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St. Joseph’s on the high seas

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The oldest parish-based community in Hong Kong, St. Joseph’s Filipino Catholic Group, celebrated its
39th anniversary in style on November 17, as the 130-plus members and their guests boarded the cruise ship, M/V Star Pisces, at the Kowloon wharf for an afternoon of good entertainment and fine dining.

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Commissioner sticks up 
for local Filipinos

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : At a time when government voices over the tragic damage caused by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the absence of an apology from the president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, for the deaths of eight Hong Kong people in a bus hijack in Manila on 23 August 2010 have sounded harsh, the Equal Opportunities Commissioner, York Chow Yat-ngok, speaks like a refreshing breeze.

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Payout to bus
hijack victim

HONG KONG (SE) : Manila came some distance on November 19 towards making a settlement with the Hong Kong government over the 2010 bus hijack in which eight people from the territory died, when it agreed to pay additional compensation to badly injured victim, Yik Siu-ling.

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Filipino stall at Caritas bazaar

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : For the fourth year in a row, the Filipino Catholic Group from St. Joseph’s parish in Central, ran a stall at the Caritas bazaar in Victoria Park on November 3.

While similar in style to previous years, specialising in artificial flowers, which the parish priest, Father Midas Tambot, procures from a manufacturer, the stall also offers a few bits and pieces provided by the Caritas central distribution centre.

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Working for unity for 60 years

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The English Community at St. Jude’s parish in North Point put on an afternoon of food, fun and frolic on October 27 to mark the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the parish.

While a little bit of imagination in seating arrangements allowed for greater community participation in the various activities, the afternoon featured a detailed presentation of the history of the English-speaking side of the parish, which has grown considerably in recent years.

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A time to comfort Filipinos not sanction them

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : This is a time to comfort the 190,000 Filipinos who live and work in Hong Kong. Philippine cabinet secretary, José Rene Almendras, told a press briefing on November 11 that he had received a telephone call from the Hong Kong government expressing its sympathies over the horrific loss of life and suffering of the people during Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, as it is called in The Philippines.

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Cancer festival is Filipino idea of Occupy Central

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A cancer festival put on by the Filipino Migrant Cancer Support Society (FILMCASS) on November 3 in Chater Road, Central, is not to celebrate the sickness, the coordinator of the group, Melina Lagarbe, explained, but to celebrate the lives of those who lost the battle with cancer and those who inspire us as they live with it and give us courage.

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Excitement as Cardinal Tagle shows his face in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The appearance of the archbishop of Manila and the short money favourite for the first Asian pope, Luis Cardinal Tagle, at the 4.00pm Mass at St. Joseph’s in Hong Kong on November 3, brought an unusually festive air to the afternoon Eucharistic celebration.

Cardinal Tagle is in Hong Kong to direct the annual retreat for the priests of the diocese, but took the opportunity to visit some of his country people at the Filipino Mecca of St. Joseph’s.

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Lessons for Hong Kong from Manila conference

MANILA (Mabuhay) : The Asia-wide significance of a three-day conference on new evangelisation held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, The Philippines, from October 16 to 18, was highlighted by the presence of delegations from Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kota Kinabalu, Taiwan and the United States of America.

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Maintain the rage

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A former prime minister of Australia, Gough Whitlam, coined two phrases that have lived on in the Land Down Under, Its Time and Maintain the Rage.

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