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Archives For December 2010
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In commemoration of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s 114th Death Anniversary, the Philippine Consulate General invites all the Filipinos in Hong Kong to a wreath-laying ceremony that will be held on Thursday, 30 December 2010, in three (3) different locations in Hong Kong.
The first ceremony will be at Wanchai Park, Morrison Hill Road at 10:00 a.m., to be followed by ceremonies at Century Square, D Aguilar Street, Central and at 2 Rednaxela Terrace, Shelly Street, Central in Hong Kong.
Rizal requested his family, persecuted and driven out of their home in Calamba by the Spanish friars aided by the guardia civil , to join him in Hong Kong. At 2 Rednaxela Terrace, Rizal lived with his family and held a clinic. He held another clinic along D’ Aguilar Street. Both sites have been marked with a special commemorative marker put up by the Antiquities Authority of Hong Kong. A third marker stands on Morrison Hill Road where the first Philippine flag was sewn in May 1898 by Marcela Mariano Agoncillo, wife of Felipe Agoncillo, a member of the so-called Hong Kong junta that consisted of Filipino revolutionaries fighting for the independence of the Philippines from the Spanish rule who sought refuge in Hong Kong. Agoncillo would become one of the first Philippine diplomats of the Revolutionary Government.
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Chairperson – Migrante Macau
Strengthen the Unity, Create Harmony and Struggle for Migrants Rights
We non-resident workers in Macau comprise almost 14% of the population of the territory. And a number of us from different nationalities have started to unite and create harmony while struggling for our rights. The celebration of the 2nd International Migrants Day in Macau is a reaffirmation of these while at the same time an opportunity to impart to the residents of Macau about our real situation and aspirations.
In October of this year, our number reached 74,780 out of 549,500 people in the territory. We come from more than ten countries and territories and majority of us are from Mainland China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Most of us are unskilled workers who toil in factories, construction sites, homes, and in the service sector.
We first started to unite with advocates when a proposed law for the employment of non-resident workers was first suggested last year and which took effect on April 26, 2010. Since its implementation, our worst fears on one of its provisions have become a reality.
This pertains to the 6 months ban which disallows us the right to transfer to other jobs which offer better opportunities. Such provision is oppressive and discriminatory to us non-resident workers. Of the 862 banned from April 26 – October 25, 644 or (74.7%) are females. At the same time data until August 2010 also showed that domestic workers were the overwhelming majority victimized by the ban, mostly from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.
These numbers show what critics of the ban have said all along: that this policy is discriminatory to women and to foreign domestic workers. As expected, this is now being used by employers to get rid of such kind of non-resident workers who would want to assert their rights and welfare as stipulated in their labor contracts and the labor law of Macau.
Other than the 6 months ban, other problems that we non-resident workers in Macau have included the following:
- Working permit/visa is co-terminus with the employment contract and one can only stay for another ten days.
- Illegal and excessive charging of placement fees by recruitment agencies
- Violation of our employment contracts
- Discriminatory social services
- No minimum wage
If the employer had requested the Immigration Department (ID) to cut the working permit/visa of his her employee a day or more days after the request was made, the non-resident worker becomes an overstayer and has to pay the ID a penalty of MOP200 a day for this. Usually the ID would not give a damn to ask the side of the employee on this matter but if the non-resident worker would want to initiate the cutting of the working permit, the ID would tell them to obtain the written consent of the employer first.
There is even a case of a Filipina whose name we cannot state at the moment because she wants to come back to Macau, who was penalized for MOP1200 for not applying for an extension of stay because she had a sick leave of 6 days after her work permit was cut after she left the hospital. She was hospitalized after suffering from a mild stroke. She was even told by a staff of the ID that she should have come to their office right after being discharged from the hospital so that she would have not overstayed.
