Melville Boase is co-founder of independent law firm Boase Cohen & Collins.
He graduated with honours from Liverpool in 1965; spent a year at the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, studying Private International Comparative Law and landed as solicitor in England in 1970, before stepping into full time work in South Wales.
Mel arrived in Hong Kong in 1977 as Crown Counsel for the Hong Kong Government. He joined forces with fellow solicitors to form Robertson Double & Boase in 1980; and in 1985, Mel with colleague Colin Cohen set up the firm Boase Cohen & Collins, Melville Boase has been passionate about domestic workers’ rights. He has been treasurer of the Mission For Migrant Workers since 1981. He has assisted with countless Mission cases of migrant domestic workers either pro bono or through Legal Aid.
Mel is as well with Voice for Prisoners, a charitable organisation supporting prisoners’ welfare and a member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He is active in the Freemasons; and regularly meets with his friends in the Pipe Club of Hong Kong.
Philip Wickeri is Professor of the History of Christianity at Ming Hua Theological College (Hong Kong) and the Theology Department of Charles Sturt University (Canberra). He is interested in the history of Christianity in East Asia and in intercultural theology. His most recent book co-authored with Ruiwen Chen is Thy Kingdom Come: A Photographic History of Anglicanism in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. English and Chinese (Hong Kong, 2019). He is the author of the award-winning Reconstructing Christianity in China: K. H. Ting and the Chinese Church (Orbis, 2007). He has written or edited ten books and more than one hundred essays, in Chinese and in English.
Philip L Wickeri, Ph.D.
Rebecca graduated at CUHK in 1988 with a BS Social Work degree. She is a registered social worker now working at Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council since then. She became a senior management member, the Assistant Director since 1998. The Welfare Council is one of the biggest welfare organizations in Hong Kong and have more than 200 service units and 3000 staff.
She achieved a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1995 and an MBA in 2010. Her experiences in these years enabled her to develop strong competence in financial management, policy development, strategic planning and service leadership. In an era when service integration and re-engineering are emphasized and corporate governance has grown in significance, her management training and experience has become an important component of her professional assets.
“As a church member of Sheng Kung Hui, I share the vision and mission of the Church. It is my honour to join the ministry of St John’s Cathedral.”
Emmanuel ‘Eman’ Villanueva joined the MFMW board since 2004. He came to Hong Kong in 1991 as a migrant domestic worker, one of the few male domestic workers in the territory then.
In 1993, he visited MFMW. Because everyone else was busy, he answered a phone call from a fellow migrant crying for help, asking to be rescued from abusive employer. A call he will remember forever.
Eman is the spokesperson of the Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body (AMCB), Hong Kong’s largest alliance of organisations and unions of migrant workers. He is the Secretary-General of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK) and simultaneously the Vice-Chairperson of the Filipino Migrant Workers’ Union (FMWU). These connections contribute to ensure a deeply grounded and truly responsive Mission services.
In 2011, he represented United for Foreign Domestic Workers’ Rights (UFDWR), a regional platform promoting decent work for domestic workers, at the historic 100th Session of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where Convention No. 189 was adopted. ILOC-189 is a set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of domestic workers worldwide.
Eman is happily married to Lalay, a fellow unionist. They live in Hong Kong with daughter Elca.
Vida Tovera Sison
Vida is a statistician by profession and a Christian educator by vocation.She has served the United Methodist Church, with her husband, Horacio, an ordained elder of the UMC, since 1983. Vida was active in ministries with and for children and women prior to her husband’s appointment as Inbound Missionary at the Methodist International Church, HK, in 2013. She was Executive Secretary of the Philippine UMC’s Board of Christian Education and Communications and a national officer of the Women’s Society for Christian Service. She wrote Christian education curriculum materials for children and women. She also organized and facilitated seminars and training workshops for Christian educators and women. She designed the logo which was used by the 11th World Assembly of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women in 2006.
She was recommended by the Revd Ewing Carroll to join the MFMW Board in 2018. As an Administrative Assistant at MICHK, she helps her husband oversee the ministry with and for the Filipino community which is composed mostly of migrant workers.
Edwina Antonio Santoyo
Edwina is the Executive Director of the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge. Bethune House is a member of the Coalition of Service Providers for Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong (CSPEM-HK). Edwina is the youngest of four siblings from Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines. She took up BS Industrial Pharmacy at the University of the Philippines. She has a 35-year-old son. She is now married to a Pastor of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). A former member of the Hong Kong Against Racial Discrimination (HARD), Edwina is also a founding board member of Action for Reach-Out, a local group that provides support and assistance to commercial sex workers in HK. She is a member of the Kowloon Union Church (KUC), currently the secretary of its Council, and member of its Care and Fellowship. She is an adviser to different migrant organizations in Hong Kong. Working with distressed women migrants for more than 33 years now, she is a witness to the brutality of economic displacement of women from poor countries who are disempowered and marginalized in Hong Kong. Edwina is the Recording Secretary of the Board of the Mission For Migrant Workers.
The Revd Dwight Quijano
de la Torre
The Revd Dwight Quijano de la Torre has served as a priest at St. John’s Cathedral and chaplain as part of the Pastoral Services and Welfare program of the Mission for Migrant Workers since 1994. Born in Misamis Occidental, Philippines he was ordained as a priest in the Iglesia Filipino Independiente (IFI) in 1978.
A holds both a Bachelors in Theology and Masters in Divinity of St. Andrews Theological Seminary in Philippines as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Trinity College in Philippines.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong to serve the migrant community, he served as the executive assistant to the IFI Obispo Maximo. He married Estela Bautiza dela Cruz in 2002. He is the chair of the board of the mission for migrant workers.
Aaron Ceradoy is the General Manager of the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM). He first worked in the APMM as Program Coordinator for the Development and Forced Migration thematic program that actively conducted researches, advocacies and engagement with intergovernmental meetings on the topics of development, migration and the situation of migrants. He is also a member of the International Coordinating Body of the International Migrants Alliance (APRN), Board of Conveners of the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), and the International Coordinating Group of the CPDE Migrants and Diaspora constituency.
Fr. Jay Francis Flandez
Fr. Jay Francis Flandez graduated from the University of San Carlos in the Philippines with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Major in Industrial Psychology and Guidance and Counselling. From his secondary school at Pope Pope Paul VI Minor Seminary in Maasin City, Southern Leyte, he continued his priestly formation and joined the Divine Word Missionaries. He finished his theological studies and was ordained priest on 30 th of March 2004.
He was assigned to China Province and was sent to Hong Kong to do his missionary work. With a formal language studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he was assigned to Lantau Island from 2006 to 2011, then to the Holy Family Parish in Choi Hung as assistant parish priest. In between those assignments, he was sent to Rome for a short course on Formation in 2011.
In July 2014 he was appointed as Chaplain to Migrants (Catholics) in Hong Kong. ‘Fr. Jay’ to many, is a member of the Society of the Divine Word Missionaries.