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State of calamity in cities, towns around Mayon

By KD Suarez/ – A state of calamity has been declared in areas surrounding Mayon Volcano, after the volcano showed signs of a potential eruption in the coming days. The state of calamity, announced by Albay Governor Jose Salceda on Tuesday, September 16, covers 52 barangays the cities of Legazpi, Read more »

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Philippines wins Most Valuable Fans award at FIBA World Cup

via – Gilas Pilipinas fans, stand up and take a bow. The outpouring of support for the Philippine men’s national basketball team earned the nation the Most Valuable Fans (MVF) Best Country award at the FIBA World Cup. The Philippines, which competed at the FIBA World Cup for the Read more »

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3 dead, 103 rescued in ferry mishap off Southern Leyte

By Carmela Fonbuena/ – Rescuers have picked up 103 survivors and recovered 3 bodies in a ferry mishap off Southern Leyte. MV Maharlika-2 of Archipelago Ferries Corporation, a passenger and cargo vessel, lost control and was carried away by the current and waves on Saturday night, September 13. The passengers Read more »

Members of the Knights of Rizal file a petition with the Supreme Court to stop the construction of Torre de Manila which they say threatens to ruin the sightline of Rizal Monument. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

SC asked to order Torre de Manila demolition

By Pia Ranada/ – A group created in honor of national hero Jose Rizal asked the Supreme Court to order the demolition of a condominium that threatens the sightline of Rizal Monument in Luneta Park. The Knights of Rizal (KOR) submitted a 26-page petition for injunction to the SC on Read more »

Mandarin Oriental Manila’s GM Torsten van Dullemen thanks employees during the hotel’s last day of operations on September 9, 2014. Photo by Peter C. Marquez with special thanks to the Mandarin Oriental Manila.

Kind words, laughter, tears fill the Mandarin Oriental Manila on its last day

By Francine M. Marquez/Photos by Peter C. Marquez with special thanks to the Mandarin Oriental Manila/ – · September 9, Tuesday, started out as any ordinary working day at the Mandarin Oriental Manila. The exemplary kitchen team arrived for their usual 5 a.m. duty call to prepare the day’s Read more »


60 maps debunk China’s ‘historical claim’ on South China Sea

By Matikas Santos/ – An exhibit of 60 ancient maps presented Thursday showed that China has never had “historical ownership” of Scarborough Shoal, one of the many maritime features in the disputed West Philippine Sea. The maps were published based on the previous lecture of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Read more »