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Over 500 HK, China flights to the Philippines cancelled
Published on: Aug 27, 2010 - 10:15am
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At least 558 Manila-bound Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights from Hong Kong and China have been cancelled, according to PAL President Jaime Bautista in an Inquirer.net report, following the Quirino Grandstand hostage tragedy on August 23 and a travel ban to the Philippines issued by Hong Kong after the crisis ended.

In a news release, Bautista said, "PAL is beginning to feel the initial impact of a Hong Kong government advisory warning its residents to refrain from all travel to the Philippines  We're closely monitoring the situation, and (we) will decide soon whether (to) maintain or reduce (PAL's five daily flights to and from Hong Kong). We share the grief and understand the Hong Kong people's wrath. We are optimistic that fears of traveling to the Philippines will be temporary."

Bautista added, "We understand that Philippine officials in Hong Kong met with the latter's legislative and travel councils and assured them that the Philippines is still a safe and viable tourist destination. We are looking forward that it will soon lead to the lifting of the travel restrictions."

GMANews.tv reports that Cebu Pacific Air released a statement on August 25 saying they received "rebooking requests for less than five percent of the total daily passengers carried in its Hong Kong flights." The statement also said that those who have Hong Kong to Philippines (and vice versa) flights scheduled from August 24 to 31 "may rebook their flights or store their travel credits without penalties."

Inquirer.net reported on August 25 that no other countries have issued travel advisories similar to Hong Kong's, though France advised its citizens to be vigilant in the Philippines, and the United Kingdom included "a factual reference to the (hostage taking) incident in the (United Kingdom's) travel advice."

For more on this story, log on to Inquirer.net and GMANews.tv.