Essentially the ID discriminates, criminalizes and treats us non-resident workers inhumanely. And why should we apply for an extension of stay when this can be granted automatically like in the HK SAR. At the same time the ten day extension of stay is too short especially if one needs to file a case against his/her employer, to appeal against the 6 months ban and even to find work in the territory.
Another problem which affects us is the illegal and excessive charging of placement fees especially on Indonesian migrant workers. Filipinos are charged up to MOP6000 to work as domestic workers while Indonesians of the same job category need to pay up to 6 months of their salary if they come from HK and up to 10 months of their salary if they come from Indonesia. This is tantamount to debt bondage or modern slavery especially for Indonesians and should be raised as a trafficking issue in Macau.
Under Macau’s Decree-Law No. 32/94/M, non-resident workers can only pass through fee charging recruitment agencies. At the same time in the same law, it does not specify the maximum amount that such agencies can charge employees. It only stipulates that after working for 60 days the recruitment agency can charge the employee it successfully placed, the agreed amount of the recruitment fee.
Other than these, another problem we have is the violation of our contracts by our employers. These include among others insufficient food; no proper accommodation; confiscation of passport/blue card; sexual assault; salary deduction; illegal work; not provided days off and/or statutory holidays; no housing allowance for those who stay out; non-payment of medical expenses; not providing air ticket.
We also experience discriminatory social services as our children who may be allowed to stay with us pay much higher tuition fees than residents and we need to pay double the charges in San Ting hospital or Hospital Conde S. Januário.
Finally like the local workers, we are not covered by a Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW). A number of the former like those working in manufacturing, in homes and even as waitresses in restaurants receive less than MOP4000 a month. But unlike residents who earn an income less than this, the Macau government has an allowance scheme for them. It would be better though for all workers whether they are residents or not to be covered by an SMW.
The only way to change our conditions for the better is for us to strengthen our unity and harmony and to continue to struggle for our rights. It would also do well that we get also the support of advocates including those coming from the local working people. Because essentially it is us the working people who should share the fruits of our labor as we are the ones who create wealth and prosperity for the Macau society.
Scrap the 6 months ban!
Stop Discrimination on Non-Resident Workers!
Implement a Statutory Minimum Wage for All!
December 19, 2010
ALIANSI PERSATUAN BMI MACAU – PEMACU (Alliance of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Macau)
I N V I T A T I O N
The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, in cooperation with the Chaplaincy for Filipino Migrants, Couples for Christ-FFL Hong Kong, and JVP Marketing and Entertainment, invites all Filipinos in Hong Kong to attend the Misa Aguinaldo at 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, 24 December 2010, and the Christmas Day Mass on Saturday, 25 December at 9:30 a.m..
Both masses will be held at Chater Garden, Central. The Misa Aguinaldo will also includes a Christmas Parol Competition and Christmas Caroling.
For inquiries, please contact the Cultural Section at telephone nos. 28238534 / 28238536 and email email@example.com.
Team Philippines consisting of players from Ateneo De Manila and Adamson University, has won two consecutive games, at the 18th 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup, which is being held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Their coach is Coach Norman Black.
Team Philippines are consisted of the following players;
- Dela Cruz, A. (Jersey No. 4)
- Tiongson, J. (Jersey No. 5)
- Nuyles, A. (Jersey No. 6)
- Alvarez, L. (Jersey No. 7)
- Austria, R. (Jersey No. 8 )
- Colina, J. (Jersey No. 9)
- Erram, J. P. (Jersey No. 10)
- Long, J. K. (Jersey No. 12)
- Camson, E. J. (Jersey No. 13)
- Salva, N. R. (Jersey No. 14)
- Sumalinog, C. (Jersey No. 17)
- Golla, F.J. (Jersey No. 21)
The first game was against Team Thailand. Both teams has a roster of great players. Only team work, experience, and luck determined who would be the better team. It was a close game at first, but on the second half Team Philippines took the lead further and further. This time around it was Team Philippines. The final score for this game was 83 – 63.
