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

By Patrick Coffee/adweek.com – 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 »

The most affordable fish in the Philippines

By Gregg Yan/inquirer.net – Recently visiting the Navotas Fish Complex in Manila, I noticed about 30 tubs of Clown Knifefish (Chitala ornata) being sold for the low, low sum of P15 per kilo — making them ten times cheaper than galunggong (Decapterus punctatus), which sells for P150 a kilo and Read more »

On Independence Day, artists’ group raises PH flag in West Philippine Sea

via rappler.com – Dakila, a group of activist artists, wrapped up its series of “creative and collaborative community events” here on Independence Day with members sailing to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) to plant the Philippine flag. Members of the group sang the national anthem at sunrise to Read more »

Resorts World Manila: Explosions, gunfire reported in Philippines

By Holly Yan/CNN – The popular Filipino tourist site Resorts World Manila is on lockdown after reports of gunfire and explosions. A masked gunman was on the second floor of one hotel, firing at guests, hotel employees fleeing the scene told CNN Philippines. Police, fire trucks and SWAT teams were Read more »

Australian coroner finds 2 Filipino seamen were killed

By Rod McGuirk/AP – Two Filipino seamen who died two weeks apart during a Japanese coal carrier’s voyage to Australia in 2012 were killed by one or more assailants, an Australian coroner said Wednesday. New South Wales state Deputy Coroner Sharon Freund recommended that her report on the two deaths Read more »

Duterte Suggests Martial Law Across Philippines, Citing Islamist Threat

By Felipe Villamor/nytimes.com – President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Wednesday that he may declare martial law throughout the Philippines to deal with the threat of Islamist militancy, making the remarks one day after he imposed military rule on a southern island. Mr. Duterte’s statement came after he cut short a Read more »