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62 Comments
  • Joe Isleta
    nice very informative!
    Sep 17 2010 @ 04:48pm     Reply  
  • Robert Ian Cristobal
    This is not good..
    Sep 16 2010 @ 06:35pm     Reply  
  • this is just sad.
    Sep 16 2010 @ 05:35pm     Reply  
  • Blue
    @ Purple, very well said.
    Aug 31 2010 @ 11:41pm     Reply  
  • Purple
    My point, gweilo, is that Filipinos are just as shocked and enraged by what has happened. Here in Manila particularly, people are remorseful and frustrated. We are even embarrassed by the additional faux pas that a number of our fellow pinoys, afflicted with momentary st*p*dity and insensitivity no doubt, have committed. While we may not be as vocal as the people in HK we, too, are asking the government for truth, justice, and accountability. There are murmurs urging Mayor Lim to take responsibility for what has happened. We are no strangers to tragedy. Do not think even for a second that we are "used to it". How long have you been gone? Filipinos, however, will not brook any offense to their national identity regardless of the circumstances. Facebook, for example, was suddenly rife with anti-pinoy sentiments from people from HK. Juvenile? Certainly, but hateful nonetheless. Mendoza was one Filipino(unfortunately). I think you know that we, as a people, are not at all like that maniac.
    Aug 31 2010 @ 01:06pm     Reply  
  • Boo!
    Alam nyo, hindi nyo naman hawak ang damdamin ng ibang tao eh, kung ayaw nila magpunta dito, wala kayong magagawa. Pero let's face it, kaya nyo ba mabuhay nang walang mga chinese goods? God made the world, the rest is made in China! lol.
    Aug 31 2010 @ 10:55am     Reply  
  • Controversy
    I arrived in HK the day the tragedy happened. I wasn't as lucky as Gwielo because I definitely was not treated well after word spread about the hostage-taking incident. I initially shrugged the sweeping anti-Pinoy statements but I decided to leave the place days earlier than planned because horrible treatment (for something I was not directly involved in) has limits. I blame the incompetent PNP for what happened but I can't accept insults directed at ALL Pinoys. If there's one 'good' thing that came out of this (on a personal level), it is that I realized that I don't have to go to HK to shop. Stay in the Phil, help the local economy and avoid being put in situations Gwielo is lucky not to have experienced.
    Aug 31 2010 @ 05:50am     Reply  
  • Engkris
    Dear Gwielo, as true Filipinos, we do not defend the wrong. Instead, we look after the truth and the right. The 1st question is actually a message presented in a question. I was trying to tell you that Hongkies made a mistake when they judged the whole country based on the failure of our PNP. The 2nd question refers to Hongkies who place judgment at the height of their emotions. In my opinion, this is wrong. How is it possible that you still managed to drag the Filipinos in this question? I admire your patriotism and devotion to HK. However, you will also have to be mindful and careful on what you say about us, Filipinos. We are not as bad as you project. Allow me to say this, MABUHAY ANG PILIPINO!!!
    Aug 30 2010 @ 09:55pm     Reply  
  • Nena
    @ gweilo, kahit anong sabihin mo Makapili ka pa rin. Sabagay, pera ng Hong Kong ang bumubuhay sa pamilya mo o nagpapapa-aral sa mga naiwan mo sa Pinas.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 07:30pm     Reply  
  • gweilo
    Marj - that official must be so low-level that it deserved full coverage from CNN and BBC. Maybe your "credible" SCMP will carry it tomorrow – let us see. In any case, is that statement supposed to be some source of pride?
    Congen Claro who in the same breath continuously apologizes profusely to the legislators here on a daily basis? Nothing exactly wrong with that, for we were all part of the peaceful rally, vigil and dialogue yesterday.
    I am still waiting for a fact-based and rational argument from your side. But I guess that would too much to expect from a rabid dog who howls incoherently…probably as a result of insecurity in being an askal.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 05:50pm     Reply  
  • gweilo
    Engkris: Being Filipino is not about defending your country in the face of an obvious wrong. That is not the proper forum nor stage to do it, least of all in the safe refuge of this website. Being Filipino is carrying that name in an international setting, sharing your culture with locals and at times having to prove that you are one among the best, professionally and personally. To your questions: I do not understand the point of having to ask question 1 - the question is flawed in that it is leading and the answer is obvious. You yourself have mentioned that SOME Hongkies reacted negatively. What is that % and how is this different from SOME Filipinos who are reacting the same way? For question 2: there is no analysis when it comes to death.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 05:48pm     Reply  
  • Marj
    Finally, an official statement from the Philippines. The statement came from a low-level Philippine official for obvious reason: not to be insensitive to the HK Chinese in their hours of grief. Here it is Gweilo: If they are still anxious over last week’s bloody hostage crisis in Manila, Filipinos may want to postpone for now their vacation to Hong Kong. Philippine consul general to Hong Kong Claro Cristobal issued the advice as he noted that some Filipinos still feel jittery about going to Hong Kong despite assurances about their safety there.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 12:19pm     Reply  
  • Francis
    What about the Filipino tourists who were killed in Tiananmen Square? Did they receive compensation? Was there a public apology? Worse comes to worst, Chinese HK residents here can pack up and leave. Isama na ninyo si Alfredo Lim. He should RESIGN now!!! Read: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/29/10/what-about-filipinos-killed-tianamen-square
    Aug 30 2010 @ 07:59am     Reply  
  • Engkris
    hehehehe MAKAMASA :) Kung ngayon tayo sinakop ng mga hapon, alam na natin kugn sino-sino ang magtataksil.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 01:36am     Reply  
  • Engkris
    Dear Gweilo, It appears that you have been staying in HK long enough to feel dutiful in defending it, more than your country, assuming you are really a Filipino. Please tell me I am wrong. Anyway, I have few questions about HK and maybe you can enlighten me, please.__________Some hongkies who were derived by emotions, openly insulted the Philippines by saying and assuming it is a country of indolent and incompetent people.__________(1st question) IS IT WISE OR FOOLISH FOR ANYONE TO GIVE A SWEEPING STATEMENT ABOUT A COUNTRY OF 90 MILLION FOR THE ACTIONS OF A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE?__________(2nd question) SINCE WHEN DID EMOTION BECOME A BETTER BASIS FOR JUDGMENT THAN ANALYSIS?
