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Moros ‘unhappy’ about being Filipinos

RIYADH — A member of the Philippine government’s negotiating panel it its peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has acknowledged that Moros, or Filipino Muslims, are unhappy about being called “Filipinos,” a report by the MILF’s Luwaran.com website yesterday said.

Old times and traditions renewed at Pinoy fest

Batang Wapato, a Yakima Valley Filipino-American community youth dance group, performs a traditional folk dance Sunday in Wapato. It’s called the kumintang, the hat and flower dance. Trinidad Umipig recalls when she arrived in the Yakima Valley from the sunny Philippines more than 60 years ago, she only did so Read more »

Pinoy Silicon Valley soon to rise in Quezon City

The famous Silicon Valley in California will soon be replicated in Quezon City. The University of the Philippines has partnered with Ayala Land Inc. for the development of the site, which is expected to further reinforce the status of the university as the country’s premier educational institution.

Medical tourism a shot in the arm for the Philippines

(AFP) – The Philippines earned an estimated 200 million dollars this year from foreign patients seeking affordable medical services, the health department said. A quarter million people flew into the country this year for cosmetic surgery, eye treatment or get their dentures fixed, said Health Undersecretary Jade del Mundo. Read more »

Merger set to create Philippines’ largest bank

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Banco de Oro, controlled by Philippine shopping mall tycoon Henry Sy, said Monday it is to merge with rival Equitable PCI Bank to create potentially the country’s largest lender in terms of assets.

Philippines concerned over effect of Saddam’s death sentence on Iraq unrest

(AP) MANILA, Philippines: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s spokesman said Sunday Saddam Hussein’s death sentence did not come as a surprise, but he expressed concern over its effect on Iraq’s continuing unrest. Saddam was convicted and sentenced Sunday to hang for crimes against humanity in the 1982 killings of 148 Read more »