The second game was against Team G.C.C. of China. Team G.C.C. had bigger players, but in basketball height is not the only advantage you have. You must also posses speed, good offensive, and defensive skills, and you also need luck, which Team Philippines possessed. At first Team G.C.C. was in the lead all the way to the third quarter. Team Philippines had a hard time catching up, but got lucky in the fourth quarter, as the spread got thiner and thiner, until Team Philippines was in the lead. In the final seconds of the game Team G.C.C. got furious, and started to man handle the Team Philippine players, even got to a point of a scuffle between No. 15 Li, and No. 6 Nuyles. The referee had to step in to break the scuffle. There was also the point where No. 12 Long, was hit on the nose. But in the end, Team Philippines fought a good fight and won. The final score was 78-73.
The third game will be tonight December 16, 2010, Thursday. This time it will be against the Prudential Group of Hong Kong. Will let you know the results as soon as the game is finish.
With two wins, Team Philippines is already in the standing to win this cup.
Go Team Philippines! Mabuhay kayong lahat! We in Hong Kong are proud of your achievements. Win this cup for the glory of the Philippines.
ADVISORY: Issuance of OEC at Philippine Consulate General is Temporarily Suspended
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is still waiting for the National Printing Office to supply them the OEC’s and the corresponding official receipts. To date, POEA has not sent this office any OECs and receipts for issuance to the public.
In this regard, concerned individuals are advised to secure their OEC at POEA Head Office in Ortigas or at the POEA Regional Office nearest them.
We will inform the public as soon as OECs are again available. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS LABOR OFFICE HK (POLO-HK)
ADVISORY: Pagpapalabas ng OEC sa Konsulado ng Pilipinas Pansamantalang Sinuspindi
Ang Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ay kasalukuyan pang hinihintay ang mga ipapadalang OEC at opisyal na resibo na manggagaling sa National Printing Office. Sa ngayon, hindi pa nakakatanggap ng aming tanggapan mula sa POEA ang mga OEC at resibo na maaring ibigay sa publiko.
Kaugnay nito, pinapayuhan ang publiko na kumuha na lamang ng OEC sa punong tanggapan ng POEA na matatagpuan sa Ortigas o kaya naman ay sa mga tanggapang pang-rehiyon ng POEA na pinakamalapit sa kanilang lugar.
Makakaasa ang publiko na agad naming ipababatid kung kailan muling magkakaroon ng OEC sa aming tanggapan. Kami po ay humihingi ng paumanhin sa anumang abalang naidulot ng pangyayaring ito.
PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS LABOR OFFICE HK (POLO-HK)
Craig Engler is the general manager and senior vice president of Syfy Digital. He’d love to talk you about TV or Syfy, answer your questions and hear about what you had for lunch. You can look him up on Twitter at @syfy.
I tried using Twitter three separate times before I figured out how truly useful it can be. The first time was early on, when no one I knew was using it, and I had no idea what I was doing. I tried searching for friends and followed a few random feeds and thought, “Meh, what’s this possibly good for?”
My second jump into Twitter was after the initial big wave of hype hit. I decided I should rejoin to figure out what I missed the first time. This time around, I found that Twitter was flooded with people randomly talking about their day (and their meals — people really do love to talk about food on Twitter) and again I thought, this is definitely not for me.
The last time, and the one that clinched the deal for me, was almost by accident. I wanted to see what people were saying about the finale of our hit series, Battlestar Galactica. I was looking at Facebook and on our own Syfy message boards, and the feedback wasn’t keeping up with the pace of the show. I wanted to see instant, real-time reactions. So I wandered over to Twitter.
That was in March of 2009, and I’ve been an avid, daily user of Twitter ever since. I definitely got what I was looking for, but also learned much more. Yes, people were talking about the show, but many of them had misconceptions about it. They thought it was canceled (actually, the creators chose to end it). They thought we’d never air more Battlestar again, but we already had a two-hour movie in the works.