    Aug 30 2010 @ 01:19am     Reply  
  • Marj
    @ gweilo, Makapili is a euphemism for a lapdog. Clearly, you are a HK Chinese lapdog.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 11:28pm     Reply  
  • Makamasa
    @ Enkris, Kaya nga sa bawat conflict ng Pilipinas, merong mga "Makapili" di ba? Magtataka pa ba kayo?
    Aug 29 2010 @ 10:51pm     Reply  
  • Chianix
    Aug 29 2010 @ 10:25pm     Reply  
  • Chianix
    There are so many opinions circulating nowadays because of what happened in Quirino. Let me share with you this article by Randy David in PDI. I hope we all get a thing or two out of it before we all say anything again about this Quirino incident.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 10:20pm     Reply  
  • Sharmaine
    In all of these, what is remarkable is: sinisisi pa rin Arroyo government ng Aquino government. Kasalanan nila kasi di daw na-train ng maayos mga pulis during her time. Susmaryosep Ka Indo, talagang pasahan ng sisi ha. Parang kandidato pa rin P-Noy. Kayo na po commander-in-chief!
    Aug 29 2010 @ 09:02pm     Reply  
  • Engkris
    In my opinion, the suggestion of MARJ is very clear and sound. We do not need to be a rocketship scientist to understand this. MARJ is simply saying if we allow ourselves to be bullied, we are actually inviting more trouble. We are night fighting them, we are defending ourselves.___________After reading some of our countrymen, it saddens me to know that some of us feel that the lives of the Hongkies are more important than our lives.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 03:51pm     Reply  
  • gweilo
    Marj - thanks for your continued rejoinders of logic and reason. That makes it more worthwhile to check out spot. The fact is, Filipinos can be HK citizens if they choose to, with the exception of domestic helpers. Perhaps you are smarting from a denial, but I do not dare assume what sterling and accomplished background you may have, based on your moderated and impersonal reasoning. In the meantime, let me share a manggang hilaw with bagoong at Central with fellow Filipinos, as we observe the HK people's peaceful rally, in quiet deference to their loss.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 03:36pm     Reply  
  • Ces
    @ guello, the topic at the top is cancellation of flights to the Philippines. Why can't any Filipino cancel his flight to Hong Kong too at will (without government mandate)? It's simple arithmetic. What makes it delusional?
    Aug 29 2010 @ 02:01pm     Reply  
  • Marj
    You can stay in Hong Kong all your life. Whatever you do there, no Filipino will be a full-fledged Chinese citizen with Hong Kong passport. THAT is your dream come true. You got it from hanging out too much at HK Disney. Just because you check out spot instead of the HK stock market makes you more as Filipino as bagoong. LOL LOL LOL
    Aug 29 2010 @ 01:37pm     Reply  
  • gweilo
    Well, living in a well-secured place with fellow Filipinos is a far better proposition than living in a state of constant fear and paranoia of snatchers, carnappers, and worst of all - delusional people who think that being proud is the appropriate reaction to such a tragedy.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 12:37pm     Reply  
  • Marj
    @ gweilo, you do not have an idea of "protocol". Your yarn is just sinking you deeper into the Hong Kong manhole. That to me is more laughable if it does not smell of a stinking fish yet. It's time for you to assist the authorities to look for that acid man. Your newfound forefathers might give you some more moolah.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 12:07pm     Reply  
  • gweilo
    In the unlikely scenario that Arnold Swarzenegger would ever call PNoy at the height of a crisis, then I do not see why PNoy should not answer that call. I do not see the point of that analogy. HK is administered by a Chief Executive, hence he is responsible for the welfare of his area and its residents. I do not know the business and ownership structure of all newspapers, but claiming that the SCMP is highly credible on the basis of I don't know what (maybe because its English?), I think that's just laughable. How easy it is to judge one's character, when one makes sweeping statements and unfounded assumptions to begin with.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 11:54am     Reply  
  • Tita Aida
    The reaction of the HK authorities is getting ridiculous by the day. While I believe in humility, it is also subject to abuse if we don't watch our back. They even want to do forensic exams on that bus! Enough is enough. We only have one country and only one sovereign authority. There is nothing wrong with postponing or even canceling our travel to Hong Kong. In a hypothetical situation, I couldn't imagine what Hong Kong will be without any single Filipino in just one day. Think Disneyland.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 11:37am     Reply  
  • Marj
    I ment Tsang your HK Administrator is equivalent to a Governor. His phone call should not be answered. It is just like Governor Schwarzenegger calling PNoy. BTW, what oligarch does not own any newspaper. Goodness, you don't have to go too far from NY or MNL.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 11:23am     Reply  
  • Marj
    Yes Gweilo. You better check what blood is in your system. You are no different from the Kapili during the Japanese occupation. FYI, your Albert is ONLY equivalent to a governor. He is not a head of state. Get your facts right too before you defend the rights of people who feed you.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 11:18am     Reply  
  • gweilo
    There are almost 30 million tourists that go to HK every year, versus about 3 million that go to the Philippines. Go figure which one will be affected more. China will continue to lift their people out of poverty, with or without the Philippines. The Philippines needs as much as investment as it needs. Let's see who has more to lose. If diplomacy is ignoring (unintentional or not) a phone call from another country's chief executive at the height of a crisis, then we sure know what we're doing. South China Morning Post being credible? Right. A newspaper owned by an oligarch with multiple interests in China. I suggest to google SCMP, Wikipedia, and look at Editorial. You might as well google Albert Cheng of the "credible" SCMP while you're at it. Better get your facts right.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 11:12am     Reply  
  • Kit
    @Hmer - besides, its the choice of these drug addicts to be potheads, so kahit doon, mahinang argumento at rason iyon laban sa mga chinese. yung mga addict ang nag kusa na malulong sa masamang bisyo. alam na nila na pinagbabawal ang illegal na droga pero pinili pa din nila ang malulong... bakit ibabaling ang sisi sa iba? nasa tao ang desisyon kung gusto niya magpakag*g*... kahit pa lantaran ang pag benta niyan sa kalye, kung ayaw mo malulong sa bisyo, huwag kang bumili.

