Philippines bill proposes jail time for unenthusiastic anthem singers

By Janie Octia and Joshua Berlinger/CNN – Philippines citizens may need to start exercising their vocal chords. The country’s House of Representatives has approved a bill requiring members of the public to sing the country’s national anthem, Lupang Hinirang, “with fervor” whenever it is played publicly. Those who are convicted Read more »

75-year-old Pinoy lola sets powerlifting record

By Jared Bray/BS-CBN North America Bureau – Bulacan native and Utah resident Susie Rose hoisted 209.4 pounds while competing in the 65-plus age division, breaking both the state and national marks. “I like challenges. When people say I can’t do it, in my head I say, ‘Watch me!’” she said. Read more »

Summer solstice marks ‘longest days’ in Philippines

By Jaymee T. GamilIt/ – will be a long day on Wednesday (June 21), literally, as Summer Solstice falls around noontime on that day. In its astronomical diary for June, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has said Philippine nights will be at their shortest—and day times Read more »

Philippines outsourcing: ‘Customers want people, not robots’

By Timothy McDonald/BBC News, Manila – In a Manila call centre, Sarah Prestoza spends hours helping exasperated callers on the other side of the world troubleshoot problems with their internet connections. Almost all of them are in a bad mood; some are rude, others are racist. A few “difficult callers” Read more »

7 missing, 2 hurt after US Navy destroyer collides with PH-flagged ship

By Nestor Corrales/ – Seven crew on a US destroyer were missing and their commander injured Saturday after their Navy destroyer collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship off the coast of Japan, with the badly damaged US vessel partially flooded. Two others were hurt along with the USS Fitzgerald’s commanding Read more »

Philippine Department of Tourism Fires McCann and Demands a Public Apology Over Alleged Copycat Ad

By Patrick Coffee/ – The Philippine Department of Tourism has ended its relationship with McCann after approximately six months over a controversy sparked this week by accusations that the agency’s latest campaign plagiarized an earlier ad from South Africa and says it “expects a public apology.” On Monday, McCann Worldgroup Read more »