I jumped into the fray to clear things up and to thank our viewers personally for spending years watching the show. I ended up having great conversations with fans, answering more and more questions about all of our shows, and I decided to stay this time.
I’ve also gotten a few other TV execs to use Twitter, and I think anyone in the business who has an interest should definitely consider joining. If you’re a TV exec, here are 10 reasons why you should join the Twitterverse.
1. Because It Empowers Viewers
One thing that’s true about TV (but almost no one thinks is true) is that viewers, advertisers and TV executives all want the same thing: good shows that a lot of people watch and last for years. Once viewers understand that you’re on their side, and you get a chance to explain why things work the way they do, it empowers viewers to help you be successful.
For instance, using Twitter, I can quickly and simply explain that creating a letter-writing campaign to save a show is probably not going to be effective if you’re only writing to us. After all, we’re already making the show and we already want it to succeed. It’s not us you need to convince; it’s other viewers. Once people understand that, they usually redirect their efforts in a way that actually helps them get what they want — more of their favorite show.
2. Because Perceptions Can Kill You
In the absence of information, people tend to come up with their own ideas of why things happen or don’t happen, especially when it comes to TV. For reasons I never quite understand, this usually turns into conspiracy theories about why shows get canceled. (The most perplexing theory to me is that we never liked a particular show and wanted it to fail, which seems odd because, if that were the case, we would never had made it in the first place.)
A great example here is when we recently moved some shows from Friday to Tuesday nights because Tuesday has become our best performing night in the history of the network. Invariably, some viewers decided we made the move to “burn off” the series. When we explained this was a move of confidence in the shows, it changed the perception from a show we were “killing” to a show we believed in.
3. Because You Can Instantly Clear Up Rumors (Good and Bad Ones)
When perception goes astray, it can turn into rumor — which the Internet is great at creating. Two rumors I debunk on a regular basis are: We canceled shows X, Y and Z, and; We’re picking up shows X, Y or Z that someone else canceled.
My favorite rumors to debunk are the ones where people think we canceled a show, when in reality that show ran on another network. (For the record, we did not cancel Firefly. It aired on Fox.)
4. Because You Can Watch Live With Thousands of People
Until Twitter came along, it wasn’t possible to get live simultaneous feedback from thousands of people around the country just by visiting a website. Now it’s commonplace — and thoroughly fascinating. I can tell if that joke we all worried about in the new episode was funny or not, if a complicated storyline made sense, etc. It’s an endless stream of feedback that you can dip in and out of.
5. Because It Gives You Instant Feedback on Everything Else Too
Whether I ask a question, or make a comment, or post a link to a promo, I get instant feedback. And by “instant,” I mean within a few seconds. Is that new promo working the way we thought it would? What do viewers think of our iPhone app? Did everyone follow our latest timeslot change? You can sample an enthusiastic audience any time of day.
6. Because It Puts a Face on Your Decisions
It’s one thing to say, “Let’s move the show from Friday to Tuesday.” It’s another to hear, “Watching your show on Friday nights is a family ritual at our house. Please don’t take that away.” Sometimes seeing the faces and hearing the voices of people who are affected by your decisions makes you rethink what you’re doing or how you’re doing it.
7. Because It Shows Viewers We Care about TV
I get thanked all the time by viewers who are shocked (SHOCKED!) that people who work at the network actually like the same things about TV that everyone else does. It’s easy for people to lose sight of the fact that most people who work in the TV industry do it because they love TV. We are not, as the Internet consensus seems to think, cynical MBAs out to make a buck.
8. Because People Want to Know Someone Is Listening
Sometimes people just want to know someone over here is paying attention to what they’re saying. On Twitter, when I see someone say something really negative about our network or one of our shows, I usually write to them. Nine out of ten times they write back saying how much they love our network and that they were just venting because they thought no one was listening. We are listening.