    eto pa, sino ba ang mga protector ng mga sindikato dito sa pilipinas? hindi ba mga pilipino din na maimpluwensiya tulad ng mga nasa pamahalaan at pulisya? these syndicates will not be able to establish a foothold in the country without the connivance and cooperation of these people.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 11:10am     Reply  
  • teena
    @Hmer.. yan mga ganyang klaseng reaction ang nagpapagalit lalo sa mga taga HK. wala ba sa vocabulary mo ang salitang HUMILITY?
    Aug 29 2010 @ 10:37am     Reply  
  • Hmer
    kung maka react naman ang mga Chinese na to! Bakeeetttt? ilang buhay ba ng mga kabataang Pinoy ang pinapatay at sinisira ng mga drug lord na Chinese na namumgad sa Pilipinas? Di natin kailangan ang mga turistang HK at Chinese...
    Aug 29 2010 @ 10:01am     Reply  
  • Marj
    It is not t*t for tat. It is a reality check for overreaction. It has already been said here, Hong Kong needs more Pinoy tourists more than the Philippines need HK tourists. China needs the Phillippines for minerals more than the Philippines need China. Diplomacy is the order of the day. The HK government did not practice it. Period. The highly credible South China Morning Post saw that. What is it that Filipinos living in Hong Kong did not see?
    Aug 29 2010 @ 09:50am     Reply  
  • gweilo
    I, with my family, are among the 200,000 families living here in Hong Kong. Did I feel the supposed racist sentiment during this past week? Thankfully, not yet. There are a few who have asked why that incident happened. I am just as dumbfounded as them. A close local friend has expressed that she is thankful that my family is here in Hong Kong, assured with the fact that we are safe and are not exposed to a daily barrage of crime and corruption that you would get in Manila. Do the locals talk behind my back? Most likely, and I do not blame them, given that on a normal day, what they talk about are movements of the stock market and property prices. There is RARELY any gruesome crime that grips the headlines here. So from that perspective, we need to realize how horrific and unacceptable that incident truly is. Their government is simply trying to get the answers to give to their people, and do you think they will get the full truth from our government? My hopes are not high. So their only recourse is to issue that black warning as a sign of protest against our government. Is it uncalled for? Well, if you had lost a loved one, would you allow other loved ones to visit the same place? Things are settling down here, if ever so slightly. The vast majority are civilized, moderate and quite friendly actually, but of course you can't discount the extremes. Much the same way in Manila, but I would think the percentages are better here. I see the same level of racist remarks from Pinoys on the web directed to the HK people. The media, as has been proven, are fear-mongers and gossipers whose only aim is to get that scoop. Calls for a travel boycott to HK as a t*t for tat response? Again, I am dumbfounded. Generally we (Pinoys) are far more racist than most people, but that's another story. There is some sentiment here that if it were Americans who were held hostage, then the response may have been different. Our 2 countries are both striving to free ourselves from the influence and stigma of foreign occupiers. I am sharing this to maybe help give some insight into what it's like to actually be living here in HK. I think we are generally both friendly people, and there has to be mutual respect. So please, if you are hurt because of their responses, you are not even directly affected. You do not have to be employed by them, or clean their house, or care for their families. You do not know any better.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 09:21am     Reply  
  • Purple
    I believe that we fully sympathize with the families of the victims of the Quirino Grandstand tragedy. As a nation we are all embarrassed by the ineptitude of our security forces. We are all enraged and frustrated by the inability of our leaders to effectively resolve this extremely regrettable situation.

