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Valerie Weigmann crowned Miss World Philippines 2014

By Chuck Smith/ – Valerie Weigmann was crowned Miss World Philippines 2014 at the SM MOA Arena in Pasay City on Sunday night. The 24-year-old Weigmann, who bested 25 other candidates, was the crowd favorite as she won majority of the special awards given out earlier in the program. She Read more »

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9TV is CNN Philippines

via – Radio Philippines Network channel 9 (RPN9) has acquired international cable news channel CNN’s brand. With the partnership, the 9TV network, formerly Solar News, will soon be rebranded into “CNN Philippines.” This comes just months after Solar News was reformatted to 9TV. Solar TV network Inc. and BusinessMirror Read more »

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Philippines joins historic call against death penalty

By Paterno Esmaquel II/ – While the Philippine Senate revived the debate on capital punishment, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario signed a historic declaration on Friday, October 10, against the death penalty. In their joint declaration, the Philippines and 11 other countries said: “We respect the views of Read more »


First English-Filipino-Cebuano storybook app now in Apple app stores

via US – Apple has approved the first-ever English-Filipino-Cebuano storybook app to be sold in its app stores worldwide, starting October 11. MyStorya v2, produced by Silicon Valley-based EggCrate Ideas, is the first and only storybook app of its kind in the world, having both written text and audio Read more »

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First Filipino A380 pilot: Flying a ‘gentle giant’

By Lynda C. Corpuz/ – At 10:26 pm on Tuesday, October 7, Filipino captain Franklyn Desiderio safely landed the Airbus 380 – Emirates’ flagship aircraft – at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. Desiderio, the first Filipino certified to fly A380, helmed that rare appearance of the world’s Read more »


The fight to make divorce legal in the Philippines

By Sunshine Lichauco de Leon/ – When Rowena Festin leaves her job as a congressional aide in Quezon City, Metro Manila each day, she returns home to three children and a husband. But her marriage, like many others in the Philippines, exists in name only. “My husband wants Read more »