s birth, with bits of corrugated iron, flimsy bamboo, plain walls and thatching.

However, poverty is relative, and what may seem poor to one may look like luxury to others.

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