    We are apologetic. However, we are also glaringly aware of the fact that no amount of "We are truly sorry", no matter how sincere, will ever bring back the lives that were lost that day. It gnaws at the Filipino people's collective conscience.

    Despite this tragedy, we do not deserve to be disrespected as a people just because one man slipped into maniacal madness. Rage and retailation against our OFW relatives is, frankly, just racist.

    Despite this tragedy, we do not deserve to be on a high risk/danger/black list as a tourist destination spot. We are not suddenly all gripped by an insane drive to get every single tourist group in a bus so we can hold them hostage. The assumption is, frankly, racist (and just st*p*d).

    Despite this tragedy, our political representatives do not deserve to be snubbed or worse, humiliated. They are trying their best to make amends as diplomatically as possible. The snobbery and humiliation in cases that have absolutely no direct relation to the case is, again, plainly racist.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100828-289202/Jinggoy-Estrada-suffers-HKs-wrath

    I hope that the people of HK and China will not make this a war between races and cultures. We feel exactly what they feel: shock, grief, anger, and because we are the offending nation: shame, remorse, and dejection. These emotions need to be properly directed. I hope they understand that attacking a nation's identity will only result in a retaliation of a similar nature and will not solve anything.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 06:06am     Reply  
  • Kit
    since "mainit" ang situation right now between the two countries, it is prudent and wise for us to also lay low and postpone our trips to HK especially if it is just for holiday reasons. we avoid provoking them and giving them the opportunity to vent their ire on us. instead of taking a vacation in HK, why not go somewhere in the Philippines... or go to KL, Viet Nam... madami pa naman lugar sa asia na pwedeng puntahan. umiwas muna tayo sa HK since hindi tayo welcome doon for now dahil nga sa nangyari.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 02:04am     Reply  
  • Engkris
    RACHEL and BARBIE, maraming salamat sa inyong pagpapahayag ng damdamin. Nauunawaan namin na masakit mawalan ng asawa o anak. Naniniwala rin kami na ang ating mga pulis ay mayroon pagkukulang. Ang tanong ko lang, wasto bang husgahan at patawan ng HK ang buong bansa bunga ng pagkukulang ng iilan lamang? Halimbawa ikaw, ano ang mararamdaman mo kapag nagalit ang buong baranggay sa iyo dahil sa kasalanan ng kaibigan mo?__________nabanggit mo na maibabalik pa ba ang buhay ng mga namatay....wasto ka!!! kapag pinaratangan ba ng HK ang buong pinas ng walang batayan, maibabalik pa ba nila ang buhay ng mga nasawi?
    Aug 29 2010 @ 01:33am     Reply  
  • Marj
    2 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees from China canceled their trip to Manila. What has this prestigious award giving body got to do with this mess? Nothing. I condemn the unfortunate incident at the Grandstand. I sympathize with the victims' families. However, they are pushing the envelope too far already. To me, the creeping take over of the Spratlys Islands in Philippine territory by the Chinese is a much bigger anomaly than this. Wake up Filipinos. There is nothing wrong with postponing tourism travel to Hong Kong just to deliver the message that we are unhappy with their reaction too.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 12:54am     Reply  
  • Makamasa
    @ Rachel at Barbie Doll, hindi talaga ninyo ma gets ang point. Napakasimple. Oo may pagkukulang ang ating PNP. Huwag naman sana nila idamay ang sambayanang Pilipino. Ang pag ban ng travel sa Philippines ay dagok sa mag nananahimik na Pinoy. Buhay nila ang turismo. Buhay din yan ng Hong Kong kasi ang ekonomiya nila ay umiikot din sa turismo. Ang sinasabi lang ng mga commenters, ang mga Pinoy tourists, iwasan na muna ang Hong Kong. What goes around, comes around. Ano ang mali doon? Huwag nang isali ang OFW dito. They chose to work in Hong Kong. Hindi sila pinilit pumunta doon.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 12:39am     Reply  
  • barbie
    biruin mo asawa mo, 2 anak mo patay at yun bunso nasa ICU at baka daw brain-damaged na. at nangyari yun habang nagbabakasyon ka sa abroad dahil sa kapalpakan ng pulis dun. nakakapanlumo.

