Philippine Association of Hong Kong

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The Philippine Association of Hong Kong (PAHK), founded in 1961, is a Hong Kong incorporated non-profit social organization representing members with business & social interest here in Hong Kong and in the Philippines. It all began in 1961 in Hong Kong, a British colony back then, when a group of Filipinos, prodded by the Consulate General, organized the Philippine Hong Kong Association. At the time there were only about 200 Filipinos in Hong Kong, and, and their main concern then was to seek moral and social support from each other. It was then that a yearly tradition was established: The Philippine Independence Day Ball. Soon, what began as an organization for socializing underwent a change that reflected the social and political turmoil back home in the Philippines. In the early 70’s, Filipinos flocked to Hong Kong, not just an economic adventure but as political refugees escaping the repression of the Martial Law regime. The Association weaned itself from the Consulate, and took on a more activist stance and expanded its mandate to social and charitable activities. The economic boom of the 80’s in Hong Kong and the territory’s concern over the Hand Over saw the Association taking on another role, as a de facto Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry dedicated to promoting business, trade and tourism in the Philippines. Along the way, the membership of the association has also changed. When it began, it was composed of the few Filipino expatriates who happened to be on Hong Kong, mostly executives of multinational companies. Today, the Association membership includes people from all walks of life and nationalities. Such representation also reflected on the projects that the association took on the years advanced. Organizing the yearly Philippine Independence Day Ball continued, but the Association also involved itself in charity. Among the beneficiaries of the Association donations was the IPIL Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for poor but deserving children of Ipil, Zamboanga del Sur, one of the hotbeds of the Muslim secession movement in Mindanao. It also helped put up the Hong Kong Bayanihan Trust, a charity organization that provides facilities for skills upgrading and recreation to Overseas Filipino Workers. Now as an incorporated organization here in Hong Kong S.A.R., the Philippine Association of Hong Kong (PAHK) serves as a forum not only for Filipinos living in Hong Kong but also for those of other nationalities who have a particular affinity to the Philippines. Its goals are to promote friendship, fellowship and understanding among members; to provide a forum for the exchange of business, professional and employment information; to engage in social, cultural and civic activities for and behalf of the Filipino community; and to participate in the promotion of Philippine trade, investment and tourism.
Philippine Association of Hong Kong

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