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:
About the founders of PANGYAO.HK
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.
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.
We want to see photos of your home country, tourist spots outside HK, beautiful memories from across the border and your traveller spirit 🛩🏍🛳🚘🏝
Include a short description/story in the captions, to complete the soul of your image 😍
The winner will receive a $100 Park N Shop voucher, pick your best!
This week's theme is HONG KONG HOT SPOTS!
Share your pics with a caption from different Hong Kong landmarks, tourist spots, restaurants, your favourite place on your day off, etc 🏖🌆🏞
This photo was taken at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre in HK Park in Admiralty.
This is the LAST competition for this series, there will more in the future! Keep posting your pics ❤️
From cute little kittens to big, fierce cats (who still have a softer side, as shown in this picture taken in the Maasai Mara in Kenya 😍), show us your favourite pictures from across the animal kingdom!
Don't forget, our weekly favourite receives a $100 Park & Shop voucher, so get posting to be in with a chance of winning!! 🤩😻
This week we want to see your scrumptious food pics!
It could be a photo of you eating, cooking, baking or sharing Food with your friends. Share your fond memories, special recipes or favourite food with us here at PANGYAO.HK and get a chance to win $100 worth of Park N Shop vouchers! 🍴🍛🥦🥐🥓🥪🥞🍳🌭🍔🌯🍲🍜🍣🍱🎂🧁
Hotly tipped to follow in the footsteps of Take That and Boyzone as the UK's next 90s breakthrough boy band, unfortunately the hopes and dreams of 'Numb' were dashed after no one believed that drummer Martin's (15 at the time, despite looking about 8) parents would allow him to stay out past dinner time, let alone take on world domination.
Although it took more than 20 years, thankfully Martin did finally recover from the disappointment to bounce back and co-found PANGYAO.HK 🥁😍