    wala tayong rason para pumunta sa HK? bakit pa tayo pumupunta dun? sabihin kaya natin yan sa libo-libong OFWs na nagtatrabaho dun. tignan natin ang sagot nila.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 12:15am     Reply  
  • Rachel
    ^^ pag nakita mo ang pamilya mo na nasa loob ng body bag, patay, nagbakasyon lang naman sa ibang bansa, anong mararamdaman mo? Hindi ba't magagalit ka din? Kung pwede kang pumatay, papatay ka. Pero wala ka ng magagawa.
    Tayong mga Pilipino, buhay pa din. Nakakapag internet pa din. Napapagtanggol pa din sarili natin. Pero yong mga Hong Kongers, wala ng buhay. Sila ay nanay, anak, tatay, kaibigan ng isang isa pang tao. Isipin mo yon.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 10:51pm     Reply  
  • Engkris
    I would like to think that the lives of the HONKIES are not more important than our lives. I do not like the idea of watching HK condemn us more than they should. Our PNP failed but it does not mean the whole country is a failure, and they can do anything against us. TAMA NA!!! SOBRA NA!!! ITIGIL NA!!! Kung ayaw nila magtungo sa Pinas, bakit pa tayo patuloy na magtutungo sa HK? Bakit hindi natin iparating sa mga HONKIES na hindi nila tayo maaring daragin?
    Aug 28 2010 @ 07:42pm     Reply  
  • Kit
    this is also a good opportunity to clean up the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. talagang linisin natin mula taas hanggang baba. do you remember before how the PNP would abuse their position by hanging those ID's and uniform inside their vehicles just so they can park anywhere or get away from traffic violations? and then comes along the Sparrow Unit of the NPA. it's about time the citizens armed themselves and deal with the PNP directly. idamay na din ang mga asawa at pamilya ng mga kotong cops. tignan ninyo kung hindi tumino at umurong ang mga buntot ng mga masasamang mapang abusong pulis patola. kung ikaw ay isang matinong pulis, wala ka dapat ikatakot. mga arroganteng pulis at kamag anak lang ang aalma sa suggestion na ito. tignan ninyo kung paano umasta hanggang ngayon si Mendoza.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 02:59pm     Reply  
  • theWalruz
    the problem is we have a lot of OFW's in Hong Kong fomenting the residents anger more can lead to racism or a possible ban of pinoy ofw's. The country can cope up without this hong kong tourist but what will happen to our economy without the remittances of our kababayan.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 11:26am     Reply  
  • HK tourist
    I share ko lang, ito ang tourism performance nang HK:
    http://www.tourism.gov.hk/english/statistics/statistics_perform.html

