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PANGYAO - meaning 'Friend' in Cantonese - is a one-stop resource for migrant and domestic workers and ethnic minorities in Hong Kong.  Soft-launched in late 2019, our aim is to promote diversity, inclusion and community, providing migrant workers with a platform to make their voices heard.  We are adding features and information to the site on a daily basis, which currently includes:

 

  • Events: Event listings for the migrant community; any signed up user is able to add new events free of charge
  • Blogs: An open blog platform, allowing users to write blog posts and share with the Pangyao community, completely free of charge
  • Help and Support: NGO and government listings, useful information about living and working in Hong Kong
  • Business Directory: Profiles of businesses serving the migrant community and (coming soon) their latest promotions and offerings
  • Features: Profiles of interesting and inspiring PANGYAOs; we strongly encourage user participation, so please get in touch if you want to get involved yourselves!

 

About the founders of PANGYAO.HK

 

AILEEN ALONZO-HAYWARD

 

Aileen is a second-generation, Hong Kong-born Filipino migrant. Her parents came to HK as domestic workers from the Philippines in the late 1970s, to escape poverty and look for a better life. After working in the finance sector for over a decade, she found her passion in music, and in 2013, landed her dream job of being a radio presenter/producer for Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK Radio3).

Her radio show, Pinoy Life On RTHK, won Best Radio Show at the 2014 and 2021 Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards (competing against 300+ other radio shows from around the world). The MAM awards recognise the media’s role in raising public awareness on issues related to Filipino migration.

Together with Martin, they co-founded PANGYAO, a multi-media social platform for migrants in Hong Kong. Through PANGYAO, she hopes to better serve the community directly, with passion, friendship and dignity.

Aileen lives on Lamma Island with her husband, Darren, her little girl, Lily and their dog, Kobe.

 

MARTIN TURNER

 

Originally from the UK, Martin fell in love with Asia after backpacking in the region in 2005. He has lived in Hong Kong for the last 10 years, though has shunned the big city lights in favour of the relative tranquility of Lamma Island, where he lives with his wife Grace, son Luke and twins Ashlyn and Sebastian.

 

Despite best intentions, Martin’s ambition to get involved in more community-based work often seemed to play second fiddle to a busy work and family life, though a recent sabbatical provided the perfect opportunity and platform to explore. After an enthusiastic exchange of ideas, it was clear that he and long-time friend (and ex-band mate!) Aileen had similar aspirations, and the PANGYAO project was born.

 

A Project Manager by trade, Martin’s primary focus has been on designing and developing the website. A constantly evolving project, Martin has been continually surprised and inspired by those he has met along the way, which has only strengthened his and Aileen’s resolve to bring PANGYAO.HK to life.