Patricia, or Pat, worked in Singapore before coming to HK. She missed the cultural openness of the Philippines.

Julie would like to run her own restaurant one day.

Cherry had been in HK for two years, she told me she enjoyed shopping.

Marie liked the convenience of Hong Kong but missed her family.

Lhannie thought that Hong Kong was an adventure but like most, she missed her son and family back home.

Rowena had been here for ten years and she enjoyed Hong Kong

Rhae had been away from home for six years and was looking forward to go back to visit in 2015.

Angelie found Hong Kong

Josie missed the food and her family back home.

Violy has worked in Hong Kong for 21 years, she planned on going home in 3-4 years. She said she never learned Cantonese so that she didn

FILIPINO DOMESTIC WORKERS, CENTRAL, HONG KONG, 2014.

THERE ARE 370,000 FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS WORKING IN HONG KONG, 48% ARE FROM THE PHILIPPINES. ON THEIR ONE DAY OFF EVERY SUNDAY, MANY OF THEM CONGREGATE IN PUBLIC SPACES AROUND THE TERRITORY. THE FINANCIAL AND DESIGNER SHOPPING DISTRICT OF CENTRAL IS A POPULAR SPOT FOR THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY, NICKNAMED 'LITTLE MANILA' AROUND STATUE SQUARE.

DESPITE THE HARDSHIP AND DISCRIMINATION THEY OFTEN FACE, I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED SEEING THE HIGH SPIRITS OF THE COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER, WHERE THEY EAT, CUT HAIR, DANCE, SKYPE AND EVEN HOLD PROTESTS. THINGS WE OFTEN TAKE FOR GRANTED.

HERE ARE A FEW THAT I MET.

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