    Ito naman ang figures kung anong % ng GDP ang kanilang tourism industry:
    http://www.gov.hk/en/about/abouthk/factsheets/docs/tourism.pdf

    Around 500,000 sa kanilang mga bisita ay mga Pinoy. Madami-dami din, pero sa tingin nyo ba ay ikalulungkot nilang hindi na sila puntahan nang mga Pinoy? Ilan kaya sa mga 500,000 na bumisita ang kamag-anak nang mga 200,000 na pinoy na nakatira ngayon duon?


    Kung sabagay, naka-kulong na naman ang mga Ampatuan, na kung bumisita sa HK at mag-shopping ay dala-dalang ang mahigit 50 na bodyguard at alalay.

    Ang anak ni Singson din ay marahil nagsilbing aral sa mga high-profile warlords na nag-babalak mag-smuggle nang drugs sa HK, kung kayat mababawasan din ang mga ito.

    Tama, malaki nga ang apekto sa HK nito.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 09:58am     Reply  
  • Marj
    The Filipinos love HK more than the HK Chinese love the Philippines. In a worst case scenario that tourists on both sides avoid each other's places, the damage on the HK side is much bigger. Manila does not amplify that thought because humility and sympathy are the order of the day. However, Filipinos need to get their acts together if needed in the future. BTW, HK is a reflection of our damaged social reality. On one side of HK are the Filipino OFW's who toil for US$300 a month away from teir loved ones. On the other side of HK are Filipinos who are ready to spend US$7500 for a Birkin. HK will lose a lot of retail dollars if these wealthy and some corrupt Filipinos stop shopping in HK.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 08:46am     Reply  
  • Rachel
    True. kasi sa atin mura lang ang buhay. Araw araw may namamatay sa salvage, robbery, rape, hazing--kaya desensitize na tayo. Kaya may reaction tayong ganito.
    Pero hindi sa lahat ng kultura ganon. Hindi katanggap-tanggap na pwdeng mamatay ang mga tao ng ganon ganon lang. Sige, wag kayo pumunta sa HK. Don't buy Chinese made goods (haha, meron ba non?). Pero hindi na mababalik ang buhay ng mga namatay. So what do we do now? Kneel in front of them? Wala. Let it pass. And don't say anything that will further incite them and show how insensitive we are.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 08:42am     Reply  
  • gweilo
    Ang nakikita kong problem sa mga comments dito ay parang hindi maunawaan kung gano kahirap tanggapin ang nangyaring hostage massacre. Ang sorry ay hindi sapat upang maibalak ang kumpiyansa nang mga tao at mag-isip pang dumalaw pa sa Pilipinas. Kung sabagay, commonplace nga naman ang pag-salvage, pag hold-up, at pag-snatch sa Manila. Sa ibang bansa kasi, kasama na dito ang HK, ay bihira nangyayari ito. Kung kaya't isipin mo na lang kung gano ka walang saysay ang nangyaring massacre.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 02:36am     Reply  
  • kghj
    so ang ibig bang sabihin nito ay maggangantihan na lang tayo?! nakakasama ng loob ang ginagawang "pang-aalipusta ng HK government sa gobyero natin - pero we Filipinos know better, and we should act and think better.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 01:47am     Reply  
  • Tita Aida
    NO. The South China Morning Post already posted an editorial saying that this is a st*p*d government action on the part of Hong Kong. They don't discourage - they BAN!!! Blame the police not the entire Filipino people, the newspaper said. They should know it better as tourism is their life blood. Hong Kong begged for tourists during their crisis periods (i.e. SARS, acid man, recession, etc.). The Philippines is still one of the top tourist markets of Hong Kong. Because of the bad publicity on both sides, Filipino tourists will avoid travel to Hong Kong and the economic result will be HUGE.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 10:13pm     Reply  
  • Engkris
    SOMEBODY PLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME........ We all know that tourism is among the top 3 revenue sources of HK. If HK becomes successful in damaging our image, discouraging tourists to visit our country, will this benefit the tourism industry of HK?
    Aug 27 2010 @ 10:06pm     Reply  
  • Kathy
    teka muna, wag na tayong makipag-away. magpakumbaba na tayo. sabi nga ng isang tweet: we drew first blood. lilipas din to. pero wag natin sanang makalimutan. and from now on, we should demand more from ourselves, our police, and the media.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 06:46pm     Reply  
  • tayo rin
    though i understand what the HK people are feeling right now, i think some, if not most of them are really overreacting.
    even yung mga statements ni Jacky Chan binabatikos nila.
    like what they say this is an ISOLATED case.
    its not like it was planned na patayin lahat ng HK Tourists dito sa atin.

