Dreaming for others

Barricades built by protesters at Connaught Road (PHOTO BY Lorie Ann Cascaro)

A Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong once dreamed to improve her family’s house. After over two decades of working and getting involved in political activities, she dreamed something greater than for herself.

Filipino migrants welcome Ip’s apology, call for better treatment

A woman shares a live report about the protest with a portable radio (PHOTO BY Lorie Ann Cascaro)

Filipino migrant workers accepted the apology of Hong Kong’s legislative council member, Regina Ip, for her controversial comments on Filipino domestic workers. They also wanted improvements in their conditions and better treatment of all migrant workers here.

Hong Kong domestic workers want to junk ‘excessive’ fees

This article is first published by The Diplomat. By Lorie Ann Cascaro HONG KONG — Feliza Guy Benitez, 58, first came to Hong Kong in 1993 as a domestic worker. She was to be paid a monthly salary at 3,200 Hong Kong dollars ($413). She thought a contract of two years would be enough to… Continue reading Hong Kong domestic workers want to junk ‘excessive’ fees

Salvaging Tai O in Hong Kong

The stilt houses in Tai O, locally called Pang O, have existed since 200 years ago to respond to the practical need of fishing people to have a land-based residence. They are designed to protect them from high tides, but the impacts of climate change pose coastal flood risk .

One of the city’s tourist attractions for its centuries-old stilt houses and salt pans, dried fish and seafoods, Tai O screams out for salvaging.

Art Basel shows Filipino artworks at par globally 

By Lorie Ann Cascaro HONG KONG — A red flag looks like that of a communist party at a distance. It has a sickle and, instead of a hammer, a wine glass. It was the work of London-based Filipino artist Pio Abad. Modern and contemporary art of Art Basel Hong Kong came in different forms… Continue reading Art Basel shows Filipino artworks at par globally 

High quality photos make a selfie studio prevail

By Lorie Ann Cascaro HONG KONG — Amid teeming monopods being sold cheap in the city’s street markets, locals still go to selfie studios for good quality photos.  Banking on such demand, three entrepreneurs had savored success after the first year of its start-up company that stands for their youthfulness. “Our name says it all,”… Continue reading High quality photos make a selfie studio prevail

Hong Kong food waste reduction counts on children, creativity

By Lorie Ann Cascaro HONG KONG — The city is counting on the younger generations in solving the problem on food waste, while being creative in promoting sustainable habits. The Environment Bureau launched last December the pre-primary environmental education kit to raise children’s awareness of protecting resources and reducing food waste. It points out that childhood… Continue reading Hong Kong food waste reduction counts on children, creativity

HK labor unions say new minimum wage ‘unreasonable’

By Lorie Ann Cascaro HONG KONG — Labor leaders were dissatisfied with the city’s new statutory minimum wage rate at 32.50 Hong Kong dollars an hour, effective on May 1. They vowed to continue their fight for workers’ welfare. The minimum wage is “unreasonable, especially if the worker is a breadwinner,” Wong Pit-man, head secretary… Continue reading HK labor unions say new minimum wage ‘unreasonable’