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The Queens of The May lead the parade

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Ten  Filipino communities from around Hong Kong joined the annual celebration of the SantaCruzan at the parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Cheung Chau on May 5.

The local parishioners invite the Filipino communities to lead the Marian procession each year, which has become not just a parish event, but something of an island festival, as it attracts great interest from the local community, as well as attracting visitors from all over Hong Kong.

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The good the bad and the ugly of the hospital world

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “I believe that a miracle saved my life,” 48-year-old Marilou Arriola Calalo, from Barangay Muzon 1, Alitagtag, Batangas, said after she was hit by a taxi while crossing the road in front of Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town on her way to cast her vote on May 1.

The recently elected president of Mother of Good Counsel, a group of the Apostleship of Prayer based at San Po Kung parish near the old Kai Tak Airport, Calalo has been active in Church circles for the past five years.

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Hong Kong is abundantly blessed with missionaries

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “When I celebrate Mass for people who are not Chinese, I always remember the words of Pope John Paul II,” John Cardinal Tong Hon, said in his welcome at the annual Mass for migrant workers held at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay on May 12.

The bishop of Hong Kong quoted the late pope as saying, “In the Church there are no strangers. We are all brothers and sisters joined together in Christ.” He added, “I think of it as an opportunity to renew old friendships and to welcome you all again.”

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Children bless adults as reminder of whose future is at stake in election

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Bishop Joel Baylon asked all parishes in his diocese of Legazpi to have the children of the parish bless the adults at Mass on May 12, one day prior to the country going to the polls for the national and local elections.

He said that the usual custom of young children coming forward to receive a blessing after communion would be reversed and the adults would be asked to come forward to be blessed by the children, as a reminder of whose future is at stake in the election.

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Migrant workers in solidarity with strike

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : As dock workers struck a new snag within 24 hours of making a agreement to return to work on May 9, an impromptu meeting outside the Cheung Kong Centre was called to make fresh plans.

They also expressed  their thanks for the solidarity shown by some migrant domestic workers during 42-day strike.

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The problem with apologising

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The Philippines is once again having a problem making an apology. Last time it was the 2010 massacre of Hong Kong tourists in a hijack in Manila.

This time, although only one person has died, it is a more serious diplomatic issue, as a Philippine naval patrol vessel strafed an unarmed Taiwan fishing boat with heavy machine gun fire on May 9.

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Ignoring the magic is discrimination

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “I am a magician,” one Indonesian domestic worker told a group of students from Hong Kong University in answer to a question in a survey asking people to describe what they do for a living.

In a poem she submitted to the research group she describes herself as mending ruptured relationships, wiping away tears before they fall and bringing calm where tensions rise.

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Complexity of Sabah intensifies

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The Malaysian defence minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, claimed on April 25 that a Philippine Navy blockade in the waters between Mindanao and Sabah had shot and killed 35 Filipinos attempting to enter what Malaysia claims are its territorial waters on April 24.

However, Renato Yonke, the commanding officer of the blockade, known as Naval Task Force 62, strongly denied the accusation, saying that everything is peaceful in the area, UCA News reported.

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Land breeds violence but elections activate it

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Even the old habit of only counting dead bodies to measure the degree of violence in a Philippine election will no longer be able to place the euphemism relatively peaceful  on this election campaign, as despite a 150-day ban on carrying firearms in public prior to the election, 16 people died between April 21 and 28 in election-related murders in Mindanao.

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Scrimping on the sacred

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : While pound foolish but penny wise members of the congress in Quezon City may have put the screws on big spending on the Overseas Absentee Voting facilities, their austerity extends way past practical measures, offending both tradition and culture, as well as religious dimensions of life.

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