    like what Marj said, ano pa ba gusto nilang gawin natin? lumuhod sa harap nila? ito namang ibang mga pinoy dumadagdag pa. yung mga pictures na kumakalat sa net na mga nagpapapicture sa pinangyarihan nung hostage, mga pilipino din nagkakalat nun! kaya nakikita rin ng ibang bansa. pede namang pagsabihan na lang nila yung mga yun eh.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 06:25pm     Reply  
  • Engkris
    Maraming salamat sa pagbibigay linaw, TAYO RIN at KAT. Sumasang-ayon din ako sa mungkahi mo, MARJ. Kahanga-hanga ka. Katibayan, may isa akong tanong sa ating mga kababayan...WHY WILL A SELF-RESPECTING FILIPINO IN HIS RIGHT THINKING VISIT HONGKONG, KNOWING THAT THIS IS A PLACE OF SARS, MELANIN AND ACID MAN? Sinubukan ko sagutin ito subalit nabigo ako. Wala akong nakitang dahilan upang magtungo sa HK.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 04:05pm     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    ..let's move on..there are other markets aside from HK and China..stop patronizing goods from HK and China, start patronizing our own Filipino-made products!
    Aug 27 2010 @ 04:01pm     Reply  
  • Marj
    He already apologized. What else will the President do? Kneel? They overacted. The effect is reciprocal anyway. Remember, their tourism industry is their life. No Pinoys will shop at their stores now. The Pinoys went there even with SARS. The Pinoys went there even with melanin. The Pinoys went there even with the acid man. With this, a lot of Pinoys will avoid HK too.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 03:07pm     Reply  
  • Kat
    ^^ one reason would be also the lack of Malacanang's decisive action regarding the matter. The president should come up with an apology regarding the event, instead of defending the police's action.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 02:59pm     Reply  
  • tayo rin
    ^kase kahit tayong mga Pilipino, hinihila sarili nating bansa sa kahihiyan/kinakahiya ang bansa natin.

    kaya kinakaya kaya na lang tayo ng mga ibang lahi.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 02:31pm     Reply  
  • Engkris
    Maari ba ninyo ako bigyan linaw sa mga sumusunod kong mga katanungan?__________

    (1) Ang buong mundo ay sinasabi na ISOLATED case ang nangyari sa pinas. Bakti hindi pa matangap ito ng taos-puso ng HK at CHINA?_________

    (2) Maraming hostage-crisis na nangyayari sa iba't-ibang bahagi ng mundo. Halimbawa sa Olympic Village, Munich, Germany noon 1972. Lahat ng prenda (hostage) ay nasawi bunga ng mga maling pasya at hakbang ng mga pulis ng Alemanya. Ang ilan pa sa mga terorista ay nakalaya makaraan ng ilang panahon. Bakit mas mahigit ang pagbabatikos ng HK sa Pinas kung ihahambing sa pagbabatikos ng Israel sa Alemanya? Marami pang ganitong pangyayari sa kasaysayan ng daigdig subalit kakaiba ang batikos ng HK. BAKIT?__________
    (3) Kung ang Pinas ay masisira sa mga turista sa iba't-ibang bansa, mayroon bang bansa na makikinabang?
    Aug 27 2010 @ 02:08pm     Reply  
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