9. Because Viewers Know More About Watching TV Than TV Executives
I’m not talking about the TV business. I’m talking about actually sitting down and watching TV. I learn things every day from our millions of viewers about how and why they watch TV, and what they are (and aren’t) looking forward to. It’s particularly fascinating and useful to hear about how people use social media while they’re watching TV (like, ahem, tweeting from their laptops), or why they watch their favorite shows on other platforms besides television.
10. Because It’s Fun
The thing about TV is that it’s entertainment, and it’s supposed to be fun. I have a lot of fun talking about TV with my followers, and not in the “I goofed off on Twitter all day” kind of way. I mean in the “I shared the awesome things I get to work on all day with 50,000 of my closest followers” way, and the “I just talked to 50,000 people about why they liked (or didn’t like) last night’s new episode” kind of way.
What other benefits does Twitter offer TV execs? And for the TV lovers out there: Do you use Twitter to communicate about your favorite shows? Leave your comments below.
Lisa Hsia is Senior Vice President of Bravo Digital Media and is addicted to Flipboard on her iPad.
There’s no question that the real-time conversations around TV shows on social networks — the virtual water cooler, if you will — enhance engagement and drive on-air ratings. Whether it’s the Taylor and Kanye debacle, the Bad Girls, or the Real Housewives, friends tell friends when things happen on the air, and that viral conversation turns TVs on.
The significance of real-time participation is that it gives the audience a voice and a power it never had previously. Instead of being buried in message boards and comments, the fan is now front and center. If you prove yourself to be an influential fan, the smart marketers will incent you to do more with rewards, which will eventually result in even more advances in user behavior.
The Social Effect on Ratings and Sentiment
There’s debate about exactly how much online conversation is driving TV ratings. We’ve tracked our real-time water cooler, dubbed the “Bravo Talk Bubble,” and found that it has delivered a 10% lift to The Real Housewives of New York. Other networks have claimed even higher. We’re still in the early days of measuring and leveraging these stats, but the real-time information is already in place.
But ratings are just part of the picture. Social conversation about TV creates a real-time map, with peaks and valleys around programming that can really inform producers. Using tools like the Trendrr dashboard, one can see the tweets per minute and key influencers around hot topics. It’s not about tracking exactly how many people are watching, but about gauging the sentiment of a chatty cross-section. Qualitative data like this can be extremely valuable to networks.
Now every single show, even pre-taped ones, can be a “live event platform” for fans. And most importantly, it can tell networks what’s working (or not) and why.
Social Media Can Influence Program Development
Tools like the Trendrr dashboard or Sysomos should now be a part of any forward-thinking television network’s tool set in an effort to incorporate fans’ participation into the business of show creation. A great example is Nederlands 3, a Dutch public broadcaster. Its TV Lab airs and streams the pilots for new shows each fall and asks viewers to vote and share their impressions, which are recorded in real time and displayed online for all to see. The station pick the new shows based on this viewer feedback.
This approach, if adopted more widely, could have far-reaching effects on how networks create content for their audiences.
Engagement and Marketing Potential
TV conversation usually spikes during prime time hours and the day after a program airs — the classic water cooler pattern. The next challenge for content creators is figuring out how to drive the conversation 24/7. The goal is to pull others into the cultural discussion and debate at any time, anywhere they may be. This is what drove us to innovate in this space, first by creating the Bravo Talk Bubble, and now, @Bravotv, a social media destination that we hope will act as a participation engine.
@Bravotv will be a real-time, 24/7 water cooler — a platform around our properties and talent. For example, when Kim Zolziak of The Real Housewives of Atlanta announced that she was pregnant, and Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann was the father — and that she’s “never seen an ass on a white boy like that” — traffic on bravotv.com soared. But it was hitting the same one or two news and video clips over and over. With @Bravotv, the real-time conversation between Kim, fans, the network, and whoever else wants to join in will continue in a much richer way.
