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Philippines on alert for Typhoon Durian

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MANILA, Philippines (Reuters) — The Philippines raised its highest alert level and warned residents to move to higher ground on Wednesday as Typhoon Durian barrelled towards the north of the country, gaining strength on a path towards Manila.

Chemical Fumes Sicken 31 in Philippines

Chemical Fumes Sicken Dozens, Force Thousands to Evacuate in Philippines By Teresa Cerojano – MANILA, Philippines Nov 28, 2006 (AP)— Noxious fumes from chemical waste dumped into a Philippine creek forced thousands to flee their homes and sickened dozens Tuesday, officials said.

‘No to Filipino nurses’

By CHERYL ARCIBAL – The Japanese Nursing Association (JNA), which is against the entry of Filipino nurses in Japan, said the working conditions of Japanese nurses must be improved first before Filipinos are taken in. In a recent interview, Kyoko Nagaike, a JNA board member, told The Manila Times that Read more »

14 drown, 58 rescued after ferry capsizes in southern Philippines

MANILA (AP) — A small ferry capsized in rough waters in the southern Philippines on Saturday, leaving 14 passengers dead while 58 were rescued, a civil defense official said. The vessel, MB Leonida II, capsized in the waters off Surigao, about 444 miles southeast of Manila, said Blanche Gobenciong of Read more »

Only in the Philippines (Congress that is)

Lanao congresswoman goes ballistic over pork (Star) Dreading the wrath of Allah and feeling “grossly insulted,’’ a Muslim congresswoman slapped and shoved a waitress who served her pancit (noodles) with pork during a dinner at the House of Representatives last Monday. Lanao del Sur Rep. Faysah Dumarpa said she Read more »

Batangas resort wins Oscars of Spa Industry

(via Inquirer) THE FARM at San Benito in Lipa City, Batangas province, has won the second AsiaSpa Baccarat Awards, considered the Oscars of the booming industry in Asia, in what is hailed as a boost to the country’s medical-spa tourism. In a glittering black- and red-themed cocktail evening at Read more »