This model can also be applied to advertisers. Brands now have the opportunity to get into the conversation in ways that previously did not exist. For example, during Top Chef All-Stars, while people are discussing and voting on the issue of Marcel vs. Jennifer, with the right marketing push, they could simultaneously be tweeting their thoughts on Diet Coke vs. Coke Zero. Brands and their products are a part of Bravo’s shows and now will be fully integrated into the real-time conversation.
The Risks of Transparency
There’s always risk tied to this openness. If a certain character is driving buzz and another is a buzz kill, everyone will know it. On our Twitter tracker, users will know what’s hot and what’s not. If there is a small number of votes in a Tweet Battle, there’s no way to present it as a big event. On the other hand, when some conversations are exploding because you’ve smartly and strategically positioned your brand in the social sphere, the returns can be huge.
On another one of our online content hubs, Television Without Pity, we’re launching another real-time initiative called Talk Without Pity, a one-stop social media destination for TV fans. Fans can use the TV listings to find, consume and participate in the virtual water cooler buzz around their favorite programs and stars. It’s yet another way to aggregate the conversations that are already happening around our brand.
The people you watch television with are no longer restricted to your living room. Access to real-time conversation around shows, personalities and products must be a part of TV networks’ basic road map. I like to say that in Bravo’s digital world, our users lead and we’re just tapping into their behavior. We facilitate real-time connections to help drive our growth audience participation. Their satisfaction is our home run.
GMA Pinoy TV continues to widen its reach to Filipino viewers in the U.S. as it begins to air on Comcast Colorado on December 10! With this launch, Fil-AM communities in Denver Metro, Trinidad, and Colorado Springs can now enjoy GMA Pinoy TV’s top-notch programming.
GMA Pinoy TV is the flagship international channel of GMA Network, an industry leader in the Philippines, and is fast becoming the preferred channel of Filipinos in the United States. Initially made available in select areas since 2005, Comcast also carries GMA Pinoy TV in Northern and Central California, Boston, Brookline, Houston, Portland, and Spokane, and just recently added Washington DC, Frederick, Prince George’s County, Montgomery, and Loudoun County to its areas of coverage. GMA Pinoy TV will also soon be offered by Comcast Chicago this month of December.
GMA Network, the parent company of GMA Pinoy TV, has been broadcasting news and entertainment programs throughout the Philippines for 60 years. It has played a major role in revolutionizing Philippine television by pioneering many of the most innovative and trendsetting shows and is recognized as the leading broadcasting company in the country. With balanced programming and quality entertainment, it has been a staple among Filipino viewers. Its news and public affairs programs have garnered global recognitions which include the prestigious George Peabody Award, World Medals from the New York Festivals (five of which were awarded in 2008 – unprecedented in Philippine TV history), plus several awards from the U.S. International Film and Video Festival.
The fastest-growing Philippine channel, GMA Pinoy TV brings GMA Network’s programs that capture the hearts of Filipino viewers worldwide. Its award-winning and top-rating programs include:
GMA’s flagship news program delivers the biggest news of the last 24 hours. Bannered by top news anchors Mel Tiangco and Mike Enriquez.
The longest-running number one noontime variety show in the Philippines. Hosted by the well-loved triumvirate of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon.
The longest-running comedy/gag show in the Philippines, topbilled by top-notch comedians Michael V. and Ogie Alcasid.
Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho
A news-magazine program that features insightful stories with human interest and socio-cultural relevance. Hosted by award-winning broadcast journalist Jessica Soho.
Show Me the Manny
World boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in a hilarious yet heartwarming sitcom with the beautiful Kapuso star, Marian Rivera.
An Iza Calzado starrer and currently the hottest primetime series in the Philippines, Beauty Queen is about a poor but pure-hearted palengke queen-turned-beauty queen named Maita, played by the multi-awarded drama actress.
GMA Pinoy TV is available on Comcast Colorado at subscription rates of $11.99 and $19.99. Interested parties may visit Comcast’s website at www.comcast.com/internationaltv. Program information and updates are available atwww.gmapinoytv.com.